Fall Kentucky Festivals

Find a Kentucky fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 has things to do across Kentucky including activities in Lexington and Louisville. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

Last Major Update:

At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!

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2021 Festivals

Nulu Fest - Louisville, KY - Jan 1 to Sep 28, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Street festival in the East Market District of Louisville (NuLu or New Louisville). Family friendly and free admission

Bernheim Colorfest - Clermont, KY - Jan 1 to Oct 18, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Visitors can slingshot pumpkins, navigate the hay maze, make mud pies, and enjoy a hayride in the splendor of Bernheim’s colorful fall landscape. Other highlights include live music, hands-on nature activities, unique local foods, Kentucky arts and craft vendors, and more. Free event with $10 per car environmental impact fee applies to non-members, with a small fee for some activities

Kentucky State BBQ Festival - Danville, KY - Jan 1 to Sep 8, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for its return in 2021. Normally: BBQ competition, bean eating contest, bike ride, charity art auction, 7 celebrity pitmasters and 7 live bands. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Clarkson Honeyfest - Clarkson, KY - Jan 1 to Sep 28, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Bee-themed festival featuring pageant, decorating contest, children’s rides, parade, karaoke contest, good and craft booths.

Festival of the Horse - Georgetown, KY - Sep 10 to Sep 13, 2021
Carnival, entertainment, crafts and more to celebrate the role of the horse to the history of Scott County.

Daniel Boone Festival - Barbourville, KY - Oct 3 to Oct 9, 2021
Arts & craft vendors, concert, parade, carnival, food, fun run/walk, and more.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

Jefferson St. Soiree - Lexington, KY - Sep 12, 2018
This cash-only event features live music and the best restaurants along Jefferson Street

Grand Rivers Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival - Grand Rivers, KY - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2019
Over 100 artists and crafters featuring original and handcrafted items, plus carnival food and regional specialties

Hickman Pecan Festival - Hickman, KY - Sep 4 to Sep 8, 2019
Bingo night, live music, kid’s night, vendors, lip sync, 5k, and more.

Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival - Harrodsburg, KY - Sep 5 to Sep 8, 2019
Began in 2001 and has grown to include a variety of musical types over multiple stages, held at Terrapin Hill Farm

Roots and Heritage Festival - Lexington, KY - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
Neighborhood street fair attracting thousands to honor African American culture and history.

Covington Oktoberfest - Covington, KY - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
Taking up where the MainStrasse Oktoberfest left off, this local Oktoberfest raises a stein to German culture with live music from local artists, local food, beer, and art! Since 1979, families from throughout the Midwest have joined local crowds to celebrate German heritage and culture at Covington Oktoberfest in Goebel Park.

Louisville Dragon Boat Festival - Louisville, KY - Sep 7, 2019
Teams race on a 300 meter course down the Ohio River in front of the Great Lawn & Wharf area in Waterfront Park.

Christ the King Oktoberfest - Lexington, KY - Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2019
This is a fall fundraiser for the church. Food vendors provide German food and other options. Live music on both Friday and Saturday. There are games and inflatables for kids. Bingo and auctions for adults. Festival admission is free. Location: Cathedral of Christ The King, 299 Colony Blvd, Lexington, KY 40502

Fort Knox Brooks Field Oktoberfest - Fort Knox, KY - Sep 20, 2019
Free admission and open to the public, this Oktoberfest is held at Fort Knox and is hosted by the MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) team. Features German food, Oktoberfest and German foods, kids zone and bounce house, live music and more.

Cow Days - Greensburg, KY - Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2019
5k, pageant, parade, contests, concerts, classic car show, food court, and more celebrating Greensburg and Green County

Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days - Pikeville, KY - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
The feud is over so join friends for plenty of food, family fun, car show, demolition derby, and live music. Held annually at 126 Main Street in downtown Pikeville.

