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Bar-B-Q Festival The Bar-B-Q Festival brings thousands to downtown Owensboro for a weekend of music, crafts and Bar-B-Q! Always the second weekend in June.
Friday After 5 Friday After 5 offers free music on the downtown riverfront every Friday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The main stages are RiverPark Center Patio on the east end of Smothers Park and The Pier on the west end. Music is also offered on the Smothers Park Overlook, the RiverPark Center Courtyard and sometimes inside RiverPark Center’s Cannon Hall
River of Music Party 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!
Multi-Cultural Festival The Multicultural Festival brings music, foods, crafts, and dancing of many cultures together on the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church in August.
Reid’s Orchard Apple Festival Celebrate the Fall season with apples, apples, apples, entertainment, carnival rides, hay rides, and arts & crafts at the Reid’s Orchard Apple Festival.
Voices of Elmwood 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.
Owensboro Christmas Parade Second Street in downtown Owensboro becomes Holiday Central for the Owensboro Christmas Parade, the largest Christmas parade in the Tri-State Area.
Fountains at Sunset Owensboro’s Riverfront features Smothers Park and is the home of the Shelton Memorial Park, honoring POW/MIA’s from all wars. It features synchronized fountains, an outdoor children’s spray park and playground includes handicap-accessible, overhead ramps inside large artificial trees. The park spans five city blocks and covers over five acres of land. It also offers outdoor space for events, with concessions and restroom facilities.
Owensboro Museum of Fine Art The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art offers traveling exhibits, plus selections from their permanent collection year-round. In addition, the Holiday Forest in December has become a popular holiday tradition.
Western Kentucky Botanical Garden The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden has beauty to offer all year round. WKBG has seven established gardens – Butterfly, Rose, Daylily, Iris, Herb, Fruit & Berry, and the Takahashi Japanese Memorial Garden. The Garden offers many special programs throughout the year, including many children’s activities in their Playhouse.
Owensboro Dragon Boat Races The Owensboro Dragon Boat Races are held each August on the Ohio River at English Park, with teams competing for a trophy and bragging rights. Along with the races, there are fun activities at the Park all day long.
Monsters on the Ohio Monsters on the Ohio is a great opportunity in October for anglers to try to beat the Kentucky State Record for Bluecat.