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Calendar of Events

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For a complete calendar of Owensboro area events, please click on the “Calendar” link at the top right of your screen.

Annual Holiday Forest

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More than a dozen monumental Christmas trees, designed and decorated by area artists, floral designers and cultural organizations, interpret the current exhibition at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art. 270-685-3181

Area Parish Barbecue Picnics

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Annual Barbecue Picnics

May – Carmel Home, Owensboro
2501 Old Hartford Rd, Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 683-0227

May – St. Mary of the Woods, Whitesville
10534 Main Cross St, Whitesville, KY 42378
(270) 233-4196

June – Precious Blood, Owensboro
3306 Fenmore St, Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 684-6888

June – St. Pius Tenth, Owensboro
3512 E. 6th St, Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 684-7456

June – Our Lady of Lourdes, Owensboro
4029 Frederica St, Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 684-5369

June – St. Mary Magdalene, Sorgho
7232 KY Highway 56, Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 771-4436

July – St. Denis, Fancy Farm
2758 State Route 1748, Fancy Farm, KY 42039
(270) 642-2586

July – Immaculate Conception, Hawesville
430 Main Cross St, Hawesville, KY 42348
(270) 927-8419

July – St. Alphonsus, St. Joseph
7925 State Route 500, Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 229-4164

July – St. Peter of Alcantara, Stanley
81 Church St, Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 764-1983

July – Blessed Mother, Owensboro
601 E 23rd St, Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 683-8444

Aug. – St. Jerome, Fancy Farm
20 KY-339, Fancy Farm, KY 42039
(270) 623-8181

Aug. – Blessed Sacrament, Owensboro
602 Sycamore St, Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 926-4741

Aug. – St. Martin, Rome
5856 KY-81, Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 685-0339

Sept – Holy Name Catholic Church Fall Festival, Henderson
628 2nd St, Henderson, KY 42420
(270) 827-3425

Sept. – Mount St. Joseph, Maple Mount
8001 Cummings Rd, Maple Mt, KY 42356
(270) 229-0200

Sept. – St. Stephen Cathedral, Owensboro
610 Locust St, Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 683-6525

Sept. – Christ the King, Madisonville
1600 Kingsway Dr, Madisonville, KY 42431
(270) 821-5494

Sept. – St. Columba, Lewisport
815 Pell St, Lewisport, KY 42351
(270) 295- 3682

Sept. – St. Lawrence, Knottsville
6007 St. Lawrence Rd, Philpot, KY 42366
(270) 281-4802

Sept – St. William Parishes, Knottsville
KY-144, Philpot, KY 42366
(270) 281-4802

Sept – Immaculate, Owensboro
2516 Christie PL, Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 683-0689

Sept. – St. Mary of the Woods, Whitesville
10534 Main Cross St, Whitesville, KY 42378
(270) 233-4196

Visit our events calendar for specific dates and serving times for each barbecue picnic.

Back Alley Musicals

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Back Alley Musicals is Owensboro’s musical theatre production company that stages four Broadway musicals each year using outstanding local and area musical talent at the RiverPark Center. For a season schedule, visit For more information, contact the BAM office at (270) 925-4963. For tickets, contact the RiverPark Center Box Office at (270) 687-2787 or go to

Big O Music Fest

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The Big O Music Fest, the best time in Owensboro, features some of the top names in country music and is held annually at Reid’s Orchard.

This year’s lineup features Headliner, Billy Currington, 38 Special and Mark Chestnut with Lauren Alania, Sundy Best, Big Smo and Adam Wakefield.

Tickets can be purchased through the website.

Gates open at noon with performances beginning at 1 p.m.

East Bridge Art & Music Festival

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Studio Slant hosts the 4th annual East Bridge Arts Festival. More than 50 artists from around the region showcase their amazing talents while dozens of teams turn the streets around the festival into a canvas of incredible chalk art.

This year features the return of the Bridge Walk. Walkers, runners, strollers can travel across the Ohio River on the Glover Cary (Blue) Bridge during the day.

624 Emory Drive, Owensboro, KY 4230, Phone: 270-684-3570

Friday After 5

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101 Daviess St. – 199 W Veterans Blvd, Owensboro, KY, 42303

May – September

Owensboro’s popular FREE concert series returns to the downtown Owensboro Riverfront for its 17th year for the perfect way to start your weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Each week, Friday After 5 spans from RiverPark Center through Smothers Park to the Owensboro Convention Center along the Ohio River.

Check out all six venues:
• The “Party Pier” sponsored by Don Moore Automotive features live music and is adjacent to the Owensboro Convention Center on the west end of Smothers Park.
• The BB&T Plaza Patio at RiverPark Center also features live music and is on the east end of the park.
• The Atmos Energy Courtyard on Daviess Street between RiverPark Center and the International Bluegrass Music Museum offers even more live music.
• The Kroger Street Fair throughout Smothers Park includes vendors, unique children’s events and special appearances by your favorite cartoon land stars.
• Glenn Family Services sponsors Gospel on the River, a series of free concerts featuring gospel groups inside RiverPark Center’s Cannon Hall.
• Don’t miss the Open Acoustic Jam and live, local entertainers on the Smothers Park Overlook Stage near the signature fountains.

Haunts of Owensboro

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109 E. 2nd Street
Owensboro, KY 42303

Take a walking tour of some of downtown Owensboro’s rumored haunted buildings. This 1 1/2 hour tour will cover some of Owensboro’s favorite ghost stories and sightings. Sights include Trinity Center, home of Theatre Workshop of Owensboro, the Owensboro Area Museum of Science & History, the Daviess County Courthouse, and others.
Tours begin and end at The Creme Coffee House at 109 E. 2nd Street on Friday and Saturday nights.
Call for reservations.

International Bluegrass Music Museum

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117 Daviess Street
Owensboro, KY 42303

IBMM is the only international museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history, collections, and artifacts of bluegrass music – an exciting, original American art form with its genesis in Kentucky. This facility is a state-of-the-art cultural center, paying tribute to the bluegrass pioneers and other legends, enlightening its public and inspiring its future. IBMM is committed to being a Living Museum and serves as the base of operations for numerous arts projects augmenting the public’s awareness, acceptance, and love for this original Kentucky art form. They provide an exciting hands-on museum experience complete with live music and clogging for larger tours. Visit exhibits showcasing photos from the earliest bluegrass music festivals of this nation, and works of art inspired by the folklore traditions and beauty of our music. The museum offers many varied tours.

Owensboro Dance Theatre

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2705 Breckenridge Street, Owensboro, KY 42303

Owensboro Dance Theatre has provided professional dance instruction and quality performances to the Tri-State area for over 25 years. ODT produces two main stage productions each season performed at RiverPark Center in downtown Owensboro. A unique version of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker”, is presented each December, plus an “In Concert” performance in March. Both concerts feature ODT Company and Apprentice Company members, professional guest artists, and community members.