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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…

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,…

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…

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…

Owensboro Expecting Record-Breaking Turnout for 2023 Jeeps and Jamz Expo

There are people who love their cars and trucks, but there’s an even bigger group of people who LOVE their Jeeps, which is why Owensboro will be hosting the first-ever Jeeps and Jamz Expo this year for all the Jeep enthusiasts across the country!    Held for two days on May 19 and 20 2023…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: December 16-18

Jimmy Fortune     You can hear legendary artist Jimmy Fortune perform live at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum on December 15! For those who may not know, Fortune climbed to fame by singing and touring with the Statler Brothers for 21 years, where he wrote the group’s No. 1 hit “Elizabeth,”…

West KY Boat & Outdoor Show a one-stop-shop for fishing, boating, camping and more

With warmer weather just a couple of months away, the West KY Boat & Outdoor Show has everything you need to start planning out your spring and summer. The event will run February 11-13 at the Owensboro Convention Center and will feature all the pontoons, fishing boats, jet skis, campers, golf carts and other outdoor…

Owensboro Symphony 2022-23 Season Preview

There’s no doubt the Owensboro Symphony is one of the best in the Midwest, and this year’s 2022-23 season is here to prove it. With five concerts scheduled for the upcoming fall and winter months, there’s never been a better time to get your hands on some season tickets for Owensboro Symphony’s 57th Season.   …

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…

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

Bronze Buffalo PaintOut        This three-day festival brings dozens of artists to Owensboro from Kentucky and surrounding states to render paintings of famous local sites and community events. The paintings are entered into a competition and presented in a one-night exhibition at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art. The buffalo theme is inspired…

Haunted Places to Check Out in Owensboro

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s the best time of the year to explore everything spooky, haunted and paranormal. Here in Owensboro, we’ve got more than a dozen locations throughout the city and county that have sparked hundreds of ghost sighting reports over the years. From stories of a ghost that pushes people down…

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…

Head to Owensboro in September for a Month of Amazing Shows, Concerts

This fall is going to be exploding with talent and amazing performances at the RiverPark Center, and we cannot wait to share this lineup of artists with you.    The month of September is going to be one of RPC’s busiest (and best) months for live entertainment, so it’s the perfect time to catch a…

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

Cole Swindell      Country superstar Cole Swindell is bringing his “Back Down To The Bar” tour to the Owensboro Sportscenter on October 14 at 7 p.m., along with special guests Ashley Cooke and Dylan Marlowe. Swindell will be performing all his greatest hits, including “You Should Be Here” and “Middle of a Memory,” as…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: July 29-31

Artifact Show      Head to the Owensboro Convention Center on July 29 and 30 to experience the 2022 Owensboro Artifact Show. This event has gained popularity over the years for providing and selling some of the coolest Native American artifacts from all over the country. You can also enjoy an Ethnography Show at this…

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”…

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…

Holiday Events for the Whole Family

As we get closer and closer to Christmas Day, we wanted to invite visitors and locals alike to partake in a number of family-friendly holiday activities that are sure to boost your spirits leading up to the big day!    Christmas at Panther Creek runs every night from 6-9 p.m. at Panther Creek Park. You…

Cheers! Check Out These Fall-Themed Drinks in Owensboro

There are countless ways to celebrate the fall season this year, but one of the tastiest methods is by ordering a fall-themed drink!    Here in Owensboro, our bars and restaurants have everything you need for that perfect seasonal beverage to help you relax, unwind and enjoy this beautiful sweater weather. Whether it’s a beer,…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: December 23-25

Winter Break Blast        The Owensboro Museum of Science and History is hosting a weeklong event for all the kiddos who want something fun and educational to do while school’s out! OMSH’s “Winter Break Blast” will be held December 20-23 featuring different events each day. Head downtown to see the museum’s Live Animal…

Owensboro Music Business Expo Will Change the Game for Those Seeking Careers in Music

For anyone and everyone trying to break into the music business, it can be a long, tough, seemingly impossible process. And that is why Owensboro is hosting an exciting new event to help make your dreams come true.    The Owensboro Music Business Expo (OMBE) is a brand new event that will be held at…

