May Events To Enjoy

All Information Is Subject To Change. Please Call Ahead To Verify Dates & Times. (Information Courtesy Of The Kentucky Travel Dept.)



1 May Day Celebration Old Fort Harrod State Park. May Pole Dancing, crowning of the May Queen, and tribute to the Lord and Lady of the May. Poetry reading and music. Free to the public. Call: 606/734-3314.


1 125th Kentucky Derby An event rich in tradition, excitement, and unparalleled style. Mark your calendar for Kentucky's largest single event and be a part of The Kentucky Derby magic! Louisville, 800/928-FEST.


1 Spring City Wide Yard Sale Join the residents of Murray for lots of fun and bargains! 502/759-2199.


1-2 Home and Garden Show Main Strasse Village, Covington, 606/491-0458.


1-2 Wildflower Weekend Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Guided wildflower walks each day and Saturday evening program. Free. Call: 606/528-4121.


1-June 30 African-American Art Exhibit John James Audubon State Park. Call: 502/826-2247.


2 Smith's Grove Antique Festival 502/563-6444.


7 Wee Scots Day General Butler State Resort Park. A day for local school children to explore and learn about Scottish culture and heritage. Music, art, dance, drama, and athletic games. $2/student. Pre-registration deadline April 26. Call: 502/732-4384.


7-8 Bagdad Days This spring festival has entertainment, a pig roast, auctions, food, pageants, yard sales, races, and hot air balloon rides. Bagdad, 502/747-5256.


7-8 International BBQ Festival The smell of BBQ is in the air! Cooking teams compete for the top prize as they cook ten tons of mutton, 5,000 chickens, and 1,500 gallons of burgoo. Also, arts and crafts and musical entertainment. Owensboro, 888/316-5403.


7-8 Kentucky Friends of Bluegrass Music Club's Spring Festival Bluegrass music and food, Clay City, 606/663-9008.


7-8 Lone Star World Championship Rodeo Professional rodeo sanctioned by the IPRA for seven standard events. Also, specialty acts with clowns and events for the children. Pulaski County Fairgrounds, Somerset, 615/799-2345.


7-9 Black Mountain Wildflower Weekend Celebrate the awakening of spring with field trips to Black Mountain and Bad Branch, slide presentations, bird and wildflower hikes, and folk dancing. Pine Mountain, 606/558-3571.


8 Buckley's Bird-athon Bring your binoculars and count the species that you see! Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, Frankfort, 606/873-5711.


8 Herb and Perennial Plant Exchange With spring in the air and Mother's Day around the corner, the wares at this festival are perfect gifts. Old Washington Village, Maysville, 606/759-7409.


8 Great American Trunk Sale Don't miss this flea market straight out of the vendor's trunks! Butler, 606/472-6224.


8 Herb Day Corinth, 606/824-3978.


8 Whiskey City Cruisers Car Exhibit Over 180 cars restored to represent the years gone by! Bardstown, 800/638-4877.


8 Bird Watch/Wildflower Walk Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. A slide show and hike to observe birds and wildflowers of the area. Call: 606/398-7510.


8-9 17th Annual Kentucky Scottish Weekend General Butler State Resort Park. Scottish bagpipes and pipe bands, highland dancing, athletic games, Celtic music, seminars, British Car Show, vendors and clan tents. Sat. night Ceilidh and Sun. Kirkin' of the Tartan. Fee for admission or participation. Call: 502/732-4384.


8-9 Old Brownsboro Road Arts and Crafts Festival A juried arts and crafts show featuring over 100 artisans. There will be live entertainment, children's crafts, and food. Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, Louisville, 502/425-6943.


9 Mother's Day Express Show Mom a good time on this scenic train trip! Kentucky Railroad Museum, New Haven, 502/549-5470.


9 Second Sunday Antique Show and Sale Main Strasse Village, Covington, 606/491-0458.


14-15 Fountain Run Bar-B-Cue Festival Arts and crafts, flea market, rides, bingo, races, quilt show, parade, dancing, gospel singing, and entertainment. Fountain Run, 502/434-4080.


14-15 Little River Days Festival Activities for the entire family; road races, canoe races, bicycle tours, arts and crafts, food, rides, entertainment, and more. Hopkinsville, 800/909-9016.


14-16 Battle of Sacramento Re-enactment The 5th annual re-enactment of Col. Nathan Bedford Forrest's December 28, 1861 battle. Other events include a parade, music, food, and arts and crafts. Sacramento, 502/736-5114.


