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Kentucky Bluegrass Festivals

Bill Monroe's legacy is celebrated across the Commonwealth of Kentucky through the numerous bluegrass festivals that take place every year. These events are a testimony to the heritage of "The Father of Bluegrass Music."

Weekly Bluegrass

PAINTSVILLE, Live Bluegrass every Thursday night at the US 23 Country Music Highway Museum. Starts at 7:00 p.m.

Contact: Cindy Wheat, Paintsville Recreation & Tourism Commission, 606-297-1469

ROSINE BARN JAMBOREE. Enjoy Bluegrass music at this historic barn in Bill Monroe's hometown. It all begins at 7 pm until the music stops. Every Friday night.

Blue Moon of KY Hwy. (US 62E), 270-274-5552

SOUTHLAND JAMBOREE in Lexington, Kentucky is a free bluegrass music concert that happens each Tuesday during the summer behind the Collins Bowling Center on Southland drive at 7:00 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join us for some bluegrass music! Bring your instrument and join in the jam after the show. Starts May 31.

Contact: Phil Wyant or Beth Tibbitts,



PRESTONSBURG, Melvin Goins, Annual Homecoming Concert "Tribute to our Troops & Disabled Veterans, Mountain Arts Center.

Contact: Melvin Goins, 3541 Blue Ribbon Dr., Cattletsburg, KY 41129, 800-232-4878

February 15-16, 2013

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Salt Lick Bluegrass Festival, Exit 117 Paroquet Springs Conference Centre & Expo Hall. T Clogging, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar workshops.

Contact: Laura Brown, 502-594-0962



CLAY CITY, Meadowgreen Park Spring Festival, Mt. Parkway, Rt. 82, Forge Mill Rd.

Contact: Don Rogers, 675 E. Loudon Ave., Lexington, KY 40505, 606-663-9008



AUBURN, Logan County Bluegrass Jam, Auburn City Pk.

Contact: 270-542-4149




LOUISVILLE, Forest Fest 2011. Jefferson Memorial Forest, 15 miles from downtown Louisville in Fairdale.


WILLIAMSBURG, Sally Gap Bluegrass Festival, Jackson Farm, I-75, Ext. 11, Hwy. 92 E.

Contact: Vicki Cooper, 1775 Gatliff Rd., Williamsburg, KY 40769, 606-549-9514



BARDSTOWN, Bardstown Bluegrass Festival, White Acres Campground, Hwy. 62.

Contact: Pamela Waldridge, 7840 High Grove Rd., Cox’s Creek, KY 40013, 502-252-9004, 502-252-9004 or 502-507-5449


WHITESBURG, Seedtime on the Cumberland, Appalshop Grounds, 91 Madison Ave.

Contact: Mark Kidd, 91 Madison Ave., Whitesburg, KY 41858, 606-633-0108, 606-633-1009



LEXINGTON, Festival of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Horse Park Campground, I-75, Exit 120.

Contact: Jean Cornett, P.O. Box 644, Georgetown, KY 40324, 859-846-4995


June 13-15, 2013

TYNER, Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Stringbean Memorial Music Park, Oak Grove Rd.

Contact: Phillip Akemon, P.O. Box 359, Gray Hawk, KY 40434, 606-287-0600



GRAYSON, Rudy Fest, Carter Co. Fairgrounds.

Contact: Rudy Burchett, PO Box 239, Grayson, KY 41143



RENFRO VALLEY, Renfro Valley Bluegrass Festival, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, I-75.

Contact: Renfro Valley LLC/Sharon Stevens, P.O. Box 19, Renfro Valley, KY 40473, 800-765-7464


June 27-29, 2013

OWENSBORO, ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, Yellow Creek Park.

Contact: Gabrielle Gray, 207 E. 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY 42303, 270-926-7891



HARLAN, Goin’ Back to Harlan Bluegrass Festival, Southeast Ky. Tech & Comm. College, Harlan Campus.

Contact: Jerry Blanton, P.O. Box 911, Harlan, KY 40831, 606-573-4106



IRVINE, Red Lick Valley Festival, Red Lick Valley.

Contact: Tracy Jenkins, 4405 Red Lick Rd., Irvine, KY 40336, 606-723-4613


PRESTONSBURG - Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Prestonburg Equine Center at Stone Crest.

Contact: The Scott Organization, Nashville, TN, 859-948-8659.