Where to Celebrate Halloween in Owensboro

There are so many ways to celebrate Halloween, and Owensboro has tons of ways to get you into the spooky season this year!    We’re breaking down a list of all the parties, festivities and Halloween-themed events that should be on your radar leading up to October 31. You could make an entire weekend out…

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…

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…

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…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: October 21-23

Pumpkin Painting at The Cottage      For those who love painting pumpkins with family and friends, The Cottage Farm Stand & Baking Co. has a whole day dedicated to that very thing! On October 22, you can grab your favorite people and spend the day letting your inner artist get creative with a day…

Spring Break events in Owensboro

Whether you’re a visitor or a local, spring break in Owensboro is a great experience. Not only is there a ton of stuff to do during the week, but the Dogwood trees and Azaleas have started to bloom. The days are getting warmer, outdoor patio seating is getting fuller, and the entire city comes alive…

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.…

See Grammy-Winning Oak Ridge Boys Live in Owensboro

With a huge fan base that spans decades, the Oak Ridge Boys will be bringing you a night of Grammy-winning country music at the RiverPark Center on September 9.    The Oak Ridge Boys have been touring and making music together for 50 years, creating one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the…

Owensboro to Host Kentucky Thespian Festival

Hundreds of thespians from across the state will make their way to Owensboro this fall for the Kentucky Thespian Festival. Held at Apollo High School and RiverPark Center November 10-12, this event celebrates all things related to the theater.    Kentucky Thespians is affiliated with the International Thespian Society and offers a wide range of…

See Country Music Star Lorrie Morgan Perform Live in Owensboro

Country music superstar Lorrie Morgan is performing live in Owensboro this winter, and with a new album soon to be released, there’s never been a better time to see Morgan in concert!  You can see Morgan in all her glory on February 10 at the RiverPark Center. The Nashville native has been in the country…

Experience a real winter wonderland with Owensboro’s Hometown Christmas

Downtown Owensboro will be transformed into a north pole wonderland, bringing the riverfront to life every weekend with different holiday-themed activities starting November 18. The City of Owensboro announces Hometown Christmas, a series of holiday activities in downtown Owensboro from November 18 through December 31, 2022. The holiday celebration will kick off with the Smothers…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: December 30-January 1

New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop         If you’re looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate the new year, head to downtown Owensboro for a day of fun, festivities and, best of all, balloons! The Owensboro Museum of Science and History will hold its annual Balloon Drop in the form of hundreds of…

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…

Pub on Second Opening New Brewery in Owensboro

There are a lot of reasons to get excited about visiting Owensboro, and another one just got added to the list! Soon to be opening in February is our city’s second hometown brewery at the Pub on Second.    The Pub on Second has spent the last few years operating as a local bar focused…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: January 21-23

Fear Expo Live Those who love everything horror-related and those who supply everything horror-related will come together this weekend at the National Haunted Attraction Industry’s Fear Expo, taking place at the Owensboro Convention Center January 21-23. The Fear Expo will feature tons of activities and memorabilia for fans of the scary, including Haunt Master Classes,…

Kentucky 2A Championships Generates $1.25 Million Economic Impact for Owensboro

The Kentucky 2A Championships are a huge component of Visit Owensboro’s economic impact on our community. A series of tournaments spanning six different sports and growing in number each year, the overall economic impact totals $1.25 million.    The 2A Championships was designed to give smaller schools with enrollments between 600 and 1,000 students a…

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

Asleep At The Wheel     Grammy-winning band Asleep at the Wheel will be swinging through Owensboro for a concert on October 29. Held at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, you can see for yourself why Asleep at the Wheel has garnered decades of loyal fans for the past 50 years of…

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

ACO Cornhole Tournament         Ahead of the American Cornhole Organization’s World Championships this summer, the ACO Owensboro Major will hold its Pro Series Tour January 6 and 7 at the Owensboro Convention Center. This tournament will bring some of the best cornhole players in the Midwest together for two days of competitive…

