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. Rootsfestky.com.
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. Mainstrasse.org.
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. Petefest.thepetefoundation.org.
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. Facebook.com/lakecumberlandbluessociety.
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. Kybbqfestival.com.
Festival of the Horse
Sept. 8-10. Downtown Georgetown. Crafts, parade, food, carnival rides. Festivalofthehorse.org.
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. Fraleyfestival.com.
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. Parks.ky.gov.
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. Pariskytourism.com.
Japan Summer Festival
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9. Robert F. Stephens Courthouse, 120 N. Limestone, Lexington. Cultural food, music, displays. Jask.org.
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. Facebook.com/standrewlexington.
Col. Bill Williams Music Festival
5-10 p.m. Sept. 9. Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Amphitheatre, 965 Lodge Rd., Greenup. Parks.ky.gov.
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. B3fest.com.
Fall Arts Festival
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 10. Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd., Frankfort. Art activities, live music, food, beer. Josephinesculpturepark.org. 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. Kybourbonfestival.com.
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. Jeffersonstreetsoiree.com. Free admission.
Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 12-16. 80 Poppy Mountain Rd., Morehead. $20-$50 daily. Poppymountainbluegrass.com.
Black Gold Festival
Sept. 14-16. Downtown Hazard. Parade, music, food, crafts. Blackgoldfestival.com.
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. Spoonbreadfestival.com.
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. CTKoktoberfest.com.
Salvisa Ruritan Country Days Festival
Sept. 15, 16. Downtown Salvisa. Live music, vendors, food. Facebook.com/salvisaruritanclub.
Sept. 15, 16. Downtown Greensburg. Annie the cow, live music, food, crafts. Greensburgcowdays.com.
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. Ftharrodjazzfest.com.
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. Lexingtonky.gov/festival-latino-de-lexington.
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. Parks.ky.gov. 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. Cityofmaysville.com/simon-kenton-festival.
Midway Fall Festival
Sept. 16, 17. Midway Fall Festival, E. Main St., Midway. Midwayfallfestival.com. 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. Caseycountyapplefestival.org.
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. Chickenfestival.com.
Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival
Sept. 21-23. Vine Grove Optimist Park, 301 Knox Ave., Vine Grove. $15-$20. Vinegrovebluegrass.com.
Fall Mountain Folk Festival
Sept. 22-24. Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson St., Berea. Folk dances, workshops. Berea-folk-circle.org.
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. Morgancountysorghumfestival.com.
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. Hamdays.com.
Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Days
Sept. 22-24. Downtown Pikeville. Live music, food. Tourpikecounty.com.
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. Shakervillageky.org.
Carroll County Tobacco Festival
Sept. 28-30. Downtown Carrollton. Parade, food, music. Carrolltontobaccofestival.com.
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. Caverunstoryfest.org.
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. Bit.ly/2iPI9hO.
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. Stjamescourtartshow.com.
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. Kywoolfest.org.
Kentucky Apple Festival
Oct. 6, 7. Downtown Paintsville. Food, crafts. Kyapplefest.org.
Mount Sterling Court Days
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 13-16. Downtown Mount Sterling. Crafts, food, music. Mtsterlingtourism.com.
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. Parks.ky.gov.
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. Maryqueenschool.org/mqhr-fall-festival.
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. Forklandcomctr.org.
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. Facebook.com/kyoktoberfest.
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. Southelkhorncc.org.
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. Kyguild.org.
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. Bardstownmainstreet.com.
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. Arboretum.ca.uky.edu.
Woolly Worm Festival
Oct. 20-22. Downtown Beattyville. Woolly worm races, live music, vendors. Heartofthekentuckyriver.com/woollywormfestival.