SEPTEMBER EVENTS TO ENJOY IN KENTUCKY
(Please Call Ahead Before Driving Long Distances - Dates May Change.)
4 "Dive-In" Movie E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. Enjoy an outdoor movie while floating in your innertube in the olympic size swimming pool. $2/person. Call:502/426-8950.
4-6 Gospel Music Weekend Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park. Gospel groups from Kentucky and surrounding states will perform. Special devotional service on Sunday. Call:502/433-7431.
4-6 32nd Annual Square Dance and Music Festival Natural Bridge State Resort Park. Appalachian-style and western-style square dancing, clogging, and more. Admission charged. Call:606/663-2214.
4-6 Lawrence County Septemberfest Celebrate the Labor Day holiday with music, antiques, and great food. Louisa, 606/638-4555.
4-6 Horse Trial Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park, 800/678-8813.
4-7 Labor Day Weekend Celebrations Kentucky State Parks. Most of the state parks will bid farewell to summer with special activities and entertainment. Contact the individual parks for events and schedules.
4-7 Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival This event honors the pioneer spirit of Boone and his family with contests, dances, arts and crafts, and food. Winchester, 606/744-0556.
4-7 Breathitt County Honey Festival This celebration of civic pride is topped off with pageants, contests, and arts and crafts. Jackson, 606/666-7414.
4-7 Swift Silver Mine Festival This festival will bring out the miner in everyone. Campton, 606/668-6177.
4-7 Florence Y'All Festival This street fair has something for everyone. 606/371-5491.
5 Boston Steele Day Kincaid Lake State Park. This event features craft demonstrations, arts, and crafts, music, and a fish fry. $10/booth fee/vendor. Free admission to the public. Call: 606/654-3531.
5 Monroe County Watermelon Festival Pay homage to the best taste all summer! Be sure to experience the rolley-hole marble tournament. Tompkinsville, 502/487-5504.
5 Pine Mountain Settlement School Community Fair The crafts here are phenomenal! 606/558-3258.
5 Marigold Festival This festival is great for the whole family with a parade, arts and crafts, and food. Williamstown, 800/382-7117.
5 Rabbit Hash Old Timers Day Enjoy the old time beauty of this Ohio River town. 606/586-7744.
5 Everly Brothers Homecoming Central City, 502/754-9603.
5-6 Sandy Hook Tobacco Festival Join locals in paying homage to their number one cash crop. 606/738-6489.
5-6 Championship Cat Show Louisville, Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, 502/425-1557.
5-7 Bluegrass Festival Barbourville, 606/546-6197.
5-7 Festival in the Park and Little Mountains Quilt Show Monticello, 606/348-3064.
5-7 Tristate Gospel Singing Breaks Interstate Park, 800/982-5122.
5-7 All-Arabian Combined Classic Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park, 800/678-8813.
6 Picnic in the Park with the Pops Pine Mountain State Resort Park, 606/337-2237.
6 Kentucky Mountain Bike State Champions General Butler State Resort Park, 502/484-2998.
6 Deafestival Join this celebration of the accomplishments made by the hearing impaired. Louisville, 800/372-2907.
7 Catlettsburg Labor Day Celebration A great way to spend the holiday, complete with a parade, music, and food. 606/739-5126.
7 Admirals Day at Ft. Boonesborough Join this land locked regatta! Ft. Boonesborough State Park, 606/527-3131.
9-12 Carroll County Tobacco Festival Come out and salute the burley farmers! Carrollton, 502/732-6844.
9-13 Richmond Kids Days Bring the kids for a fun and educational day. 800/866-3705.
10-12 Williamsburg Trading Days Crafts galore and more! 606/549-2285.
10-12 Meadowgreen Park Fall Festival Great Bluegrass music! Clay City, 606/928-2121.
11-12 Poole Harvest Daze Celebrate the coming bounty with pageants, contests, food, and family fun. Poole, 502/639-5072.
11-12 Blues to the Point-Two Rivers Blues Festival Carrollton, 800/325-4290.
11-13 Oktoberfest Everyone is German at this fall festival. Covington, Main Strasse Village, 606/491-0458.
11-13 Lawrence County Septemberfest This street festival hosts activities for everyone. Louisa, 606/638-4555.
11-13 Dressage at the Park Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park, 800/678-8813.
12 Old Timers Car and Truck Cruise Corinth, 800/382-7117.
12 Rosine Quilt Show 502/274-3056.
12 Wish Upon a Star Bring the kids for an evening of planet watching, star gazing, and folklore. Frankfort, Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, 606/873-5711.