Head to Owensboro for One of Kentucky’s Best Christmas Parades

Often regarded as the best Christmas parade in Kentucky, you can head over to Owensboro for a night of magic and memories on Saturday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m.    Held by Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade Association, this year’s parade is going to be one for the books, with more than 100 floats bedazzled in…

Celebrate Dolly Parton’s Birthday in Owensboro

This is for all the Dolly Parton fans out there!   On Thursday, January 19, Brasher’s Lil’ Nashville is going to celebrate the country music icon’s birthday with a Dolly-themed party.    “In Dolly We Trust” will feature karaoke, a look-alike contest, drink specials, photo opportunities and more! The singer, actress and philanthropist is turning…

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…

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…

Enjoy Fun, Holiday Magic at RPC in December

Summer might be for the outdoors, but winter is for the theater, and we’ve got a great bundle of shows coming to Owensboro in December!    On December 7, take the whole family to RiverPark Center to see Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical for some cheery holiday fun. The beloved TV classic will…

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,…

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

Bela Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart       One of the most talented Bluegrass musicians around, Bela Fleck will perform “My Bluegrass Heart” at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 4. Joined by Stuart Duncan, Jacob Jolliff, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz and Bryan Sutton, Fleck’s first bluegrass tour in 24 years…

Hops on the Ohio bringing good beer, music and food to the riverfront this summer

Hops on the Ohio is one of Owensboro’s biggest beer festivals of the year, bringing you all the craft beer, wine and spirits you could ask for at this all-day event. This year’s event will be held at RiverPark Center on Saturday, July 9 from 3-7 p.m. Local and regional breweries will supply tons of…

Make Owensboro Your Next Food Truck Stop

Owensboro is home to a growing number of food trucks, and we are here for it!     Whether it’s seafood, chicken wings, vegan cuisine or coffee you’re craving, there is a food truck for everyone’s needs in our town. You can follow these food trucks on their social media pages to find out where…

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

Kentucky 2A Championships         If you want to see some of the best high school athletes in Kentucky compete for a state championship, then Owensboro should be on your radar. We’ve got the boys and girls 2A State Basketball Championships coming to the Owensboro Sportscenter January 13-15 for a weekend of top-notch…

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…

Emmy-Nominated Gangstagrass Bringing Hip Hop and Bluegrass to Owensboro

Possibly one of the most ingenious and innovative music groups to come through Owensboro, Gangstagrass is coming to the RiverPark Center on February 11, and we’re going to break down the many reasons why you should treat yourself to this amazing show!    First of all, Gangstagrass combines two great American traditions into a perfectly…

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…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: August 19-21

HydroFair      It’s the time of year for loud boats ripping across the water, and the Owensboro HydroFair is here to deliver! Taking place August 19-21, the HydroFair will bring you a weekend of hydroplane racing like you’ve never seen before. More than 60 teams from across the US and Canada will compete for…

Can’t-Miss Brunch Spots in Owensboro

Despite what you may think, brunch is more than a trend brought back to life by millenials. Here in Owensboro, it’s been a way of life for a long time. And that’s because our city has so many great options to choose from for that specific meal that’s not quite breakfast, not quite lunch, but…

Owensboro Burger Week returning in a big way

After a very successful inaugural event in 2021, Owensboro Burger Week is back! And it’s already bigger and better this second time around, with over 30 different restaurants across Owensboro-Daviess County showcasing their best burger and selling it to customers for $7 March 1-5. This year’s event is sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council, Independence…

OMG!Con bringing cosplay, gaming and anime to Convention Center in June

OMG!Con is returning to the Owensboro Convention Center this summer, bringing you all the cosplay, gaming and nerding out you could ask for. Running June 24-26 this year, OMG!Con has been held in Owensboro for the last several years, bringing a huge turnout of visitors to our area for previous conventions. This year’s OMG!Con will…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: May 27-29

Memorial Day Rodeo and Terry Lee Ridley   Diamond Lake Resort will be celebrating Memorial Day weekend with a bang this year. On May 26, head to the beautiful outdoors for a touching flag-raising ceremony in front of the Pit Stop Grill at 11 a.m. before heading to the campground’s Golf Cart Rodeo in the…

