Kentucky September 18, 2017
8 Harvest Festivals In Kentucky That Will Make Your Autumn Awesome
While we all love a good summer festival, fall is the ideal time to get outside and celebrate this time of harvest and good fortune. The state of Kentucky is known for its festivals and this time of year does not disappoint. Some of the best gatherings of the year take place in the fall, so be sure to check out at least one of these to make your autumn awesome.
1. Casey County Apple Festival - Liberty, KY
As one of Kentucky's best street festivals, you'll have a sweet time at this one-of-a-kind gathering in Liberty. This year's festival is September 21-23, and includes 200 arts and crafts vendors, food and flea market booths, as well as pageants and a car show. It's a can't miss fall event!
2. Country Pumpkins - Dry Ridge, KY
Visit a working family farm in Dry Ridge, now through October 31st. Country Pumpkins hosts their Fall Festival each year and it's a one-stop-shop for fall family fun. Take a hayride, pick a pumpkin, ride farm-themed rides and taste some of their yummy treats. It's a classic fall experience that everyone will love.
3. Marion County Country Ham Days - Lebanon, KY
Join 40,000 of your closest Kentucky friends at one of the state's most popular festivals. Marion County Country Ham Days takes place September 22-24 and the highlights include a carnival, an epic country ham breakfast, a charming parade and a beautiful hot air balloon glow.
4. Bear Wallow Farm - Nancy, KY
Enjoy the cool, fall air and an old-fashioned farm festival at Bear Wallow Farm. Open weekends (Saturday 10am - 9pm, Sunday 1pm - 6pm) now through October 29th, there's a wide variety of harvest time fun to experience. Try your way through their infamous corn maze, relax on a tire swing, and pick the perfect pumpkin.
5. Court Days - Mt. Sterling, KY
Kentucky's oldest festival will be held October 13 - 16 this year and will celebrate the historic tradition of trading in this area of Kentucky. Specializing in many different arts and crafts, food and music, over 140,000 visitors will come from all over to celebrate fall and this standing Kentucky pastime.
6. Crittendon County Pumpkin Festival - Crittendon County, KY
This small Kentucky town comes to life with colorful pumpkins for the annual Crittendon County Pumpkin Festival on October 7th. Enjoy the town that will be filled with vendors, food, music, entertainment, and a classic car show.
7. Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival - Vine Grove, KY
If you'd like to celebrate harvest season with some classic Bluegrass music, then head to Vine Grove September 21 - 23. Bring your lawn chair - or you can even camp on site! - and relax to the colorful sounds of the bluegrass, along with plenty of good food and company.
8. Turning of the Leaves Festival - Augusta, KY
On October 14th, visit the Turning of the Leaves Festival in the charming town of Augusta. Lower Main Street will be lined with local and regional crafters and shops and restaurants will be ready to greet you. There will also be live entertainment and free trolley rides.
Fall is a great time to explore Kentucky and its small town festivals. Have you been to any of these traditional fall gatherings? Share your favorites in the comments!
And for the best time to view fall foliage in Kentucky this year, be sure to check out our recent article