Poage Landing Days Festival - Ashland, KY - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
An antique car show, skateboard race, fiddle music, food and drinks, arts and crafts, carnival rides, free children’s activities, motorcycle show and more

Saint Timothy Parish Oktoberfest - Union, KY - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
Annual parish festival with German & American food, drinks, live music, midway rides, games and entertainment. 5K Twilight Run/Walk on Saturday evening, with kids free fun run before the event. Top 25 men and women receive an official Oktoberfest mug. Sunday is family day with all you can ride bracelets on sale. Free on site parking. Location: 10272 US 42 Union KY 41091

Simon Kenton Festival - Maysville, KY - Sep 21, 2019
Live music, carriage rides, and more

Saint Agnes Parish’s Oktoberfest - Fort Wright, KY - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2019
Food, drinks, games, rides, silent auction and live music. Located at St. Agnes Parish Grounds.

Portland Art and Heritage Fair - Louisville, KY - Sep 28, 2019
5th annual.Art fair in the Portland Triangle, three of Louisville’s most historic buildings – Portland Musum, the Dolfinger School, and the US MArine Hospital.

Crittenden County Pumpkin Festival - Crittenden County, KY - Sep 28, 2019
Live music, food, vendors, and more

Mary Breckinridge Festival - Hyden, KY - Sep 28 to Oct 5, 2019
Food, vendors, crafts and more!

Taste of Louisville - Louisville, KY - Oct 2, 2019
The Kentucky Restaurant Association brings together the best of Louisville’s restaurants and chefs for a tasting event, which also raises funds for local charities.

Smithland Octoberfest - Smithland, KY - Oct 5, 2019
An annual celebration since 1987. They will have a parade with floats, Pow Wow history presentation, live music and silent auction. There have also been mini-tractor pulls and the firefighter olympics.

Belle of Louisville Oktoberfest Cruise - Louisville, KY - Oct 5 to Oct 19, 2019
A three hour cruise with live music and German theme on the Ohio River. Choose from sightseeing only or make advance reservations for the lunch buffet. Tickets with buffet range from $30 for kids to $40 for adults. Generally runs from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Original Butchertown Oktoberfest - Louisville, KY - Oct 6, 2019
A tradition for more than 50 years, celebrating the heritage of this historic neighborhood. This Louisville Oktoberfest will have German food and beer with music. Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1406 E Washington St, Louisville, Kentucky.

Art Council Oktoberfest - Harrodsburg, KY - Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2019
An Arts Council of Mercer County’s annual event. National & Regional artists selected through a competitive jury process will be on-hand to display, discuss, and sell their work. the Oktoberfest is a co-sponored event with The Arts Council of Mercer County and the Harrodsburg First Main Street Program. Preview night on Friday from 5 PM to 12 AM with art, beer and food. Saturday from 10 AM to Midnight with art, beer, music and food. Sunday from noon to 5 PM including art, beer, music and food.

Belknap Fall Festival - Louisville, KY - Oct 11 to Oct 12, 2019
Live entertainment, food vendor and food trucks, booths , activities for the family, beer and wine, artists and more.

Louisville Craft Beer Week - Louisville, KY - Oct 19 to Oct 29, 2019

Maysville Oktoberfest - Maysville, KY - Aug 14 to Aug 15, 2020
Held on the second Friday and Saturday of August annually in the the historic downtown area of Maysville. Why so early? Because if they had it in September, it would compete with the huge festival in Cincinnati. So they kick off the season instead. They have a ceremonial keg tapping, live music and dancing. Consume German food, beer, wine and schnapps. Watch the parade, log sawing, tug of war and weiner dog races. Your kids will like the puppet show and carnival rides.

Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival - Winchester, KY - Sep 4 to Sep 6, 2020
Annual event in Winchester-Clark County since 1981. Starts with a Friday evening street dance. Plenty of food, fun and arts and crafts follow. Concludes with a Sunday country music concert. Attendance is approximately 35,000. Free admission.

WorldFest - Louisville, KY - Sep 4 to Sep 7, 2020
One of the region’s largest international festivals, with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education over Labor Day weekend.

Augusta Heritage Days - Augusta, KY - Sep 5 to Sep 6, 2020
Vendors, food booths, a petting zoo and other children’s activities, history tours, car show and more are just a few of the activities available to celebrate Augusta Heritage Days, the longest running festival in town!