Check out the Lewis and Clark trail in Owensboro

Did you know the famous Lewis and Clark Trail runs through Owensboro?  In fact, the trail Meriweather Lewis and William Clark blazed two centuries ago was made along the Ohio River. The duo’s journey had to start in the Ohio River to begin the two-year trip to the Pacific Ocean and back.  On June 19,…

Taste Authentic Kentucky Cuisine at Sassafras in Owensboro

During your visit to Kentucky, you’ve gotta have some authentic Kentucky cuisine. And that’s why Sassafras should definitely be on your radar.    Newly opened in downtown Owensboro, Sassafras is a restaurant unlike any other in our area. Using locally sourced ingredients and all menu items deliciously made from scratch, you’ll find a long list…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: August 26-28

River Valley Dog Show     This one’s for all the dog lovers out there! Each year, Owensboro welcomes hundreds of pups and their owners/trainers to compete in the River Valley Cluster Dog Show. This year’s show will be held August 25-28 at the Owensboro Convention Center. You’ll see tons of breeds participate and, even…

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…

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…

Jewelry, flowers, candy and more: Where to shop for your Valentine in Owensboro

Valentine’s Day comes but once a year, and those who celebrate it (willingly or not) know that, usually, the big V-Day comes with a price tag. And that’s OK because, here in Owensboro, we have you covered on gifts for that special someone. From chocolates and flowers to jewelry and champagne, our city has everything…

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…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: January 21-23

Dolly Parton’s Birthday Celebration        Brasher’s Lil’ Nashville is celebrating Dolly Parton’s birthday in style this year! Head to downtown Owensboro on January 19 for a night of all things Dolly. There will be a look-alike contest, drink specials, and karaoke, so you can sing your heart out to all your favorite songs.…

10 Insta-Worthy Spots in Owensboro

In today’s modern world, part of traveling includes finding the perfect setting for our Instagram pics. We’ve broken down the Top 10 Insta-Worthy Spots in Owensboro to make your search for that perfect picture a little easier!    In no particular order, here are 10 spots that showcase the beauty, history and geography of our…

Owensboro Symphony’s ‘Night at the Museum’ an Action-Packed Concert for All Ages

We always love a good chance to brag on the Owensboro Symphony, and this upcoming concert is one for listeners of all ages!    On Saturday, March 4, the Owensboro Symphony will present “A Night at the Museum” at RiverPark Center. This is a show where music and art come together for a night of…

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…

Go Back in Time Visiting Our Historic Buildings

Owensboro is a city full of historic relevance. Founded in 1817, our city has a ton of structures and buildings that date back to the 1800s, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.    So if you’re one of the many travelers seeking out historic places for your next destination, we’ve…

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…

Owensboro’s public art tour one of the best in the Midwest

Owensboro has been a city focused on the arts for decades, and the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art has rolled out a new method of making sure that reputation sticks. Highlighting the 21 different public art displays across downtown Owensboro and beyond, the OMFA’s River Artes tour brochure provides photos, maps and information about each…

Experience the beauty of spring at Owensboro’s Dogwood-Azalea Trail

Starting in mid to late April each year, Owensboro-Daviess County becomes a sea of white and pink. The Dogwood trees begin sprouting beautiful flowers, and the blooms take over the entire area for at least a month. In fact, Owensboro’s Dogwood trees have become so popular with tourists and locals, an entire trail throughout the…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: June 10-12

Strawberry Festival    This is a festival for all the strawberry connoisseurs out there! Held at the Cottage Farm Stand & Baking Co. on June 11 and 12, Owensboro’s first-ever Strawberry Festival has already gotten the attention of thousands of people and is guaranteed to be a huge hit. Celebrate the great outdoors and strawberry-flavored…

See Aaron Kizer Art Gallery at Visit Owensboro’s Headquarters

You may not know it, but at Visit Owensboro’s very own headquarters is our city’s first art gallery dedicated entirely to local artists!    The Aaron Kizer Art Gallery was developed and designed by the artist himself and it currently showcases a number of the famous artist’s pieces. It was implemented as a part of…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: November 26-28

