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Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: March 11-13

Home & Garden Show    

It’s going to be a homeowner’s paradise this weekend with the Owensboro Home & Garden Show bringing you all the homebuilding and remodeling tips and tricks you could ask for. Located at the Owensboro Convention Center, the Home & Garden Show will convert over 44,000 square feet of convention space into a land filled with exhibitors showing off the latest innovations in remodeling and home design. Hosted by the Home Builders Association of Owensboro, this show will bring you both indoor and outdoor home design experts. The Home & Garden Show is free to attend and will take place March 11-13, starting on Friday from 5-8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. All aspects of remodeling will be on display, so get all your ideas together before heading out and prepare to be inspired!

State Fiddle Championships 

You’ll have the chance to see some of the best fiddle players in the state perform their craft this weekend, with the Kentucky State Fiddle Championships coming to you live on March 12 at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum. As a music-centric cultural center, those at the Bluegrass Museum love celebrating rich history and great stories behind Bluegrass music, which is why they brought the State Fiddle Championships to their site in 2021. With a new, updated format and greater emphasis on fiddling than ever before, this event is expected to once again evolve into one of the major competitions in the southeastern US in the coming years. Fiddlers will be playing all day long and the event is $10 to attend!

Hot Brown Smackdown   

Get ready to boogie on down to Owensboro as Hot Brown Smackdown takes the stage at Brasher’s Lil’ Nashville for a night of live music. This six-piece, Newgrass-fusion ensemble from Louisville has delighted concert- and festival-goers for years by combining brightly textured, hard-driving, powerful Bluegrass polyphony with high-energy groove and soul. The band will play from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 and there will be a cover charge at the door.

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: July 22-24

Daviess County Fair    

It’s that time of year again, folks! The Daviess County Lions Club Fair will be bringing you all the rides, food and good times you could ask for July 20-23. You can click here to check out the four-day schedule, which will include events such as an open dairy show, petting zoos, inflatables, laser tag, live music and a monster truck show. Trust us – no matter which day you attend, you’re guaranteed to have a blast. Be sure to bring some cash and pack some sunscreen because it’s expected to be warm and sunny this year! 

Splash Pad at Horse Fork Creek Park      

You can find one of the best spray parks in Owensboro at Horse Fork Creek Park, located on the east side of the city. This spray park opened only a couple years ago and is a guaranteed hit for anyone traveling with kids. The 80-by-60-foot splash pad is nearly double the size of other splash pads in the area and includes 23 individual spray features – 13 ground-mounted sprays and 10 above-ground features. Kids can also enjoy a frog, Cattail Twirl and a 20-foot dumping bucket. You could spend the entire day at this splash pad and have so much fun, without spending a dime!

Dinner at Sassafras     

Owensboro’s newest restaurant is garnering tons of positive reviews, and there’s good reason for that. Located at 420 Frederica Street, Sassafras was named after Owensboro’s famous Sassafras tree (the largest in the world!) and focuses on authentic southern and Appalachian dishes made from scratch. Whether it’s smoked meat, charcuterie, chicken and dumplings, or Kentucky succotash you’re in the mood for, Sassafras has it all, and then some. 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: May 6-8

Dailey & Vincent  

If you’re in the market for a concert from some high-profile, multi award-winning musicians, then we’ve got you covered this weekend. On May 6, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum will host Dailey & Vincent to perform live for a night of amazing Bluegrass music. Individually, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent have won five Grammy awards each and, together, they’ve taken home three Grammy nominations. They’re also four-time DOVE Award winners, and the pair have earned 35 IBMA Awards altogether. Backed by one of the best bands on tour today, Dailey & Vincent are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music, with songs and styles that range from bluegrass to traditional country, to gospel. Tickets are $40.50 each and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Downtown Cruise-In      

It’s that time of year again, and we know you can’t wait for it! Car shows are back in downtown Owensboro, and we’ve got a full lineup of top-notch vehicles for you to see this summer. This weekend’s Downtown Cruise-In will feature all things Mopar (any Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto, Ram or Jeep vehicle with an emphasis on classic or vintage models). Head to the entrance at the corner of Third and Daviess Streets to see some of the hottest classic cars in the tristate. There will be great food, prizes, activities and more at this family-friendly event. The show runs from 4-8 p.m. on May 7.

Tours at Western KY Botanical Garden   

One of the most beautiful places in Owensboro, Western Kentucky Botanical Garden is the perfect place to escape the daily hardships of life and take some time to relax, reflect and regroup. Check out the historic WeatherBerry house before taking a tour along the beautiful pathways that meander through the garden’s landscape. Here, you can find herbs, roses, daylilies, a huge variety of plants and trees, ponds, cottages and so, so much more! And this year, WKBG has implemented a new system of QR codes that can be scanned via phone to provide information to tourists. You can visit the garden Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sundays from noon-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and veterans, and $1 for students and children.

 

Date Night on a Budget

Every couple needs a good date night. But the one thing about date nights is, they can be costly. Once you’ve tallied up the costs for dinner, drinks, a show and/or an experience for a night on the town, you end up with a lighter wallet and, sometimes, a tighter budget to get through the week.

But that’s where we step in. Date nights don’t always have to cost that much!

We’re breaking down the best date night experiences for those times when you don’t want to break the budget, starting with live music.

Friday After 5 is a great opportunity to catch, not one, but multiple concerts across our downtown riverfront FOR FREE. There is absolutely no cost that comes with attending Friday After 5, making it the perfect place to spend quality time with your loved one in the great outdoors.

Friday After 5 kicks off May 20 and runs through September 3 from 5 p.m.-midnight for 16 Fridays straight!

And it only gets better, because Owensboro is now home to another free concert and entertainment series that runs all summer as well! Downtown Live will be held at the RiverPark Center, with the first night kicking off May 13. It will run for 12 Fridays, bringing you a different theme each week. You can find six different spaces utilized for live entertainment, a full bar, and so much more. This event is for those 21 and older.

Another option for your low-budget date night is a trip to Western Kentucky Botanical Garden. This is literally one of the most beautiful places in Owensboro, and its growing season runs all summer and fall. A tour only costs $5 per person, giving you an affordable, intimate experience that also connects you with nature.

With more than 25 different parks spread across the city and county, there is no shortage of fishing ponds, picnic spaces and walking trails that are all free to use, and just as romantic as a big night out.

For those who love the arts, the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art is the perfect place to peruse a handful of galleries featuring a wide range of artistic styles. While touring an art museum can be pricey in some cities, here in Owensboro, you can tour OMFA for free (though donations are always appreciated). This would be more of an early evening date, as the museum’s gallery hours run from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

 

Your Two-Day Itinerary for Owensboro

Owensboro is the perfect place to spend a weekend getaway. Whether you’re on a cross-country roadtrip to a city like St. Louis (only three hours away) or Nashville (only two hours away), or you’ve just decided to get out and explore the great state of Kentucky, our northwestern city should absolutely be a destination on your radar. 

In a matter of 48 hours, there is so much to do, see, hear and experience in Owensboro. We’ve crafted a two-day itinerary for those wanting to get in as many sights, sounds and smells as possible. 

Day One: 

Once you arrive in Owensboro, you’ll probably want to drop off your luggage at your hotel of choice. We have so many amazing hotels to choose from here – many of them new! You can find a list of hotel properties here, including two that overlook the Ohio River and are located in our beautiful downtown area. 

Now that you’ve started settling in, it’s a great time to get out and try something new. That’s the whole reason you traveled to a new place, right? 

One of the top spots on your list should definitely be Green River Distilling Co. After launching their flagship bourbon (to great reviews, mind you) in 2022, there’s never been a better time to take a tour of our historic bourbon distillery. You can book a tour for $20 Monday-Saturday at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. These one-hour tours include a tasting of three different bourbons produced at the facility and are led by some of the best tour guides in the state. 

While you’re in the downtown area, there are some great places to check out for lunch. We often hear the question, “Where should we eat?” from tourists. And honestly, it depends on what you like! But you can find amazing lunch and dinner options at Mellow Mushroom (known for its pizza and craft beer), The Famous Bistro (Greek cuisine – amazing food, but a little pricier), Fetta (pizza by the slice – including mashed potato pizza), Don Mario’s (Mexican cuisine and amazing outdoor dining), Lure Seafood and Grille (seafood on the riverfront), The Brew Bridge (a brewery featuring southern-style cuisine), The Creme Coffee House (coffee and great breakfast/lunch sandwiches) and Colby’s (American cuisine). 

After lunch, head downtown to Smothers Park to explore one of the greatest playgrounds on the planet, along with a beautiful riverfront that includes fountains, a walking trail and Bluegrass music played on speakers along the way. 

This is also a great chance to check out The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum (when planning your trip, check their schedule to see if a concert will be playing!) in downtown Owensboro, as well as Western Kentucky Botanical Garden. 

At night, grab a ride on the Downtown Trolley to Brasher’s Lil’ Nashville for some live music. Stop in at the Pub on Second for a beer or a specialty martini before. If you’re visiting Owensboro over the weekend, you don’t even have to leave downtown for a night of entertainment, as Friday After 5 and Downtown Live will both be in full swing on Friday night. 

Day 2: 

After seeing all that downtown Owensboro has to offer, it’s time to get out and explore a little further! 

Head to Preservation Station for breakfast and one of the coolest shopping trips you’ll ever take, as this retail venue is housed in a former elementary school and includes more than 60 different shops! 

While you’re out that way, stop by The Cottage for a quick lunch on your way back to town, and take the bypass to the other side of Owensboro (only a 15-minute drive) to Reid’s Orchard, famous for its annual Apple Festival. You can shop at the onsite market for all kinds of farm grown goodies you just won’t find anywhere else. 

 

When you get back to the city, be sure to swing by the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art for one of the best art museums in the state of Kentucky. Not only is admission free (though donations are appreciated), but one of the largest folk art galleries in the country can be found right here. 

And once you’ve entered city limits again, it’s time to try our world-famous barbecue for dinner. Whether you swing by Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, Old Hickory Bar-B-Q or Ole South Bar-B-Q, you will not be disappointed by the array of mutton, pork and ribs we offer here in Owensboro. Our annual Bar-B-Q Festival is famous for a reason, and these restaurants have garnered worldwide fame for their delicious flavors. 

If your second day in Owensboro is a Saturday, head back downtown to enjoy Live on the Banks, a free summer outdoor concert series held at Smothers Park from 7-9 p.m. You can grab a drink from any establishment and ask for a plastic green cup to carry it in to and from different sights within The District, if you prefer. This is your chance to take in the color-changing lights on our downtown bridge while you sip a cocktail and enjoy everything that makes our city so wonderfully unique and beautiful.

 
 
 
 

Steven Curtis Chapman bringing the Christmas spirit to Owensboro with December show

Gospel Music’s most awarded artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, is coming to Owensboro for a live performance, and it’s a big deal. The five-time Grammy winner is recognized across the world for his faith-based music, and now Chapman is expanding on an already wide range of versatility with his newest Bluegrass album, “Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows.”

 

While there’s always been touches of Bluegrass in Chapman’s songs, the Paducah, Kentucky native recently took a deeper dive into the genre that catalyzed his early interest in music.

 

According to Chapman’s website, “Some of [Chapman’s] earliest memories are of watching and hearing live bluegrass music with his dad on guitar and a couple of his dad’s best friends on the dobro and banjo.”

 

Chapman’s December 13 show at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum could feature a couple of his newer songs, as well as some of the classic hits that span his decades-long career. Along with the five Grammys under his belt, Chapman’s illustrious career includes 59 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, an American Music Award, 49 No. 1 singles and more than 11 million albums sold.

 

Even more, Chapman has made appearances on “Good Morning America,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” CNN, MSNBC, “60 Minutes,” E! Entertainment, “The Today Show,” Fox & Friends” and “The Tonight Show,” among many others.

 

With so many hit singles to his name, listing them all would be a challenge, but some of his most widely recognized songs include “I Will Be Here,” “Be Still and Know,” My Redeemer is Faithful and True,” “Cinderella,” “Dive,” “Live Out Loud,” “Signs of Life,” King of the Jungle,” What Kind of Joy” and “More to this Life.”

 

And while the list of accolades are enough to fill up a concert hall, Chapman’s show couldn’t come at a more opportune time. Falling just 12 days before Christmas (how perfect is that?), this Acoustic Christmas concert is going to be all about the holidays. You can expect to hear a variety of big holiday hits from the four Christmas albums Chapman has released over the years. 

 

Tickets for this show are expected to sell out quickly, so grab them while you can! VIP seating is $58 per person and reserved seating is $46. The show kicks off at 7 p.m.

 

Owensboro: The Bluegrass Music Capital of the World

Owensboro put the work in for decades to become a music destination, and after officially being declared the Bluegrass Music Capital of the World in November, our city is just one step closer to being the hot spot for all things Bluegrass.

Being the Bluegrass Music Capital of the World is more than a declaration, or a name. It’s a promise and a mission that can, and will, fuel Owensboro’s growth–both in tourism and economic development.

As the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro-Daviess County, Visit Owensboro has continued to leverage the positive momentum that’s been leading up to this moment, including the opening of the only Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum on the entire planet.

“Bluegrass Music is not only part of our identity, but a key driver of economic growth and revenue,” said Mark Calitri, Visit Owensboro president.

According to Calitri, so long as Visit Owensboro focuses on driving state- and nationwide attention toward being the worldwide hub for Bluegrass Music, the city and county would see a “positive, substantial economic impact that supports the community and tourism economy.”

Already, Brand USA has named Owensboro as a “Top 10 Music City Destination,” while Rolling Stone recently listed Owensboro as one of seven “Must-Visit Places Country Music Fans Should Flock to Now.” Owensboro Living’s most recent publication focuses on the new declaration. 

“The Bluegrass Museum was key to the city earning that designation and was prominently featured in a professionally created video that was marketed and advertised throughout the world,” Calitri noted.

That video has been watched more than seven million times across the globe, creating worldwide exposure for the Owensboro brand.

According to Chris Joslin, executive director for the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, visitors everywhere are on the search for something “authentic and compelling” in the destinations they travel to.

“There are so many great reasons to visit Owensboro, and the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum works to be the driver and the differentiator,” he said.
Joslin said there is no competition from other cities when it comes to being a world-class destination for this original, American genre of music. This puts Owensboro at the forefront of an opportunity that can, and should, bring more visitors than ever to our city.

As Joslin noted, the potential for a truly amazing future for both Owensboro and Bluegrass music all comes down to one thing—momentum.

“Exposure is one thing, but what we want is momentum,” he said. “Owensboro simply needs to take the reins to ensure the recognition and the declarations all translate into a great visitor experience.”

