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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.

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.

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.

Hometown Hero Hall of Fame

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215 E. 2nd Street
Owensboro, KY 42303

Browse through the “Hometown Hero”” Hall of Fame and view the celebrities that have reached national or international acclaim in their field that are from Owensboro and the surrounding regions. You might even see someone you know!
Located in the Owensboro Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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.

Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn

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2840 W. Parrish Avenue
Owensboro, KY 42301

Locally-owned with a world-famous buffet with homemade sides, burgoo, and desserts, plus a full salad bar. Dine-in or carryout.

Board Room with meeting space for 40 people.
Oak Room with seating space for 100 people

O.Z. Tyler Kentucky Bourbon Distillery

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10 Distillery Rd., Owensboro, KY 42301

Owensboro owes its rich bourbon history to its setting along a rail line and waterway, its tremendous limestone water source, extensive oak forests, and the hard work of local grain farmers. The location of the O.Z. Tyler® Distillery has been producing Bourbon Whiskey since 1885.

Recently opened to the public after an extensive renovation, you can visit the 26-acre O.Z. Tyler Distillery (formerly Charles Medley Distillers Kentucky) for a behind-the-scenes look at how Kentucky Bourbon is made. With an annual capacity exceeding 30,000 barrels of whiskey, a tour of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery covers every aspect of whiskey production, from grain, to mash, to barrel. After you’ve seen how whiskey is made, you’ll get to taste the end products—O.Z. Tyler Bourbon Whiskey, O.Z. Tyler Rye Whiskey, and O.Z. Tyler Honey Flavored Bourbon Whiskey.

The Gift Shop, open Monday through Friday from 10am – 3pm, features whiskey products, branded hats, shirts, glassware, and much more.
Tours are $10 and are offered Monday through Friday at 11am and 2pm. While you must be 21 to sample, the tour is open to all ages. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are very much “behind the scenes.” You will be walking around an active distillery, including up and down stairs and over uneven ground. It can be noisy and most areas are not temperature controlled. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Reservations are not required but are appreciated. Call 270-691-9001 or go to

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

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901 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art presents traveling exhibitions from major museums, galleries and private collections and rotating exhibitions from the permanent collection. The facility includes two structures listed on the National Register of Historic Sites: the 1909 Carnegie Library and the John Hampden Smith House, a pre-Civil War era mansion which serves as a decorative arts wing. The permanent collection features American, European and Asian fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th century to the present; a stained glass gallery of late 19th and early 20th century German stained glass windows; a collection of contemporary studio art glass; a major collection of American Folk Art with emphasis on the works of 20th century Appalachian artists and craftsmen; and a collection of works by artists and craftsmen with Kentucky connections from the early 1800′s to the present.

The Museum Art Market offers works for sale by regional artists and craftsmen.

An interactive art studio and special galleries offer hands-on educational activities for children.

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art has three wings containing 14 galleries. Additional amenities include guided museum tours, special presentations of various works of art, event photography, thematic music, and entertainment and catering assistance. For more information, contact Jason Hayden.

Accommodations include:

Carnegie Wing
Kentucky Spirit Gallery
Burlew Galleries
Gallery of Religious Art
20th Century Gallery
ARTLAND (Children’s Art Studio)

Owensboro Museum of Science & History

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122 E. 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY 42303


This large museum encompasses many adventures, including Encounter, a unique hands-on, minds-on gallery, a true “edu-tainment” experience. You will also have the opportunity to learn about government in the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center or Owensboro’s NASCAR connection with a cruise through the motorsports gallery, The Speedzeum.

The Coal Mine Gallery here visitors learn about the history and safety of coal mining in Western Kentucky, then get fitted for your “hard hat”, then begin the journey down the coal mine elevator!

Admission is $3 adults/children, $10 family, and special group rates are available.

Many of the museum’s galleries are available for meeting and banquet space, including the Mammoth Lobby, the Wendell Ford Center, the D.A.R. Room, the Derby Room, the River Room and the PlayZeum.

Owensboro’s Sassafras Tree

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2100 block of Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

The largest known Sassafras tree in the world, approximately 300 years old, is located on one of the main streets of Owensboro. The tree measures over 100 feet tall and 21 feet in circumference. A few other sassafras trees are 60 feet or taller, but the average sassafras is 30 to 50 feet tall.