From our signature barbecued mutton and burgoo to our ties to the roots of bluegrass music, Owensboro is the culinary and cultural hub of western Kentucky. Owensboro hosts more than 20 annual festivals, including the International Bar-B-Q Festival and ROMP Bluegrass Festival, and is home to the International Bluegrass Music Museum, Spirits at Miller House – a “Top 60” bourbon bar – and the O.Z. Tyler Distillery.
Visiting Owensboro and the surrounding area appeals to bluegrass fans for many reasons. Some travel here for Bill Monroe’s high lonesome sound, while others bring instruments to play at informal jam sessions. That is not unusual in a town where bluegrass is played, and welcomed, just about anywhere.
Every second weekend in May, Owensboro springs to life with the wonderful smells and sounds of the International Bar-B-Q Festival. Smoke from hickory-stoked fires blends with the aromas of sizzling chicken, bubbling burgoo and roasting mutton to complete the festival atmosphere.
Friday After 5 offers FREE music every Friday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day, including the guest band on the BB&T Plaza, Gospel in Cannon Hall, and a Street Fair each weekend.
From the hottest new bluegrass performers to the pioneers, ROMP is perfect for those who grew up with this unique music and also for those wanting to learn about it!
The Multi-Cultural Festival brings music, foods, crafts, and dancing of many cultures together on the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church in August.
The Owensboro Pumpkinfest is all about pumpkins, food, fun, and free entertainment!
Celebrate the Fall season with apples, apples, apples, entertainment, carnival rides, hay rides, and arts & crafts at the Reid’s Orchard Apple Festival.
These folks won’t scare you, they’ll educate you. The Voices of Elmwood are about the interesting people who have a history with Owensboro-Daviess County and found their final resting place in Elmwood Cemetery.
Second Street in downtown Owensboro becomes Holiday Central for the Owensboro Christmas Parade, the largest Christmas parade in the Tri-State Area.