KENTUCKY TOURISM COUNCIL
SPRING TOP 10 FESTIVALS & EVENTS
The Kentucky Tourism Council announces the following winners from across the state as its
Top 10 Festivals and Events for the 2010 Spring season. In order to qualify for this season, the
festival or event must be held during the months of March, April or May.
Humana Festival of New American Plays, Louisville, February 21 thru March 28. This Actors Theatre festival celebrates
the genius and diversity of contemporary playwrights by presenting a rotating repertory of up to ten full productions.
This year the festival is introducing discount opportunities that encourages colleagues and theatre lovers from around the
country to join Louisville in support of the American theatre. More information: www.actorstheatre.org or 502.584.1205.
Blue Grass Trust Antiques and Garden Show, Lexington, March 12-14. While attracting more than 3,000 visitors from
across the country and featuring 57 antique exhibitors from 18 states, this event showcases gardens, antiques and floral
designs. Internationally acclaimed garden and antiques experts are scheduled to teach attendees about applying new
gardening concepts and methods for antique shopping. More information: www.bgtantiquesandgardenshow.org or
Keeneland Race Course Spring Meet, Lexington, April 2-23. Held at Keeneland Race Course, a nationally historic
landmark, this event has become one of the nation’s leading thoroughbred racing events, attracting the best jockeys and
horses from around the world along with drawing thousands of visitors. The Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Saturday, April
10 serves as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. More information: www.keeneland.com or 859.254.3412.
Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville, April 10-30. What the Run for the Roses is to horse racing, the Kentucky Derby
Festival is to community celebrations. One of the most famous two minutes in sports has been stretched to nearly a month
long party. One of the premiere events of its kind in the world, this 55-year-old festival has been awarded top winner of
the International Festivals and Events Association awards for four years consecutively. Hundreds of various events over
this twenty-day period bring to Louisville fun, excitement, international recognition and a spirit that is unmatched
anywhere. When 1.5 million people gather to celebrate spring and the unique vitality of the community, the focus is on
having fun and the whimsical. More information: www.kdf.org or 502.584.6383.
Hillbilly Days, Pikeville, April 15-17. Held annually to raise funds for Shriners’ Children’s Hospitals and Burn Centers,
artisans, crafters and food vendors line the streets displaying handmade products and tempting foods. Bluegrass and
country music performers, planned and unplanned, clogging, flat footing and square dancing take place in both the City
Park and Courthouse Square. More information: www.hillbillydays.com or 606.432.5063
26th Annual American Quilter’s Society’s Quilt Show & Contest, Paducah, April 21-24. Showcasing more than 500
quilts and wall hangings, quilters from around the world participate in the festivities. The festival includes the finest
workmanship and most creative quilts in the world, along with a merchant mall, hands-on workshops/lectures by world-
renowned teachers, and a fashion show. With a $20 million dollar economic impact, the Quilt Show is celebrated
throughout all of Paducah. Home to the National Quilt Museum of the United States, Paducah welcomes national &
international quilters and quilt enthusiasts, earning the historic rivertown the title of “Quilt City USA.” More
information: www.americanquilter.com or 270.898.7903.
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Lexington, April 22-25. Since this premier event is the only four-star, three-day event
in the Americas, it brings international attention to Lexington and the Bluegrass each spring, while attracting crowds in
excess of 100,000. This event features an “International Trade Fair” with more than 125 booths and various exciting
demonstrations and this year includes three test events for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. More information:
www.rk3de.org or 859.233.2362.
International Bar-B-Q Festival, Owensboro, May 7-8. Along the riverfront, thousands enjoy “two days of barbeque
heaven” as a result of dozens of cooking teams competing with their secret recipes in hopes of winning the Governor’s
Cup for the “Best Overall Bar-B-Q Cooking Team.” Also, attendees enjoy musical entertainment, car show, pageants,
children’s activities, art and crafts and much more. More information: www.bbqfest.com or 270.686.7707
MainStrasse Village Maifest, Covington, May 14-16. Located in an historic German neighborhood of shops, restaurants
and homes, Maifest celebrates the first wines of spring. Attendees enjoy an international menu of food, artisans and
craftsmen from across the country, and musical entertainment and fun-filled activities for both the young and the “young
at heart”. More information: www.mainstrasse.org or 859.491.0458
Abbey Road on the River, Louisville, May 27-31. As the largest Beatles tribute festival in America, this five-day-food, art
and music festival honors and celebrates The Fab Four by bringing together over 70 bands from 12 counties, 30,000
attendees and an economic impact for Louisville of approximately $3 million. Held Memorial Day Weekend at the
Belvedere Festival Plaza overlooking the Ohio River, concerts take place on five stages both inside The Galt House and
Suites and riverside. In 2009, the festival launched a $10,000 singing contest that drew 100 entries. The winner, a 23-year-
old student from the University of Louisville, won a VIP trip to Liverpool and the chance to perform at 2010 Abbey Road
on the River Festival. More information: www.abbeyroadontheriver.com or 216.378.1980
Additionally, Honorable Mention recognition is given to two spring festivals or events. These two deserving events are:
Kentucky Crafted-The Market, Louisville, March 6-7, www.kycraft.ky.gov, 502.564.3757 and Chamber Music Festival of
the Bluegrass, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, May 29-30, www.shakervillageky.org, 877.448.7469.
The Kentucky Tourism Council names its Top 10 Festivals & Events four times a year. To be eligible, festivals or events
must be recommended or produced by a Kentucky Tourism Council member. A panel of impartial judges selects the
winners for each season. Criteria for selection include popularity of the event, its impact on the local tourism economy as
well as cultural and historical significance.
The Kentucky Tourism Council (KTC) is a 600 member statewide association representing all sectors of the state’s travel industry.
The Council’s mission is to unite Kentucky’s third largest industry through governmental interaction, communication and education.
For more information on KTC, phone 502.223.8687, email email@example.com, or visit www.tourky.com.