14-16 Celebration of Traditional Music The Berea College Celebration of Traditional Music is one of the few music gatherings devoted solely to traditional music and offers a unique opportunity for some of our less heard performers. Berea, 606/986-9341, ext. 5140.


14-16 Derby City Square Dance Festival Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, 502/367-5150.


14-16 Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Fair One of the best craft shows in Kentucky! Berea, 606/986-3192.


14-16 Maifest Come to Main Strasse Village and celebrate the coming of spring! Covington, 606/491-0458.


14-16 Mint Julep Meet Rough River Dam State Resort Park. A radio-controlled airplane event featuring planes built to scale, judged on scale and flying patterns. Call: 502/257-2311.

15 Rotary Horse Show Scott County Park, Georgetown, 502/863-2424.


15-16 Southern Kentucky Guild of Arts & Crafts Show and Sale Bowling Green, 502/781-8686.


15-16 Tour De Heart E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. A bike ride from the park to General Butler State Resort Park and back, to benefit the American Heart Association. Call: 502/426-8950.


16 Greenbo Car Show Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. Vintage cars, music, fun, food, and door prizes. $10 entry fee. Free to public. Call: 606/473-7324.


21 Big Sandy Senior Games Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Area Seniors (55 & older) compete in various sports. Call: 606/886-2374.


21-22 Springtime Arts and Crafts Festival Cardome Center, Georgetown, 502/863-1337.


22 Indian Artifact Show Pritchard Community Center, Elizabethtown, 502/369-8974.


22 Old Timers Cruise-In Corinth, 606/824-5563.


22 Spring Asparagus Festival Arts, crafts, antiques, food, entertainment, and an asparagus cooking contest. Mays Lick, 606/763-6506.


22 Cumberland Falls Clean-Up Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. National River Clean-Up Week. Participants receive a t-shirt and lunch. Call: 606/528-4121.


22-23 Horsey Hundred Bike along scenic back roads. Georgetown College, 606/266-6419.


22-23 Pioneer Festival Get in touch with Kentucky's rustic roots. Berry, 800/382-7117.


23 Silverfest Rides, games, food, parade, crafts, flea market, and car show. Silver Grove, 606/441-3901.


27-30 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Pine Mountain State Resort Park. Concerts, dances, a carnival, and the crowning of the Mountain Laurel Queen highlight the arrival of summer and the blooming of mountain laurel. Call: 606/337-3066.


28-30 Memorial Day Weekend Celebrations Kentucky State Parks. Special activities and entertainment. Call the parks for more information.


28-30 Siege of Boones-borough Reenactment Fort Boonesborough State Park. A reenactment of the 1778 siege of Fort Boonesborough by French officers and British-allied Native Americans. Reenactment on Sat. & Sun. Period clothing, firearms, and equipment. Fort admission includes reenactment. Call: 606/527-3131.


28-30 28th Annual Shindig in the Mountains Natural Bridge State Resort Park. Clogging, Appalachian-style square dancing, live music, and entertainment. Admission charged. Call: 606/663-2214.


28-30 Kentucky Dressage Association Annual Show This competition features the best riders and horses in the country. Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, 606/873-2225.


29 Spring for the Arts Arts, crafts, music, food, and more. Downtown Mt. Sterling, 606/498-6264.


29 Third Annual Kroger Crusade for Children Bike Ride Around Green River Lake Campbellsville, 800/738-4719.


29 Willisburg Memorial Homecoming Yard sale, crafts, food, parade, memorial service, music, rides, and antiques. Willisburg, 606/375-4456.


29-30 Camp Nelson Living History Event and Skirmish on the River Kentucky's Civil War Heritage is explored at this great event, complete with a battle re-enactment. Nicholasville, 606/885-4500.


29-30 Crafts in the Village Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. Gilbertsville, Kentucky, 502/362-4271.


30 Capital City Classic Car Show Antique and classic cars. Capitol grounds, Frankfort, 502/875-5414.


31 Highland Games 5K Run Barren River Lake State Resort Park. Fee includes a t-shirt. Lucas, Kentucky. Call Debbie Jones at: 502/651-3811.


Late May-July Twilight Cabaret Kenlake State Resort Park. Hardin, Kentucky. Summer variety show. Admission charged. Call: 502/456-2399.