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
Logan County Bluegrass Festival
May 11 – 12, 2018
The 28th Annual Logan County Bluegrass Festival held at the McCutchen Coke Park in Auburn Ky.
This festival was always held as a Free Admission Event and Bands from all over the map would be booked each year to perform on stage. There is always lots of shade tree picking in the park, and camp hookups are available.
Official Website: http://www.logancountybluegrassfestival.com
Sally Gap Bluegrass Festival
May 30 – June 2
Official Website: http://www.sallygapbgfestival.com
Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival
June 14 – 16, 2018
Celebrating our 22nd year in 2018, the Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival honors Jackson County native and beloved Grand Ole Opry star David ‘Stringbean’ Akemon.
Official Website: https://www.stringbeanpark.com
The Lanny Franklin Bluegrass Festival
June 1 – 2, 2018
West Liberty, Kentucky
The Lanny Franklin Bluegrass Festival happens every summer during the second weekend of July at the Old Mill Park in West Liberty, Kentucky.
In Memory of Lanny Franklin – His Dream Lives On
Official Website – http://www.lannyfranklinoldmillbluegrass.com
18th Annual Rudy Fest Bluegrass Festival
June 19 – 23, 2018
We are excited to announce Rudy Fest in 2018 will be located at Poppy Mountain in Morehead, KY!
Featuring: Lonesome River Band Reunion with Sammy Shelor, Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby & Kenny Smith!
The Del McCoury Band, Russell Moore And IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson & Quick Silver, Hammertowne, The Grascals, Turning Ground, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Volume 5, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice and more
Official Website – http://www.RudyFest.com
June 27-30, 2018
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 12 – 14, 2018
Olive Hill, Kentucky
Every year bluegrass fans come to Olive Hill, Ky for the Carter County Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival.
The 28th annual Shriners Bluegrass Festival features:
Ralph Stanley II, The Gibson Brothers, Kevin Prater Band, Hammertowne, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Dave Adkins, Sammy Adkins, Tommy Webb, Edgar Loudermilk, Turning Ground, Southridge, Diamond Ridge, Hazel Holler, Ricky Oldfield & Curnie Lee Wilson, Terry Baucom & the Dukes of Drive, Billie Renee & Cumberland Gap, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Lacey Creek, and more!
Official Website – http://www.shrinersbluegrassfestival.com
Festival of the Bluegrass
June 7 – 10, 2018
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.
The Morehead Old Time Music Festival
July 27 – 28, 2018
Located on the Jaycee farm about a mile east of downtown Morehead.
Over $3000 in cash prizes for contests in: youth fiddle, youth banjo, adult fiddle, banjo, dulcimer, singing, dancing, and string band
Official Website http://www.moreheadoldtime.com
Rudy Fest Presents Mandolin Farms Bluegrass Festival
August 2 – 4, 2018
Whiskey Bent Valley Boys,Salt & Light, New Found Road, Blue Highway, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Turning Ground and more.
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 – http://www.rfmfbluegrass.com
Fraley Festival of Traditional Music
September 5 – 8, 2018
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, ballands, 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 12 – 15, 2018
Hammertowne, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Joe Hott & The Short Mountain Boys, Dave Adkins, Hillbilly Gypsies and more
Official Website: http://www.poppymountainbluegrass.com
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