Festivals in Kentucky during the months of September and October

The following post is part of a series of things to do in and around Louisville during the months of September and October. All of my suggestions center on fun day trips to sites within an hour or so from Louisville so that booking accommodations in one of our Louisville Bed and Breakfasts is the best option. Our Inns are comfortable, reasonable, and you will be sure to have a wonderful breakfast. Check out the Inn of your choice and call for reservations. (Nancy Hinchliff, Innkeeper/free lance writer)

There is always something for visitors to do when they come to Kentucky, all year around and especially in the Fall. The weather usually continues to be warm right into October and visitors are still privvy to the scenic Kentucky countryside, our small villages and towns, and the city with all it’s interesting attractions and events. Most people like outdoor festivals and even more so when they are on a get-away and have time to enjoy them.

I have described in depth a few of my September and October favorites and then listed more at the bottom of the page with links. The first few mentioned are either in Louisville or close by.

MainStrasse Village OctoberFest in Covington, KY, Sept 9, 10 & 11, 2011

Celebrate fall with great German and American food, arts and crafts, entertainment, a Kinderplatz for young children and an Amusement Midway for the young at heart. Located in an historic neighborhood in downtown Covington, Kentucky, Oktoberfest fills 6 blocks with fun and entertainment for the entire family. Named as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festivals for September 2011, one of the Top Ten 2011 Events in Kentucky and one of Kentucky Tourism’s Top Ten 2010 Fall Festivals, MainStrasse “invites families and travelers from throughout the Midwest to join with local crowds in enjoying this festival. A great mix of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts attracts approximately 125,000 people to this popular festival in historic MainStrasse Village”, Covington, Kentucky. FRI. 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m, SAT. noon –11:30 p.m, and SUN.noon – 9:00 p.m. For directions and info, call: 859-491-0458 View MainStrasse Upcoming Events

Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown, Sept 13-18th

Bardstown, Ky is hosting a 6-day Kentucky Bourbon Festival, with the best Bourbon you can find, , delicious food, great entertainment and, of course, Kentucky hospitality. “From black tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. It’s a wonderful six-day event full of activities for the whole family.” If you go to Bardstown, again only an hour away from Louisville and east on I-64, you will find “…shops, fine restaurants, trains, museums and of course the distilleries that have made Bardstown famous the whole world over.” For a list of participating distilleries, click here. For info and directions, call 1-8oo-638-4877

Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival, Sept 22, 23, & 24

During the 4th weekend in September, in Vine Grove, the Blue Grass Music festival will be underway with three nights of continuous Kentucky-style music. Six fantastic Bluegrass bands will take to the open air stage and play to an excited audience of Blue Grass enthusiasts seated in bring-you-own lawn chairs under what they hope will be a clear sky. It begins on Thursday night at 6:00 PM and goes on through Friday night at 5:00 PM, and Saturday at 11:30 AM. Advanced 3 day ticket purchase is $40. Regular admission is Thursday $15, regular admission Friday & Saturday (Each day) $20. Tickets can be purchased at any Cecilian Bank location beginning August 1st. Admission is free for children 12 and under if they are accompanied by an adult. Tickets can also be ordered. Vine Grove is approximately one hour from Louisville. For more information and to learn about the featured bands and camping visit www.vinegrovebluegrass.com or call 270-877-5636.

Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, Madison, Indiana, Sept 24 and 25, 10-5 pm

The Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art welcomes artisans from across the nation and features artwork that is handmade and individually designed by the artist. Come and see fine selections of paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, weaving, folk art, jewelry, fiber, wood, baskets, clay, glass, paper, leather and wearable art. I’ve been to this festival and it is amazing. One thing I enjoyed a lot were the musicians who played every kind of instrument from Dulcimer to Banjo…charming! The small town of Madison, situated on the other side of the Ohio River from and close to Louisville , is magical place…so many antique shops, gift shops, and historic sites. You can also visit their winery, vineyards, and wild life refuge. For info and directions, call 800-559-2956.