 

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: January 14-16

2A State Championships

The 2A Kentucky State Basketball Championships are kicking off this week at the Owensboro Sportscenter. Featuring eight girls’ and eight boys’ teams from schools with 500-900 students, the 2A Championships will bring hundreds of student athletes to Owensboro for some exciting competition. The tournament runs Thursday-Sunday, with the state championships taking place on the final day. This is the third year in a row that Visit Owensboro has hosted the 2A State Championships, and hotels across the city will be filled with athletes, families and fans from all across the state! 

Rodney Dillard & The Dillards  

Rodney Dillard & The Dillards are coming to you live at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum on January 15. A founding member of The Dillards along with his brother Doug, Rodney was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 and his band garnered recognition for playing The Darlings on The Andy Griffith Show. The Dillards were also known for “modernizing and popularizing the sound of bluegrass in the 1960s and 1970s,” so if you want to check out a band with a unique sound and historical relevance to boot, this is the show for you. Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Lonestar 

Known best for their love songs you love to slow dance to (“Amazed” surely rings a bell), Lonestar is bringing that soothing, melodic sound to Owensboro on January 15 at the RiverPark Center. Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of 10 million album units since their national launch in 1995. The concert kicks off at 8 p.m. and tickets are only $21 each, so grab them while you can!

Head to Owensboro to explore a variety of outdoor murals

With so many talented artists living in Owensboro, outdoor murals are becoming more widespread across the city. You can take a stroll through downtown Owensboro and see most of these murals for yourself, but we thought we’d break some of the locations down for you to make your journey a little easier. 

Owensboro’s “Be the Change” mural was spearheaded by New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services and encourages people to step up and intervene in dangerous situations when they see them. Those situations may include sexual harassment and assault, bullying and negligent or abusive behavior by families, spouses and caregivers. The lion represents the courage one needs to step up and say something, while the green dots represent the Green Dot Program—a training program that teaches residents what to look for and how to respond to potentially dangerous situations involving other people around them. 

The Be the Change mural is located at Third and Allen streets in downtown Owensboro. 

The “Owensboro” mural that scales the east side of the Visit Owensboro building (215 East Second St.) depicts a number of banjos and other instruments, with the word “Owensboro” painted across the top. The mural highlights Owensboro’s rich Bluegrass Music heritage, as well as its designation as the Bluegrass Music Capital of the World. 

The mural at Kendall-Perkins Park is still in the works, but it’s absolutely gorgeous so far. Depicting Black history and empowerment through historical figures and famed Owensboro residents, this massive mural will stretch 700 feet across a former “segregation wall” and include local talent from artists all across Owensboro. 

The Osprey mural was created by Italian street artist Hitnes. The large mural depicts a bird catching a fish with its talons. You can find it on the west side of the building at the 100 St. Ann building at Riverfront Crossing. The piece is part of a bigger project called “The Image Hunter” which traces the adventures of naturalist John James Audubon when making the book “The Birds of America.” Hitnes’ goal was to travel to more than 20 cities to view birds and create large-scale murals for the self-financed project. 

Cars glisten in this mural as they drive past it on the Glover Cary bridge, making it a beautiful spectacle to see from the ground level. 

The downtown Mirror Mosaic Mural is being brought back to life by artist Gary Bielefeld. Bielefeld had to remove two tons of glass and adhesive from the original mural to begin work on the new one. Stretching 110 feet by 43 feet, this mural shows the entire state of Kentucky and all the geographical regions within it. Bielefeld said the state of Kentucky will be lined with lights and that Owensboro will get its own special spot on the mural, just like before. 

winged butterfly mural at Simply Chic Home Accents is the perfect place to take a selfie. This colorful work of art was painted by Paige Owens and also features a garden scene that winds along the brick wall.  

The vintage Coca Cola Mural can be found at 210 Allen Street. Obviously, you have to take its old-school messaging and advertising (5 cent sodas?!) with a grain of salt, but that’s what makes it so fun! 

“The Whiskey Without Regrets” mural at Green River Distilling Co. was painted by artist and creative director Aaron Kizer. It’s such a cool mural because, first of all, it’s huge. And secondly, it pays homage to Green River Distilling’s 100-plus year history, when original founder J.W. McCulloch named his bourbon “The Whiskey Without Regrets” as part of a very lucrative advertising campaign. And that slogan is still being used by the distillery to this day.

 

 

 

Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining

When the sun’s shining, the humidity is low, and the temps are warm, there’s nothing like a good lunch or dinner on an outdoor patio. Luckily for all those traveling to Owensboro, we’ve got tons of great restaurants that offer outdoor seating. 

 

Since everyone loves a waterfront location, we’ll start with some of the best outdoor seating options in downtown Owensboro – many of which give you amazing views of the Ohio River and the amazing entertainment venues located along it. 

 

Lure Seafood and Grille has one of the biggest and best outdoor seating venues in Owensboro. Located one street over from the river, you can enjoy crab legs, pasta, and tons of home-cooked seafood and steak while dining on Lure’s expansive outdoor patio area. Make sure to check their Facebook page for live music as well! 

 

Also located downtown, Burger Theory has every kind of gourmet burger you could possibly imagine (as well as a great Bloody Mary for brunch). You can see the Ohio River in all its beauty from Burger Theory’s outdoor patio and, even better, there’s lots of seating options available.

 

The Miller House offers southern cuisine and one of the largest collections of bourbon in the country, but you can really live the southern experience by dining on the restaurant’s enormous porch. The Miller House also offers a beautiful outdoor patio for dining. 

 

Don Mario’s Mexican Restaurant provides enough outdoor seating to wrap around the entire building! Located in downtown Owensboro on 2nd Street, you can sip a cold margarita in the warm sunshine as you take in all the hustle and bustle of downtown Owensboro. 

 

Fetta Specialty Pizza offers pizza by the slice, and you can hang out for hours on their back patio, where live music is often performed. Mellow Mushroom Owensboro also serves an array of unique, delicious pizza, and you can enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Owensboro as you sip a craft beer at one of their outdoor tables. 

 

Other great places that offer outdoor seating in Owensboro include SIP Wine Room (with excellent views of the Ohio River), Pub on Second, The Famous Bistro, Legends Sports Bar & Grill, Drake’s Owensboro and Colby’s.

Free rides on the downtown Trolley are a must when visiting Owensboro

One of the coolest (and most convenient!) things about being an out-of-town tourist in Owensboro is the downtown Trolley service. 

One thing that makes the Trolley stand out most–aside from the old-school look of the bus itself–is that it’s FREE to ride. And yes, you heard that right!

The Trolley provides free transportation on both weekdays and weekends in downtown Owensboro. How often do you see free public transit in the cities you travel to these days?! 

You can catch a ride on the trolley at tons different areas across downtown Owensboro, with stop times around every 20 minutes: 

 

  • Walnut and 3rd Streets
  • 3rd and Locust Streets
  • 3rd and Frederica Streets 
  • 3rd and St. Ann Streets
  • 3rd and Daviess Streets
  • 2nd and Crittenden Streets
  • 2nd and Daviess Streets
  • 2nd and Allen Streets
  • 2nd and St. Ann Streets
  • 2nd and St. Elizabeth Streets
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Waterfront 
  • Holiday Inn Downtown 
  • Owensboro Convention Center 

 

The great thing about the Trolley is that both visitors and locals can experience everything downtown Owensboro has to offer, without ever having to move their car. You can simply hop on the trolley from your hotel and be taken to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum if you’d like. From there, you can hop back on the trolley and be taken to one of our local bars or restaurants for a fun night out. Or to our riverfront walk. Or to our historic shopping district. And then, once you’re done exploring, catching a show–whatever it is you’ve made plans for–you can catch a ride on the trolley back to your hotel!

The trolley schedule changes with the seasons, but from April-October, you can catch free rides Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. AND from 4-8 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the trolley’s hours are extended to 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. 

From November-March, the downtown trolley runs Tuesday-Thursday from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

And if you ever find yourself wondering where the trolley is, you can simply check out this live map that shows you exactly where the trolley is, and where it’s headed next! 

The downtown Trolley has been a staple in Owensboro for years, and there’s good reason for that. From the jingle of the bells as it makes a stop to the amazing drivers who chauffeur you around the beautiful riverfront, it’s one of the best experiences our city offers to visitors and locals alike.

 

ROMP bringing amazing lineup of Bluegrass artists to Owensboro

“There’s just no other place like it” is a phrase we hear from ROMP-goers year after year. And this year, we expect to hear that very same sentiment.

With tons of chart-topping headliners and enough musical talent to change the mind of almost any naysayer regarding Bluegrass music, we couldn’t be more excited for this year’s roots and branches music festival to kick off.

Held on 152 acres of land at Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro’s 19th ROMP festival brings in visitors from all over the world (including all 50 states) each year. This year, ROMP will be held June 22-25 for four days of magical, eclectic, family- and pet-friendly fun in the beautiful outdoors.

While you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more naturistic setting for a music fest, it’s the AMAZING lineup those at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum have put together that’s got us so pumped for ROMP 2022.

Live music on Wednesday will happen at the Jagoe Homes After Party Stage, with Brennen Leigh and the Theo & Brenna Band kickin’ things off.

On Thursday, we’ve got Grammy-winning band Punch Brothers taking the main stage, along with Leftover Salmon, Dan Tyminski (of O Brother, Where Art Thou? fame), multiple award-winning band The Gibson Brothers and The Quebe Sisters, who have performed with some top-notch musicians including George Straight, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kacey Musgraves and The Avett Brothers.

Friday brings us an entirely new lineup of world-famous Bluegrass artists, with headliners The Del McCoury Band (with 31 International Bluegrass Music Association awards, multiple Grammy awards and a National Heritage Fellowship award to McCoury’s name), Grammy-winner Rhiannon Giddens, and We Banjo 3 rockin’ the main stage all day and night.

You’ll also get performances from Cole Chaney & Wolfpen Branch – this year’s band contest winner — and East Nash Grass on Friday.

Saturday headliners include Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, with Stuart himself having toured with Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash before going on to win five Grammys over the course of his long, illustrious career. The Fabulous Superlatives have been together since 2002.

On Saturday, you’ll also hear from musical legend Tommy Emmanuel, who’s known across the world for his talent on the guitar strings. Grammy-winning bands Steep Canyon Rangers and The SteelDrivers will also hit the main stage Saturday, along with Lindsay Lou (dubbed a “Can’t Miss Act” at AmericanaFest), Grammy-nominated The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, and Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road, winner of the 2019 IBMA Award for Momentum Band of the Year.

Like we said, this year’s lineup is absolutely amazing, and it’s guaranteed to be a ROMP to remember. You can camp out at this four-day festival, or you can buy tickets for a single day or all four days!

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: March 18-20

We Banjo 3     

This quartet is comprised of Galway, Irish and Nashville roots, and that combination has proven to be a major success in the U.S. since their 2012 debut! We Banjo 3 has quickly risen to superstardom in the Bluegrass music world as they continue to push boundaries while maintaining an unwavering devotion to everything that entails a great, live performance. Combining their instrumental expertise of the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and percussion with lead singer David Howley’s amazing voice, this band has performed at shows all over, including Merlefest, BattleRock, Summercamp, ROMP and Wintergrass. You can catch them live at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum on March 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $38 and selling fast, so grab yours today!

Tracy Lawrence & Clay Walker  

What’s better than hearing two country music icons perform live at the same show?! You can do that very thing on March 19 at the Owensboro Sportscenter, where country legends Tracy Lawrence and Clay Walker will bring you a night of amazing hits and a full band onstage to help them do it. The two artists have more than a dozen #1 hits on the Billboard country music charts combined and have racked up more than 12 million albums sold. Special guest Randall King will be joining Lawrence and Walker for this concert too! Tickets start out at $39, and the show kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

Mary Poppins Live  

You’ll have two chances to see Owensboro Dance Theatre perform this weekend, as they bring “In Concert featuring Mary Poppins: Homecoming” to the RiverPark Center stage on Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m. Based on the 1930s eight-book series by P.L. Travers, this show presents a tale of magic and wonder through dance. Mary Poppins will take flight onstage and leave you ready to dance on the rooftops! Incorporating moving, digital backdrops, special flying effects, professional guest dancers, and many local dancers, this is a show that’s guaranteed to exceed your “Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious” expectations. Tickets for this family-friendly event are $16.

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: May 13-15

Bar-B-Q Block Party  

This is for all the mutton, pork and burgoo fans out there, because this event is ALL about the barbecue. Bring your family, your friends, or just yourself to downtown Owensboro May 13 and 14 for Owensboro’s Bar-B-Q Block Party. Both similar to, and different from, our previous Bar-B-Q festivals, this year’s event will feature church cooking teams, the Backyard Cooking Competition, and delicious meals from all your favorite local BBQ restaurants, just like before. World Champion Competitive Eater Joey Chestnut will be back in town for a meet-and-greet on Saturday from noon-1 p.m., and there will be plenty of fun rides and midway games for the kids to enjoy. Live music will also be played both days in front of the Owensboro Convention Center! The Bar-B-Q Block Party will be held Friday from noon-9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dan Tyminski Band      

If you’ve ever seen the movie O, Brother Where Art Thou? then you are very familiar with Dan Tyminski, whose voice famously accompanied George Clooney’s for the song, “I’m A Man of Constant Sorrow” for the film. The great news is, you’ll have the chance this weekend to see Dan Tyminski and his band perform live in Owensboro for an amazing concert! Held at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 14, this 14-time Grammy winning musician (who has collaborated with artists such as DJ Avicii, Alison Kraus, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney and Reba McEntire) will mesmerize you with his extraordinary skills on the guitar and mandolin, as well as his “burnished, soulful tenor voice” that’s helped propel him to superstardom. Tickets to see the Dan Tyminski Band are $34 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Kentucky Fried Pickin’    

Hundreds of pickers, pluckers and strummers from all over the country will put on a free show this weekend at the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront. Kentucky Fried Pickin’ will be held May 12-14 – the same weekend as this year’s Bar-B-Q Block Party, so there’s never been a better time to visit downtown Owensboro for some of the best barbecue and Bluegrass you’ll find anywhere! Those who are participating in KY Fried Pickin’ have rented rooms at the Holiday Inn, so those interested in watching and listening can hang out and travel room-to-room to see them play. There will be between 1,000-1,500 pickers joining in the fun, making it the biggest KFP event ever held. You won’t want to miss it! 

 

Visit Owensboro bringing back Mocktail/Cocktail Crawl

What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with a delicious cocktail? Whether it’s a frozen margarita or a non-alcoholic strawberry daquiri, there’s something magical about sipping a fruity drink on ice under the warm sunshine.

Bringing back a fan favorite, The District Mocktail/Cocktail Crawl will run for two weeks from May 13-27. It will kick off on the first day of the downtown Bar-B-Q Block Party (May 13-14) and continue through the first two Friday After 5 events of the season (May 20 and 27) and Downtown Live.