Shop Owensboro   Powered by Independence Bank, Shop Owensboro is kicking off this weekend on Saturday, November 27. However, the event–which focuses on supporting local businesses–will run through December 4 for a full week! The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce has pulled all the stops to make the event fun and festive. On Saturday at 9…

Where to find healthy food options in Owensboro

Healthy food options can be difficult to find, but here in Owensboro, we’re home to a lot of restaurants focused on the greener things in life.    From homegrown vegetables to salads to juices that help you detox, you can find anything and everything in our city to live a healthy lifestyle.     One of…

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

Wedding Show         Whether you’re starting to plan your wedding or are dreaming of that special day in your future, the Owensboro Convention Center has everything you’ll need for your future wedding this weekend! The “Your Perfect Day Wedding Show” will feature trusted area wedding professionals displaying popular trends and unique offerings…

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…

Travel to Owensboro for the Great American Bluegrass Jam

Owensboro is doing big things when it comes to Bluegrass music, y’all. And this year, we’ve got a brand new event dedicated to all things bluegrass with The Great American Bluegrass Jam!    This weekend-long festival will take place in downtown Owensboro March 17-19 with TONS of different events for all bluegrass fans to enjoy: …

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: September 2-4

Panther Creek Park Fireworks       Dubbed “The Unofficial End of Summer,” the Independence Bank Fireworks Festival is the perfect way to kick off the Fall season in style! Located at Panther Creek Park on September 3, you can bring the whole family out to enjoy food trucks and inflatables starting at 5 p.m.,…

Celebrate the Holidays at ‘Christmas at the Inn’

It’s the time of year to start celebrating all things Christmas, and downtown Owensboro has a series of holiday-themed events with all the bells and whistles coming to you in December!    Friday After 5 and the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront will kick off “Christmas at the Inn” for the first three Fridays in December:…

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…

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

Jake Owen       One of the greatest country music artists out there, you can see Jake Owen perform live at the Owensboro Sportscenter on November 10. The “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” singer will be joined by guest Mackenzie Carpenter for a night of country croonin’ right here in the heart of the city.…

Beat the Cold with Indoor Fun in Owensboro

Here in Kentucky, the last thing we’re able to predict is the weather. But we do know that it can get cold around here during winter. But that shouldn’t stop you from having fun!    It’s easy to just hunker down and stay home when the days are short and the skies are gray, but…

Hundreds of firefighters to visit Owensboro in February

Owensboro will welcome hundreds of Kentucky firefighters to the area February 25-27 for the Bryant Stiles Officers School, hosted by the Green River Firefighters Association.  This weekend event will create a huge economic impact for Owensboro-Daviess County as these first responders dine in local restaurants, stay in our hotels and hold workshops and training courses…

Head to Owensboro For All Your Holiday Shopping

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means it’s officially shopping season, y’all! And there’s no better place to get that Christmas shopping started than right here in Owensboro.    With more than 45 locally-owned boutiques, gift shops and antique stores to shop from, there are literally places all across Owensboro-Daviess County to…

Haunted places to explore in Owensboro

For those who love being scared and exploring the paranormal, Owensboro is the place to be. There are more than a dozen locations throughout the city and county that have sparked hundreds of ghost sighting reports over the years and, to be honest, the stories are pretty creepy. From stories of a ghost that pushes…

Celebrate the Best of 80s Rock Music with Snake Oil

One of the greatest cover bands of our time, Snake Oil is known for its impeccable ability to impersonate rock stars from the 1980s and 90s. And even better, the band will be heading to Owensboro in October for a night of live rock ‘n roll music!   Snake Oil will perform at the RiverPark…

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

Dwight Yoakam      Kick your weekend off a day early by seeing country music legend Dwight Yoakam perform live at the Owensboro Sportscenter on Thursday, April 7! Yoakam, a 21-time Grammy winner, has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, and his legacy over the last three decades includes 10 gold, platinum or triple platinum…

Help RPC celebrate its 30th Birthday in August

The RiverPark Center will be celebrating a big birthday this summer, and it’s the perfect opportunity to swing by and show our downtown performing arts center some love! RPC will be turning the big 3-0 in August, and Downtown Live will be honoring that birthday with a night full of festivities.    On August 5,…

