Festivals

Calendar of Events

For a complete calendar of Owensboro area events and festivals, please click on the “Calendar” link at the top right of this screen. Or click here.

Dogwood Azalea Trail

Walk the picturesque and beautiful blooming tree-lined boulevards during the last two weeks in April and the first two weeks in May. Contact us for more details.

International Bar-B-Q Festival

Best described as “two days of barbecue heaven”, the International Bar-B-Q Festival fills the downtown riverfront with the aroma of hickory-smoked chicken, pork, beef and mutton. Live bands perform on three stages. The festival includes carnival rides, vendor booths, car show, motorsports, backyard barbecue competitions, and so much more.

Friday After 5

Phone: (270) 313-5885

Owensboro’s FREE live music festival plays on the riverfront from Memorial Day to Labor Day every summer. Main stage bands perform on the BB&T Plaza at RiverPark Center; acoustic entertainment takes place in the RiverPark Courtyard; Gospel on the River performs in Cannon Hall; local bands perform on the Smothers Park Overlook Stage and Party on the Pier; weekly Street Fairs line the riverfront.

It’s “Where The Weekend Begins” in Owensboro!

Dazzling Daylilies Festival & Balloons Over The Garden

25 Carter Road
Owensboro, KY 42301

Phone: (270) 852-8925

The Dazzling Daylily Festival brings beautiful blooms plus multiple activities for everyone to enjoy! Balloons Over the Garden will return as well. Check the Western KY Botanical Garden’s website for a complete schedule.

WKBG open every day from 9 a.m.-3p.m.

ROMP Bluegrass Festival

The annual ROMP Festival, the 4-day bluegrass and Americana music fest known for its stellar line-ups, friendly camping atmosphere, and easy access to artists, takes place at the end of June in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Original arts and crafts, farm-to-table healthy food vendors, and professionally-led children’s activities (including a spray park and playgrounds), endear audiences to ROMP. Above and beyond that, ROMP is beloved for its gorgeous setting. Yellow Creek Park, a 150-acre facility famous for its raptor rescue center, winding creek and fishing lake, sweeping tree-lines, nature trails and vast grassy fields, is very much part of the spirit and festival culture that brings thousands to ROMP each year.

The International Bluegrass Music Museum, producer of the event, will open new exhibits, host performances throughout the daytime, and present a film festival of documentaries the museum has produced on Bluegrass Music’s First Generation, including Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music.  Museum admission is free to festival-goers.

The complete festival lineup is available at Rompfest.com.

Fireworks Spectacular!

Join us in Downtown Owensboro for an incredible display of fireworks from the uniquely COMBINED CITY & COUNTY recognition of our nations independence and  Daviess County’s 200th birthday.  Performance by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra!

Trunnell’s Peach Jam Festival & Pageants

This unique festival celebrates everything peach! This is an event the whole family will enjoy. The event features a day of food, fun activities, live music, and Itsy-Bitsy Peach Pageant and Little Mr. & Miss Peach Pageant hosted by Trunnells! The festival starts off with a delicious Homemade Peaches & Pancake Breakfast. Spend the rest of the day at Trunnell’s picking your own peaches, sampling a variety of peach treats, exploring the attractions in the Family Fun Acre, mining for gems, arrowheads, or fossils at The Mining Sluice Adventure, visiting our farm animals, enjoying great food, and more!  (270) 733-2222

 

 

 

 

 

Daviess County Lions Club Fair

The Daviess County Lions Club Fair is held in July of each year at the Daviess County Fairgrounds. Come join the fun with tractor pulls, rides, food, and family fun! For a complete schedule, check  the Daviess County Fair website for more information.

Big O Music Fest

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.

Tickets can be purchased through the website.

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