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
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].

General Butler State Resort Park
Friday Live Tunes
Dates: November 8, 2019 - Don Mitchell, December 13, 2019 - TBA
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.

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: Phone: 502-732-4384  

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

Moonshine Hideaway Dinner Tour
Dates: November 2, 2019, AND April 4, June 20, September 19, 2020
Join us at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park for a one-of-a-kind experience. See how the old timers brewed that famous mountain “white-lightning.” Engage in an informative, yet fun, demonstration by “Uncle Shine” of how moonshine was brewed in the old days and how we have adapted that type of lifestyle to make moonshine now. Listen to live music performed by the local “Moonshine Band” and feast on an Appalachian-style BBQ meal.

Overnight Package Includes:
Moonshine Sample Tasting
BBQ Dinner
Shuttle Service
Overnight Accommodation

Pricing (Pre-Registration only)
Single Occupancy: $139.95*
Double Occupancy: $179.95*
Dinner Tour Only: $40* pp
*taxes & fees not included

CONTACT: Phone: 606-889-1790

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].  

October 11: Alonzo Pennington:\

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]