Several bars and restaurants located within downtown Owensboro’s entertainment area – dubbed “The District” — will offer featured specialty cocktails and mocktails at prices ranging from $2.50-$10.

Be sure to check out Visit Owensboro’s social media channels on Monday, May 9, where you can find a Drinks Guide and a list of bars/restaurants participating. You can also check out a list of kid-friendly bars, hours of operation for each place, and the cost of each drink.

SIP Owensboro General Manager Regan Neal said her team was exciting to participate in this year’s Mocktail/Cocktail Crawl with Visit Owensboro.

“Through this, we are able to cater to those who want a drink, and also to those just wanting something refreshing to sip on while enjoying downtown,” Neal said.

Friday After 5 Director Francine Marseille echoed that statement, saying she couldn’t wait to see the community come together for the event.

“Starting the crawl with the Bar-B-Q Block Party, and then keeping the community engaged and involved in our downtown – it’s perfect timing to roll right into Friday After 5’s 26th anniversary celebration,” she said.

Visit Owensboro’s Dave Kirk said The District Mocktail/Cocktail Crawl will offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at each location so that everyone can participate.

You don’t have to drink to have fun, which is why Visit Owensboro wants to make it clear that you don’t have to drink alcohol to participate in the Mocktail/Cocktail Crawl. And if you do choose to drink alcohol, we ask that you drink responsibly and have a designated driver at the ready.

With the event running for two weeks, there will be plenty of time to try all the different drinks, so don’t forget to space them out!

Participating restaurants and bars include:

∙ The Pub On Second

∙ Lure Seafood and Grille

∙ Brasher’s Little Nashville

∙ The Crème

∙ Don Mario’s

∙ The Brew Bridge

∙ SIP Owensboro

∙ The GhostLight Lounge

∙ Burger Theory

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: August 5-7

Saturdays at the Still     

Green River Distilling Co. and Friday After 5 are coming together to bring you a series of events focused on bourbon, live music and local food. The event takes place every first Saturday of the month, and this month’s event will be held on August 6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Green River Distilling Co. Head to Owensboro’s historic bourbon distillery and enjoy live music from The Brat Pack, along with street vendors, a cornhole tournament and distillery tours.

Peach Bliss     

Reid’s Orchard is adding a little peach-flavored fun to their mix of events this year! The inaugural Peach Bliss festival will be held on August 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., where visitors can score fresh peaches, shop from over 20 vendors and enjoy a petting zoo filled with all kinds of farm animals. So come out and enjoy all the crafts, sweet treats and delicious peaches you can imagine at this one-day event. Peach Bliss is free to the public! 

RPC’s 30th Birthday     

There’s a ton of reason to celebrate all that the RiverPark Center has brought to Owensboro, and this weekend is the perfect opportunity to pay homage to the riverfront performing arts center. RPC’s Downtown Live adult entertainment complex will be celebrating the big 3-0 in full force on August 5, bringing you a lobby stocked with memories and photos from the many, many performances held at RPC over the years, as well as a silent disco, karaoke and live music from 6 p.m.-11 p.m.

ROMP 2022 bringing the best of Bluegrass to Owensboro

It might be cold out there now, but we’re looking forward to better, warmer days ahead. And what comes with those better, warmer days is one event we look forward to all year long—ROMP. And this year’s Bluegrass Roots and Branches Music Festival is going to be one of the best shows yet.

Celebrating its 19th year of music, smiles and the beautiful outdoors, ROMP 2022 has already unveiled a lineup that’s well worth the trip you’ll take to Owensboro to see the musical magic happen. The festival runs June 22-25 this year at Owensboro-Daviess County’s spacious Yellow Creek Park.

So far, the team at ROMP has announced a lineup that includes Punch Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Rhiannon Giddens, Tommy Emmanuel, We Banjo 3, The Gibson Brothers, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, East Nash Grass, Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road and the Kentucky Bluegrass Allstars.

Let’s take a real quick dive into how talented these musicians are and what they deliver: For starters, Punch Brothers’ 2018 album All Ashore won the Grammy for Best Folk Album in 2019, and they will be one of the headliners for this year’s four-day festival.

Del McCoury meanwhile, has won 30 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year NINE different times. McCoury has also taken home two Grammys for Best Bluegrass Album. Just to top all that off, McCoury was a recipient of a 2010 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the U.S. government’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts.

Rhiannon Giddens has quickly become a legend in the Bluegrass music world, winning her first Grammy for The Carolina Chocolate Drops’Genuine Negro Jig in 2010, while Tommy Emmanuel—often regarded as one of the greatest acoustic guitarists of all time—has become one of Australia’s most famous musicians ever.

We Banjo 3, of Ireland, is so talented that they were chosen to play for former President Barack Obama, who described the band as “great” musicians that gave an “incredible performance.”

Gibson Brothers have taken home 11 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards since 1998,

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley are both Grammy-nominated musicians—with Ickes taking home two—and Po’ Ramblin’ Boys put its name on the map with their Grammy-nominated album, Toil, Tears & Trouble, in 2019. Capping off this initial lineup, East Nash Grass has earned recognition as Nashville’s hottest band of pickers, IBMA winner Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road are rapidly rising on the bluegrass scene and touring all across the world and, last but not least, Kentucky Bluegrass Allstars will bring you all the local talent imaginable as a band made up of students from the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

We know we said we’d take a quick look at all these artists have to offer, but the truth is, it’s hard to condense the amazing talent these artists have to offer. These are the very best in the business, and ROMP has even MORE artists to announce in the coming months!

In short, this is absolutely going to be ROMP for the record books. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Bluegrass music, a newbie, or just trying to understand why everyone’s starting to make such a big deal out of Bluegrass music, ROMP 2022 is the best place to experience the magic firsthand.

You can get your ROMP tickets here! 

 

Beat the Summer Heat in Owensboro

Here in Kentucky, summer likes to stick around all the way through September, and it’s no secret that it can get really, really hot. But here in Owensboro, we’ve got tons of amazing ways to help you beat that summer heat and have a good time doing it. 

 

If you’re looking for a great swimming pool to cool down in, check out Atlantis Swim Club. Not only can you enjoy a full-length swimming pool with 25-meter lanes, but you can splash around in a wave pool, a gigantic water slide and a gated baby pool for the little ones! 

 

You don’t have to be a member to swim at Atlantis either. Adults can swim for a full day at $16/person, $11/child and kids 2 and under get in free. And prices drop after 3 p.m. to $11/adult and $7/child. 

 

If you don’t have time for a day at the pool, there are tons of parks across Owensboro-Daviess County with spray parks. And, hey, who says you have to be a kid to cool off at a spray park? 

 

You can find spray parks at Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro, Horse Fork Creek Park on the east side of the city, Legion Park and Yellow Creek Park

 

And if you didn’t bring a bathing suit with you on your trip – no worries. You can spend a day indoors enjoying all the amenities Owensboro has to offer. Kids will have a blast at Elite Air (an indoor trampoline park), Escape Today (escape rooms and ax throwing), the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, Ozone Laser Tag and Southern Lanes Bowling (complete with an arcade and bumper cars). 

 

Adults and kids alike can beat the summer heat with trips to Green River Distilling Co., the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Preservation Station, Pixel Palace (selfie museum) or a show at the RiverPark Center.

 

With over 700 different bourbons to try, The Miller House is well worth a trip to Owensboro

It’s no secret that, here in Kentucky, bourbon plays a huge role. The amber, barrel-aged whiskey is meshed deeply into our state’s history and it’s currently one of the top economic drivers across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Having your first bourbon is basically a rite of passage when you’re from the Bluegrass State.

Here in Owensboro, we appreciate, value, and have a special belief in a good selection of bourbon. And if you’re looking for the best selection, your first and most important stop has to be at The Miller House.

The Miller House boasts over 700 different bourbons.

This collection of bourbon has garnered the interest of both national and international bourbon advocates, publications, experts and distilleries. Most recently, The Miller House was named one The Bourbon Review’s Top 80 Bourbon Bars, a Top 10 Destination Whisky Bar with over 100 Whiskeys by the Whisky Advocate, as well as one of the Top 40 Whisky Bars in America.

Though The Miller House offers a full bar with a variety of specialty cocktails, beers and wine, the restaurant—and namely its attached bar, Spirits, located in the basement –is known best for its enormous bourbon collection. And that reputation is proudly displayed in the form of bourbon-stocked shelves lining a large portion of the basement walls. 

Customers who are interested can even become a member of The Miller House’s “100 Club,” which gives you a pretty legitimate reason/excuse to drink a lot of bourbon and expand your knowledge of it along the way by tasting at least 100 different varieties onsite. And if you have the endurance to get all the way there, your name is etched onto a plaque, and you get some other really fun prizes too! 

But prizes and bragging rights aside, drinking even just one bourbon in The Miller House basement is a genuinely unique experience you’ll never forget, and it’s a must when you visit Owensboro.

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: January 28-30

Night at the Oscars

Who hasn’t dreamed of hearing the songs from their favorite films performed live? You’ll have that very chance on January 29 at A Night at the Oscars, where the Owensboro Symphony will roll out the red carpet and transport you right onto Hollywood Boulevard for a night of live music from some of the most iconic Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films of our generation. Songs and scores from movies like The Godfather, La La Land, The Lord of the Ringsand Titanic are just the tip of the iceberg (pun intended) for what this fabulous concert has to offer. Even better, the Owensboro Symphony will be joined by “the world’s most recorded piper in history,” Eric Rigler, as the featured soloist, making this a family-friendly show that you absolutely should not miss! Tickets are $42.50 and are selling quickly, so be sure to grab yours as soon as possible.

Your Perfect Day Wedding Show  

Everyone always thinks they’ll have plenty of time to prepare for their wedding, but the process can be stressful, time-consuming and just flat-out overwhelming at times. But the brides and grooms out there need not worry, because Your Perfect Day Wedding Show is coming to the Owensboro Convention Center on January 30, giving you the chance to collaborate with all the vendors you’ll need in a single setting. The show will feature a collection of area wedding professionals that are eager to meet you and help plan out your special day. You can sample food from caterers, design your bouquets and table settings and peruse through a variety of dresses and accessories. Plus, all brides can register to win some pretty snazzy door prizes, so it’s a win-win. Admission is $3 for adults and tickets will be available at the door. The exhibition runs from noon-4 p.m.

Live Music at Lil’ Nashville  

Andy Brasher’s done it again, packing his bar with country music talent through the entire weekend. Kicking off on Friday, Jan. 28, Jarred Green will open up at 6 p.m., followed by Randy Cruse & Reynolds Station—a band that blends country and southern rock—at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, you can catch country artist Josh Mitcham performing live at 6 p.m. before the Rye Davis Band takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. And finally, you can treat yourself to Lil’ Nashville’s Bloody Mary Bar on Sunday at 11 a.m. with live music from Troy Miller kicking off at 4. This new music venue has already garnered a reputation for creating good times, good drinks and good sounds, so head to downtown Owensboro this weekend for these amazing performances!

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: August 12-14

Friday After 5     

Owensboro’s outdoor summer concert series is celebrating the last few weeks of summer in a big way this weekend. With live music performances from the Jim Gustin Band, Velvet Bombers, Headliners and Dalton’s Burning, you’ll be entertained across four different stages from 5 p.m.-midnight. WBKR will also host a scavenger hunt for “Back to School Night,” as well as Fight Night Finals at the Ruoff Party Stage from 6-8 p.m. This will be one of the last FA5 events of the season, so check it out while you still can! 

Happy Together Tour      

If you’ve been craving a good old-fashioned night of nostalgia, then the RiverPark Center has exactly what you need! On August 13, the Happy Together Tour will hit the RPC stage, bringing you some of the greatest musicians from the 1960s and 70s. This lineup includes headliners such as Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Turtles, Chuck Negron, The Association and The Vogues, to name a few. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. and tickets are $70/person. 

Terry Lee Ridley     

This weekend is going to be all about the live music at Diamond Lake Resort! Head to Owensboro-Daviess County’s famous campground to catch Terry Lee Ridley & His Million Dollar Band take the stage on August 13 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. A first-class showman built around lightning fast piano playing, you’ll hear (and dance to!) some of the greatest hits from the 1950s and 60s. And on August 14, enjoy a Wet and Wild Water Wars Weekend complete with water guns, pumps and firehoses for a day of water-focused fun! 

Goodwood Brewing to open this year on downtown riverfront

It’s time to get excited, because Goodwood Brewing is coming to Owensboro! 

Located at 101 Frederica Street on the Ohio River, Goodwood is going to soon become a hot spot in downtown Owensboro, and we are here for it. 
 
The brewpub will be offering a variety of their specially-crafted beers all day and night, but Goodwood will also be serving a full menu of southern-focused food for brunch, lunch and dinner. Already, Goodwood has started posting photos of what its menu will include on Facebook and, all we can say is, the sooner they open, the better. 
 
 
The brewpub will be opening its doors this year and will soon announce an official date. So be sure to follow them on Facebook and keep an eye out for more announcements! 
 
Located right next to Smothers Park and the Owensboro Convention Center, we can’t think of a better fit for Goodwood Brewing than downtown Owensboro, and we can’t wait to see you there!  

PorchFest 2022 bringing live music to Owensboro’s Midtown

If you’ve never attended PorchFest in Owensboro, this is the perfect year to check it out, because PorchFest 2022 is going to be one to remember.

This annual outdoor music festival is incredibly unique, bringing you a day and night of live music played from the front porches of houses in one of Owensboro’s most beautiful neighborhoods.

Officials with PorchFest have managed to score 40 different musicians and bands to perform for a full day of FREE entertainment for the 2022 event, which will be held on June 11.

After months of planning, prepping and auditions, the official lineup is out, ya’ll!

But first off, we want to give PorchFest’s title sponsor Independence Bank a lot of credit for helping to make this happen. Without the support of Independence Bank and the numerous other sponsors that contribute to this event each year, we might not have such a cool outdoor music festival to call our own, right here in Owensboro.

At PorchFest, the front porches are the stages, and officials have scheduled each stage to include live shows from three different performers throughout the day. The earliest performances will start at 3 p.m. with the latest ones kicking off at 9 p.m.

There will be food and drink trucks spread across the PorchFest area throughout the day, so you’ll have plenty of chances to refresh and rehydrate.

Each year, PorchFest OBKY dedicates its t-shirt sales to a select charity, and this year’s charitable beneficiary is The Taylor Widmer Memorial Fund. It was created and funded by friends and family to help the Widmer family heal in the aftermath of their son Taylor’s untimely death. Over the last eight years, the Widmer family has used the memorial funds as a means of giving back to their community and keeping the story and memory of Taylor alive.

You can find the full lineup and schedule of events right here.

