Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festivals and other live shows in Kentucky. I try to include as many bluegrass and old time music festivals as I can in the Kentucky area here. If you know of a bluegrass or old time music festival feel free to contact me so it can be considered for addition to this calendar. If you notice any errors please let me know and I will get it corrected.
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Featured Bluegrass Festivals
Festival of the Bluegrass
The Festival of the Bluegrass, a traditional Bluegrass Music Festival in the heart of the beautiful Bluegrass region of Kentucky. Established in 1974, this family-run festival has a little something for everyone.
Rudy Fest Bluegrass Festival
June 16 – 23, 2023
We are excited to announce Rudy Fest in 2019 will be located at Poppy Mountain in Morehead, KY!
J D Crow & The New South, The SteelDrivers, Lonesome River Band, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Russll Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Ricky Wasson Band, Sideline, Hammertowne, Balsam Range, Josh Williams Tony Rice Tribute, Dave Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, Billy Droze & Kentucky Blue, Turning Ground, Lacy Creek, Salt & Light, The Grascals, AND MORE!
Official Website – http://www.RudyFest.com
Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival
June 16-17-18, 2022
Celebrating our 23rd year in 2019, the Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival honors Jackson County native and beloved Grand Ole Opry star David ‘Stringbean’ Akemon.
Official Website: https://www.stringbeanpark.com
June 21-24, 2023
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.
Lineup announcements and ticket sales will begin mid-December, 2017.
Official Website – http://www.rompfest.com
Carter County Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival
July 13 – 1, 2023
Olive Hill, Kentucky
Every year bluegrass fans come to Olive Hill, Ky for the Carter County Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival.
The 29th annual Shriners Bluegrass Festival features:
Ralph Stanley II, Hammertowne, Dave Adkins, Sammy Adkins, Tommy Webb, Turning Ground, Southridge, Diamond Ridge, Rick Oldfield & Curnie Lee Wilson With Fenced In, Lacy Creek, Blue Highway, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, and more!
Official Website – http://www.shrinersbluegrassfestival.com
Stidham Old Time Music Gathering
July 28 – 29, 2023
Held at the James E. Webb Musical Repair and Sales near Inez, Kentucky.
Live Performances Friday and Saturday night starting at 7 pm with workshops.
Adult and youth banjo, fiddle, and string band contests with cash prizes starting at 10 am on Saturday.
There is plenty of room to camp and stay on the property.
Official Website – http://www.stidhamoldtime.com
Mandolin Farm Bluegrass Festival
August 3 – 5, 2019
Beautiful 60 acre farm, fishing lake, golf cart trails, large pavilion over stage area to protect from rain or hot sun. Just 3 miles to the town of Flemingsburg, Kentucky. Free firewood for campers.
Official Website – www.Mandolinfarmbluegrass.com
Burdoc Farms Bluegrass Festival
Enjoy two days of pure Bluegrass and some Newgrass music, with primitive camping, food trucks, Casey Jones Distillery offering one of a kind drinks and brews from Hopkinsville Brewing Company! There will be activities for the kids, so we are adult and family friendly!
Official Website – https://www.bluegrassatburdocfarms.com
Fraley Festival of Traditional Music
September 4 – 7, 2023
Olive Hill, Kentucky
The Fraley Festival of Traditional Music happens the weekend after Labor Day at Carter Caves State Resort Park. It is a weekend gathering of people who love to play and listen to traditional mountain music of Eastern Kentucky. People with fiddles, banjos, folk songs, ballads, guitars, dulcimers, and autoharps play on the amphitheater stage, in the parking lot, in the campgrounds and cabins, continuing the celebration of the rich tradition of music from J.P. and Annadeene Fraley and the many others who have come to the festival over the years.
Official Website – http://www.fraleyfestival.com
Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival
September 17 – 21, 2023
Official Website: http://www.poppymountainbluegrass.com
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