Owensboro – The Perfect Recipe

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.

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Bluegrass Music Culture

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.

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International Bar-B-Q Festival

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.

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Friday After 5

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.

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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.

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