Photo: Dream Copy Photography Studio

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: May 20-22

Friday After 5   

Friday After 5 is kickin’ off its summer concert series this weekend with TONS of amazing music, entertainment and food for the whole family to enjoy. This weekend’s theme is “City Night,” and all proceeds from the FA5 5K will go toward Brescia University’s Track & Field department. You can find live music at multiple venues across the downtown riverfront, including The Beatles Rock Band Show from 6-9:30 p.m., Disc Daddy’s from 4:30-7:30 p.m., Lillie May & Rische Family Circus from 7-10 p.m., Platinum 78 from 7-9 p.m. and Usual Suspects from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Score tons of treats from our amazing food trucks and enjoy a delicious drink from participating downtown restaurants and bars during the Cocktail/Mocktail Crawl. Friday After 5 runs from 5-midnight beginning May 20. 

Owensboro Symphony      

The Owensboro Symphony is pulling all the stops this Saturday with five-time Grammy nominated pianist and vocalist Michael Feinstein joining them as the featured artist. “One Fein Night” will hit the RiverPark Center stage on May 21 at 7 p.m., bringing you a night of music from some of the greatest Broadway and Hollywood classics to date. Feinstein himself performs over 200 shows a year, with performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Hollywood Bowl, the White House and Buckingham Palace. Need we say more?! You can score tickets for this show at $42.50 apiece. 

The Nashville Songwriter    

Enjoy a night of music and stories under the stars as the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame holds the Nashville Songwriter series on its outdoor stage on May 19. This series highlights the stories and lives of three artists working to create the soundtrack of America, featuring Nashville-based songwriters that offer the backstory on their work by sharing personal experiences that shaped their songs. You can hear from Derik Hultquist, Nick Donley and Jaida Dreyer this week, with the show kicking off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, and guests should bring their own chairs for this outdoor concert. 

 
 

This is not the same Owensboro you visited before

Owensboro is not the same place you visited in the past. And for natives of Owensboro who’ve since relocated, this is a very different city than the one where you grew up.

While Owensboro remains a family-friendly place known for great parks, great food, and great people, a lot of aspects about our city have changed, and for the better! And we think that’s something to write home about. 

You can see the growth and evolution of our northwestern Kentucky city all around you in the form of new development and businesses, yes, but you can also see it in the sheer volume of visitors we see traveling to Owensboro. We meet, get to know, and share stories with tourists from all over the world (as well as all 50 states) on a regular basis, and there’s good reason for that!

You can see the changes in the form our beautiful downtown riverfront, and in the world-renown playground at Smothers Park. You can see it in the lighted bridge in downtown Owensboro that changes colors at night.

You can see the changes in the form of new hotels being built across our city, with the newest one – a Home2 Suites by Hilton – currently being developed across from the Owensboro Convention Center and expected to take shape by late 2023.

The evolution of Owensboro’s growing business sector includes tons of new coffee and tattoo shops, boutiques, restaurants and skin, hair and cosmetic companies. The number of locally owned businesses owned and operated by minority groups has also grown exponentially – a testament to the progress Owensboro’s made in embracing its diversity.

Ellis Entertainment has begun work on opening a new historical racing machine (HRM) entertainment venue in Towne Square Mall, with over 60,000 square-feet of space to include a wide selection of HRMs, a simulcast betting and viewing area, and a new race and sports themed restaurant.

Here in Owensboro, artwork on buildings in the new beige. New murals are constantly being painted, public art is being placed, and world-renown artist Aaron Kizer is opening Owensboro’s first art gallery dedicated to local artists at our very own visitor center.

You can now take your fur babies with you to Castlen Dog Park, newly opened in 2020, and you can enjoy the first completely inclusive playground in Daviess County at Horse Fork Creek Park, where children of all abilities are able to play together.

Downtown Owensboro is also home to tons of new breweries and bars that are located within walking distance to the Ohio River and a number of entertainment venues.

“The District” was developed in 2020, allowing patrons to carry alcoholic beverages within its boundaries through downtown Owensboro. This open container policy has seen enormous success in bringing more visitors and locals out to enjoy themselves (responsibly) while they explore all our downtown has to offer.

On Highway 54, Gateway Commons features a state-of-the-art movie theater – Malco Owensboro Cinema Grill & MXT – complete with reclining seats, a restaurant, and a bar for those who like a beer or glass of wine with their movie. There’s also a ton of shopping opportunities at Gateway Commons, with more to come. 

Newly opened selfie museums – Pose and 3DX Selfie Expressions – have given individuals, families and groups of friends the chance to take high-quality photographs in a fun, creative way thanks to some innovative business minds in Owensboro.

Escape rooms, axe throwing, and more than 50 arcade games can be enjoyed at Escape Today, while RiverPark Center’s brand new Downtown Live summer event series will coincide with Owensboro’s famous Friday After 5 outdoor concert series each Friday night.

Meanwhile, you can enjoy live music at new venues like Brasher’s Lil’ Nashville, Ten.O.Six., and Shiloh’s Lounge. You can catch year-round concerts from Grammy-winning artists at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and you can take in beautiful sounds, vibes and views at Live on the Banks each Saturday night on the riverfront.

Green River Distilling Co. has undergone a complete transformation to become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state (with one of the best new bourbons, as well), and the Daviess County Gun Club’s recent reopening has seen unprecedented success at its shooting range.

While this might be a longer blog than usual, it’s only because there has been so much growth, change and development across Owensboro-Daviess County. And because of that, there’s never been a better time to visit. 

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: February 4-6

East Nash Grass

Dubbed the “hottest young band of pickers” in the entire city of Nashville is pretty cool, and that’s why East Nash Grass is blowing up all across the country right now. And their backstory—being founded in 2017 as a part-time pickup gig band—makes them even cooler, if that’s possible. East Nash Grass has a unique sound that includes banjo riffs and dobro slides coupled with a warm and stable low-end, giving their music a tender touch not often heard in traditional Bluegrass music. The band will play at Owensboro’s Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum on February 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $20, so grab them while you can!

Champions of Magic

Who doesn’t love a night of good magic? On Monday, February 7, you can treat yourself to a super unique event at Owensboro’s RiverPark Center with Champions of Magic taking the stage at 7 p.m. First of all, this group is known as the only team of musicians in the entire world. Secondly, they’ve sold out shows across the entire globe and have been featured on every major TV network in the nation. Thirdly, the Champions of Magic cast presents an incredible variety of interactive magic, along with levitation, escapes from a water torture cell and mind-blowing predictions. It can’t get more exciting than that! Tickets for this family-friendly event are $35.

Dinosaur World Live  

If you love all things Jurassic, we’ve got the show for you this weekend. Dinosaur World Live will hit the RiverPark Center stage on February 8 at 7 p.m. for a night of fascination and exploration that includes these massively impressive creatures. These dinosaurs are remarkably life-like, and you can see all of your favorites, from the legendary Tyrannosaurus Rex to the Microraptor. A special meet-and-greet after the show gives you the chance to meet the dinos too! Tickets for Dinosaur World Live are only $13!

 

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: March 25-27

Red Hot Chili Pipers      

A little background story: The Red Hot Chili Pipers are a Celtic rock band from Scotland. Formed in 2002, the group gained international popularity after winning the BBC talent show, “When Will I Be Famous?” The band’s lineup features three highland bagpipers and traditional marching snare, backed by a five- to seven-piece band consisting of guitars, drums and keyboards. Shows also include impressive vocal performances and highland dancing! The band performs a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary pieces, so there’s a little bit of music for everybody here. Notable covers performed by the Chili Pipers include “We Will Rock You,” “Clocks” “Smoke on the Water” and “Don’t Stop Believing.” The group even appeared on the How to Train Your Dragon 2 soundtrack! This Scottish bagrock band will perform at the RiverPark Center on March 25 from 8-10 p.m. and tickets are only $19, so get them while you can!

Diamond Lake Easter Egg Hunt  

Campers, grab your camping gear—and your Easter baskets–because Diamond Lake Resort is throwing its annual Easter Eggstravaganza! Not only will the kids get to participate in a massive Easter Egg hunt, but the ADULTS will get to this year as well! Diamond Lake will be throwing down Easter-style March 25-27, April 8-10 and April 15-17, so you’ve got plenty of chances to register and experience the fun. Aside from the egg hunts, you can participate in egg coloring, Easter movies, Bunny Games in the field, Free Friday Night S’mores for the kiddos, and a flashlight Easter Egg hunt. This event is only open to those camping at Diamond Lake, so if you’ve never booked a stay at this fantastic resort, now’s the time!

Murder at the Abbey   

As part of an interactive Murder Mystery Dinner series being held at the Owensboro Convention Center, “Murder at the Abbey” will be the latest installment on March 25. A cocktail hour and first course will be followed up by an interactive murder mystery before the rest of the dinner is served. Guests can dress up in their best Edwardian attire for this murder investigation, and the doors open up at 6 p.m. Tickets are $69 per person or $120 for two adults. Children can also attend for $49. Reservations are required, so be sure to book your seat today!

 

One Month Out From ROMP: What to Know

It’s time to start packin’ your best lounge chairs and tie-dyed shirts because we are only one month out from Owensboro’s biggest music festival of the year, ya’ll! 

 

ROMP 2022 will be bringing you some of the best Bluegrass music in the world for four days on June 22-25. And when we say this year’s lineup is one of the best we’ve ever seen, that’s not an exaggeration. 

 

Held at our gorgeous Yellow Creek Park, ROMP’s headliners include Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon, Dan Tyminski Band, The Del McCoury Band, Rhiannon Giddens, Tommy Emmanuel, We Banjo 3, Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives, Steep Canyon Rangers and The Steeldrivers. 

 

Whether or not you’re a fan of Bluegrass music, this lineup is something to get excited about. Full of multiple Grammy winners and world-renown entertainers, there’s never been a better time to check out Bluegrass music than at this year’s ROMP.

 

For first-timers, there’s no experience in the world quite like ROMP. You can find people of all ages enjoying the naturistic beauty of Yellow Creek Park as the music plays all day and night. 

 

You can shop from vendors and eat from food trucks, walk along light-adorned pathways, and bring your family and friends for an adventurous camping excursion if you so please. If you aren’t camping out for this four-day fest, we’ve got you covered with trolleys that run to and from downtown Owensboro to Yellow Creek Park, and plenty of parking spaces for those who want to drive themselves. 

 

Tickets for ROMP are still available, and you can purchase either a single day ticket or a four-day pass that gives you access to each and every day of live music. VIP tickets will also provide you with catered meals from some of Owensboro’s best barbecue restaurants.

 

Owensboro also has some wonderful, top-ranked hotels to give you a good night’s rest between those warm days at the park! Check your options out right here.  

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: February 11-13

Green River Bourbon Launch 

After more than five years in the making, Green River Distilling Co. is launching its Green River Straight Bourbon Whiskey at the distillery on February 10 and available for purchase beginning Feb. 11. The 90-proof bourbon has been aged for over 5 years in Owensboro, is rich in color with an amber hue, and made with all Kentucky-grown corn, mostly from Daviess County. With an aroma comprised of warming spice notes, cinnamon, dried cherries and light leather and tasting notes of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel and chocolate mint, this is expected to be a bourbon to brag about for the long haul. The distillery will be open on Feb. 11 with a celebration of Bluegrass, BBQ and Bourbon from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. You can expect to see Green River Straight Bourbon Whiskey at select retailers in Kentucky after Feb. 11 and at select retailers in Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana and northwest Florida in the coming months.

Aaron Lewis Live 

Aaron Lewis will be hitting the RiverPark Center stage on Friday, Feb. 11 for his “Frayed at Both Ends” tour. Lewis boasts an impressive music career and is known best as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and founding member of the rock band Staind, with whom he released seven different albums. Lewis has pursued a successful solo career in country music with his debut “EP Town Line,” which was released in 2011. Lewis’ “Frayed at Both Ends” acoustic tour has played all across the country, and this is a great chance to see this famous musician play some of his newest hits, all of which are streaming on multiple platforms right now. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets for this show are almost sold out, so grab them while you have the chance!

The Kody Norris Show  

A blend of retro, hillbilly, bluegrass and rockabilly, The Kody Norris Show is bringing you all the live music and entertainment you could ask for on February 12 at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Deeply rooted in North American folk music, Norris has crafted a performance that harkens back and tips a hat to the traditions created by Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin’s showmanship, the Stanley Brothers’ harmonies, performances of the Grand Ole Opry and a bit of Vaudeville. Expect to see top-notch picking coupled with humor and visual flash, including colorful, tailored suites adorned with rhinestones, ties, classic hats and ornate boots. Tickets for The Kody Norris Show are $20, so grab your best hat and a pair of boots, and head on down to Owensboro for a good time.

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: June 3-5

Downtown Car Show  

Sunset Cruisers is hosting an excellent car show in Owensboro this weekend at the Downtown Cruise In. On Saturday, June 4, you can check out the coolest makes and models from General Motors from 4-8 p.m. While the cars will be the highlight of the show, guests can also enjoy a variety of door prizes (and it’s only for the ladies this round!), a GM Recognition Award, and all of the restaurants, bars and boutiques spread across downtown Owensboro. You can enter the Downtown Cruise In at 3rd and Daviess Streets. 

Live on the Banks      

You can catch, not one, but two live musical performances in downtown Owensboro this Saturday at Live on the Banks! Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the riverfront and take in the melodic sounds from some of the tri-state’s most talented performers at this event. This weekend, you can hear Rufus & Julia Trio play live at the Overlook Stage, while Skylar Cain will perform at the Allen Street Gazebo. Live on the Banks will take place on June 4, and this free outdoor concert series runs from 7-9 p.m. 

Friday After 5     

This weekend’s Friday After 5 is going to be absolutely incredible! This free outdoor concert series will take place in downtown Owensboro on June 3 from 5-midnight, bringing you live music from tons of talented artists. Tailgate will perform a blend of country and rock from the Atmos Amphitheater from 5:30-7:30 p.m., while country music stars The Hobbs Sisters will play from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Jagoe Homes Riverfront stage. You can also enjoy classic 70s rock from 8 Track at the Romain Subaru Overlook Stage from 7-9 p.m. and soul music from Tony & The Tan Lines at the Ruoff Party Stage from 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: April 1-3

Artrageous     

Imagine watching an artist create a masterpiece (in only a few minutes!) before your eyes. For those who love art and entertainment, Artrageous is the show for you. Held at the RiverPark Center on April 2 from 7-9 p.m., Artrageous captivates audiences by combining impressive vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction with beautiful artwork, taking you on a unique, visual journey that you won’t find anywhere else. This one-of-a-kind crossover experience is guaranteed to awe and inspire, so make sure to grab your tickets before they sell out! At only $12 apiece, you won’t find a better deal for a fun night out. 

