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Summer Events Not to Be Missed in Kentucky
Kentucky has long been home to a thriving community that year after year celebrates the state‚s history, artisans and performers. As such, Kentucky continues to flourish as a haven for its array of remarkable entertainment and top-of-the-line hospitality. There are more fun-filled events for all ages in 2017 than ever before as the state will host an exciting summer schedule of festivals, fairs and cultural adventures:
June to August 2017 Events
Great American Brass Band Festival
Danville, June 1-4
The 28th annual Brass Band Festival features live brass music, a crafted bourbon and croquet event, an Americana-style parade, Saturday night picnic, free children's activities, a swing dance, yoga in the park, a 5K run and New Orleans-style all day street party. In addition, the Great American Art Festival, featuring local and national artists will be held in conjunction with a special Kids Art Fest. For more information, visit gabbf.org/new/.
Glasgow Highland Games
Lucas, June 2-4
The 32nd annual Glasgow Highland Games celebrates the rich history and traditions of Scottish heritage. Held on the first weekend after Memorial Day, event highlights include dancing, and sporting, band and piping competitions, as well as clan tents and genealogy classes. For more information, please visit www.glasgowhighlandgames.com/.
Beer Cheese Festival
Winchester, June 10
Winchester's annual Beer Cheese Festival invites attendees to sample an array of beer cheese from around the county and enjoy other festival activities such as live music, a beer garden, arts & crafts and Kentucky Proud booths. For more information, please visit www.beercheesefestival.com/bcf/.
WC Handy Blues and Barbeque Festival
Henderson, June 14-17
Celebrate the life and music of former Henderson resident W.C. Handy at this free music festival, which showcases some of the nation's best blues artists. Handy, a renowned songwriter, was credited with giving American Blues music its contemporary form known today. Henderson invites guests to come enjoy live music in the park, delicious barbecue and more. For more information, please visit www.handyblues.org/.
Paducah, June 17
Paducah will host the second annual PaBrewcah festival set in the Historic Downtown district. Admission includes a commemorative beer glass, live music and tasting flights of unique craft beers from over 15 different microbreweries. For more information, please visit www.kpabrewcah.com .
ROMP Bluegrass Festival
Owensboro, June 21-24
The 14th annual ROMP Festival celebrates bluegrass from around the world. This year's festival will be led by the legendary American roots pioneers Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, progressive bluegrass virtuosos Punch Brothers, Los Lobos, and multi-instrumentalist and founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops Rhiannon Giddens. Held in Owensboro‚s Yellow Creek Park, the four-day music, camping, and art festival will feature over 30 top bluegrass, folk and Americana acts. For more information, please visit <www.rompfest.com/.
Master Musician‚s Festival
Somerset, July 7-8
This summer, the Master Musician's Festival celebrates its 24th year. Set in the picturesque Lake Cumberland region, the festival will feature the Dawes, Blackberry Smoke, Parker Millsap, Colter Wall, Rooster's Crow, Frontier and more. For more information, please visit www.mastermusiciansfestival.org/ for 2017 full lineup.
Berea Festival of Learnshops
Berea, July 7-23
The Berea Festival of Learnshops celebrates traditional crafts by hosting a series of workshops in sustainable living, culinary arts, collage, painting, Appalachian crafts, fiber arts, jewelry, glass, storytelling, literary arts, theatre, music, multimedia sculpture, woodworking and soap making. It will also offer professional development classes for educators from creative writing and playing the dulcimer to blacksmithing. Workshops vary from two hours to two days and are open to all ages. For more information, please visit www.visitberea.com/festival-of-learnshops-info/.
Forecastle Music Festival
Louisville, July 14-16
Founded in 2002 by Louisville native JK McKnight, Forecastle Music Festival has grown from a neighborhood event to one of the country's most anticipated summer festivals, drawing tens of thousands of fans from across the world to Louisville‚s scenic 85-acre Waterfront Park. In addition to featuring a who's who of musical acts such as Jack White, The Black Keys, Outkast, Widespread Panic, Beck, Sam Smith, Smashing Pumpkins, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, The Flaming Lips, Band of Horses, Sleater-Kinney and The Avett Brothers, Forecastle has consistently promoted local artists as well as focused on environmental activism and outdoor recreation. For more information, please visit lineup.forecastlefest.com/.
