Kentucky Tourism

Concerts and Festivals

Did you know several Kentucky State Parks host annual concert series, festivals and music shows? Here's what's going on in 2019! 

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
37th Annual Salt Festival at Big Bone Lick
Friday, October 18: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 19: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 20: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Journey back in time as Big Bone Lick returns to days long past for this three day festival. The festival features demonstrations of pioneer living and skills, frontier ingenuity, traditions, and life ways. Browse the crafter's corner to see the many handmade and hand-crafted items for sale and find lots of good eats at the food court.  Enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen to a storyteller, view prehistoric artifacts, and watch a blacksmith working red-hot iron.  See how salt was extracted from the springs of Big Bone, watch a flintknapper make a stone point, and discover how bison hair is spun into yarn. While visiting the park, be sure to drop by the park's museum and visitor center to see some of the "big bones"; a shuttle service will transport event-goers to and from the festival field, the visitor center, and the campground at regular intervals.  Don't miss seeing the bison herd, the park's living link to the Ice Age.

**Friday, October 18 is School Day and is also open to the public. Pre-registration is required to receive school admission rate. Regular admission to the festival is $5. Children 5 and under are free. For more info call 859-384-3522 email: [email protected].

School Day Information: 
Click HERE for Teach Letter 2019 Information
Click HERE for School Registration 2019 Information

Craft Vendor Information: 
Click HERE for Craft Vendor Guidelines 2019
Click HERE for Craft Vendor Application 2019
Click HERE for Vendor Waiver & Agreement 2019

Food Vendor Information: 
Click HERE for Food Vendor Guidelines 2019
Click HERE for Food Vendor Application 2019
Click HERE for Vendor Waiver & Agreement 2019

Carter Caves State Resort Park
Monthly Jam Session
Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec.5,  7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Join local musicians on stage for an informal gathering of music. All musicians and singers 
welcomed! We’ll be holding the Jam Session EVERY FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH 
(some exclusions apply), weather permitting at the 
Sound System provided, open stage setting. For more info call 606-286-4411 or email: [email protected].

Fraley Festival of Traditional Music
September 4 - 7, 2019
Traditional musical instruments such as the dulcimer, fiddle and guitar are used to tell stories about a life long ago along the foothills of Eastern Kentucky.  The music at the Fraley Festival has not been confined to any one type. Folk, old-time, western, western swing, early country, and others are played on a regular basis at the festival. There are all sorts of musical configurations, from family bands or husband and wife duets, to people playing on stage who just met each other a few minutes ago in the parking lot.  Wednesday night is a free “jamming in the round” session at the Recreation Shelter House in the campground.  Concerts will be held in the Park Amphitheatre on Thursday evening, Friday afternoon & evening, and Saturday afternoon & evening.  Concert fees range from $5-$10.  A $28 weekend pass is available which admits you to all the concerts and jam sessions.  For more information visit the event website at

Fort Boonesborough State Park
The 1778 Siege of Boonesborough
Sep 28 - Sep 29, 2019  /  9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Saturday and Sunday battle re-enactments at 2:00pm and night battle at dusk on Saturday evening.  Come early and spend the day learning about 18th century life in Kentucky.  See a Living History Event including militia and settlers' camps, Native American Village, merchants, traders, food, music and more. Visit the Museum and the 18th century Transylvania Store. 
For more info call 859-527-3131 or email: [email protected].

General Butler State Resort Park
Friday Live Tunes
9/13 Joe Clark
10/11 Donnie Wright

Come with friends or meet new friends.... Friday Live Tunes is the place where good food, fun, and friends gather! Entertainment is free, we highly suggest you come early, as seating is limited inside Port William's. 
Music is from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Arrive early to enjoy Happy Hour pricing 4:30p.m.- 6:30 p.m., and secure the best seating.       
For more info call 502-732-4384 or email [email protected]

Kentucky Dulcimers Gatherin'
3rd Tuesday of each month
Kentucky Dulcimers Gatherin' is composed of individuals who truly love gathering for  fellowship of music, friends, and lunch at General Butler's Two Rivers Restaurant. The group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m., and usually stays until 3:00 p.m. Anyone is welcome join-- it's not only dulcimers, but any instrument. Even those coming to listen are encouraged to sing along.

