City’s public events department nearing 10th anniversary

In September 2010, the Owensboro City Commission recommended the hiring of a public events director. Then-Mayor Ron Payne said the city needed more emphasis on the promotion of downtown and more coordination between city venues “such as the RiverPark Center, Sportscenter, a proposed bluegrass center and the coming downtown convention and events center.” Then-City Manager…

Top Two Things To Do In Owensboro: October 16-18

Oktoberfest At The Tent Get your Oktoberfest on at The Tent which sits across from Smothers Park on Veterans Boulevard on October 17 starting at 11 a.m.  An Oompa band will get you in the German spirit starting at 4 p.m.  Shawn Brashear will take the stage from 7-11.  Enjoy all varieties of beer, grab…

Owensboro makes national list of places to visit

Think you can’t enjoy a fall trip this year because of the pandemic? Well, this year, you don’t have to travel. You’re already in what Insider.com considers “one of the 16 best places to visit in the U.S. this fall.” The travel website lists “The Kentucky Triangle” — Owensboro, Bowling Green and Paducah — as…

Top Two Things To Do In Owensboro This Weekend: October 9-11

Live On The Banks Saturday night is music night in downtown Owensboro.  Live On The Banks is a free music series brought to you by the City of Owensboro.  Rack’em Leon will be performing at the Overlook stage.  Emma Brown will hold it down at the Allen Street Gazebo.  Both shows start at 7 p.m.…

CVB expecting big things in 2021

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has taken a huge chunk out of Owensboro’s $228 million tourism economy this year. The hotel occupancy rate in Owenboro in September was down to 42% from 57% in 2019 and 63% in 2018. But the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau and local attractions are promoting the…

Top Two Things To Do In Owensboro This Weekend: October 2-4

Wine Your Way Out  Can you escape a corn maze while sipping on your favorite adult beverage?  Come find out at Trunnell’s Farm Market & Family Fun Acre on October 2.  At this adult only event, you’ll get to try wine from local wineries, Kentucky Beer from Kentucky Breweries and bourbon from Owensboro’s own Green…

CVB hoping entertainment returns with Friday After 5

“There’s a lot of activity going on in Owensboro,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, told his board last week. “We’re not hitting home runs, but we’re hitting a lot of singles. We’re getting ready for the recovery.” Festivals, tournaments and concerts have been canceled this year by the coronavirus…

The Bourbon Review Calls Owensboro A Great Bourbon Weekend Escape

One of the most popular bourbon publications in the world, The Bourbon Review says the Owensboro is the perfect bourbon themed weekend escape.   Kentucky’s fourth largest city ranks even higher on charm, adventure, and we’re sure it’s the best bourbon-inclusive getaway destination you can plan to visit right now.  Owensboro, Kentucky is, from the…

Top Two Things To Do In Owensboro This Weekend: September 25-27

Symphony Stroll COVID-19 might have cancelled The Owensboro Symphony’s regular season of indoor concerts, but it hasn’t stopped their creativity.  On September 25 from 6-8 p.m., catch a free concert throughout the riverfront.  Symphony members will be scattered along the riverfront performing varying pieces of music, including brass quintets, string quintets, and an ensemble that…

‘Energy on Ice’ coming downtown

From 2004 to 2011, BB&T Plaza at the RiverPark Center became a giant skating rink, part of downtown’s “Winter Wonderland.” The event drew an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 people to downtown between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day each year. But it got to be too expensive and ended after eight years. On Nov. 27, a…