Find a Kentucky fall festival to attend in 2017. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2017 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:
Maysville Oktoberfest - Maysville, KY - Aug 11 to Aug 12, 2017
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.
Secretariat Festival - Paris, KY - Aug 13 to Aug 15, 2017
Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival - Harrodsburg, KY - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017
Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival - Winchester, KY - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017
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 1 to Sep 4, 2017
One of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 13th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education over Labor Day weekend.
Augusta Heritage Days - Augusta, KY - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017
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!
Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience - Louisville, KY - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2017
Spend Labor Day Weekend at Water Town Park in Louisville. Bluegrass bands, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, barbecue! Family Friendly!
Monroe County Watermelon Festival - Tompkinsville, KY - Sep 2, 2017
Grand Rivers Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival - Grand Rivers, KY - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2017
Over 100 artists and crafters featuring original and handcrafted items, plus carnival food and regional specialties
Craft Beer Throwdown - Louisville, KY - Sep 7, 2017
Located at Bowman Fieldattendees can taste exclusive brews and regular favorites from six local breweries and enjoy food trucks and entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless’s efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness in Louisville
Kentucky State BBQ Festival - Danville, KY - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
BBQ competition, bean eating contest, bike ride, charity art auction. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Festival of the Horse - Georgetown, KY - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Carnival, entertainment, crafts and more to celebrate the role of the horse to the history of Scott County.
Middletown Family Fun Festival - Middletown, KY - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017
Live entertainment, festival food, crafts and more. Free Kidz zone. Concludes with a Saturday night fireworks show to live, patriotic music. Family friendly.
Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival - Morehead, KY - Sep 8 to Sep 16, 2017
German-American Club Gesangverein Oktoberfest - Louisville, KY - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017
MainStrasse Oktoberfest - Covington, KY - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
This festival happening annually for more than thirty years extends over six city blocks. Southeast Tourism Society has it on its list of the top 20 festivals. Opening ceremony and keg tapping on Saturday at 12:30 following parade. Vintage Stein contest, chalk art contest, bier garten, live music, crafts and food. More than 100 arts and crafts vendors from across the country attend with their products. Kinderplatz offers balloon makers, pony rides and other children’s rides. Adults will enjoy the Ferris Wheel and festival entertainment as well. Mainstrasse Village is an eclectic neighborhood in Northern Kentucky across the river from Cincinnati.
Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival - New Haven, KY - Sep 9, 2017
Highlands Fest - Louisville, KY - Sep 9, 2017
Louisville Dragon Boat Festival - Louisville, KY - Sep 9, 2017
Teams race on a 300 meter course down the Ohio River in front of the Great Lawn & Wharf area in Waterfront Park.
Louisville Pagan Pride Day - Louisville, KY - Sep 9, 2017
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 9 to Sep 10, 2017
Portland Art and Heritage Fair - Louisville, KY - Sep 9, 2017
Highlands Festival - Louisville, KY - Sep 9, 2017
Kentucky Bourbon Festival - Bardstown, KY - Sep 11 to Sep 17, 2017
Tastings, dancing, jazz and more at thirty events in the Bourbon Capital of the World.
Jefferson St. Soiree - Lexington, KY - Sep 13, 2017
Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival - Whitley City, KY - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2017
Black Gold Festival - Hazard, KY - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2017
Black Gold Festival - Hazard, KY - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2017
Cow Days - Greensburg, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Jefferson Gaslight Festival - Louisville, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
One of the largest events in Louisville with nearly 200,000 attending. Motorcycle Poker Rally, parade, car show, golf scramble and more. Approaching its 50th anniversary.
Poage Landing Days Festival - Ashland, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
Christ the King Oktoberfest - Lexington, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
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
Saint Timothy Parish Oktoberfest - Union, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
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
River Rock Music Festival - Wilmore, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Servant Heart Farm hosts the River Rock Music Festival, with some of the biggest names in Christian music alongside an eclectic mix of up-and-coming artists
Midway Fall Festival - Midway, KY - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
A top Woodford County event once ranked among Kentucky’s top 20 festivals. Attended by approximately 15-20,000. Live entertainment, arts and crafts in the heart of Kentucky’s bluegrass region.