CONTACT:Tanya Supplee 
1608 US Hwy 227 , 
Carrollton , KY 41008 
Phone: 502-732-4384 
Email: [email protected]

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
Greenup Co. Music Heritage Festival
September 14, 2019, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Greenbo Summer Music Series sponsored by Greenup Extension Arts Council
Event will take place at Greenbo Lake's Amphitheater
Performers TBA
Free Admission
965 Lodge Road, 
Greenup, KY 41144 
Phone: 606-473-7324 

Kenlake State Resort Park
Kenlake's Bands on the Balcony
August 31, September 13, October 11
Our Bands on the Balcony live music series will feature a different up-and-coming band or artist each month.  Come out and enjoy a great night of music each month!
The event is free but we there will a cash bar with drink and appetizer specials! Don't forget to ask about our special room rates! For more info call 270-474-2211 or email [email protected].  

August 31:  The Hashbrowns:
September 13: The Drunken Poets:
October 11: Alonzo Pennington:\

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

Labor Day Weekend Concert
Aug 31, 2019  /  7 pm - 9 pm
Are you looking for a great place to listen to live rock and country music? Are you looking for a place to eat great food while enjoying a scenic view? Then, come on out to Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park on Kentucky Lake on Saturday, August 31st. Instant Zeal will be performing starting at 7 pm. Our park restaurant (Harbor Lights) will have great food and beverages available. We look forward to seeing you! For more info call 270-362-9205  or email: [email protected]

Old Fort Harrod State Park
Fort Harrod Jazz & Art Festival
September 20-22, 2019, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Come and enjoy world class Jazz and much more at this fast growing festival. Bring your lawn chair and spend the day ,or two or even all three listing to great live music plus arts and crafts as well in the park.  Food vendors are ready to supply you with great food so you can stay and listen all day.  Event is free to the public. 

Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Summer Concert Series
Sept. 6, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Award winning local bands will grace the Laurel Cove Amphitheater with the sounds of  Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, and more!  Concerts begin July 5 with live shows from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Enjoy the best food in town, complete with drinks, all in one place.  The Mountain View Restaurant will be serving catfish, BBQ, and all of your favorite sides!  Visitors are also encouraged to stay in one of our 3-diamond  rated lodge rooms or in one of our cottages or cabins and enjoy an entire weekend each month in Kentucky’s first state park. 
For more info call 606-337-3066 email: [email protected].

Rough River Dam State Resort Park
Friday Night Bluegrass
2nd Friday of each month
Stop by the Bluegrass Jam every 2nd Friday of the month.  Come out and join us for a great time.

CONTACT:Kelly Case 
450 Lodge Rd, 
Falls of Rough, KY 40119 
Phone: 270-257-2311 
Email: [email protected]

Aug 30, 2019  /  6:30 p.m. central - 9:30 p.m. central
Summer entertainment continues this Friday with the help of our sponsor Friends of Rough River as they present The Habit Band on the patio.  This high energy party band will bring favorite covers of current and golden oldies for all to enjoy. Dining is available on the patio which faces beautiful Rough River Lake or in the Grayson's Landing Restaurant from 4:30 to 9 p.m. central time. Musical entertainment is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. central. Cash Bar available beside the patio area. This is a free event to the public.  Bring your lawn chair or a blanket to rest on while you enjoy the show. Call 270-257-2311 to ask about room reservations and special deals. 

The Lohden Boys
Sep 20, 2019  /  6:30 p.m. central - 9:30 p.m. central
Mitch Jackson's State Farm Insurance along with Dottie & Josh Watson of Real Deal Realty present the Southern Rock sounds of The Lohden Boys in the final concert of the 2019 summer series at Rough River Dam State Resort Park.  These talented musicians will play lots of current hits and a few golden oldies for the crowd. Dinner will be served on the patio or in the Grayson's Landing Restaurant from 4:30 to 9 p.m. central time. Music is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. central. Cash Bar available beside the patio. Call 270-257-2311 to ask about room reservations and special deals.