Downtown Cruise-In  

Get excited because it’s officially car show season in the Boro again! It’s time to plan your schedules accordingly because downtown Owensboro will soon be hosting the first Downtown Cruise-In of the year. Held by Sunset Cruisers on April 2, this car show will feature trucks from 3-7 p.m. You’ll have the chance to see some of the coolest classic, vintage and tricked-out trucks ever made along with live music, tons of giveaways and great restaurants and bars in the area to keep the party going afterward. This event is free to the public! Once you’ve parked, head to the corner of 3rd and Daviess streets for entry. 

Showdown in the Bluegrass   

This youth volleyball tournament will bring in hundreds of players from dozens of travel volleyball teams from all over for two days of competitive tournament play. Held at the Owensboro Convention Center on April 2-3, you can head downtown to see one of the very first volleyball tournaments to be held using the Convention Center’s brand new sports floor! The tournament is hosted by by the Audubon Volleyball Association, and each team is guaranteed five games, with pool play on Saturday and bracket play on Sunday. 

 

See ROMP’s amazing lineup from the skies in hot air balloon ride

It’s almost that time, folks! ROMP – Owensboro’s biggest Bluegrass music festival of the year – is just days away, and we have some extra special surprises in store for this year’s event. 

If you’re ready for an amazingly unique (and thrilling!) experience at this year’s ROMP (and who isn’t?) Don Moore Automotive is giving festival-goers the chance to ride in a hot air balloon! You can get the coolest views at the park by floating in a hot air balloon over the ROMP stage for half an hour. These hot air balloons will provide camera-ready backdrops for the festival throughout the day. And at night, they will LIGHT UP against the night sky for the coolest balloon glow show you’ve ever seen! 

Officials have also dropped the first look for this year’s ROMP festival t-shirt. This gray-blue shirt featuring the ROMP owl looks super cool, and there will be tons of other apparel available at the ROMP tent once you arrive, so be sure to bring your wallet! And FYI, you can pay via card, cash or Apple Pay at the ROMP tent. 

As if we haven’t bragged about this year’s ROMP lineup enough, we want to again remind everyone that you may not find a better Bluegrass music lineup anywhere else in the world than right here. 

Thursday’s headliners include Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon and Dan Tyminski Band. Friday’s headliners will include The Del McCoury Band, Rhiannon Giddens, We Banjo 3 and Cole Chaney & Wolfpen Branch. Saturday will finish up with headliners Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives, Tommy Emmanuel, Steep Canyon Rangers and The Steeldrivers. 

Newcomers to this year’s ROMP include Lindsay Lou, The Quebe Sisters, Hackensaw Boys, Dark Moon Hollow, Theo & Brenna Band and Brennen Leigh. So you’ll have the chance to hear lots of new artists! 

ROMP runs June 22-25 at Yellow Creek Park. Purchase tickets right here! 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the beginning, Green River Distilling earns reputation for top-notch bourbon

Green River Distilling Company has a long, fascinating–and, at times, tumultuous–history. Before we dive into all the details of the last century, we’ll start at the beginning of the story.

The original distillery was founded in 1885 by John W. McCulloch, 137 years ago. Along the Ohio River, it was located at the very same places Green River Distilling Co. resides today.

McCulloch’s whiskey was far from average. In fact, it earned a reputation for its premium quality all across the world.

McCulloch made sure that reputation stuck by becoming a visionary in sales and marketing. He traveled the world to promote Green River Whiskey, and it quickly became known as some of the finest in Kentucky.

He entered his whiskey in as many competitions as possible, winning his first medal for Excellence at the World’s Fair in 1893.

The list of international awards Green River took home is astounding. In 1900, the brand won “best of show” at the Paris Exposition. To top that off, Green River won the gold medal for quality at the Paris Exposition.

In 1905, Green River was awarded the Grand Prizes at Exposition Universelle de Liege and the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland, Oregon. In 1906, Green River took home yet another Grand Prize at Esposizioine Internazionale in Milan, Italy, followed by a Grand Prize at the 1907 Jamestown Tercentennial Exposition in Jamestown.

At each of these events, McCulloch displayed the brand for everyone to see, and Green River soon became a household name across the globe.

McCulloch went even further with his marketing strategy, dubbing Green River the “Whiskey Without Regrets,” which catapulted his brand to new heights.

 

 

Book a stay at Diamond Lake Resort for this awesome BBQ Cook-Off

One of Owensboro-Daviess County’s top-notch camping spots, Diamond Lake Resort, is hosting its annual Grillin & Chillin BBQ Cook-Off, kicking off this spring. And this year, the event is going to be bigger and better than ever. 

Grillin & Chillin is exactly as it sounds. You get to spend the day chillin’ outside, enjoying all the natural beauty Diamond Lake has to offer as you tend to the grill for the all-day cooking competition. 

But this year, the large-scale event will be expanded to more than the one-day event that’s been held in past seasons. There will now be three events taking place, with the first at Diamond Lake on April 22-23, and the grand finale returning to Diamond Lake on September 16-17. 

The Grillin & Chillin Cook-Off brings in over 40 teams from all over the Midwest to compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Teams can pass out some of their barbecue to those watching, so it’s a great chance to score some of the best barbecue in the country! 

Visit Owensboro Wins Prestigious Tourism Awards

The team at the Owensboro Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau earned three Traverse Awards for Excellence in Kentucky marketing at the Annual Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s Gala. The CVB earned silver place for its Burger Week campaign in the COVID-19 Community Support & Engagement category.  Burger Week was responsible for driving sales for local businesses up by an average of 245%.

“Burger Week was an incredible boost for the restaurant industry here in Daviess County,” said Greg Floyd, Ole South BBQ owner and Visit Owensboro board member.

Visit Owensboro took home bronze in the category of marketing campaigns for their “Play in Holiday World, Stay in Owensboro” campaign. The extensive marketing plan involved partnering with the Holiday World marketing team to create a series of videos to visually demonstrate the proximity of the two destinations and why you should choose Owensboro as the place to stay when you visit the theme park.  Targeted digital ads, use of social media platforms, billboards, and media releases were also an integral part of the campaign’s success.

According to KTIA president & CEO Hank Phillips,” This year’s Traverse Awards are especially significant since they were not presented last year because of the cancellation of our conference due to the coronavirus. Therefore, the awards span a pre-pandemic period as well as the period during which the tourism industry was being devastated by the pandemic economic crisis. Whether before or during the pandemic, the entries reflected the enormous creativity and marketing savvy that has propelled tourism to being a premier driver of the Kentucky economy and the source of jobs and enhanced quality of life for Kentucky families.”

The Owensboro Daviess County and Convention Visitors Bureau also took home bronze in the specialty item field with “cards with an impression.” The cards are business cards that don’t look like your ordinary business card. Each team member’s card features that staff member participating in something that Owensboro is known for like the river, bluegrass music and sports.

“We are competing against successful cities including Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky region, all with significantly larger marketing budgets.  There is a lot of buzz and excitement in Owensboro and Daviess County from the newly announced ‘Bluegrass Music Capital of the World,’ Green River Distilling Company’s new brand launch, the new downtown hotel project, new breweries, and our new indoor sports component at the convention center,” said Mark Calitri, Visit Owensboro President & CEO.

“Statewide recognition in these categories prove that the Visit Owensboro team continues to produce high quality marketing content which we know yields an economic benefit to Daviess County and Owensboro by increasing visitors to the area,” said Claude Bacon, Visit Owensboro Chairman.

“Earning these awards demonstrate that we’ve been able to take our organization to the next level. I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve put together and the results our CVB board and staff are creating.  The good news is that the more our local CVB is successful it means Owensboro and Daviess County is successful,” added Calitri.

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized for your work and it means even more to have effective marketing during a world pandemic,” said Dave Kirk, Visit Owensboro Destination Management.

Kentucky travel and tourism businesses and marketing organizations vie for Traverse Awards in 10 categories. The Traverse Awards are judged by a panel of out-of-state travel and tourism industry experts.  Award criteria include concept, creativity, results, and impact. Over 110 entries were submitted from throughout Kentucky for the competition.

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association represents and serves all segments of Kentucky’s tourism industry, which despite the pandemic’s severe impact, contributed $8.9 billion to Kentucky’s economy in 2020. The 900-member association engages in advocacy and provides its members with education, information, and business development opportunities. The association also works to inform the public of the enormous economic, employment and tax revenue contributions tourism makes to the people of Kentucky.

 

 

Green River boasts historic DSP-KY-10 title

Green River Distilling Company is one of the most historical landmarks on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Established in 1885, Green River holds the title of DSP-KY-10, meaning it is literally the 10th oldest registered distillery in the entire state of Kentucky.

That includes all the distilleries that have ever been registered in the state, including those which have come and gone over the years, smaller-scale distilleries and all the well-known brands that continue to thrive across the Bluegrass State.

Owensboro’s DSP-KY-10 went through fire, Prohibition, multiple owners, abandonment, and a long period of dormancy before being revitalized in 2014. Two years of renovation and modernization later, the distillery was back up and running, producing more than 90,000 barrels of bourbon and rye a year.

With that much history comes a lot of pride, which is why eighth-generation Master Distiller Jacob Call and his team have spent the last five-plus years creating a bourbon whiskey that supersedes even their own expectations.

 

Green River Distilling reviving Owensboro’s ‘rich bourbon heritage’

“The Pride of Owensboro” is a phrase that Green River Distilling Co. takes to heart, and for a lot of good reasons.

In fact, each bottle of the distillery’s flagship Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will have the phrase, “The Pride of Owensboro,” included to pay homage to the city and its incredible bourbon legacy.

Pre-Prohibition, Owensboro was an epicenter of bourbon production in Kentucky with more than 20 distilleries across the city.

“Green River was one of the most important, and its rebirth helps bring the city’s rich bourbon heritage back to life,” the distillery says.

According to Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, Owensboro’s incredible bourbon heritage is something many bourbon enthusiasts don’t really understand.

“Many bourbon lovers don’t realize that Owensboro and Western Kentucky were among the most important regions for bourbon production in the 1800s,” Gregory said. “When you’re standing on the Green River campus, you’re standing on hallowed ground.”

That sentiment was echoed by Simon Burch, CEO of Green River Distilling, who said, “In its heyday, Green River’s success was intrinsically linked to Owensboro’s proud whiskey-making heritage.” 

The revival of the Green River brand will also revive that proud heritage in Owensboro, Burch noted.

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: June 17-19

Dazzling Daylilies Festival    

This five-day festival celebrates one of the prettiest flowers in Kentucky with live music, family fun and, best of all, the chance to take home your own daylilies from Western Kentucky Botanical Garden. Running June 13-18 this year, the Dazzling Daylilies Festival will feature a Lunch, Listen, Learn event on the 14th, where you can learn all about daylilies from an expert. Bourbon Revival will perform live Bluegrass music on June 16, complete with a cash bar for food and drinks, while a Family Fun Day will be held at the garden on June 18, bringing you a petting zoo, food trucks, a magician, face painting and a kid’s hike. 

Live on the Banks       

This free outdoor concert series will bring you live music from the banks of the Ohio River on Saturday night at two different locations. You can enjoy drinks, food and the sounds of great music at the Overlook Stage, where singer-songwriter Carly Moffa (of American Idol fame) will perform alongside Rockturnal Emissions at the Allen Street Gazebo. Both performances will be held on June 18 from 7-9 p.m. and are free to the public. 

Games on the River   

If you’re looking for the perfect family-friendly outing this weekend, Games on the River is definitely the place to be! From noon-8 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, you can enjoy free GIANT games of checkers, Jenga, Connect 4 and more. Held at Smothers Park on the beautiful Ohio RIver each weekend through September 4, Games on the River is hosted by Owensboro Parks & Recreation.

Green River: The Whiskey Without Regrets

“The Whiskey Without Regrets” is an iconic slogan that sticks with you. And John W. McCulloch, Green River Distilling Company’s original founder, knew that better than anyone.

And that very slogan is still being used by Green River Distilling to this day.

Even better, McCulloch’s whiskey held up to its newfound slogan, as Green River Whiskey became synonymous with quality, known for producing some of the finest bourbon in the great state of Kentucky.

Known around the world for its quality, McCulloch’s whiskey took home many awards from all over the globe. Although McCulloch is gone, the whiskey he initiated remains of interest because of the artifacts he created. Recently, a blue and white mini-jug sold at auction for $1,025.   

An original watch fob is worth enough that it has been counterfeited.  In addition, there are thousands of other artifacts out there to remind us of the Kentucky colonel who gave us a wealth of items by which to remember him and Green River whiskey. 

You can see a collection of these artifacts at the Green River distillery today.

You can also see the slogan, “The Whiskey Without Regrets,” in giant letters on the side of the buildings as you walk into Green River, designed and painted by Green River Creative Director Aaron Kizer. 

Green River Whiskey: The Most Expensive Spirit in the World

When you’re trading barrels of whiskey for stakes in a gold mine, it indicates you’re producing some pretty great whiskey. 

 
McCulloch’s whiskey was so good, in fact, he was able to trade only 20 barrels of it for a stake in a Colorado gold mine. That mine yielded gold, making Green River whiskey legendary in terms of value. 
 
When Green River’s distillery burned to the ground in 1918, taking 43,000 barrels of whiskey down with it, the loss totaled $3 million in damages. 
 
Today, that equates to more than $56 million. 

1918 fire delivers fatal blow to Green River Distilling

After earning worldwide recognition for its premium quality, Green River was reaching incredible heights in producing some of the best whiskey on Earth. However, Green River would face an unfathomable blow in 1918 due to a fire that burned through the entire distillery. 

All of the whiskey, and almost all of the buildings, were completely lost when an after-hours fire broke out. The fire ultimately proved to be a fatal blow to the Green River Distillery. 

The fire reduced the distillery to ashes within hours. The cause of the fire was considered “mysterious.” 

Though the distillery was rebuilt, it would face yet another blow when the United States government passed Prohibition, which took effect from 1920-1933. 

The fire, coupled with Prohibition, meant Green River would never return to its former glory. Many of Owensboro’s distilleries faced similar fates. 

Medley family continues legacy in local bourbon industry

Green River owes a big part of its distillery history to the Medley family, who kept the stills flowing from 1940-2008.

The Medley family legacy goes back—wayyy back—in Owensboro’s local distilling industry. In fact, John Medley VI moved from Maryland to Washington, KY in 1800 to begin distilling whiskey. He found success in the business and, when he passed away in 1814, his inventory of estate included two stills and 40 mash tubs.

Decades later, in 1901, George Medley learned the distilling trade and moved the family business from Washington, KY to Owensboro. George and his brother Thomas purchased the Daviess County Distillery from the Monarch family.

A massive fire and Prohibition (1920-33) forced the shutdown of the Green River distillery, and its doors were closed for years. In 1940, five Medley sons purchased the long-abandoned Green River Distillery. They rebuilt it and, that same year, Medley Distilling Company was founded. 