Midway Fall Festival - Midway, KY - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
Simon Kenton Festival - Maysville, KY - Sep 16, 2017
Original Butchertown Oktoberfest - Louisville, KY - Sep 16, 2017
A tradition for more than 40 years, celebrating the heritage of this historic neighborhood. This Louisville Oktoberfest will have an art fair, food and beer. German Mass in the afternoon and live music in the evening including the Rhiengold Band and classical German Bach. Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1406 E Washington St, Louisville, Kentucky.
Bugfest & Fall Plant Sale - Clermont, KY - Sep 16, 2017
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.
Chicken Festival - London, KY - Sep 21 to Sep 24, 2017
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.
Casey County Apple Festival - Liberty, KY - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2017
Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival - Vine Grove, KY - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2017
Their slogan is “The Best Little Bluegrass Festival in the State.”
Clarkson Honeyfest - Clarkson, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Marion County Ham Days - Lebanon, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Serves over 4,000 pounds of country ham along with a carnival, parade, live entertainment and classic car show.
Morgan County Sorghum Festival - West Liberty, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
An arts and crafts festival with sorghum molasses, football, and more to celebrate Kentucky mountain heritage.
Anderson County Burgoo Festival - Lawrenceburg, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days - Pikeville, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
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.
Newport Oktoberfest - Newport, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Large beer tents sponsored by German breweries with food, music and continuous live German entertainment that promises to be the most authentic Oktoberfest in the area. 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
Fort Knox Brooks Field Oktoberfest - Fort Knox, KY - Sep 22, 2017
Louisville Irish Fest - Louisville, KY - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017
Barbecue on the River - Paducah, KY - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2017
Camp Scarefest - Lexington, KY - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017
Cave Run Storytelling Festival - Morehead, KY - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017
Bowling Green International Festival - Bowling Green, KY - Sep 30, 2017
Nulu Fest - Louisville, KY - Sep 30, 2017
Street festival in the East Market District of Louisville (“New Louisville”). Family friendly. Free admission.
Louder than Life - Louisville, KY - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2017
Daniel Boone Festival - Barbourville, KY - Oct 1 to Oct 7, 2017
Mary Breckenridge Festival - Hyden, KY - Oct 2 to Oct 7, 2017
Spencer County Octoberfest - Taylorsville, KY - Oct 3 to Oct 7, 2017
Highway 60 Yard Sale - , KY - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2017
Kentucky Apple Festival - Paintsville, KY - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2017
Wool Festival - Falmouth, KY - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
Saint Agnes Parish’s Oktoberfest - Fort Wright, KY - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
Crittenden County Pumpkin Festival - , KY - Oct 7, 2017
Lions Club Arts and Crafts Festival - Henderson, KY - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Lincoln Days - Hodgenville, KY - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Smithland Octoberfest - Smithland, KY - Oct 7, 2017
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 7 to Oct 21, 2017
A three hour cruise with live music and German theme on the Ohio River on October 7, 14 and 21. Choose from sightseeing only or make advance reservations for the lunch buffet. Tickets with buffet range from $30 for kids to $40 for adults. Belle of Louisville celebrates its 100th year. Enjoy the live music, dancing and German styled foods. Generally runs from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular - Louisville, KY - Oct 12 to Nov 5, 2017
Trigg County Ham Festival - Cadiz, KY - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2017
Garvin Gate Blues Festival - Louisville, KY - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2017
Salt Festival - Union, KY - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2017
Journey back in time as Big Bone Lick returns to days long past. 33rd annual event.
