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Jazz, wool, fried chicken, cows — our fall festival list has all that and more

Carol Caldwell of Lexington looked at dresses during the 2013 Roots and Heritage Festival in Lexington. This year’s festival is Sept. 8 to 10.
Carol Caldwell of Lexington looked at dresses during the 2013 Roots and Heritage Festival in Lexington. This year’s festival is Sept. 8 to 10. Herald-Leader file photo

It’s that time of year when Kentucky communities from Louisville to Beattyville celebrate the things that make our state unique. Food is the focus of many events, including The Spoonbread Festival in Berea, the Sorghum Festival in West Liberty, and Marion County Country Ham Days in Lebanon.

Through October, you’ll have plenty of chances to hear live music, starting with this weekend’s PeteFest Music Festival in Louisville and the Fraley Festival of Traditional Music in Olive Hill.

We gathered a list of some of the events around the state to get you started.

Roots & Heritage Festival

Sept. 8-10. Elm Tree Ln. area near the Lyric Theatre, 300 E. Third St. Heritage parade, cultural crafts, food, music.

MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest

5-11 p.m. Sept. 8, noon-11 p.m. Sept. 9, noon-8 p.m. Sept. 10. Mainstrasse Village, Covington. Food, crafts, children’s activities.

PeteFest Music Festival

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 8-10. Jones Fields, 8401 Dawson Hill Rd., Louisville. More than 30 bands, food, art. $10-$125. Proceeds benefit the Pete Foundation.

Lake Cumberland Blues, BBQ & Arts Festival

5:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 8, noon-10:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Live music. Pulaski County Judicial Center, 117 E. South St., Somerset. Free.

Kentucky State BBQ Festival

5-10 Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 10. Wilderness Trail Distillery, 4095 Lebanon Rd., Danville. Barbecue competition, beer, music. Free admission, free parking.

Festival of the Horse

Sept. 8-10. Downtown Georgetown. Crafts, parade, food, carnival rides.

Fraley Festival of Traditional Music

Sept. 8, 9. Carter Caves State Resort Park, 344 Caveland Dr., Olive Hill. Concerts, workshops. Concert admission $5-$10, or $25 for all programs.

Waveland Art Fair

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10. Waveland State Historic Site, 225 Waveland Museum Ln., Lexington. Local wine and food vendors, artists. $5, free for ages 11 and younger.

Millville Hillbilly Daze Festival

10 a.m. Sept. 9. Millville Community Center, 715 McCracken Pk., Frankfort.

Artcroft Art & Antique Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9. Millersburg Civic Center, 1113 Main St. Millersburg.

Japan Summer Festival

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9. Robert F. Stephens Courthouse, 120 N. Limestone, Lexington. Cultural food, music, displays.

27th annual St. Andrew Heritage Festival

Noon-8 p.m. Sept. 9, noon-5 p.m. Sept. 10. Middle Eastern and Slavic foods, dancers, music. St. Andrew Orthodox Church, 1136 Higbee Mill Rd., Lexington.

Col. Bill Williams Music Festival

5-10 p.m. Sept. 9. Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Amphitheatre, 965 Lodge Rd., Greenup.

B3 Fest: Bacon, Bourbon & Beer

6-11 p.m. Sept. 9. Louisville executive aviation hangar, 2700 Gast Blvd. No. 1, Louisville. $45, includes all food items. $100 VIP all-inclusive with early admission. Proceeds benefit Kosair Charities.

Fall Arts Festival

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 10. Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd., Frankfort. Art activities, live music, food, beer. Free admission. Parking $5 per car.

Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Sept. 11-17. Bardstown. World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay, arts and crafts, bourbon tasting, food court. Some events require paid admission.

Jefferson Street Soiree

6-10 p.m. Sept. 13. Jefferson St., from Short St. to Maryland Ave., Lexington. Live music, enjoy food from Jefferson Street restaurants. The event is cash only. Free admission.

Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

Sept. 12-16. 80 Poppy Mountain Rd., Morehead. $20-$50 daily.

Black Gold Festival

Sept. 14-16. Downtown Hazard. Parade, music, food, crafts.

Spoonbread Festival

3-10 p.m. Sept. 15, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17. Memorial Park, W. Jefferson St., Berea. Spoonbread eating contest, hot air balloon glow, music, crafts.

Christ the King Oktoberfest

4-11 p.m. Sept. 15, 1-11 p.m. Sept. 16. 200 Colony Blvd. Live music including performances by Blessid Union of Souls and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, food and drink vendors, games, inflatables.

Salvisa Ruritan Country Days Festival

Sept. 15, 16. Downtown Salvisa. Live music, vendors, food.

Cow Days

Sept. 15, 16. Downtown Greensburg. Annie the cow, live music, food, crafts.

Fort Harrod Jazz Festival

6-11 p.m. Sept. 15, noon-10 p.m. Sept. 16, noon-6 p.m. Sept. 17. Old Fort Harrod State Park, , 100 S. College St., Harrodsburg. Live music, food, beer. Free admission.