As the story goes, the Medley Distilling Company continued to thrive through the 1950s and 60s. Many well-known brands made their way through our distillery during that time, including Wathen’s, Medley Brothers, Old Medley, and Five Brothers. Charles Medley sold the distillery in 2007, and the 2008 recession ended plans for its continued use. The distillery was purchased in 2014, and with Jacob Call and his team on board, whiskey was being distilled once again in 2016.

In 2020, Green River Distilling Co. was revived. And now, the distillery is set to launch its very own Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey this very week.

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: February 18-20

KY State Archery Championships  

Archery—both indoor and outdoor—is a sport that’s quickly gaining popularity across the country, and Owensboro will be hosting the 2022 KY S3DA Indoor State Championship Feb. 18-20 at the Owensboro Convention Center. The S3DA program’s mission is to foster, educate and guide youth in the areas of indoor target, 3-D and outdoor target archery as well as safe, ethical bowhunting practices. Whether you’re a longtime archery enthusiast or a newbie who wants to learn more, this is a great chance to see some of the best kids in the state of Kentucky shoot for the title! Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for those under 18.

Green River Distilling Tour 

After launching its first self-branded bourbon in over a century last week, there is no better time to visit and tour Green River Distilling Co. than right now! Even better, the distillery’s Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is available for purchase at the site. This bourbon whiskey is 90-proof, with a rich, amber hue and a mash bill made up of 70% Kentucky-grown corn, 21% winter rye and 9% malted two and six-row barley. You can smell and taste notes of cinnamon, dried cherry, light leather, vanilla, caramel and chocolate mint which, to be honest, sounds a little bit like heaven. You can take a $15 tour of the historic property and participate in a bourbon tasting Monday-Saturday at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.  

Art from the Heart   

This art exhibit features some of the most prominent artists of the mid to late 20th century and celebrates the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art’s collection as an important documentary on this aspect of American art. The collection is great for professional and rookie artists alike as it showcases the diversity of creativity expressed by contemporary artists and craftsmen working outside the academic tradition. You can find and explore innovative styles, techniques and nontraditional media used by these artists—from woodcarving, to painted wood construction, to gourd and polychromed carving. The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art is open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: June 24-26

ROMP   

Owensboro’s biggest Bluegrass music festival of the year is happening THIS WEEK, y’all! If you haven’t already bought your tickets, now’s the time, and if you’re interested in hearing music from some of the greatest Bluegrass musicians on the planet, this is the place. Held at Yellow Creek Park on June 22-25, you can bring the entire family (and your fur babies!) to this outdoor music fest. Check out the full concert lineup right here! 

OMGCon!      

This is a convention for anyone and everyone who enjoys anime, cosplay and gaming. Held at the Owensboro Convention Center on June 24-26, attendees at OMGCon! will have the chance to meet actors, voice actors and famous cosplayers at this three-day event. There will be plenty of dancing, gaming and outdoor activities to enjoy at this family-friendly con as well. You can register for a weekend pass right here! 

Green River Distilling Co. Tour    

There’s never been a better time to check out Green River Distilling Co. After releasing their Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (and receiving amazing reviews for it) just a few months ago, people are lining up to check out this historic facility to see how some of the best bourbon in Kentucky is made. You can learn the ins and outs of the bourbon production industry along with Green River’s rich, fascinating history on a one-hour tour. After that, you’ll get to taste three different bourbons produced at the distillery. For only $20, you can book a tour Tuesday-Saturday at 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m.

Green River Distilling: A legacy revived

A legacy has been revived at Green River Distilling Company. And that is more than enough reason to celebrate.

Fire and Prohibition may have relegated Green River to history before, but now, more than 100 years later, history has come full circle with the release of the new Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

“For the first time in more than 100 years, Green River bourbon is flowing inside the walls of its original home,” said Master Distiller Jacob Call. “As someone with a family connection to the first days of Kentucky bourbon, being a part of the revival of such legendary whiskey has been the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Simon Burch, CEO of Green River Distilling Co. said he was proud of his team’s great work in bringing Green River back to life in Owensboro after years of dormancy.

“Not only because of what it means to our company, but what it means for this wonderful city,” he said.

Burch worked closely with original founder John McCulloch’s great-grandson Rob McCulloch to revive the Green River brand, saying “We’re so grateful to Rob for sharing his family’s history with us, and it’s a privilege to continue to build on the legacy that John McCulloch created.”

McCulloch said he’d always wanted to see Green River whiskey made at its original location in Owensboro.

“It completes the story my great-grandfather started in 1885.”

 

Green River Distilling Co. to launch Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Green River Distilling Co., the 10th oldest distillery in the state of Kentucky, today announced the launch of its flagship Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Aged more than five years, this is the first Green River bourbon to hit shelves in more than a century and comes on the heels of the historic revival in September 2020.

Green River Distilling Co. was founded in 1885 by John W. McCulloch, a man focused on quality and considered a visionary in sales and marketing. McCulloch traveled the world to promote Green River Whiskey, and it quickly became known as some of the finest in Kentucky. Green River won many international awards, including a gold medal and “best of show” at the Paris Exposition in 1900, and later a grand prize at the 1905 Liege Exposition in Belgium. It was also known as “The Whiskey Without Regrets,” one of the most memorable advertising slogans in bourbon.

Fire and Prohibition relegated Green River to history. Now, more than 100 years later, history has come full circle with the release of the new Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Today’s Green River bourbon was distilled by Master Distiller Jacob Call, an eighth-generation distiller and Kentuckian. Call’s family distilling history stretches back to the earliest days of bourbon when his ancestor Samuel Call distilled whiskey on his Kentucky farm in the late 1700s. Green River was known for its quality whiskey, and Call and his team are proud to bring the same commitment to distilling Green River bourbon today.

“For the first time in more than 100 years, Green River bourbon is flowing inside the walls of its original home,” said Call. “As someone with a family connection to the first days of Kentucky bourbon, being a part of the revival of such a legendary whiskey has been the opportunity of a lifetime.”

The new Green River bottle design took cues from the brand’s past, including key icons like horseshoes, rivets, and the original Green River colors. “We worked with local historians and spent time in museums and Owensboro libraries to immerse ourselves in the Green River pre-Prohibition world,” said Cathy Steen, Chief Commercial Officer. “We had a wonderful archive that inspired us to think about how the brand design would have organically evolved for today’s bourbon fans.”

A limited release of Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be available for purchase ($34.99 SRP) at the Green River distillery in Owensboro, Kentucky, beginning Friday, February 11, 2022, at 10 am CST. The distillery will be open that day with a celebration of Bluegrass, BBQ, and Bourbon until 6 pm CST. In the coming months, Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will also be rolling out to select retailers in Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, and Northwest Florida. For more information on availability, visit www.greenriverwhiskey.com.

Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is 90 proof and has been aged more than five years at the distillery in Owensboro. It is rich in color with an amber hue and made with all Kentucky-grown corn, most from Daviess County. The mash bill is 70% corn, 21% winter rye, and 9% malted 2 and 6-row barley. The higher rye content results in a bourbon with warming spice notes on the nose and palate. Additional aroma notes to look for include cinnamon, dried cherry, and light leather. For taste, it has notes of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate mint. The finish is rich, thick, and lingering. 

At the brand’s launch event on February 10, 2022, an auction will be held to raise money for those affected by the devastating tornadoes in Western Kentucky. World-renowned artist Aaron Kizer, the distillery’s artistic director, has hand-painted 10 barrels filled with Green River bourbon for auction

Owensboro restaurants serving food from all over the world

Owensboro is undergoing an evolution in the restaurant industry, and that is something to get very excited about. While Owensboro has always been known for its impressive lineup of culinary treasures, the growing diversification of restaurants and food options in our city is something that should definitely be on your radar when planning your trip.

It wasn’t until recently that the first Thai restaurant opened in Owensboro, and it didn’t take long to become one of the local favorites around here. Thai Food Owensboro has a wide range of dishes to choose from and a frequently changing menu, so you always have the chance to try something new! From their Thai Noodle Soup to their Chicken Curry entree, you can find the sweet, the spicy, and the savory on this delicious menu.

The Gyro House is another new restaurant offering a diverse menu in Owensboro, and it’s received rave reviews from almost everybody who’s tried it. The Gyro House is a Mediterranean restaurant that serves falafels, gyro, beef and chicken platters, and something called a Tornado Potato, which, let’s be honest, sounds like a lot more fun than french fries!

A few miles beyond Owensboro city limits is yet another new restaurant that’s making waves–both with its food and its backstory. Owensboro Karen Restaurant serves Burmese and Thai cuisine and was opened by chef Hser Wah. She and her family are members of the Karen (KAH-ren) ethnic group of Myanmar, which was called Burma until 1989.

Hser Wah and her sister Tee Moo resettled in Owensboro in 2010 before opening their restaurant, which serves dishes ranging from Pad Thai, to noodle stir fry, to tea leaf salad, making it the perfect place to try some authentic recipes from the Southeastern Asian country.

Owensboro is also home to dozens of authentic Mexican restaurants that can be found all over the city and county, with dishes ranging from street tacos, to enchiladas, to homemade soups. You can also find a handful of traditional Japanese and Chinese eateries that offer everything from sushi to hibachi.

But since we’re focusing on some of the newer restaurants in our city, Bubba Gandy Seafood Cajun Market makes the list of diverse food options as well. Serving a wide variety of fresh seafood, prepared foods, Cajun seasonings, homemade dips and boiled platters, you can also find some of the best jambalaya, chicken and sausage gumbo, dirty rice and crawfish cornbread dressing in the state at this amazing seafood establishment.

As Owensboro’s only location for authentic Caribbean cuisine, Jamaican Yard Vibes offers tons of Jamaican dishes, including jerk chicken, curry goat and mutton, stewed chicken, rasta pasta and more.

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: July 1-3

First Fridays   

The first concert series of its kind in Owensboro, you can catch some of the biggest names in contemporary Christian music at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s outdoor stage on the first Friday of each month. On Friday, July 1, you’ll hear from Cochren & Co. on the Michael E. Horn Family stage from 5-8 p.m. This free event will feature a lineup of food trucks and activities for the kiddos as well! All you need to bring is a chair or blanket to this family-friendly concert for people of all ages. 

Downtown Cruise-In      

This weekend’s downtown car show will be nothing short of spectacular. Held on Saturday, July 2 from 4-8 p.m., the upcoming Downtown Cruise-In will feature modern muscle cars. The Sunset Cruisers always puts on a great show, and this free event is guaranteed to bring out some of the coolest cars you’ve ever seen. There will be ladies-only door prizes, awards and tons of makes and models to scope out. All you have to do is head downtown and find the entrance at 3rd and Daviess streets, and you’re set for a family-friendly night out.

4th of July Fireworks    

One of the biggest events of the year (and one of the best fireworks shows you’ve ever seen) will be held in Owensboro on Monday, July 4 from 5-10 p.m. The All-American Fourth of July Fireworks will feature, not one, but four different fireworks shows spanning the city of Owensboro. You can see fireworks light up the night sky from every direction, and it’s a unique opportunity to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of freedom on Independence Day. Live music will be played at Smothers Park starting at 5 p.m. and a 15-minute fireworks show will kick off at 9:15 p.m. 

Green River Distilling Co. named one of Top 10 Bourbon Tours in KY

When it comes to the best bourbon tours in Kentucky, Owensboro’s Green River Distilling Co. ranks at the top of the list. According to The Travel – a blog that covers travel-related topics across the entire globe – Green River Distilling is one of the top 10 bourbon distilleries in the entire state to visit.

The Travel’s article, “These Are The Best Bourbon Tours In Kentucky Worth Your Cocktail Hour” listed Green River Distilling Co. as the fourth best in the state to tour. The Travel cited the distillery’s famous slogan (one that had to be changed) in the opening sentence.

“The folks at Green River Distilling Co. had to change their slogan to ‘The Whiskey Without Regrets” after their old catchphrase, ‘The Whiskey Without a Headache,’ was questioned by the federal government,” The Travel writes.

That changing catchphrase is just one of many fascinating facts you learn while taking a tour at Green River Distilling Co., and the team at The Travel was sure to point out a ton of other highlights (did you know there’s been a distillery there since 1885?!) that accompany a variety of tours offered at the distillery.

“Four comprehensive tours take visitors on a behind-the-scenes journey through the facility,” they write. “Every sense will come alive as tourists marvel at the expansive operation, catch whiffs of the aging bourbons, hear the machines going in the production areas, feel the glass in their hands, and tickle their taste buds with samplings of delectable liquid magic.”

As the westernmost point on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the recent launch of an historic rebranding effort, it’s a big deal to see Green River Distilling Co. on the same list as other well-known brands such as Maker’s Mark, Angel’s Envy, Buffalo Trace and Woodford Reserve.

And it’s also a big deal to be listed as a Top 10 Distillery Tour when you’re up against 38 total distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

A tour of the historic Green River Distilling Co. covers every aspect of whiskey production, from grain to mash to beer to distillate to barrels of whiskey. You learn so much in such little time, and you get to see, smell and experience so much behind-the-scenes magic that makes our local bourbon so delicious.

And after you see how it’s all made, you get to taste it. Resident experts teach you how to properly taste a variety of bourbon and rye whiskey and, trust us, it’s a lesson you’ll never forget. And something you can show off to all your friends for a lifetime too.

Distillery tours are $15 and include samples of three whiskies. The 60-minute tours run Monday-Saturday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Head to Owensboro for your next cozy date night

Owensboro is famous for a lot of things, but one thing on our radar this week is what a great place it is for a cozy date night. And because it’s still cold outside, cozy—for now—means indoors.

But being cozy is about more than escaping the frigid wind. It’s about ambience, the soft glow of a flickering candle, comfortable booths and chairs where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy spending time with your loved one.

While The Miller House is famous for its food and three-story dining experience, it’s also famous for its super cozy basement. On the bottom floor, there’s just enough tables to keep your conversations from being overheard while also giving you the space and privacy you hope for when out with your loved one. With low lighting and over 700 different bourbons to choose from, you’ll find yourself warmer and cozier than you ever thought possible in a basement.

There are several other restaurants that provide that warm and fuzzy atmosphere by dimming the lights and lighting the candles, including Niko’s Italian Restaurant, Famous Bistro and, for those who’ve mastered the art of watching the game on TV when their significant other isn’t looking, Bar Louie and Drake’s.

After dinner, you might want to grab drinks at a bar. But for a cozy date night, you’re not looking for loud music and crowded dance floors, right?

Right.

No worries, because you can cuddle up in comfortable booths and enjoy an inviting, intimate atmosphere at the Pub on Second (as well as amazing, handcrafted martinis and all the craft beer you could ask for).

And at SIP Wine Room, you can enjoy each other while overlooking the Ohio River. They also offer a variety of beer and mixed drinks. If you’re in the market for locally-crafted beer, The Brew Bridge has all of that and more, as well as private, outdoor seating areas that are heated.