Newport, August 3-6
Celebrating northern Kentucky‚s culinary tradition, Glier's Goettafest features live entertainment, family-focused goetta games, and inventive food set at the Newport's Levee on the breathtaking Ohio Riverfront. Sample a variety of Goetta, a pork or beef and-grain sausage of German inspiration, and learn about its long history in Kentucky. For more information, please visit www.goettafest.com/article/what-is-goetta/.
KY State Fair
Louisville, August 17-28
The State Fair is an 11-day celebration of the history, heritage and culture of the Bluegrass State. As America's largest indoor fair, it has grown into a multifaceted trade and public education exposition that uses more than 1.2 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space. Popular attractions include one of the world‚s most prestigious horse shows, foods from around the state and the Freedom Hall featuring live music. For more information, please visit www.kystatefair.org.
Long known as the front door to the South, Kentucky offers a world of outdoor adventures, vibrant arts scene, expansive distilleries and micro-breweries, and an explosive culinary scene.From legendary Horse Country and the grandstands of America‚s most storied thoroughbred racing tracks to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Kentucky invites you to come and explore.
For more information, please visit www.kystatefair.org.
Seahorses Unbridled Fun--Newport Aquarium's New Seahorses Exhibit Aquarium Introduces the most interactive seahorse exhibit in the country
Hidden River Cave Trails Horse Cave
The pathway of Hidden River Cave is outlined in the streets and sidewalks and is interpreted by large signs which tell the story through pictures and quick facts. www.horsecavestories.com 270-218-0386
What to See & Do
National Corvette Homecoming Bowling Green
Since 1981, the National Corvette Homecoming has attracted Corvette owners from all over the U.S. and Canada. It is the annual gathering and celebration for Corvettes of all years to return home to Bowling Green. Corvette owners can network, learn, trade and join in friendly competition and other exciting activities. www.corvettehomecoming.com 270-791-2117
GM Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant Bowling Green
All Corvettes, “America’s Sports Car,” are manufactured at this plant located near the National Corvette Museum. Take a tour and watch the parts come together. Call ahead to confirm tour availability. www.bowlinggreenassemblyplant.com 270-745-8486
Duncan Hines Festival
Sweet treats and family fun are the ingredients of this free culinary festival honoring Bowling Green native and household name, Duncan Hines. www.duncanhinesfestival.com 270-703-9145
Dozens of Additional Things to Do in Bowling Green
See over 75 classics at the National Corvette Museum
Ride the 'most twisted wooden coaster in a seven state region" at Beech Bend Amusement Park
Float through Lost River Cave in a boat.
Race scale stock cars themed after your favorite driver at Race World
Gaze at the stars at the Hardin Planetarium
Watch potter Mitchell Rickman mold his wares
Walk actual Civil War trenches on the campus of Western Kentucky Univeristy
Stroll along the pedestrian bridge at RiverWalk park
Climb aboard restored railcars at the Historic Railpark
Take a trail ride on horseback at Triple H Stables
Tour a dairy farm and eat homemade ice cream at Chaney's Dairy Barn
Shop at one of Greenwood Mall's over 100 stores
Step Inside Duncan Hines' kitchen at the Kentucky Museum
Visit the GM Corvette and Cadillac XLR Plant
Take a short drive to Shaker Museum at South Union
Canoe along Three Springs Lake or Barren River
Tour Bowling Green Brewing Company and sample the German-style brew
Tee off at one of the many public golf courses
Cheer on your favorite racer at Beech Bend Raceway
Become part of the Victorian era at Riverview historic house museum.
For more ideas, contact the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-326-7465 or 270-78200800, or check web site www.visitbgky.com.
Where to Stay
Constructed in 1845 and originally operating as a school for girls, Beaumont Inn rests in the heart Bluegrass Country in historic Harrodsburg, Kentucky’s oldest town. Beaumont Inn guests can choose from antique-furnished guestrooms in the 1845 main inn, spacious rooms in the 1935 Goddard Hall, or a deluxe suite from the 1931 Greystone House. The 33 acres of gorgeous property feature three dozen different tree species, some that are centuries old. Now run by the fourth and fifth generations, the inn refines the art of southern hospitality, offering full-service dining, an on-site spa, gift shop, country ham aging house and swimming pool, plus a lounge and tavern serving up fine Kentucky-distilled whiskey. Nearby historic sites, shops, horseback riding, parks, hiking trails, antiquing and more make Beaumont Inn a perfect getaway. Reservations and complete information are available at www.beaumontinn.com or (800) 352-3992.
