Kentucky Spring Events and Year of Food

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Kentucky has long been home to thriving communities that year after year celebrates the state’s history, artisans, and performers. As such, Kentucky continues to flourish as a haven for its array of remarkable entertainment and top-of-the-line hospitality. There are more fun-filled events for all ages in 2018 than ever before as the state presents an exciting spring schedule of festivals, fairs, and cultural adventures:

May – June, 2018 Events

International Bar-B-Q Festival
Owensboro, May 11-12

This May marks the 40th anniversary of the International Bar-B-Q Festival. Enjoy four stages of live music, all the BBQ one can eat and the exhilarating team competition for the ‘best secret recipes.’ The winner is awarded the Governor’s Cup for the best overall Bar-B-Q cooking team. For more information, visit

BBQ, Blues and Bikes Festival
Elizabethtown, May 26

Elizabethtown will be buzzing with excitement as families enjoy the smell of BBQ, the rockin’ sounds of blues music and the sight of thousands of motorcycles. Held in the heart of the city, the BBQ, Blues and Bikes Festival will also have special contests! For more information, visit

Kentucky Reggae Festival
Louisville, May 26

Louisville’s premier Memorial Day event, the Four Roses Bourbon Kentucky Reggae Festival celebrates Caribbean culture in Kentucky. Festival highlights include authentic Jamaican dishes, unique treasures among the arts, crafts, jewelry and live Reggae music. For more information, visit

Great American Brass Band Festival

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