Monroe County Watermelon Festival - Tompkinsville, KY - Sep 5, 2020
40th annual. Enjoy this watermelon wonderland, with family friendly fun, 5k and fun run, art and quilt shows, kids games, live entertainment, vendors, a parade, and watermelon for everyone!

Rock the Water Tower - Louisville, KY - Sep 6, 2020
Spend Labor Day Weekend at Water Town Park in Louisville. Bluegrass bands, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, barbecue! Family Friendly!

Spencer County Octoberfest - Taylorsville, KY - Sep 9 to Oct 25, 2020
Miss Octoberfest Pageants the week of the event. Talent show the day before. Parade and festival the day of the event.

Fraley Festival of Traditional Music - Olive Hill, KY - Sep 9 to Sep 13, 2020
The Fraley Festival of Traditional Music happens the weekend after Labor Day at Carter Caves State Resort Park. It is a weekend gathering of people who love to play and listen to traditional mountain music of Eastern Kentucky. People with fiddles, banjos, folk songs, ballads, guitars, dulcimers, and autoharps play on the amphitheater stage, in the parking lot, in the campgrounds and cabins

Knott County Gingerbread Festival - Hindman, KY - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2020
Live music, vendors, pageant, 5k run/walk, carnival, crafts, and more

Middletown Family Fun Festival - Middletown, KY - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
Live entertainment, festival food, crafts and more. Free Kidz zone. Concludes with a Saturday night fireworks show to live, patriotic music. Family friendly.

German-American Club Gesangverein Oktoberfest - Louisville, KY - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020

Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival - New Haven, KY - Sep 12, 2020

Highlands Fest - Louisville, KY - Sep 12, 2020
Arts, crafts and music fest, plus kids activities and beer garden

Louisville Pagan Pride Day - Louisville, KY - Sep 12, 2020
A celebration of the fall equinox with Pagan Pride Project, which fosters pride in Pagan identity through education, activism, charity and community.

Trimble County Apple Festival - Bedford, KY - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
Free admission to this local festival with music, crafts, pageants, food and kids’ activities

Highlands Festival - Louisville, KY - Sep 12, 2020
Music, arts & crafts, food vendors, and more. Free admission.

Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival - Morehead, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 19, 2020
Bluegrass festival at Poppy Mountain, with camping, vendors and food, and more

Kentucky Bourbon Festival - Bardstown, KY - Sep 16 to Sep 20, 2020
Tastings, dancing, jazz and more at thirty events in the Bourbon Capital of the World.

Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival - Whitley City, KY - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2020
Live music, including different styles over different evenings, at the Sandhill RV camp

Black Gold Festival - Hazard, KY - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2020
Live entertainment, craft booths, parade, kids’ activities, food and more!

Louder than Life - Louisville, KY - Sep 17 to Sep 20, 2020
Rock concert in Champions Park

Jefferson Gaslight Festival - Louisville, KY - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
It began in 1969 and has grown into one of the largest events in Louisville with nearly 200,000 attending. Motorcycle Poker Rally, parade, car show, golf scramble, 5k and more.

Walk4Hearing Kentucky - Louisville, KY - Sep 19, 2020
Empowers and inspires those affected by hearing loss while raising money for national and local programs that provide information, education, support, and advocacy. Vendors will be on site to provide resources for individuals and families affected by hearing loss.

Midway Fall Festival - Midway, KY - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
A top Woodford County event once ranked among Kentucky’s top 20 festivals. Attended by approximately 15-20,000. Live entertainment, food demonstrations, arts and crafts, and children’s activities in the heart of Kentucky’s bluegrass region.

Barbecue on the River - Paducah, KY - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2020
Come on down to enjoy BBQ, live entertainment, crafts and more in charming Paducah!

Casey County Apple Festival - Liberty, KY - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2020
First held in 1974, this festival features arts & crafts, food vendors, a flea market, pageants, car show and more!

Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival - Vine Grove, KY - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2020
Bluegrass festival all weekend long, so grab your favorite lawn chair or blanket and come on down!

Chicken Festival - London, KY - Sep 24 to Sep 27, 2020
Annual event in Laurel County, home of the original KFC restaurant, which celebrates the life of Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Features the World’s Largest Stainless Steel Skillet.