Beaumont Inn immerses guests in Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail
On-site pub offers tastings, comparison of region's premium bourbons
Rolling bluegrass, rich American history, celebrated comfort food and renowned southern hospitality are hallmarks of the Beaumont Inn experience. But many visitors to this one-of-a-kind historic inn arrive hoping to become steeped in the fruits of Kentucky's Bourbon Trail. With no fewer than eight distilleries just a short drive away, including Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve, Wild Turkey, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace and others, the inn offers the ideal base camp for any traveler's bourbon tour. Owned and managed for five generations by the Dedman family, complete information and reservations for the Beaumont Inn are available at www.beaumontinn.com or (800) 352-3992.
Trail-goers can return to the inn to take advantage of the on-site pub, the Old Owl Tavern, named for the Dedman family's own Kentucky Owl Bourbon Whiskey, which was distilled along the Kentucky River before being halted by prohibition. The tavern now offers its own version of a bourbon trail, pouring nearly three dozen bourbons, including those found on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, along with others. After opening in 2004, the Old Owl Tavern quickly became Harrodsburg’s favorite bar and grill, with its casual fare, great wine and spirits available at its 23-foot, Kentucky-crafted mahogany bar. The inn's impressive collection of 35 different bourbons are also poured at its Owl's Nest, an intimate, cozy lounge serving casual pub fare.
A self-taught bourbon aficionado, Dedman added that guests also enjoy the opportunity to sample different Kentucky bourbons against each other, while discussing the nuances of each and making tasting notes -- all without ever leaving the inn. Constructed in 1845 and originally operating as a school for girls, Beaumont Inn rests in the heart Bluegrass Country in historic Harrodsburg, Kentucky’s oldest town. Beaumont Inn guests can choose from antique-furnished guestrooms in the 1845 main inn, spacious rooms in the 1935 Goddard Hall, or a deluxe suite from the 1931 Greystone House. The 33 acres of gorgeous property feature three dozen different tree species, some that are centuries old. Now run by the fourth and fifth generations, the inn refines the art of southern hospitality, offering full-service dining, an on-site spa, gift shop, country ham aging house and swimming pool, plus a lounge and tavern serving up fine Kentucky-distilled whiskey. Nearby historic sites, shops, horseback riding, parks, hiking trails, antiquing and more make Beaumont Inn a perfect getaway. Reservations and complete information are available at www.beaumontinn.com or (800) 352-3992.
What to See & Do
Edgar Cayce The Sleeping Prophet Hopkinsville
Edgar Cayce was born in Hopkinsville and was one of the most prominent psychics of the 20th century. Each year Hopkinsville’s Pennyroyal Museum hosts an Edgar Cayce Hometown Seminar. He is buried in Hopkinsville’s Riverside Cemetery. www.edgarcayce.info 270-885-9096
Kentucky Derby Festival Louisville
The Derby Festival is a two-week-plus celebration of the world’s most famous horse race. The oldest festival event, the Pegasus Parade, was first held in 1956. Today, nearly 70 events make up the festival. www.kdf.org 502-572-3822
Mammoth Cave - A Vacation of Mammoth Proportions
Aside from the fact that Kentucky has one of the nations’ best state park systems with 17 state resort parks and 24 state recreational parks, the state also has one of the nations’ most unique National Parks, Mammoth Cave.
Mammoth Cave National Park is home to the longest cave system in the world with more than 365 miles of explored territory. This park preserves the cave and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. Since 1816, visitors have toured the subterranean labyrinths of the caves that early guide Stephen Bishop called a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place.”
The park offers camping in three developed campgrounds and in more than a dozen primitive sites in the backcountry and along the Green and Nolin Rivers. There’s plenty of fun in store for families too: in addition to the many cave tours, visitors can hike, bike, ride your horse, canoe and kayak, take a riverboat ride, watch a film, enjoy a campfire program, and more.
