Bring the bluegrass on! The 2018 ROMP (River of Music Party) Festival is almost here and it’s bigger than ever! The four-day music festival will take place June 27-30 at Yellow Creek Park, and feature iconic artists such as Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush and Doyle Lawson. The complete lineup can be seen here.
But here’s something you don’t know. There’s so many incredible things going on in Owensboro during the festival that mostly happen when there’s no music on the ROMP stage–earlier parts of the day. If you’re looking to go off-site for a while, check out the free transportation provided via trolley courtesy of Visit Owensboro. The trolley will even have local guides to help share Owensboro’s story. Travel between ROMP and The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Hampton Inn Downtown Owensboro/Waterfront, Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront and the Western Kentucky Botanical Gardens. Live music will be performed at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday and Friday. While you’re there, visit the world-famous Smothers Park and several miles of phenomenal shopping and dining in downtown Owensboro. The Botanical Garden’s award-winning annual Dazzling Daylily Festival will overlap with ROMP, offering a special admission rate of $3 for all ROMP-goers with your wristband! Check out all the awesome events happening at the Daylily Festival here.
Wanting to further escape the heat and explore Owensboro? The O.Z. Tyler Distillery shuttle will run between ROMP and the distillery throughout the festival. New to the public, tours through the distillery provide a behind-the-scenes look at how Kentucky bourbon whiskey is made for just $10! That includes tastings and your transportation!!!
If you want to travel on your own time, Owensboro has Lyft. There will be a giant sign to show where you can catch a Lyft. Just use the Lyft app to get your ride. Complete schedules will be provided to every ROMP guest after receiving their festival bracelet upon arrival.
This year’s lineup is sure to provide a jam-packed weekend. Take advantage of all that Owensboro has to offer and ROMP your heart out!