August 4

LEITCHFIELD, Rex Hurt Memorial Nolin Fest. Moutardier Recreation Shelter, 190 Moutardier Rd., Leitchfield, KY 42754. Performances by Tommy Brown and the County Line Bluegrass.

August 9-12

HENDERSON, Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival, Audubon Mill Park.

Contact: Henderson C. Tourist Commission, 101 N. Water St., Ste. B, Henderson, KY 42420, 270-826-3128,


BOWLING GREEN, International Newgrass Festival, Ballance Farms, I-65, Exit 28, US 31W North 7 mi.

Contact: Kenny Lee, 13101 Louisville Road, Oakland, KY 42159, 270-784-0757



RUSSELL SPRINGS, Lake Cumberland Bluegrass Festival, KOA Campground, 1440 Hwy. 1383,

Contact: Moochie Hart, 1911 S. Hwy. 76, Russell Springs, KY 42642, 270-566-1488


August 25

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Bluegrass 101 Bluegrass Festival, Bullitt Co. Fairgrounds, I-65, Exit 112. The bands are Bluegrass 101, Paul Williams and the Victory Trio and Blue Mafia.

Contact; Pam Waldridge, 502-507-5449 or 502-252-9004


September 8

OWENSBORO, Lanham Brothers Jamboree, Diamond Lake Resort, 7301 Hobbs Road

Contact: Randy Lanham, 270-314-4331


September 11-15

MOREHEAD, Annual Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Poppy Mtn., US 60E, 6 mi.. Favorites include: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Goldwing Express, Dr. Ralph Stanley, New Found Road, Marty Raybon, Lonesome River Band, Kenny Prices & III Tyme Around, Rowan County Ramblers, Jack Lewis, Republik Steel, Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers, Dave Evans, Don Rigsby, Custom Made Bluegrass, Mountain Melody, Poaceous, Scott Holstein and Old Back 40 Band, Melvin Goins and Windy Mtn., Vernon McIntyre's Appalachian Grass, Dale Ann Bradley, Hillbilly Gypsies.

Contact: Marly Stevens, 8030 Hwy. US 60E, Morehead, KY 40352, 606-784-2277


September 13-17

MOREHEAD, Annual Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Poppy Mtn., US 60E, 6 mi.

Contact: Marly Stevens, 8030 Hwy. US 60E, Morehead, KY 40352, 606-784-2277


September 20-22

WHITLEY CITY, Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival, Sandhill Camp, US 27 N. of Tenn. State line. Lineup includes: Lonesome River Band, The James King Band, Shadow Ridge, Barbwire, Mountain Connection, Standing Stone, Paint Creek, Colonel Strings, Kentucky Mountain Trio, Tidalwave Road, The Ward Family, Kathy Joy Daugherty, Locust Ridge, The Daltons, Mavis Hughes, Dean Osborne.

Contact: Doris Slavey, 315 Pine Ridge Rd., Somerset, KY 42501, 606-382-5005


September 22-22

VINE GROVE, Annual Bluegrass Festival, Optimist Park, 300 Knox Ave., I-65, Exit 102, Hwy. 313 16 mi. L., 1.5 mi.

Contact: Ann Ewart, 530 Highland Ave., Vine Grove, KY 40175, 270-877-5636


September 27-29

EASTERN, Lawsons Fall Bluegrass Festival, Elk Horn Pk., Rt. 80, Rt. 680, 3 mi.

Contact: Melva Lawson, 600 Spruce Pine, Banner, KY 41503, 606-478-7239


October 4-7

ROSINE, Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration, Rt. 62, 6.2 mi. E of Beaver Dam

Contact: Campbell Mercer, 6210 US 62 E., Beaver Dam, KY 42320, 270-274-9181



Sept 10, 2010 - Sept 15, 2012

OWENSBORO – Bill Monroe Centennial Art Exhibit opening, 5 PM at the International Bluegrass Music Museum

Sept. 13, 2010-Dec. 2011 OHIO COUNTY – "Come Home to Bluegrass" Mandolin Trail. Search for uniquely decorated 8 ft. mandolins outside county attractions and businesses. Read historical facts about Bill Monroe/Bluegrass beginnings and register for a great prize if you see them all!. Call 270-298-0036 or for a map of locations.
Sept 12, 2011 - Sept 15, 2012

OWENSBORO – International Bluegrass Music Museum. Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys Exhibit


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