Malco Owensboro Cinema Grill & MXT is the perfect place for a cozy date night, with comfortable, reclining chairs, an impressive food and drink menu, and an ever-changing lineup of amazing movies to watch on the big screen.

And for those who appreciate the arts, Owensboro has date night covered. Theatre Workshop of Owensboro (TWO) puts on some of the best local plays in Kentucky, and you can see that for yourself at either the Trinity Centre or TWO’s Empress Theatre—both of which are cozy, intimate places to catch a show.

 

Kentucky Fried Pickin’ bringing hundreds of musicians to downtown Owensboro

One of the biggest Bluegrass jam sessions in the state is making its way back to Owensboro this year for the fifth time since its inception. Kentucky Fried Pickin’ will bring in Bluegrass pickers and strummers from all over for a weekend of live music at the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront.

Kentucky Fried Pickin’ will be held May 12-14. According to Mark Hargis, founder and creator of the Bluegrass music festival, the 12th will serve as “Early Bird Pickin’” for anyone and everyone who wants to come out and bring their instruments for a day of play.

“We’ll have a huge group that day for a big, community pickin’ event,” Hargis said.

Those who participate May 13-14 have rented rooms to play in at the Holiday Inn, where anyone interested in listening to the musicians can hang out and travel room-to-room to get the full Kentucky Fried Pickin’ experience.

“There’s three to four pickin’ floors at the Holiday Inn,” Hargis said. “You can pick outside too. Last year we had 200-300 people pickin’ outside when the weather was good.”

Hargis said he expects a huge crowd of pickers for this year’s event – anywhere between 1,000 and 1,500. With the event taking place on the same weekend as the Bar-B-Q Block Party, this year’s event has the potential to bring in tons of spectators.

“We had a fantastic turnout last year, and I think this year will top that,” Hargis said. “The restaurant at the hotel – Burger Theory – will be serving specials throughout the weekend for those in attendance. We call this event a big together – a big Bluegrass family reunion.”

There are still a few rooms left at the Holiday Inn for those who want to participate! Use Holiday Inn code “KFP” or call 1-270-683-1111 to book your room now. 

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: April 22-24

KY 2A Championships      

You can catch some of the best high school athletes in Kentucky compete for a weekend of tournament play at the Kentucky 2A State Championships for both baseball and softball. Held at two different locations and featuring 16 teams from across the state, you can watch these athletes compete for the crown at Owensboro’s world-class sports complexes. Both tournaments will be held April 22-23 this year. The Girls’ Softball Championships will take place at Jack C. Fisher Park and the Boys’ Baseball Championships will be held at Jack Hicks Field. 

Darin & Brooke Aldridge Concert 

This husband-wife Bluegrass duo just released a new album that’s garnered critical acclaim, and together, Darin and Brooke Aldridge have won multiple music awards across multiple platforms. Natives of North Carolina, Darin earned the 2017 IBMA Mentor of the Year award, while Brooke won the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year award FOUR CONSECUTIVE TIMES from 2017-2020. Their new album, “This Life We’re Livin’,” was #1 on the Billboard charts, proving that the duo’s music is only getting better over time. You can see them perform live on April 23 at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and tickets are $32 apiece.

Spring Market at White Chateau     

After a long winter that’s kept us all inside for months, t’s time to get out of the house and be reminded of how beautiful the outdoors can be! The Spring Market at White Chateau will be held on April 23 and 24, with warm temps and sunny skies expected for the two-day event. You can peruse the shops from over 70 vendors, eat delicious treats from an array of food trucks, and enjoy live music as you explore one of the prettiest farm and wedding venues in Kentucky. Shop for clothing, food, plants, flowers, locally grown farm products and more. And for those planning an upcoming wedding, there will be plenty of wedding vendors available to chat with as well. Parking is $5 per vehicle and the event runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.

 

Bar-B-Q Block Party bringing music, rides and delicious fun to downtown Owensboro in May

Visitors far and wide have traveled to Owensboro for the annual International Bar-B-Q Festival for decades. Following a decision to scale down the Bar-B-Q Festival last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Owensboro’s first-ever Bar-B-Q Block Party turned out to be a major success and, in the future, it’s expected to evolve into something bigger and better than ever before.

This year’s Bar-B-Q Block Party will be both similar to, and different from, last year’s event. Running for two days on May 13 and 14, this festival will be heavily focused on good old-fashioned barbecue, the way the original Bar-B-Q Festival was designed to be.

The block party will include your favorite Bar-B-Q Festival elements from years past, such as the church cooking teams, and the Backyard Cooking Competition presented by Kentucky Legend.

More than 30 cooking teams will compete for pride and prizes in the Backyard Cooking Competition. They’ll apply their home-grown skills to cook up some of the best beef, chicken and pork you’ll ever taste. Awards are presented in each category and an overall Backyard Cook Grand Champion gets to take home the biggest prize of all.

New to this year’s festival, live music will be played both days on the front lawn of the Owensboro Convention Center! You can catch performances on the stage in front of the building on Friday, May 13 from 5-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

The 2022 Bar-B-Q Block Party will also have fun stuff for the kiddos to do, including a carnival and midway games. The Block Party will also be adding a dozen more Bar-B-Q food trucks and vendors to 2nd Street this year, giving those who attend the chance to try tons of different recipes, styles and flavors from a variety of creative culinary talent.

This family-friendly event will include seating in the form of picnic tables placed all along 2nd Street, as well as side streets that surround the area, so you’ll have plenty of room to hang out with your family and friends and sit down to eat all the amazing food and drinks that are offered.

World Champion Eater Joey Chestnut will be back in Owensboro for the Bar-B-Q Block Party on Saturday from noon-1 p.m. for a “Meet & Greet” presented by Kentucky Legend! You can find Chestnut at the Kentucky Legend sampling tent on 2nd Street and snag an autograph and photo with the legendary eater. Chestnut will also be a celebrity judge for the Backyard Cooking Competition.

And if you’re in the market for a good run before you eat all that delicious food, you can sign up for the BBQ 5K! This road race will kick off on Saturday at 8 a.m. and proceeds will support Owensboro’s local YMCA.

The Bar-B-Q Block Party will take place on Friday, May 13 from noon-9 p.m. and on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. in downtown Owensboro.

 

Coffey Anderson headlining FA5 on July 29

Friday After 5 has long been known for bringing amazing, unique talent to Owensboro, and the free outdoor concert series is doing it again this year with a performance from Coffey Anderson! 

 

For those who don’t know, Anderson is a Texas-born singer/songwriter who mixes mainstream country music with pop, R&B and hip-hop beats. He came to fame through his YouTube videos and has released eight albums over the course of his career. 

 

You may know Anderson best for some of his hit songs, which include “Mr. Red, White, And Blue,” “Better Today,” “Bud Light Blue” and Blessed.” 

 

Anderson just released a new album, “Come On With It,” in June, so he’s going to have a whole lineup of new songs to mix into some of his greatest hits for this event. Coffey himself has said that this album is “me, 100%.” 

 

“I want a singalong,” he said. “I tell anyone, ‘If you want to hear a Coffey song, think of the male Shania.’ We’re talking about big fiddles, big guitars, loud drums – stadium country.” 

 

This is going to be a show for anyone and everyone who enjoys innovative country music, and we cannot wait to see you there. 

 

You can see Anderson perform live at FA5 on July 29 from 7-10 p.m. at the Jagoe Stage in McConnell Plaza. 

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: July 8-10

Downtown Live    

This weekend’s Downtown Live will be focused on all things beer! RiverPark Center will host a “Beer Snobs”-themed event at its 21-and-older entertainment complex on Friday, July 8 from 6-11 p.m. A “Know Your Hops” Beer Competition will be held in the lobby, while beer pong, giant Jenga and other bar games will be played in the Jody Berry Theatre. Cornhole and DJ2Smuve will play all evening in Truist Plaza and Latasha Shemwell will perform from 6-8 p.m. at the Atmos Courtyard. To add to all the fun, the Chicago Improv Group will be taking the stage at the GhostLight Lounge, so be prepared to drink, laugh and dance all night! 

Hops on the Ohio     

In alignment with a beer-themed weekend at RPC, Hops on the Ohio will be bringing you all the craft beer and bourbon you could ask for on Saturday, July 9 from 3-7 p.m. Hundreds of people are expected to attend this fan-favorite event, described as a “four-hour tour of local Kentucky breweries and an exploration of the nation’s favorite brands.” You can expect an afternoon of brews, tunes and great vibes at this indoor/outdoor event, and tickets can be purchased right here!

Battle of the Blue Bridge    

Held at the Owensboro Convention Center on July 9 and 10, Battle of the Blue Bridge will bring you an amazing basketball tournament like you’ve never before seen in Owensboro! Featuring both boys and girls divisions, players range from 3rd to 12th grade for this tournament. With tons of teams from across a variety of states expected to play, this is a great chance to check out the indoor sports floor at the Owensboro Convention Center and see some of the best student athletes in the region perform as well. Click here to check out the tournament schedule. 

Make Owensboro your next destination for live music

Here at Visit Owensboro, we’re always looking forward to Spring.

The Dogwoods will start blooming all around town, the baseball and softball fields will start coming alive with tournament play, and live music will be played at outdoor venues all across the city.

And this year, we’ve got so many events to look forward to, we’re going to break them down by section. And this week, we’re starting with live music.

Concerts:

Be sure to keep an eye and ear out for other live music performances at Brasher’s Lil’ Nashville, Shiloh’s Lounge, O’Bryan’s Bar & Grill, Lure Seafood and Grille, Ten O Six, Club Unks and Bar Louie. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more details!

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: February 25-27

Winter Dance Party   

Let’s start off with this cool fact: John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party is the official live and authentic recreation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour. What makes it even cooler, it’s the only show of its kind endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates. Each live concert includes over two hours of hit songs from the 1950s. We’re talking the likes of “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy,” “Rave On,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace,” and many, many more. The Winter Dance Party has performed in front of over 2 million people on national TV and toured extensively throughout the US and Canada. You can catch this critically-acclaimed concert at the RiverPark Center on Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, and this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity in Owensboro, so swing on by and join the fun!

Brennen Leigh Concert 

An American songwriter, guitarist, mandolin player and singer whose “to-the-point” storytelling style has elevated her to cult icon status in Europe, Scandinavia, South America, the UK and the US (wow!), seeing Brennen Leigh perform live in Owensboro is a huge deal! Leigh’s songs have been recorded by some of the greats, including Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Crowell, Sunny Sweeney, Charley Crockett and many others. With writing described as “tender, violent, sentimental, foolish and wise,” Leigh has a lot to say, and right now’s a great time to hear it. Tickets are on sale for $20 and the show kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Mardi Gras Party   

O’Bryan’s Bar & Grill is throwing down this weekend with its annual Mardi Gras Party! It doesn’t get more fun than this, with tons of drink specials and live music playing all night on Saturday, February 26. The band Kalico—featuring a blend of country and southern rock–will take the outdoor stage at 9 p.m. and the party continues until 2 a.m. A locally-owned bar and grill located about 10 miles outside of Owensboro city limits, O’Bryan’s offers a huge variety of amazing food and drink options. This party is strictly for the adults, and there is a $10 cover charge at the door.

 

 

Owensboro Burger Week featuring every burger imaginable March 1-5

Owensboro Burger Week is back, ya’ll! And this time, it’s bigger and better than ever, with more than 30 different restaurants selling their delicious burgers—many of which were created just for this event–for an entire week.

We’ve got every kind of burger on the list you can possibly imagine this year—and some you probably haven’t imagined, but should definitely try. 

We’ve got a breakfast burger loaded with eggs and a French toast bun. We’ve got burgers dripping with sriracha, warm beer cheese and pickled carrots. We’ve got burgers stacked with fried pickles, jalapenos and crispy onion rings.

For the barbecue lovers out there (and who isn’t?), we’ve got burgers topped with pulled pork and braised pork belly, slathered in sauces ranging from Tomato Bourbon Jam to smoked paprika and homemade coleslaw.

We’ve got a pizza burger loaded with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and shiitake mushrooms, and we’ve got more varieties of bacon on this Burger Week lineup than you could hope for.

One exciting thing about this year is we’ve even got a couple of vegetarian burgers on the menu, and they look and sound AMAZING. A Greek Lentil Burger served with gochujang on Koulouri? Yep. We’ve got it.

Don’t forget to check out as many of these local restaurants as possible from March 1-5 during the 2nd Annual Owensboro Burger Week! All burgers are $7 and, if we’re being honest, it’s impossible to know which burgers are taking home prizes this year. That’s how good they all sound! 

Speaking of prizes, everyone who participates in Burger Week 2022 has the chance to win an awesome one! All you gotta do is take a photo of your burger at three different places (at least) and use the hashtag Owensboroburgerweek (#Owensboroburgerweek) to be entered into a drawing for a Mini Green Egg Max and wonderful meat package from Hill View Farms Meats. 

You can see a full list of burgers and participating restaurants at owensboroburgerweek.com. 

 

 

What to look forward to in 2022

With the new year coming in strong, there are a lot of reasons to look forward to what’s coming in 2022. Owensboro-Daviess County is producing more and more exciting reasons to visit our area each year, and we are absolutely pumped to see so many concerts, events and programs in the works for the year to come. 

There are literally so many events going on this coming year that we can’t possibly name them all, but here’s a quick list to get you started on planning your next visit (or visits!) to Owensboro in 2022. 

First off, Goodwood Brewing and Spirits is opening a new location in Owensboro, bringing you all the craft beer and cocktails you could ask for! The brand new brewpub will feature a full kitchen and brewery onsite with their award-winning beers and diverse, southern-focused food menu. A spacious patio (complete with a fireplace setting overlooking the Ohio River) will be everything you ever hoped for in a place to grab food and drinks. The brewpub will open at 101 Frederica Street in early 2022. 

On the topic of good beer, Hops on the Ohio is coming back to Owensboro this year after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And we couldn’t be more excited! This indoor/outdoor beer festival will take place at the RiverPark Center on March 12, and you can snag TONS of craft beer, wine and spirits at this all-day event. 

Now let’s touch on some of the amazing concerts Owensboro is hosting in 2022, beginning with ROMP. This Bluegrass Music festival will run June 22-25 at Yellow Creek Park and the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum JUST dropped the initial lineup for this year’s event! Some of Bluegrass music’s biggest names will hit the outdoor stage, including Punch Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Rhiannon Giddens, Tommy Emmanuel, We Banjo 3, The Gibson Brothers, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys and East Nash Grass. And there are still more artists to be added! 

Make sure to keep an eye out for other amazing performances held locally at PorchFest 2022, Shiloh’s Lounge and Andy Brasher’s Lil’ Nashville in downtown Owensboro. 

