Take your pick of family-friendly festivals close to home!
ANDERSON COUNTY BURGOO FESTIVAL
Burgoo, vendors, music and festivities.
BI-WATER FARM FESTIVALS OF FALL
877 Cincinnati Rd., Georgetown
(502) 863-3676 / www.biwaterfarm.com
Fall festivals are open 7 days a week. General admission $10. Children 2 years and younger free. See website for times and complete listing of festival adventures.
BEREA SPOONBREAD FESTIVAL
One of Berea’s fun family weekend events featuring free live music, tethered balloon rides, 5K run, motorcycle show, arts and crafts, dog show, family activities in the park and, of course, spoonbread.
BLUEGRASS RAILROAD MUSEUM
175 Beasley Drive, Versailles
(859) 873-2476 / www.bluegrassrailroad.com
September 5-7 (Labor Day): Civil War Lincoln Steam Train, 2 p.m.
September 19: Ronald McDonald Clown train ride, 2 p.m.
October 10: Freight train photo excursion, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25: Pumpkin Patch Trains (pick your pumpkin), 2 p.m.
October 16-17: Halloween Haunted train ride, 8 p.m.
October 23-24: Halloween Haunted train ride, 8 p.m.
(Arrive 30 minutes before train departure)
BOURBON COUNTY SECRETARIAT FESTIVAL
Eighth Annual Bourbon County Secretariat Festival at historic Paris celebrating the legacy of the legendary 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat as well as the horse racing heritage of the Bluegrass.
1396 Pinckard Pike, Versailles
(859) 873-3097 / www.boydorchards.com
September 12-13: Apple Days Festival
September 19-20: Scarecrow Festival
September 26-27: Ole Cider Days Festival
October 3-4: Fall Festival
October 10-11: Pumpkin Festival
October 17-18: October Festival
October 24-25: Harvest Festival
Festivals include hayrides, farm animals, a corn maze, pony rides, unforgettable playground, train rides, face-painting, live music, gem mining, Apple Blossom Café & unique gift store, plus u-pick apples and pumpkins (in season). Festivals are 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon-7 p.m. on Sundays.
CHRIST THE KING OKTOBERFEST
299 Colony Blvd. / www.ctkoktoberfest.com
Enjoy German food, arts and crafts, a casino, a bake sale, live music and more. Friday, 4-11 p.m., and Saturday, 1-11 p.m.
CINCINNATI ZOO HALLZOOWEEN
3400 Vine Street / Cincinnati
(513) 475-6124 / www.cincinnatizoo.org
October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25
Little ghouls, boys, girls and animals can enjoy four spooktacular weekends of fun. Each Saturday and Sunday during HallZOOween, noon-5 p.m., kids (12 & under) can trick-or-treat their way around the Zoo, ride the Hogwarts Express (extra fee), and see Phil Dalton’s Theatre of Illusion (1 & 3 p.m.).
DANIEL BOONE PIONEER FESTIVAL
The Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival begins with a street dance on Friday evening and continues throughout the weekend with arts & crafts, talent contest, 5K run, and a Walk with Friends. The finale is the Sunday evening concert.
180 Stone Road / Georgetown
(502) 863-2255 / www.evansorchard.com
Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m.
Kick off the apple season with the annual Apple Festival. Fun for the whole family with pony rides and hayrides, a fun-filled play area, craft booths and huge selection of great food, including fried apple pies, caramel apples and apple cider. And, of course, there will be apple picking. Evans Orchard is open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sundays, noon-6 p.m. Admission is free. Individual activities have a small fee but children can purchase an all-in-one bracelet allowing access to all rides and games.
HARVESTFEST AT SHAKER VILLAGE
Kick-off the fall season with a down-home harvest celebration for the whole family. Climb hay stacks, take a hayride, bob for apples, scare the crows, meet the animals on the farm and enjoy live music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 adults & teens, $5 kids 6-12, kids 5 & under free
JOSEPHINE SCULPTURE PARK FALL ARTS FESTIVAL
Only $5 to park and you will enjoy a full day of free art activities and music for all ages and abilities. Printmaking, pottery wheel, tie-dye, art scavenger hunts, artwalk yoga, community sculpture and paint rockets. Expanded workshop opportunities for metal casting, glass blowing and blacksmithing. (Additional fees for these workshops).
KENTUCKY STATE BBQ FESTIVAL
Danville will be alive with the sights, sounds and smells of the fifth Kentucky State BBQ Festival. Fragrant blue smoke will fill the air as pulled pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket and ribs are cooked to perfection. This year’s festival promises to be a fun-filled and exciting time. The event features celebrity pit-masters, barbecue cook-offs, eating competitions, kids corner and a Kentucky Proud market.
MIDWAY FALL FESTIVAL
Historic downtown Midway
Enjoy arts, homemade crafts, live music, free train rides for the kids, petting zoo, sculptures, cornmeal mill and good food.
OKTOBERFEST ON MAIN
Visitors can enjoy a night of good food, live music and craft beers. The festival offers a sampling of craft beers – some from local micro-breweries located in Danville. Local food vendors are also on hand to sell delicious cuisine. 5-11 p.m.
African American Marketplace (Elm Tree Lane) : Shop the diverse vendors along the one mile stretch of the historic open market place. Friday 7-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
KidsFest (Near Short & Elm Tree) : A full day of fun with many activities for children to learn play and grow.
Heritage Parade : The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of Fourth and Elm Tree Lane and ends just prior to the historic Lyric Theatre followed by the Parade Band Showcase.
Lyric Theatre Gospel Celebration : Last but certainly not least is the Gospel Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. inside the The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center. Doors open at 1 p.m. Limited seating available and is first come, first served.
STS. PETER PAUL SCHOOL FALL FESTIVAL
423 West Short Street
254-9257 / www.sppslex.org
The fall festival is filled with inflatables and carnival games for the kids, a basket raffle, dunking booth, tasty food and beer, plus blackjack and live music by the Twiggenburys. 3-11 p.m.
WAVELAND ART FAIR
The feature will be on Kentucky artists offering fine handmade crafts in a uniquely historic setting. One price admission includes: Art Fair and Museum Tour: $5 for adults, children under 12 are free. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: Charla Reed, (859) 272-3611 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.