12 Old Fashioned Day Celebration Enjoy a full day of varied entertainment. Walton, 606/485-4383.
12 Kentucky Highland Folk Festival Experience an evening of traditional song, dance, and storytelling. Prestonsburg, 606/886-1341.
12 Taste of Harrison County Sample local taste treats. Cynthiana, 606/234-5416.
12-13 Old Timers Day The hills come alive with Appalachian crafts and foods. Gray, 606/546-2295.
12-13 Trimble County Apple Festival This fall fest has it all, from arts and crafts to a car show. Bedford, 502/255-7418.
12-13 Trail of Tears Indian Pow Wow Hopkinsville, 502/886-8033.
12-13 "A Death in the Family" Explore Shaker death and funeral practices. Harrodsburg, Shaker Village, 606/734-5411.
12-13 Salvisa Country Festival Food, crafts, and fun make this the place to be. 606/865-2239.
12-13 Robbie Murphy Hunter/Jumper Show Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park, 800/678-8813.
12-13 Golden Armor Festival This annual celebration commemorates Fort Knox and her sister city, Radcliff. 502/351-4450.
12-14 Kentucky Hardwood Festival Come out and honor Kentucky's beautiful hardwood trees with a parade, arts and crafts, and a car show. Morehead, 800/654-1944.
13 Slone Mountain Squirrel Festival Visit this real down home mountain festival. McDowell, 606/886-3565.
13 Balloon Race Watch over 25 balloons race through the Central Kentucky sky. Nicholasville, 606/885-4500.
16 200th Birthday Celebration A time capsule will be dug up along with much more. Nicholasville, 606/885/4500.
17-19 Morganfield Corn Festival 502/389-3761.
17-20 Black Gold Festival Bring the whole family to this wonderful festival celebrating the areas mining heritage. Hazard, 606/436-0161.
17-20 Festival of Kentucky Folklife Bring the whole family to witness and learn living traditions in Kentucky. Frankfort, 502/564-3016.
17-20 Kidzmania This family event is full of interactive activities and attractions for kids of all ages. Lexington, Heritage Hall, 606/299-0411.
17-21 Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Morehead, 606/784-2492.
18-19 Somerfest '98 This downtown street fair will feature live music, entertainment, food, and a great arts and crafts show. Somerset, 606/679-8376.
18-19 Cow Days A bovine good time! Greensburg, 502/932-4271.
18-20 Antique Gas and Steam Engine Show Paducah, 800/PADUCAH.
18-20 Poage Landing Days Celebrate the river front with national entertainers, arts and crafts, and more. Ashland, 800/377-6249.
18-20 Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival Be sure to experience this crafts extravaganza. 502/267-1674.
18-20 Festival of the Horse The Bluegrass honors its most glamorous industry with music, exhibitors, and crafts. Georgetown, 502/863-2547.
18-20 Waynesburg Pioneer Days This small town honors its heritage with a rodeo, contests, and more. 606/379-6065.
18-20 Constitution Square Festival Sample life as it was 200 years ago. Danville, 606/239-7089.
18-20 Sorghum and Tobacco Festival Two of the areas main stays come to life! Springfield, 606/336-3810.
18-20 Mushroom Foray Natural Bridge State Resort Park. Field trips, photography tips, mushroom programs, and evening programs. $6/family, $4/person. Call: 606/663-2214.
19 Millville Hillbilly Daze Join the locals in this small town with food and fun! 606/873-3235.
19 Island Bridge Festival Join Islanders in a celebration of their hometown. 502/486-3292.
19 Southern Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Annual Show Bowling Green, 502/781-2640.
19 Mayfield Antique and Folkart Festival 502/247-6101.
19 Harvest Celebration Take a step back in time. Land Between the Lakes, 800/LBL-7077.
19 Fall Migration Walks John James Audubon State Park. 8 a. m. and 1 p. m. At 8 a. m. we will walk the Wilderness Lake trail in search of migrating warblers, waterfowl, and songbirds. At 1 p. m. we will car pool to the Sauerheber Wildlife Refuge to catch and tag migrating Monarch butterflies, and observe migrating waterfowl. $10/butterfly tagging kits. Call: 502/826-2247.
19 Trashmasters Classic Barren River Lake State Resort Park. An annual lakeshore clean-up, followed by a cookout and live entertainment. Co-sponsored by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Call: 502/646-2151.
19 Operation Clean Sweep Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. An annual event dedicated to the clean-up of trash and litter around Dewey Lake. A cookout is provided for all volunteers. Co-sponsored by Prestonsburg Wal Mart. Call: 606/886-2711.