Marion County Ham Days - Lebanon, KY - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Serves over 4,000 pounds of country ham along with a carnival, parade, live entertainment and classic car show. This event started in 1969 with only six hams and a few volunteers, and today, hundreds of volunteers serve up over 4,000 pounds of country ham at the Country Ham Breakfast

Morgan County Sorghum Festival - West Liberty, KY - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
An arts and crafts festival with sorghum molasses, football, and more to celebrate Kentucky mountain heritage.

Anderson County Burgoo Festival - Lawrenceburg, KY - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
Kick off a weekend with a pancake breakfast and keep the fun going with lots of burgoo, music, live entertainment, and vendors of crafts, food, and more! What is burgoo? A delicious spicy stew, often prepared communally as a social gathering and served with cornbread or corn muffins.

Cave Run Storytelling Festival - Morehead, KY - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2020
Come out to a beautiful mountain lakeside setting, in the peak of fall colors, to enjoy some of America’s most beloved storytellers who will whisk you away to other times and places.

Newport Oktoberfest - Newport, KY - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
The event will be in the Munich Oktoberfest style of large Fest Tent sponsored by German Beer Breweries. Each tent will have food, beer and music. Participating restaurants include Wertheim’s and others. There will also be continuous live German entertainment. Free admission. On Friday evening, enjoy the fireworks after the Cincinnati Reds game. The Cincinnati Beer Run also happens this weekend, with a short 2.5 mile course charity run that has craft beer sampling from local breweries every half mile. Participants get a souvenir glass and t-shirt. Location: Riverboat Row, Newport, Kentucky, 41071

Bowling Green International Festival - Bowling Green, KY - Sep 26, 2020
A celebration of diversity for the entire family, this festival grew out of the 1986 Ethnic Folk Festival and the 1988 JapanFest. It started out on Memorial Day but was eventually moved to the fall in order to include students from WKU and other schools in the community. While it is held the last Saturday of September, be sure to check the festival website for affiliated events taking place throughout the month of September each year. Come to enjoy traditional and new demonstrations of music, dance, and other displays of culture. Held at Circus Square Park.

Bugfest & Fall Plant Sale - Clermont, KY - Sep 26, 2020
The fun-filled day celebrating all things buggy attracts thousands of children and families to learn more about their favorite six and eight-legged creatures. The annual Fall Plant Sale, held in conjunction with BugFest, offers a diverse selection of trees and shrubs, including many cultivated from Bernheim’s own collections.

Highway 60 Yard Sale - , KY - Oct 1 to Oct 5, 2020
An annual 200-mile garage sale throughout Kentucky, with lots of unique finds. Vendors are opening between sun-up and sundown.

Wool Festival - Falmouth, KY - Oct 2 to Oct 4, 2020
Wool tent, food, live entertainment, crafts, sheep shearing & herding and more

Kentucky Apple Festival - Paintsville, KY - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Obviously you can’t have an apple festival without dozens of food booths, but you can also enjoy crafters from all over the US and more!

Lions Club Arts and Crafts Festival - Henderson, KY - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
Arts and craft vendors of all kinds, at Audubon State Park

Lincoln Days - Hodgenville, KY - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
Hodgenville, founded in 1818, is the town near where Lincoln was born in 1809. The festival will include a parade, arts & crafts, commercial , nonprofit, and food booths, Lil Abe & Sarah contest, Lincoln look alike contests, and more.

Hoptoberfest - Pikeville, KY - Oct 3, 2020
Pikeville’s annual craft beer festival. Enjoy over 80 different beers around the US paired with great food and entertainment.

Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular - Louisville, KY - Oct 6 to Nov 1, 2020
A tradition that began in Massachusetts in 1988 comes to Iroquois Park once more! Enjoy 5000 carved pumpkins along a quarter-mile walking trail as an evening art show.