Belknap Fall Festival - Louisville, KY - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2017
Art Council Oktoberfest - Harrodsburg, KY - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
Hunters Moon Fall Festival - Grand Rivers, KY - Oct 14, 2017
Taste of Louisville - Louisville, KY - Oct 18, 2017
Woolly Worm Festival - Beattyville, KY - Oct 20 to Oct 22, 2017
Maiden Alley Oktoberfest - Paducah, KY - Oct 20 to Oct 22, 2017
Annual Oktoberfest & Polka Party at Maiden Alley Cinema & Gallery. Beer tasting dinner generally Friday night with full day of food, Schlafly beer and live music by multiple bands on Saturday. Market Square is blocked off to traffic for the festival. Location: 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, KY 42001
Glendale Crossing Festival - Glendale, KY - Oct 21, 2017
Bernheim Colorfest - Clermont, KY - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2017
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.
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Hickman Pecan Festival - Hickman, KY - Sep 3 to Sep 10, 2016
Knott County Gingerbread Festival - Hindman, KY - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2016
Roots and Heritage Festival - Lexington, KY - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Neighborhood street fair attracting thousands to honor African American culture and history.
Louisville Craft Beer Week - Louisville, KY - Sep 16 to Sep 24, 2016
Mt. Sterling October Court Days - Sterling, KY - Oct 14 to Oct 17, 2016
Jeffersontown PumpkinFest - Jeffersontown, KY - Oct 29, 2016
Children dress in costume and trick-or-treat along Historic Gaslight Square.
Grand River Festival of Lights - Grand Rivers, KY - Nov 4 to Jan 1, 2017
Veteran’s Day Parade - Wilmore, KY - Nov 5, 2016
Festival of Trees and Lights - Louisville, KY - Nov 13 to Nov 15, 2016
Highlands Festival – Louisville, KY – August 29, 2015
Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival – Grand Rivers, KY – September 5-6, 2015. One of the largest annual craft events in the state.
Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival – Harrodsburg, KY – September 3-6, 2015.
Monroe County Watermelon Festival – Sept 5, 2016
KY Pecan festival – Hickman, KY – September 7-12, 2015
Fleur de Lis Regatta – Sept 11-13, 2015
Fall Bluegrass Music Festival – Clay City, KY – September 10-12, 2015
Kids Fest – Richmond, KY – September 12, 2015
Jefferson Street Soiree – Lexington, KY – September 16, 2015
Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival – New Haven, KY – September 12, 2015
Evans Orchards Apple Festival – Georgetown, KY – September 12-13, 2015
Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival – Morehead, KY – September 11-19, 2015
Black Gold Festival – Hazard, KY – September 17-19, 2015
Blazin Bluegrass Festival – Whitley City, KY – September 17-19, 2015
Cow Days – Greensburg, KY – September 18-19, 2015
Secretariat Festival – Paris, KY – September 18-20, 2015
Poage Landing Days – Ashland, KY – September 18-20, 2015
Simon Kenton Festival – Maysville, KY – September 19-20, 2015
Bands and BBQ – Carrollton, KY – September 11-12, 2015
Steamboat Festival – Sept 26-27, 2015
Trimble County Apple Fest – Bedford, KY – September 12-13, 2015
Scarefest – Lexington, KY – September 11-13, 2015
Louisville Craft Beer Week – Louisville, KY – September 11-20, 2015
Portland Art & Heritage Fair – Louisville, KY – September 26, 2015
Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days – Pikeville, KY – September 24-26, 2015. 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.
Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival – Grand Rivers, KY – September 4-6, 2015
Crittenden County Pumpkin Festival – Marion, KY – October 3, 2015
Highway 60 Yard Sale – Oct 2-4, 2015
GRADD Arts & Crafts Festival – Henderson – October 3-4, 2015
Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival – Middlesboro, KY – October 2-3, 2015
Forkland Heritage Festival – Gravel Switch, KY – October 9-10, 2015
Belknap Fall Festival – Louisville, KY – October 9-10, 2015
Southwest Festival – Louisville, KY
Apple Butter Days – Mount Sterling, KY – October 10, 2015
Louisville Jack o’Lantern Spectacular – Oct 8 – Nov 1, 2015
Q Fest Louisville, KY – October 10, 2015
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Fall Fair – October 10-11, 2015
Rockcastle County Harvest Festival – Rockcastle County, KY – October 2015
Woolly Worm Festival – Beattyville, KY – October 23-25, 2015
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