19 Lakeshore Clean-Up Rough River Dam State Resort Park. This annual event to clean the lakeshore (8 a. m.-12 noon) is co-sponsored by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Lakeshore Clean-Up Committee, and Rough River Dam State Resort Park. A picnic and entertainment follows for the volunteers. Call: 502/257-2311.
19-20 Ursuline Campus Art Fair Louisville, 502/896-3999.
19-20 Simon Kenton Festival Honor the pioneer spirit with demonstrations, crafts, and food. Maysville, 606/759-7423.
19-20 Audubon Park Arts and Crafts Festival Louisville, 502/458-3058.
19-20 Apple Butter Days Watch skilled cooks boil all of the ingredients to perfection in big black kettles. Big Clifty, 502/862-3528.
19-20 Heritage Stakes Croquette Tournament Wurtland, McConnell House, 606/473-9371.
19-20 Buffalo Days This community festival celebrates through crafts, food, music, and more. Buffalo, 502/325-3673.
19-21 Bike Trek to Shakertown The American Lung Association sponsors this luxury bicycle tour. 800/586-4872.
19-21 Rowan County Harvest Festival Celebrate the harvest with crafts, food, and rides. Morehead, 606/784-2062.
20 Salt River Canoe Race Shepherdsville, 502/543-2257.
20 Mayfield Antique and Folk Art Festival 502/247-6101.
20 Oxmoor Steeplechase Louisville, 502/588-8491.
20 Antique Car Show Blue Licks Battlefield State Park. A car show sponsored by the Robinson County Farm Bureau. Call: 606/289-5507.
21-26 National Quartet Convention Louisville, Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, 502/367-5005.
24-26 Casey County Apple Festival Snack and shop. Liberty, 606/787-6670.
25-26 Great American Dulcimer Convention Pine Mountain State Resort Park. The sounds of Appalachian Lap and Hammered dulcimers ring through the mountains, as the finest dulcimer players in the country gather to play in concert and conduct workshops. Package price includes workshops and concerts. 15% lodging discounts. Call: 606/337-3066.
25-26 Jesse Stuart Weekend Learn about the life and works of this famous native author. Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, 606/473-7324.
25-26 Old Market Days and BBQ on the River Holiday shopping and delicious BBQ! Paducah, 502/444-8649.
25-26 Clarkson Honey Fest This is the sweetest festival in all of Kentucky. 502/242-2111.
25-26 Shepherdsville Old Tyme Homecoming Come home to a parade, pageants, and more. 502/543-5667.
25-26 Hartford Old Tyme Days Take a step back to a simpler time with crafts, demonstrations, and food. 502/298-3177.
25-27 Morgan County Sorghum Festival Bring the whole family to experience crafts, food, and fun. West Liberty, 606/743-7203.
25-27 Flint Knappers Weekend Wickliffe Mounds, 502/335-3681.
25-27 Anderson County Burgoo Festival A whole festival around that famous stew with a little of this and a little of that. Lawrenceburg, 502/839-7271.
25-27 Independence Civic Founder's Day Honor the establishment of this town with crafts and history. 606/363-0453.
25-27 Pride of Yesteryear Machine Show Tollsboro, 606/289-5647. (Cont. on Page 108)
26 Tri-State Book Fair Meet over 60 authors and purchase hundreds of works. Owensboro, 502/687-2770.
26 Little River Arts and Crafts Fair Hopkinsville, 502/887-4270.
26 Switzer Covered Bridge Fest The floods may have taken the bridge, but they couldn't rob the community's spirit. Switzer, 502/695-1146.
26 "A Shaker Worship Service" Come worship with the University Singers from the University of Louisville. Harrodsburg, Shaker Village, 606/734-5411.
26 Glasgow Arts and Crafts Fair 502/678-6773.
26-27 Sorghum Fest Get to know Kentucky's version of sugar at this small country gathering. Big Clifty, 502/862-3528.
26-27 Marion County Country Ham Days Don't be a lazy little piggy! Make sure you get your bacon to this one! Lebanon, 502/692-9594.
26-27 Autumn Fest Celebrate fall among pumpkins, crafts, and more. Georgetown, 502/863-3676.
26-27 Heritage Stakes Croquet Tournament Wurtland, McConnell House, 606/329-8604.
26-27 Onton Hay Days Take a roll for contests and concerts. 502/884-3411.
27 Erlanger Heritage Days Celebrate this city's heritage with music, crafts, and more. 502/727-2504.