Days are getting shorter, and color is starting to show in the trees. After Labor day the fall festival season kicks into high gear. It’s the time of folk festivals, hayrides, and pumpkins. Yes, Fall has come to Kentucky.
If you’re looking for some economical weekend entertainment, a fall festival might be just what you need. Most of the festivals are free, some charge admission. Click a festival’s link for more information and driving directions.
- Bourbon Festival, Bardstown – in addition to the wide variety of Bourbons, they have Country, Bluegrass, and Jazz music, historical tours, ghost tours, games, and more
- Constitution Square festival, Danville – crafts, music, and living history displays
- Spoonbread festival, Berea – Country, Gospel, and Bluegrass music, crafts, food, car show, and carnival, and of course, spoonbread
- Cumberland River Bluegrass festival, Burkesville – Bluegrass music, crafts, food, and a 5K race
- Horse Cave Heritage festival, Horse Cave – music, crafts, food, walking tours, and history of Hart County
- Catfish festival, Burnside – music, games, crafts, and a catfish cook-off
- Casey County Apple festival – music, games, crafts, and you can eat a piece of the World’s Largest Apple Pie.
- World Chicken festival, London – the World’s Largest Stainless Steel Skillet, fried chicken, crafts, music, and fun for all ages
- Marion County Country Ham Days, Lebanon – car shows, music, crafts, carnival, and a country ham breakfast
The first weekend of October:
- Adam Matthews Balloon festival, Louisville – food, fireworks, and hot air balloons
- Anderson County Burgoo festival, Lawrenceburg – truck pull, cloggers, pumpkin painting, music, crafts, and burgoo
- Cumberland Mountain Fall festival, Middlesboro – rock, country, and gospel music, food, crafts, and contests
- “R” Farm Pumpkinfest, Maysville – greased pig contest, corn maze, music, hayrides, petting zoo, and u-pick pumpkins
The rest of October:
- Appalachian Harvest Festival, Renfro Valley – mule drawn molasses making, tractor display, music, and games
- Bittersweet festival, Mt Vernon – music, crafts, food, and games
- Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival, Prestonsburg – music, crafts, food, and carnival
- Foothills festival, Albany – wide variety of live music, flea market, beauty pageants, pumpkin carving and decorating contests, scarecrow contest, and more
- Glendale Crossing festival, Glendale – arts & crafts, food, and parade in 1800s-style town
- Woolly Worm festival, Beattyville – craft vendors, food, and music
And for you New-Age fans out there:
- Inner Light festival, Lexington – holistic healers, massage, psychics, tarot readers, and more
Get out and enjoy Kentucky’s wide variety of fall festivals.