Bar-B-Q Block Party 2021

    Introducing the 2021 Bar-B-Q Block Party Join us on Saturday, May 8, 2021 for the first-ever Bar-B-Q Block Party in Downtown Owensboro! The Bar-B-Q Block Party was born from the idea that good old-fashioned Owensboro barbecue should still be enjoyed even in these trying times. While the Bar-B-Q Block Party will be a…

Backyard BBQ Cookoff

This brand new event is not sanctioned, but is a great way to get into competitive cooking! Just $100 entry fee gets you into the contest for the best Chicken, Ribs and Boston Butt! $25 entry fee for the separate Dessert contest! More details soon!!  

2021 Bar-B-Q Block Party

As vaccinations roll out and Owensboro begins to recover from Covid-19, we’re all looking to the warmer months for the return of our favorite events. One of Owensboro’s most beloved traditions, The International Bar-B-Q Festival, will look a little different this year. 2021 introduces the Bar-B-Q Block Party, a one-day event on May 8.  …

Owensboro, mutton featured on ‘Kentucky Life’

Beloved Owensboro staples like the International Bar-B-Q Festival and Moonlite Bar-B-Q have been brought to national television through Kentucky Educational Television’s “Kentucky Life.” The segment has featured the best of Kentucky people and places for over 25 years. Owensboro’s shining moment focused on the history of mutton in the region and its growing popularity across…

‘Kentucky’s Music City’

CVB wins honors for rebranding   For the second year in a row, Visit Owensboro has won top honors for marketing at the recent Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s annual conference.  The new International Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum, annual ROMP music festival, and recent selection as one of the top 10 music cities in…

CVB creating ‘Storytellers’ program

There’s always something to do in Owensboro– spread the word!  Visit Owensboro is working to launch a special program they’re calling “Owensboro Storytellers”, a program to train frontline workers around Owensboro in hospitality and how to best share the city’s story with visitors.  Officials in Owensboro have worked hard to create an environment fun for…

CVB, O.Z. Tyler, Miller House, Hall of Fame, partnership highlights Owensboro to larger market

The communal powers of bourbon have created a unique partnership between Visit Owensboro, O.Z. Tyler Distillery, Miller House, and the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum.  The Bourbon Review, the most popular bourbon publication in the world, is helping to market an Owensboro-themed campaign across its website and email platforms.  Already, banner ads in…

Convention & Visitors Bureau steps up promotions campaign

Owensboro is working to push their name internationally, now coining the slogan “bourbon, barbeque, and bluegrass”.  Visit Owensboro is buying two full pages in the Bourbon Review and maximizing their presence online.  Traffic from the Bourbon Review’s website and various social media gives hundreds of thousands of tourists direct access to Owensboro’s attractions.  New professional…

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

The Nashville Songwriter Ever wanted to walk into a bar in Nashville and discover the next up-and-coming artist or songwriter?  Now is your chance with the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s latest series, The Nashville Songwriter. On Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m., check out several Nashville-based songwriters as they share their music…

Owensboro carving out tourism niche with bluegrass, bourbon, barbecue

Owensboro has become well known for its biggest assets: bluegrass, bourbon, and barbecue.  The annual bluegrass festival, the latest O.Z. Tyler Distillery addition to the Bourbon Trail, the world-renowned barbeque spots, and state-of-the-art riverfront park have landed Owensboro high on the list of cities in Kentucky ramping up their tourism.  Now, local developers are drawing…