Fall Festival Guide 2012

Illustration by Chris Ware | Staff
Illustration by Chris Ware | Staff

Fall festivals are big in Kentucky.


Yes, almost every weekend through October, towns across Kentucky will serve up food, music, crafts and more during festivals, so they are a big deal. But some of the events also put a premium on size.

At the World Chicken Festival in London, you can sample treats from what the event claims is the world's largest stainless steel skillet. And the folks at the Casey County Apple Festival in Liberty will offer daily specials including a 10-foot chocolate chip cookie, a 10-foot pizza and a 10-foot apple pie baked from scratch.

And there is a vast array of crafts including hundreds of vendors at the St. James Court Art Show in Louisville and the annual craft show at South Elkhorn Christian Church in Lexington

Here is a list of upcoming festivals to help you plan your weekend travels and have a big time.

Sept. 14-16

Sts. Peter & Paul School Fall Festival. 4-11 p.m. Sept. 14. Sts. Peter and Paul School, Lexington. Carnival games, food, beer.

Festival Latino de Lexington. Sept. 14, 15. Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, Lexington. Music, dancing, fireworks, food.

Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Sept. 14, 15. Poppy Mountain, Morehead. $40-$50 per day.

Greensburg Cow Days. Sept. 14, 15. Downtown Greensburg. Greensburg

Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Sept. 14-16. Bardstown.

Lexington Greek Festival. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 15. The Red Mile Track Clubhouse, Lexington. $2. Greek food, music and dance. (859) 266-1921.

Chinese Moon Festival. Sept. 15. MoonDance at Midnight Pass, Lexington. Chinese food, dance and music.Free admission. (859) 533-6183.

Simon Kenton Festival. Sept. 15, 16. Old Washington, Maysville.

Midway Fall Festival. Sept. 15, 16. Crafts, food, demonstrators, entertainment and children's activities.

38th Annual Casey County Apple Festival. Sept. 15-22. Liberty.

Bi-Water Farm Autumn Fest. Sept. 15-Oct. 31. Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse, Georgetown. $9. (502) 863-3676.

Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park. 11 a.m.-Sept. 16. Josephine Sculpture Park, Frankfort.

Evans Orchard Harvest Festival. Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, Georgetown. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. (502) 863-2255.

Sept. 21-23

Boomslang. Sept. 20-23. Live music, readings, film screenings and more at Lexington venues. Presented by WRFL 88.1-FM. Ticket prices vary.

Christ the King Oktoberfest. Sept. 21, 22. Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington. Live music, food, games. Free admission.

Spoonbread Festival. Sept. 21-23. Downtown Berea. Hot air balloons, live music, arts and crafts. (859) 986-9760.

Lexington-Bluegrass Pagan Pride Day Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 22. Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, Lexington. Admission: donation of non-perishable food item in a can or box.

Harvest Fest. 5 p.m. Sept. 22. Thai Orchid Café, Lexington. $20-$50 in advance, $30-$60 at the door. Proceeds benefit Seedleaf. (859) 288-2170.

Quest Farm Harvest Days. Sept. 22, 23. Quest Farm, Georgetown. (502) 535-6064.

Sept. 28-30

World Chicken Festival. Sept. 27-30. Downtown London. Fried chicken, live music, dancing and more.

Waveland Fall Music Festival. 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington. Free. (859) 272-3611.

John Michael Montgomery's Country Fest. Sept. 28, 29. Lykins Park, Winchester. $30 a day, $50 weekend in advance; $40-$60 at the gate.

Studio 300 Festival of Digital Art and Music. Sept. 28, 29. Transylvania University Haggin Auditorium, Lexington.

Clover Bottom Baptist Church Fall Festival & Bake Sale. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29. 6321 Fords Mill Rd., Versailles. (859) 873-4636.

21st Annual Heritage Festival of St. Andrew Orthodox Church. Sept. 29, 30. St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church, Lexington. Food from the Middle East and Eastern Europe. (859) 223-5091.

HarvestFest at Shaker Village. Sept. 29, 30. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg. $15, $5 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger. 1-800-734-5611.

Marion County Country Ham Days. Sept. 29, 30. Country ham, music. Lebanon.

Oct. 5-7

56th Annual St. James Court Art Show. Oct. 5, 6 St. James Court, Louisville. Free admission. (502) 635-1842.

Apple Festival. Downtown Paintsville. Oct. 5, 6.

Festival of the Horse. Oct. 5-7. Downtown Georgetown.

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Perryville. Oct. 5-7. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Perryville. $15 adults, $7.50 ages 6-12 through Sept. 28; $20 adults, $10 ages 6-12 at the gate. (859) 332-8631.

Oct. 12-14

October Court Days. Oct. 12-15. Downtown Mount Sterling.

South Elkhorn Craft Show. Oct. 13. South Elkhorn Christian Church, Lexington. (859) 223-1433.

Kentucky Guild Fall Fair. Oct. 13, 14. Indian Fort Theater, Berea. $5 adults, free for ages 12 and younger. (859) 986-3192.

Oct. 19-21

Woolly Worm Festival. Oct. 19-21. Downtown Beattyville.