Allison Douglas, 10, of Lexington danced the La Marias, a dance native to Chiapas in Mexico, presented by the Casa de Cultura Hispana de Lexington at the 2014 Festival Latino de Lexington. This year’s festival is Sept. 15 and 16. Matt Goins Herald-Leader file photo

Festival Latino de Lexington

5-11 p.m. Sept. 15, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 16. Robert F. Stephens Courthouse, 120 N. Limestone. Live music, dance, arts, and authentic cuisine.

Kentucky Artisans Expo

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16. Old Fort Harrod State Park, 100 S. College St., Harrodsburg. Artisans display and sell their work. Free.

Simon Kenton Festival

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17. 2028 Old Main St., Maysville. Historical re-enactments, live music, food.

Julie Wilsher of Midway and her son Corey looked at dancing dolls at the 2001 Midway Fall Festival. This year’s festival is Sept. 16 and 17. JOseph Rey Au Herald-Leader file photo

Midway Fall Festival

Sept. 16, 17. Midway Fall Festival, E. Main St., Midway. Free.

Casey County Apple Festival

3-11 p.m. Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 22, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 23. Downtown Liberty. World’s largest apple pie, parade, crafts, music.

World Chicken Festival

5-11 p.m. Sept. 21; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 22, 23; 1-5 p.m. Sept. 24. Downtown London. World’s largest skillet, fried chicken, music, parade.

Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival

Sept. 21-23. Vine Grove Optimist Park, 301 Knox Ave., Vine Grove. $15-$20.

Fall Mountain Folk Festival

Sept. 22-24. Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson St., Berea. Folk dances, workshops.

Morgan County Sorghum Festival

9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 22, 23; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24. Downtown West Liberty. Sorghum-making, crafts, parade, food vendors.

Marion County Country Ham Days

6-10 p.m.. Sept. 22; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 23; 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 24. Downtown Lebanon. Country ham breakfast; car, truck and motorcycle show; hot air balloons.

Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Days

Sept. 22-24. Downtown Pikeville. Live music, food.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill HarvestFest

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg. Food trucks, hay climbs, games, pumpkin painting, seasonal crafts. $15 adults, $5 ages 6-12. Access to daily programming included in admission.

Carroll County Tobacco Festival

Sept. 28-30. Downtown Carrollton. Parade, food, music.

Cave Run Storytelling Festival

Sept. 29, 30. Twin Knobs Campground, 5195 Ky. 801 S., Morehead. Daily admission $10-$25. Fri. and Sat. evening performances $5-$10. Full weekend $15-$45.

Saturday in Carlisle Festival

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 30. Nicholas County Courthouse, 125 E. Main St., Carlisle. More than 100 vendors, crafts, music, food.

St. James Court Art Show

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 6, 7; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8. St. James Court, E. Magnolia Ave., Louisville. Juried fine arts and crafts show featuring more than 700 exhibitors, food, music. Free.

Kentucky Wool Festival

10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 6, 7; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8. 48 Concord Caddo Rd., Falmouth. Sheep-shearing, herding, crafts, food, music. Admission $5.

Kentucky Apple Festival

Oct. 6, 7. Downtown Paintsville. Food, crafts.

Cody Lundergan fried potatoes during the 2014 Mount Sterling Court Days. This year’s Court Days are Oct. 13 to 16. Herald-Leader

Mount Sterling Court Days

8 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 13-16. Downtown Mount Sterling. Crafts, food, music.

Salt Festival

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15. Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, 3380 Beaver Rd., Union. Bluegrass music, crafts, food.

Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Fall Festival

4-11 p.m. Oct. 13, 2-11 p.m. Oct. 14. Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish, 601 Hill N Dale Dr., Lexington. Music, food, drinks.

Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue

9 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 13, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 14. Forkland Community Center, 16479 Forkland Dr., Gravel Switch. Live music, crafts, food. Admission $3, $1 ages 12 and younger.


5-11 p.m. Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 14, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 15. Downtown Harrodsburg. Beer, brats, art.

South Elkhorn Christian Church Fall Festival

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 14. South Elkhorn Christian Church, 4343 Harrodsburg Rd., Lexington. Food, live music, more than 100 booths featuring a variety of crafts.

Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15. Indian Fort Theatre, 2047 Big Hill Road No. 5, Berea. $5, free for ages 12 and younger.

Bardstown Arts, Crafts & Antiques Fair

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15. 1 Court Square, Bardstown. More than 200 artisans and craftsmen.

Party for the Pumpkins Fall Family Festival

2-6 p.m. Oct. 14. The Arboretum (State Botanical Garden of Kentucky), 500 Alumni Dr., Lexington. Pumpkins, crafts, creatures in costume. $7, $5 for Kentucky Children’s Garden season pass holders, free for children younger than 2, includes admission to Kentucky Children’s Garden.

Woolly Worm Festival

Oct. 20-22. Downtown Beattyville. Woolly worm races, live music, vendors.