Trace Adkins to perform live in Owensboro

If you’re looking for some high-quality country music to get your spring and summer started, there’s no better place to find it than the upcoming Trace Adkins concert in Owensboro. Adkins will perform live at the RiverPark Center on April 28 at 7 p.m. With 11 million albums sold across the world since his debut…

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…

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…

Sweetest Places to Grab an Ice Cream in Owensboro

Is there anything better than a cold ice cream cone on a hot summer day?  With the heat ticking up a few notches over the last couple weeks, we wanted to highlight all of the amazing ice cream options available to you in Owensboro.  Whether it’s vanilla covered in sprinkles or chocolate drizzled in chocolate…

Visit Owensboro launches Santa’s List

As a part of the City of Owensboro’s 12 Days of Christmas events, Visit Owensboro is launching Santa’s List.  The list which is a 4×6 card has all of the events which are a part of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Not only does it serve as a list of the events, you also can…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: April 15-17

Owensboro Symphony: Superheroes       Superhero fans, this is your time, because Troy Quinn and the Owensboro Symphony are taking you on a visual and auditory journey this weekend with their latest concert, “Superheroes: Avengers, Superman, Mahler, and More.” The Symphony will perform heroic selections from some of your favorite superhero films, from Batman…

Travel to Owensboro for Amazing Broadway Shows

Owensboro has an amazing lineup of world famous Broadway shows coming to you this year as part of our “Broadway in Owensboro at RiverPark Center” series. RPC has scored some amazing talent for four different shows that include some of the biggest names in the game, so you won’t want to miss it!    The…

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.…

Spend a summer weekend in Owensboro at the HydroFair

If you’re in the market for some loud, exciting action on the riverfront this summer, the Owensboro Hydrofair should definitely be on your radar.    This year’s event will take place August 19-21 in downtown Owensboro, bringing you a weekend of hydroplane racing that will be bigger and better than ever before. More than 60…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: September 16-18

James Gregory       The Funniest Man in America is making a return to Owensboro! It’s been several years since his last visit, but James Gregory still has all the jokes and stories to entertain audiences across the country. The comedic genius will delight you with his blue shirt untucked as he takes you…

Hundreds of archers from across country heading to Owensboro for national championship

Some of the best youth archers in the country will come together for a one-of-a-kind event that will bring hundreds of archers and their families to Owensboro. The Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) organization is holding its 7th annual S3DA Eastern Indoor National Championship at the Owensboro Convention Center March 3-6 for some exciting tournament play.…

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…

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…

Celebrate the Holidays with Outdoor Ice Skating

One of the prettiest places you’ll ever ice skate at is right here in Owensboro, and you’ll have the chance to glide across the ice on the downtown riverfront! You’ll have several different chances to get your skate on at the outdoor skating rink, beginning in late November and running through January 1.    Energy…

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

Bill Engvall       This Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and comedian is heading to Owensboro for a night of great laughs. On Friday, November 18, you can catch Bill Engvall at the RiverPark Center at TWO different times: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Engvall has garnered worldwide fame for his FOX sitcom Last…

Experience Diverse Lineup of Live Music in Owensboro this Winter

Just because winter is coming doesn’t mean the fun stops in Owensboro! In fact, we’ve got an amazing lineup of live music coming to you from several different venues this holiday season. You can find everything from rock to bluegrass to symphony music over the next few months!    Brasher’s Lil’ Nashville has released its…

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Perform Live in Owensboro

You can see world class musicians Nitty Gritty Dirt Band perform live in Owensboro on November 19! With a refreshed lineup and more energy than ever before, this is the perfect time to hear the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.    The six-member band will hit the stage at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: October 29-31

OMG!con Halloween Party  The team at OMG!con is bringing one of the biggest parties in town to Owensboro during Halloween weekend from October 30-31 at the Owensboro Convention Center. The organization’s first mini-con event will feature tons of video gaming, costume and cosplay contests and an OMG! Halloween Ball like no other. There will be…

WAR Spreading Positive Message with Concert in Owensboro

The country’s “original street band” is coming to Owensboro, and this concert is going to be one for the books, y’all.    WAR, a band known worldwide for spreading its message of brotherhood and harmony, has been touring and making music for FOUR decades and, now, it’s taking stage at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro. …

