Salt Festival

Saturday, October 15, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, October 16, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Salt Festival
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
3380 Beaver Rd.
Union, KY 41091-4540


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. See how salt was extracted from the springs of Big Bone and watch a flintknapper make a stone point. NEW FOR 2022 explore the children's activity area with haybale climbing, pumpkin painting, and more! (Free pumpkin included with admission for children 12 years of age and younger)

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.

There is will no Friday "School Day" for 2022.

Admission rates:
Ages 5 and under - FREE
Ages 6 to 12 - $5.00
Ages 13 and up - $10.00

Please contact Sherry Hall at (859) 384-3522 ext. 4 or [email protected] to register if you are interested in participating as a food or craft vendor.


  • Ages 5 and Under: $0.00
  • Ages 6-12: $5.00
  • Ages 13 and Up : $10.00