Trigg County Ham Festival - Cadiz, KY - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2020
Annual event, this festival started in 1977 to celebrate fall and to preserve the craft of a Trigg County delicacy, the country ham. Booths and craft vendors, , ham show, rocking chair marathon, parade, Ham Run, pageant, live entertainment, and more have been enjoyed over the years

Garvin Gate Blues Festival - Louisville, KY - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2020
A free annual two-day arts and music event with local and national performances and is a celebration of both the blue and the arts, with continuous live entertainment on two stages and over 50 crafts vendors, plus food and drink vendors

Hunters Moon Fall Festival - Grand Rivers, KY - Oct 10, 2020
Celebrate small town life with this event featuring food, fun, crafts, live music, activities for the kids, and more.

Salt Festival - Union, KY - Oct 16 to Oct 18, 2020
Journey back in time as Big Bone Lick returns to days long past and see how salt was extracted from the springs of Big Bone, listen to stories and music, view prehistoric artifacts and enjoy blacksmith and other pioneer skill demonstrations while enjoying good eats and checking out crafts

Mt. Sterling October Court Days - Mount Sterling, KY - Oct 16 to Oct 19, 2020
One of the earliest traditions in Kentucky, Court Day was an annual trading day for much of the region, and the 210+ year tradition continues today as over 130,000 people come for a four-day event, with arts and crafts, food and music, and more.

Glendale Crossing Festival - Glendale, KY - Oct 17, 2020
Starting in 1976 as the Glendale Community Festival for the US Bicentennial, the festival has grown and today hosts over 500 vendors of arts & crafts and food, a parade, and more

Via Colori Street Painting Festival - Louisville, KY - Oct 17 to Oct 18, 2020
Via Colori Kentucky is a festival in which hundreds of artists, community organizations, vendors, and partners come together to host the most creative festival in Kentucky. The festival was in the Elizabethtown area for almost a decade and moved to Louisville in celebration of its ten year anniversary in Kentucky. Approximately 100 artists participate with the intent of making an artistic masterpiece on a large scale, directly on the sidewalks of Waterfront Park in Louisville. They will have music, vendors, art, art vendors, family-friendly activities such as child street painting and superhero photo-ops, additional non-profits in an awareness section, a food court, street performers, costumed characters, an art gallery dedicated to child-created pieces, and of course, street art

Maiden Alley Oktoberfest - Paducah, KY - Oct 17, 2020
Held at Dry Ground Brewing Company, Featuring craft beer from across the state, live music, art vendors and a German car show.

Woolly Worm Festival - Beattyville, KY - Oct 23 to Oct 25, 2020
A festival unlike any other, celebrating the Woolly Worm, which forecasts the weather for the coming winter season through the colors of each of its segments. You can race a woolly worm in the race, as well as enjoying live entertainment, youth pet show, 5k, parade, car show, and more!

Scarefest - Lexington, KY - Oct 23 to Oct 25, 2020
Halloween convention with speakers, kids’ day, film festival, costume ball, vendors and more at the Lexington Convention Center.

Snuggleween - Harrodsburg, KY - Oct 30 to Nov 1, 2020

Jeffersontown PumpkinFest - Jeffersontown, KY - Oct 31, 2020
Children dress in costume and trick-or-treat along Historic Gaslight Square, plus refreshments and a family movie night afterwards

Grand River Festival of Lights - Grand Rivers, KY - Nov 6 to Jan 1, 2021
During the Festival of Lights the streets of Grand Rivers, Patti’s 1880’s Settlement, storefronts, Little Lake Park and the marinas and resorts are adorn with over 1.5 million Christmas lights

Veteran’s Day Parade - Wilmore, KY - Nov 7, 2020
Parade to celebrate and honor our veterans

Festival of Trees and Lights - Louisville, KY - Nov 13 to Nov 15, 2020
Hundreds of beautifully decorated trees and other decor at Louisville Slugger Field, all for sale to benefit the children’s hospital. With fun for the whole family, including photos with Santa, crafts, holiday entertainment, Hanukkah activities, ride-on train, gift shop and more, it’s a holiday tradition you can’t miss!

Find other fun things to do in Kentucky in fall:

Oktoberfest in Kentucky
Kentucky Corn Mazes
Kentucky Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Kentucky
Pumpkin Patches in Kentucky

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    • PRose says:

      October Court Days in Mount Sterling, KY
      Friday, October 16th- Monday, October 19th, 2015http://www.mtsterlingtourism.com/images/courtday.JPG

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