For more information check web site www.kentuckytourism.com
What to see & do
Guests can discover 10 species of seahorses, sea dragons, trumpetfish, shrimpfish and pipefish. With a head like a horse, snout like an aardvark and belly pouch like a kangaroo- seahorses are anything but ordinary. The way the exhibit is designed; guests will be completely immersed in the world of seahorses with something new to experience around every corner.
“Seahorses are very difficult to experience in nature due to their ability to blend, chameleon-like, into their surroundings,” said Chris Pierson, director of husbandry at Newport Aquarium. “The way this exhibit’s viewing tanks are designed, guests will really be able to get up-close to them and see their unique physical features, like most people have never seen them.”
The Most Interactive Seahorse Exhibit in the Country
In addition to seeing these animals firsthand, when the exhibit opens in April, Seahorses:Unbridled Fun will be the most interactive seahorse exhibit in the country. The exhibit will feature rare video of seahorses and their most unusual behaviors; interactive seahorse sculptures highlighting unique physical characteristics; the ability to create your own customized sea horse or sea dragon using custom technology; and much more.
Often regarded as the ocean’s greeters, seahorses and sea dragons are found in coastal ecosystems, and protecting them also helps many other marine species. The exhibit will highlight various habitats they live in and share stories about the threats they face in the wild.
Canyon Falls will be the new home to the Asian small-clawed otters, which are back by popular demand and whose cute little faces will melt your heart. Asian small-clawed otters are the smallest and most social otter species in the world. Your family will love watching them from multiple vantage points as they swim and play next to a real indoor waterfall.
Canyon Falls will also exhibit two species of lizard never before seen at Newport Aquarium. Get nose-to-nose with a yellow monitor, a rare and active tree-dwelling lizard from Indonesia, and panther chameleon, one of the most colorful lizards in the world from Madagascar.
While visiting, don’t forget to say hello to Thunder, a more than 100-year-old snapping turtle and Newport Aquarium’s oldest resident. Plus, spend some time at the Turtle Corral, where guests have the unique opportunity to touch several species of tortoises.
Daily: 11 a.m. 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Learn about our adorable Small-Clawed Asian Otters during this educational and entertaining presentation. Guests will get to see a biologist inside the exhibit as they feed, train, or interact with the otters. An Animal Experience Specialist will be on hand to explain behaviors, take questions from guests, and explain what makes these rare otters so special.
For more information contact the Newport Aquarium at One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444 or check web site www.newportaquarium.com
Join the Newport Aquarium for more exhilarating and NEW attractions, plus returning guest favorites.
An Annual Pass is the best way to ensure you don't miss out on everything there is to see and do in 2016. It lets you visit the Aquarium as often as you like throughout the year for less than the cost of two visits, plus, receive special invitations to exhibit previews and seasonal shows, a bounty of discounts and exclusive access to passholder only offers.
King penguin facts:
-- With their fluffy brown appearance, king penguin chicks look so dissimilar to adult king penguins that early explorers described them as an entirely different species, the woolly penguin.
-- King penguins are one of the few birds that do not build nests. Instead, they incubate their eggs under the belly on top of their feet.
-- King penguins can be found in the waters of the sub-Antarctic. They breed on many of the sub-Antarctic islands, such as South Georgia, Crozet, the Falklands, and the islands southeast of Australia and southwest of New Zealand.
For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).
For more information contact the Newport Aquarium at One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
Newport Aquarium Shark Ray Breeding Program
The Newport Aquarium boasts the only formal shark ray breeding program in the world. Visitors may see the shark rays as they swim with sharks and other aquatic life in the large tanks. www.newportaquarium.com 859-815-1432
The full list also includes such icons as Mammoth Cave, the Kentucky Derby, and My Old Kentucky Home. Find more information about “There’s Only One” at www.kentuckytourism.com.
The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of nearly $11.7 billion, supports about 170,000 jobs and generates more than $1.2 billion in taxes.
Location: One Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
This National Natural Landmark is the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology. Fossilized bones and artifacts from the last 20,000 years have been recovered by researchers and are displayed in museums worldwide. The discovery trail behind the visitor’s center gives visitors a glimpse of the drama that unfolded at the springs during the Pleistocene epoch, commonly called the most recent Ice Age. www.parks.ky.gov 859-384-3522