Glendale Crossing Festival, Oct 15, 8-5 pm

I absolutely love Glendale. It’s a charming small country village with a couple of restaurants, a few antique and gift shops, a post office, and original railroad tracks running right through the middle of it. For the past 33 years, they have held their annual Crossing Festival on the third Saturday in October. And it’s barely an hour from Louisville right down I-65 south. With hundreds of booths featuring food, crafts, antiques and more, the Glendale Crossing Festival is a shoppers paradise. Be certain to mark this on your “don’t miss” list for 2011. There’s even a parade!For info and directions, call 270-369-6188

1. Auburn Autumn Days
Description: During the second weekend in September you will find Auburn transformed in a magical fall festival complete with crafts, food vendors and entertainment for all ages.
Location: Auburn, KY (Logan County)
Dates: 09/10/2011 – 09/11/2011
2. Casey County Apple Festival
Description: Worlds Largest Apple Pie, Carnival, Music, Parade, Special Events, Craft Boothes, Flea Market, and Food. Carnival on site. Cookie and pizza made in Apple Pie pan, all served free to public, Apple pie served on Saturday at Noon.
Location: Liberty, KY (Casey County)
Dates: 09/23/2011 – 09/25/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown
3. Fall Heritage Festival
Description: Fall Heritage Festival-Hall Road off HWY S. 55 live music, arts and crafts, pony rides, large quilt exhibit, hay rides, farm animals, face painting, hay maze, barrel train rides, food booths, antique farm equipment, water ram pump
Location: Campbellsville, KY (Taylor County)
Date: 09/10/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown
4. Garrard County International Festival
Description: Garrard County International Festival, food vendors, merchandise vendors, exhibitors, Entertainment,Tiny Tot and Mister and Miss Contest, Talent Show and Car Show.
Location: Lancaster, KY (Garrard County)
Date: 09/17/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown
5. KY Mule & Donkey Association State Championship Show
Description: A two day long event celebrating mules and donkey of all sorts .Featuring gaited walking mules to western quarter type mules to the adoreable mini-donkeys . A family oriented association invites everyone to the two day festival
Location: Liberty, KY (Casey County)
Dates: 09/16/2011 – 09/17/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown
6. Lawrence County Septemberfest
Description: Lawrence County September Fest – “Best Little Festival in Kentucky” This event is held annually, the first weekend after Labor Day. Events this year includes arts & crafts, food concessions, parade, car show, beauty pageant, 5K/10K run/walk, free music sh
Location: Louisa, KY (Lawrence County)
Dates: 09/09/2011 – 09/11/2011
Info: Link E-mail Hometown
7. Lloyd Memorial Athletic Department Craft Show and Vendor Extravaganza
Description: All indoor Show with crafters/vendors from the tri-state area. Family Friendly with live music, raffle and concessions. Event lasts from 9:00-4:00. Admission is $3 and Children are free. All proceeds from the Show go to benefit the Lloyd Memorial High Sch
Location: Erlanger, KY (Kenton County)
Date: 09/17/2011
Info: E-mail
8. Neon Area Days
Description: Kentucky’s only festival with two lanes of traffic running through the middle of it! Great music, Crafts, Games and the best food around, focusing on seeing family and friends as our main attraction
Location: Neon, KY (Letcher County)
Dates: 09/09/2011 – 09/10/2011
Info: E-mail
9. Salvisa Ruritan Country Days
Description: Pageants – open to KY youth Contests: Cake; Photo; Tournament: Corn Hole; 3 on 3 Basketball: Friday night Cruise-in 6 p.m. with LIVE music by the “non-Filters”. Saturday: Jordan Leigh in concert 1 to 3 p.m.; SHOWDOWN band 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Salvisa, KY (Mercer County)
Dates: 09/16/2011 – 09/17/2011
Info: E-mail
10. Saturday In Carlisle
Description: Come and Enjoy a day in Carlisle. Crafts, music, games and plenty of good food.
Location: Carlisle, KY (Nicholas County)
Date: 09/24/2011
Info: E-mail Hometown