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…

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

Shop Owensboro       When it comes to shopping for your loved ones, Owensboro has tons of amazing, locally-owned stores that make it easy to find anything and everything you could possibly find on a Christmas List. Powered by Independence Bank and hosted by the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, you’ll have the chance…

Owensboro home to longest-running synagogue in KY

The Temple Adath Israel is a gorgeous structure that serves Owensboro’s Jewish community, and it’s also one of the most historic sites in the entire state of Kentucky. Constructed in 1877, the synagogue of Temple Adath Israel is one of the oldest American synagogues in use today. It is the 13th longest-running synagogue in the…

Explore the Evolution of Downtown Owensboro

It wasn’t too long ago that Owensboro’s downtown riverfront wasn’t much more than a grassy bank dotted with park benches and one boat dock. But these days, visitors are getting an entirely new experience when they travel to Owensboro, and our downtown riverfront is one of the top attractions visitors seek out.   And that’s…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: December 2-4

The Nutcracker       If you want to spend the weekend enjoying the arts AND Christmas, there’s no better show to see than The German American Bank Nutcracker, held for two days at RiverPark Center on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. This stage production is loosely adapted from…

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…

Owensboro’s ‘Dancing Lights’ Gives All the Fun Holiday Feels

If you’re in the fairly large subgroup of people that LOVES a good Hallmark Christmas movie, then Owensboro is the perfect place to plan your next holiday trip.    You will be blown away by how beautifully decorated our downtown riverfront looks during the holidays. All those scenes from Hallmark movies that get you into…

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…

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…

Owensboro to Host American Cornhole Organization World Championships

This summer, Owensboro will be hosting the American Cornhole Organization (ACO) as some of the best players from across the globe gather for one of the biggest events of the year – the 18th Annual World Championships.    This event is expected to bring enormous turnout as visitors travel to Owensboro to participate in the…

Owensboro: Home of ‘The Kentucky Kid’

One of our most treasured hometown heroes, Nicky Hayden – who was also known as “The Kentucky Kid” in the motosports world – was born and raised right here in Owensboro.    The racing world lost one of its greatest athletes when Hayden was killed in a bicycle crash in Italy in 2017. Hayden had…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: December 9-11

Hot Chocolate Hop        You can walk, skip or hop your way through this event but, however you end up traveling, you’ll score some great hot chocolate along the way. Celebrate the holidays with the Hot Chocolate Hop, held for two days on December 9 and 10 in downtown Owensboro. The third annual…

Best Spots in Owensboro for Your Holiday Photos

Everyone loves a good holiday picture. Whether it’s for Christmas cards, social media or even to hang on your wall, it can be tough to find that perfect setting that just perfectly captures the essence of the season.    However, Owensboro-Daviess County has so many cool places to use as a holiday backdrop, we’re going…

Owensboro to host hundreds of visitors with city’s first Futsal tournament

In some big news for Owensboro’s sports tourism industry, the inaugural Bluegrass Futsal Cup is coming to the Owensboro Convention Center Dec. 17-19, marking the first use of the highly anticipated indoor sports flooring and the first tournament of its kind in Owensboro-Daviess County. The three-day tournament is expected to bring in around 30 different…

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,…

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…

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

Santa’s Sweets  This brand-new event is coming at you from downtown Owensboro, where local businesses and restaurants will be selling homemade holiday treats to satisfy your sweet tooth! As part of the 12 Days of Christmas, Santa’s Sweets is for the dessert lovers out there, and you will NOT be disappointed. They’ll have everything from…

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…

Sing your way back to the 1960s at Happy Together Tour

If you’re looking for a blast from the past that includes some great bands from the 60s and 70s, then the RiverPark Center has exactly what you need.    The Happy Together Tour will hit the RPC stage on August 13, bringing you a lineup of rock, folk and pop bands that’ll bring you some…