Other concerts we can’t wait for include Lonestar at the RiverPark Center on January 15, Rodney Dillard & The Dillards at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum on January 15, Tracy Lawrence and Clay Walker at the Owensboro Sportscenter on March 19, Trace Adkins at RiverPark Center on April 28, One Fein Night featuring Michael Feinstein at RPC on May 21 and the Red Hot Chili Pipers at RPC on March 25. 

As for Broadway shows, Owensboro has some amazing talent coming to our city in 2022. So far, we’re super excited to see Hairspray coming to RPC on March 10, Waitress at RPC on April 11 and Jersey Boys hitting the RPC stage on April 24. These award-winning Broadway shows are hugely popular and we could not be more pumped to see them live and in person!

We can also expect a record-breaking year at the Owensboro Convention Center, as well as the highly-anticipated launch of Green River Distilling Company’s barrel-aged bourbon hitting shelves. With so much to look forward to, we’re ready for one of the most exciting years to date in Owensboro! 

 

Top 6 Destinations to Visit in Owensboro

Green River Distilling Co. 

 

Enjoy and explore over 100 years of history at this newly renovated facility located on the Ohio River. After restoring the distillery to its original glory in 2014, Green River Distilling Co. has continued to impress and amaze visitors with one of the top-ranked bourbon tours in the state of Kentucky. Even better, Green River’s new Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has received amazing reviews since its launch in 2021, and you’ll get to taste the distillery’s name-brand bourbon at the end of your tour. You can schedule one-hour tours Tuesday-Saturday at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. for $20. 

 

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum

 

Nowhere else in the world can you find a facility dedicated solely to Bluegrass music. After being declared the “Bluegrass Music Capital of the World” in 2021, there’s never been a better time to visit the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum at our city’s downtown waterfront location. You can play instruments at a pickin’ parlor, shop at an amazing gift shop and catch live performances from the best Bluegrass artists in the world at the facility’s indoor and outdoor theaters. 

 

Smothers Park

 

Smothers Park has everything you could dream of in a world-class park, and then some. Stretching over a mile along the downtown riverfront, you can enjoy a nice walk with amazing sunset views, lit-up water fountains at night, and a color-changing lighted bridge that connects Owensboro to Indiana across the Ohio River. Even better, Lazy Days Playground was named one of the best parks in the world in 2015, so you don’t want to miss it. With a spray park and more slides than you count, we can’t recommend the playground enough to anyone traveling with kids. 

 

Western Kentucky Botanical Garden 

 

This 12-acre facility is located only minutes from downtown Owensboro, but you will feel like you’ve entered a whole new world once you arrive. With plenty of beautiful walkways, event spaces and, of course, gorgeous trees, flowers and plants, it’s hard to name a more beautiful place to explore. With a new entrance and visitor center located at the historic WeatherBerry house, you can tour the garden Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is super affordable too – $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and veterans, and only $1 for children. 

 

Preservation Station 

 

One of the coolest places to check out in the entire state of Kentucky, Preservation Station Market, Restaurant and Event Center is a 39,000 square-foot retail marketplace housed in a former elementary school. The school was converted to include more than 60 shops and a gymnasium that has all kinds of unique treasures inside. Preservation Station is open Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and a 100-seat restaurant serves southern favorites Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

 

Barbecue

 

A barbecue-lovers paradise, Owensboro has long been famous for some of the best mutton, pork and other delicious dishes on the planet. You can visit historic barbecue restaurants like Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn and Old Hickory Bar-B-Q, or newer establishments like Ole South Barbecue, for a meal that you will never forget. 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: March 4-6

Owensboro Burger Week   

It’s finally here, and we hope you’re as ready as we are! This week, it’s all about the burgers. With over 30 different restaurants participating in this year’s Owensboro Burger Week, you’ve got more to try and taste than last year, and these burger choices are looking better than ever. From breakfast burgers, to pizza burgers, to barbecue-inspired burgers, to vegetarian burgers—we’ve got it all, and every burger is only $7 from March 1-5. Check out a list of participating restaurants at Owensboroburgerweek.com, and take at least three photos of different burgers using the hashtag Owensboroburgerweek to be entered to win some amazing prizes. If there’s ever been an excuse to eat as many burgers as possible, this is it, so come hungry!

Stairway to Schumann  

You may have heard of a rock opera, but a rock symphony? Well, you’re about to. In one of the most unique performances of the year, the Owensboro Symphony will bring you “Stairway to Schumann,” fusing rock with orchestra to create an experience fused with inspiring and iconic music. Troy Quinn and his team of musicians will perform Led Zepplin’s masterpiece, “Stairway to Heaven,” along with Schumann’s legendary Fourth Symphony. Blending these two different styles of music is a feat in and of itself, and there’s no group better at exceeding challenges than the Owensboro Symphony. The show kicks off on March 5 at 7 p.m. and tickets are $42. 

Jonah Leatherman Live   

Musician Jonah Leatherman and his band are bringing all the rock music you could ask for to Brasher’s Lil’ Nashville on Saturday, March 5 from 9:30-midnight. Hailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Jonah Leatherman band released its first album last year and has been heavily influenced by artists such as Tom Petty and the Black Crowes. Jonah Leatherman’s music is a blend of blues-based rock and roll, so be sure to head to downtown Owensboro this weekend to check them out!

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: January 7-9

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters will perform live at the Owensboro Sportscenter for their Spread Game Tour and slam dunk contest with the Generals on January 6 at 7 p.m.! Known for their unbelievable athleticism and funny personalities, seeing the Globetrotters in person is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! What’s new about this year’s event? Well, the Globetrotters always rattle the rim with the best slam dunks in the country, but this year, they’ll face off against the Generals for a dunk contest. This year’s event also features a ton of LOL-worthy moments due to some extensive training the Globetrotters received from Broadways experts. After the game, fans get the chance to snag autographs from team members! Tickets are $23 and are available at the Owensboro Convention Center Box Office, by phone at 270-297-9932 or online.

Cornhole Tournament  

The American Cornhole Organization (ACO) is the worldwide governing body for the sport of cornhole, and they will be in Owensboro this weekend to hold the ACO Owensboro Major as part of its 17th season. The tournament will run January 7-8 from 9-6 p.m. for most events, featuring some of the country’s best cornhole players in womens’, seniors’, co-eds’ and juniors’ divisions. Over $5,000 guaranteed purse for majors means these players are competing for some big cash, so come out to see them play!

Downtown Pub Crawl  

What better way to enjoy the weekend than grabbing a drink and supporting an amazing cause? Because that’s what the Downtown Pub Crawl is all about this Saturday, with all ticket sales going directly to Owensboro’s Puzzle Pieces, a nonprofit focused on providing a safe environment and promoting independence for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Brasher’s Lil’ Nashville, The Pub on Second, The Brew Bridge and Don Mario’s will all be participating in this event. Those who participate will get arm bands and a free koozie! The Downtown Pub Crawl kicks off January 8 from 4:30-11 p.m. To purchase tickets, simply Venmo $10 to @HoseHandlers. 

Green River Distilling Co. earns glowing reviews for newly released bourbon

Reviews for Green River Distilling Company’s new Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey are pouring in (we had to do it) from bourbon enthusiasts and experts all over. So far, we’re hearing words like “excellent,” “superb,” and “very, very good.”

And this is just the beginning.

To quote one of the most well-known bourbon reviewers and a tough critic, Fred Minnick said only one word after his first taste of the new Green River bourbon: “Wow.”

“My hat’s off,” Minnick said during his self-recorded review. “My hat’s absolutely off to Green River. To Jacob Call, the master distiller there, for putting out what is an excellent bourbon.”

As viewers watch Minnick throughout his four-point tasting process (smell, first taste, second taste, and finish), he recalls a variety of aromas and tasting notes he picks up along the way. Notes of cinnamon were strong on the nose, he said, and he commended the bourbon’s color and clarity as well.

“The color can be an indication of its time in the barrel,” he said. “What we have here—we have a really, really good-looking color there. Nice clarity. You can see there’s some oils still in there.

And it smells great,” he added. “This smells great.”

The 90-proof bourbon tasted better than expected, Minnick noted, saying he picked up a lot of spice and cinnamon on the first and second tastes.

Unlike a lot of 90-proof bourbons, the Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey didn’t feel watered down, Minnick said. It tasted like it was proofed “exactly where it needed to be.”

Notes of tapioca pudding, “chewing on straw,” black pepper and a subtle hint of vanilla icing were also mentioned during Minnick’s tasting process. And though the finish wasn’t quite as long as he’d expected, he said the bourbon’s “short-to-medium finish” was the only real critique he had based on first impressions.

Minnick, holding up the bottle he’d also complimented earlier (saying it was one of the prettiest bottles he’d ever seen) finished his review with nothing but good things to say about Green River Distilling Company’s new product.

“This is why you never give up tasting on a distillery. This is why you never give up on a distiller. Because people get better. Processes get better,” he said. “The tasting of this Green River right here is an example of a master distiller continuing their craft to the point where they can put out something that will probably be the likes of Woodford Reserve, probably be competitive with Knob Creek, Wild Turkey 101. It’s in that caliber of bourbon.”

Meanwhile, Bourbon & Banter put out its own glowing review of Green River’s new bourbon, describing it as “a bourbon made for drinking and sharing.”

“It’s been a long time since I could say without any reservation that a new release (not to mention a debut release) is worth the price,” they wrote. “With an MSRP of just $34.99, this is a bottle that everyone should be purchasing to add to their daily drinker lineup.”

Self-described as “hard to please” when it comes to overpriced and limited release bourbons, those at Bourbon & Banter said it took a very special whiskey to impress them upon a first release. 

“I’m pleased to report that after scientifically tasting about half the bottle, I can confirm that it’s beyond good,” they wrote. “A nose of enticing, warm spices greet you, thanks to the high-rye mash bill, which is followed up by the standard trio of bourbon flavors (vanilla, caramel, and a hint of oak) with the addition of cinnamon and sweet, candied fruit. It’s a lighter bourbon, especially compared to what I normally drink, but the mouthfeel is luscious, and the finish is surprisingly long, warming and flavorful.”

Bourbon & Banter went on to say that the Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey would become a “must-have” in their daily drinker rotation.

“2022 has just begun, but Green River Bourbon is leading the pack when it comes to new releases that I’m willing to spend my hard-earned dollar on,” they wrote.

The Bar Belle (out of Louisville) echoed similar thoughts, with the reviewer saying she would “definitely” be adding Green River’s bourbon to its bar as a daily drinker instead of a bottle that collected dust on the shelf.

Calling the bourbon “refreshingly affordable,” The Bar Belle review highlighted the bourbon’s rich flavors of caramel, nutmeg and apricot.

“And the actual bottle design is super cool, rounded to match the horseshoe on the bottom,” she added.

Owensboro BBQ restaurants have you covered for holiday cooking

Here in Owensboro, where we live in BBQ paradise, sometimes we don’t feel like doing the Holiday cooking ourselves.  We order it from our local barbecue restaurants.

In fact, our three most popular BBQ establishments make more than 10,000 pounds of side dishes for each holiday alone. And that’s just the sides! Can you imagine how many pounds of ham, turkey and barbecue they go through?

First of all, the days leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of the busiest days of the year for restaurants like Moonlite Bar-B-Q, Old Hickory and Ole South. Each of these places prepares thousands of orders for residents across the city, county and region.

All three cook custom hams and turkeys for those who bring in meat purchased from other places. Old Hickory tells us they take in between 500 and 600 hams and turkeys before Thanksgiving. 

Pat Bosley, corporate vice president of Moonlite, said his team will custom cook around 500 turkeys and 100-200 hams for their customers. Ole South owner Greg Floyd said his team custom cooks “hundreds” of turkeys and hams each year.

Meanwhile, Floyd said Ole South sells a huge number of Family Packs during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Customers can get family packs that include either ham, turkey, chopped pork, mutton or fried chicken, along with your choice of two or three sides and bread. The Family Packs feed between four and six people each. 

For those who’ve never had their hams and turkeys custom-cooked in Owensboro, Bosley said they charge around $11 to custom cook them at Moonlite. You can also come in to order ham and turkey by the pound or in full the day before Thanksgiving.

The restaurants do close on Thursday for Thanksgiving, but all three owners said they take orders for side dishes until the Wednesday before. Custom cooking orders must be placed by the Monday before Thanksgiving, and Floyd said Ole South pie orders must be made three days in advance. 

Floyd said his team takes care of their customers by offering every single item on the menu for Thanksgiving and Christmas orders. And they even add an item to their holiday menu in the form of cornbread dressing.

“We’re thrilled to be a local restaurant that’s doing so well, and that we’re able to provide homestyle meals to both the local and regional customers that support us,” Floyd added. 

The holidays can be both stressful and fun, so if you’re anything like us, you might just be in the market for a homemade turkey, dessert, or entire meal when the holidays roll around. And no matter which BBQ restaurant you go with, you’re going to be well taken care of in Owensboro.

 

O.Z. Tyler Bourbon Distillery 11 a.m.

Head on over to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail’s O.Z. Tyler Distillery where you’ll learn and taste how O.Z. Tyler is making bourbon unlike anywhere else in the world through a speed-aging process. Tradition meets innovation at this new Kentucky Bourbon Trail distillery. Here you’ll enjoy a tour and tasting where you’ll learn about how this historic bourbon distillery was brought back to life.

Old Hickory BBQ Noon

Grab lunch at the locals favorite Old Hickory BBQ. Try the mutton and burgoo.

Bill Monroe Homeplace 1:30 p.m.

Just a 30-minute drive away, check out the Bill Monroe Homeplace and museum where bluegrass music was invented.

Hotel 3:30 p.m.

Check into one of our hotels located on Highway 54 with the Courtyard Marriot, or the Towneplace Suites.

Grab a Bourbon 5 p.m.

Grab a bourbon or wine at Legends Sports Bar or SIP Wine Room.

Dinner 6 p.m.

Enjoy a bourbon inspired meal at Colby’s Fine Food and Spirits or Bill’s Restaurant.

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum 7 p.m.

It’s time to visit the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum to catch a show and tour the museum. Home to the only bluegrass music hall of fame, this brand-new facility hosts world-class bluegrass, newgrass and Americana artists every weekend in its 450 seat state-of-the art theater. While you’re there catching a show, check out the hall of fame and the incredible exhibits dedicated to the home of bluegrass music.

The Miller House/Spirits 9 p.m.

Time for a nightcap at Spirits, one of the largest bourbon bars in America. It’s located in the basement of The Miller House. This historic Sears-Roebuck house was brought back to life in 2008 when it was transformed into a fine southern cuisine restaurant. Each dining room is decorated with a different color and unique art. Located in the basement of The Miller House, Spirits is a cozy little bar with an eclectic mix of patrons. Anyone coming to Spirits for the first time will surely feel right at home. As a bourbon-focused bar, they always have more than 600 bourbons in stock, making it one of the largest Bourbon Bars in the United States.