38th Annual Salt Festival

Friday, October 16, 2020
9:00am - 3:00pm
38th Annual Salt Festival
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
3380 Beaver Rd
Union, KY 41091


Union, KY
Northern Kentucky River Region


Journey back in time as Big Bone Lick returns to days long past. The festival features demonstrations of pioneer living and skills, frontier ingenuity, traditions, and lifeways. 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. Enjoy traditional Native American drumming and dancing at the drum circle. 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.

Admission to the festival is $5 per person. Friday, October 16 is School Day. Pre-registration is required to receive school admission rate of $2 per person. Please contact Sherry Hall at (859) 384-3522 to register for school day or if you are interested in participating as a food or craft vendor.

Food and craft vendor guidelines, applications, and waiver can be found under the Maps, Menus, and More drop-down tab and should be sent to 3380 Beaver Rd. Union, KY 41091 before October 2nd.

For more information or to become a demonstrator, reenactor, or band performance please contact Claire Kolkmeyer at (859) 384-3522 or email at [email protected]


  • Per person: $5.00