Head to Owensboro’s beautiful riverfront for Friday After 5

It’s Friday After 5 season, ya’ll! For those who don’t know, Friday After 5 (FA5) is a multi-award-winning series of free outdoor concerts held every Friday for 16 weeks. It brings thousands of people to Owensboro each week to enjoy the sights and sounds of our beautiful downtown and includes live bands, family events, food…

Owensboro Symphony’s ‘Night at the Oscars’ featuring music from famous films

One of the things that makes a good movie GREAT is, of course, the music. And for one night only, you can have the chance to hear that music played live and in-person at the RiverPark Center.  The Owensboro Symphony will roll out the red carpet and transport you right onto Hollywood Boulevard as they…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: July 15-17

Supporting Heroes Tribute Gala    This is a night dedicated entirely to celebrating the heroes in our lives. Whether you work in public safety, are the survivor of a fallen hero, or simply appreciate the service and sacrifice made by heroes on a daily basis, this is the perfect event for you to show your…

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…

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…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: December 31-January 2

Goldie’s Final Reunion   If you want to celebrate a local legend and also hear a reality TV star sing live on stage, then Goldie’s Final Reunion is the place for you this New Year’s Eve. This show will take place on December 31 at the RiverPark Center from 8 p.m.-midnight. THe show will include…

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…

Red Hot Chili Pipers bringing unique blend of bagpipes and rock music to Owensboro

You’ve heard of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But…have you heard of the Red Hot Chili Pipers? We know they’re not the band you grew up listening to and collecting posters of, but with tours stretching from NYC to Beijing, this band of pipers/rock stars sure is trying to get on your radar. And honestly,…

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…

Visit Owensboro reports: Convention center successfully operates with net profit

For the first time since being built in 2013, the Owensboro Convention Center broke records in Fiscal Year 2021 by finishing with a net profit. Mark Calitri, president of Visit Owensboro credits this accomplishment to the teams at the center and cvb laser focusing on meetings, conventions, and maximizing new indoor sports events. According to…

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…

Top 3 Things to Do in Owensboro This Weekend: September 30-October 2

Drag Racing        The dB Drag Racing Association’s 25th Anniversary World Finals event will take place October 1 and 2 at the Owensboro Convention Center. Elite car-stereo competitors from across the country will participate in dB Drag Racing, Bass Race, Psychlone, Top Dog and Freestyle competition formats. You can enjoy the fun by…

See hundreds of pups compete at Owensboro’s Dog Show

Each year, Owensboro welcomes hundreds of dogs and their owners/trainers to participate in the River Valley Cluster Dog Show, held at the Owensboro Convention Center this year on August 25-28.    The event is an amazing one to experience, especially for dog lovers, as you’ll see tons of different breeds spread throughout the Convention Center’s…

Downtown Dining Noon

  Arrive in downtown Owensboro and have lunch at Famous Bistro featuring yummy salads and one of the best cheesesteak sandwiches you’ll ever eat.

Smothers Park 2 p.m.

Take a stroll at the award-winning Smothers Park. There’s no better place to enjoy the outdoors along the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro than Smothers Park, home of Lazy Dayz Playground named the “Top Playground In The World” by Landscape Architects Network. Then get an afternoon pick me up at The Crème Coffee House. They’re…

Downtown Shopping 3 p.m.

Check out a couple of the downtown boutiques like Byron & Barclay and Simply Chic Home Accents.

Downtown Hotels 4 p.m.

Check in at the Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Owensboro/Waterfront or the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront.

Grab a Drink 4:30 p.m.

Grab a drink at Lure, in the Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Owensboro/Waterfront, or at Burger Theory, in the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront.

The Miller House 5:30 p.m.

Step into your southern side and have dinner at 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.

Friday After Five 6 p.m.

If you’re in town on a Friday between Memorial and Labor Day, don’t miss the free concert series downtown called Friday After Five.  Five free stages of music!

Bourbon Time 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a rare bourbon at Spirits, one of the largest bourbon bars in the country conveniently located in the basement of The Miller House.

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

Go catch a bluegrass concert at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  Head over early to take a tour of the museum before the concert.

Enjoy a Nightcap 9:30 p.m.

Grab a fresh beer at The Brew Bridge or for a cocktail check out The Pub on Second.