Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fall Events Across Kentucky - October

Fall Fun and Festivals Across Kentucky in October.  photo Fall Evens Across Kentucky - October 3_zpswlic0cbn.jpg

Fall festivals and events are a great opportunity for Kentucky families to explore different areas of the state. So many towns, communities, counties, and organizations host fall events and more than not, they are free. Enjoy fall fun around Kentucky with family and friends.

Across Kentucky

October 20 & 21, 26-31, 12-5pm: Great Pumpkin Celebration

Metro Louisville

October 4-28, Thurs-Sat, 5-8:30pm: The World's Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo

October 5-7, 11-5pm: Iron Ball Harvest Weekend

October 5-7, Friday and Sat, 10am-5pm., Sunday 10am-5pm: St. James Court Art Show

October 6-7, 10am-5pm: Nunnlea Craft Fair

October 6-7, times vary by day: Bowman Field Aviation and Military Heritage Festival

October 9-November 4: Louisville Jack O' Lantern Spectacular

October 12-13, times vary by day: Belknap Fall Festival

October 12-13, times vary by day: Garvin Gates Blues Festival

October 13, 10am-4pm: Southwest Community Festival

October 13, 10am-6pm: Foxhollow Farm Festival

October 13, 11am-1pm: Children’s Business Fair

October 12, 6-10pm: Farmington Oktoberfest

October 14, 12-5pm: Farmington 18th Annual Harvest Festival

October 20, 9am-2pm: Wilderness Louisville Forest Adventure at Jefferson Memorial Forest

October 20-21, 10am-6pm: Via Colori Kentucky Street Painting Festival 

October 21, 4-7pm (Oldham County): Prospect Fall Festival to Benefit the Homeless

October 27-28, 10am-4:30pm: 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove

October 27, 11am: Boo Dell! at Yew Dell

Central Kentucky

October 5, 5:30-8:30 (Shelby County): Fall Festival at Christian Academy

October 6-28 weekends, 10-5:30pm (Scott): Harvest Festival at Evans Orchard and Cider Mill

October 6-28 weekends, 9am (Scott County): AutumnFest(sm) at Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse

October 6 – 28 weekends, 12 – 7pm (Bullitt County): Pumpkinfest at Slow Poke Farm

October 6-28 weekends, 10-5pm (Jessamine County): Pumpkin Jamboree

October 6-28 weekends, 2pm (Woodford County): Pumpkin Patch Train - Blue Grass Scenic Railroad 

October 6, 9-4pm (Jessamine): Annual Wilmore Arts and Crafts Festival

October 6: Spencer County Octoberfest

October 6, 2-11pm (Fayette County): West Sixth Oktoberfest

October 8, 6-8pm (Fayette County) Haunts & History Downtown Walking Tour 

October 12-13 (Woodford County): 2018 Mary Queen Fall Festival

October 12-14, (Nelson County): Bardstown Arts Crafts and Antiques Festival Vendor Market 2018

October 12 (Mercer County): Oktoberfest 2018

October 13, 1pm (Franklin County): Fall Tree ID Hike at Cove Spring

October 13 (Harrison County): ARToberfest

October 13, 2-6pm (Fayette County): Party for the Pumpkins at the Arboretum

October 13, 9am (Fayette County): South Elkhorn Fall Festival 2018 at South Elkhorn Christian Church

October 14, 12pm (Fayette): Kids Club Family Day

October 16, 5-8pm (Fayette County): Kids Art Day 2018

October 19, 6pm (Fayette County): Fall Festivals at YMCA of Central Kentucky

October 20, 
10am-5pm (Bullitt County): Bernheim ColorFest

October 20, 2pm (Fayette County): The Ghosts of Pineville

October 26-27, 5pm-8pm (Mercer County): Trick-or-Treat at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

October 26, 5:30pm (Anderson Countyu): Corn Maze Trick or Treat at Buckmeadow Farms

October 26, 5:00pm (Scott County): Haunted Swamp

October 27, 5-6:30pm (Franklin): Ghosts in the Garden

October 28, 8pm (Fayette County): Halloween Thriller Parade

October 28, 10am (Fayette County): The Kentucky Castle Fall Festival

October 31, 6pm (Fayette County): Trunk or Treat

October 31, 5:30pm (Boyle County): Trick or Treat on Main

October 31, 6pm (Franklin County): Safe 'Trick or Treat' Event

Eastern Kentucky

October 4-6 (Leslie County): Mary Breckinridge Festival

October 4-6 (Greenup County): Old Fashioned Days

October 5-6 (Johnson County): Kentucky Apple Festival
October 5-6 (Harlan County):Black Bear Festival

October 6 (Leslie County) Mary Breckinridge Festival

October 6, 11am (Clark County): 2018 Scarecrow Festival

October 10-13 (Floyd County): Jenny Wiley Festival

October 12-15 (Montgomery County): Mt. Sterling October Court Days

October 13, 10am (Madison County): 51st Annual KGAC Fall Fair at Indian Fort Theater

October 18-20 (Whitley County): 25th Gateway to the Cumberlands Jeep Jamboree

October 19-21 (Lee County): Wooly Worm Festival

October 21, 6pm (Madison County): Madison County KFTC Halloween Spectacular

October 27, 8pm (Clark County): Trick or Treat at the Waterfront!

October 31, 6pm (Clark County): Halloween MAINia! Trick or Treat on Main Street

Northern Kentucky
October 5-7 (Pendleton County): Kentucky Wool Festival

October 19-21 (Boone County): Salt Festival at Big Bone Lick State Park

South Central Kentucky

October 6 (Metcalfe County): Pumpkin Festival in Edmonton 

October 12-13 (Adair County): Downtown Days Festival

October 19-20 (Hart County): Big Buffalo Crossing BBQ Cook-off

Western Kentucky

October 6-7 (Henderson County): Lion's Club Arts and Crafts Festival

October 12, 10-11:30am (Henderson County): Fall Break Friday

October 12-13 (Trigg County): Country Ham Festival

October 19-21 (McCraken County): Maiden Alley Oktoberfest

October 20-21 (Hancock County): Independence Bank Sorghum Festival

October 20-21 (Daviess County): Reid's Apple Festival

October 27, 7pm (Henderson County): Creatures of the Night - After Dark Hike

More Ideas:

Click here for a list of October events around Louisville.

Click here for a list of October events around Lexington.

Click here for a list of October events around Oldham County.

Click here for a list of October events around Shelby County.

Click here for a list of October events around Hardin County.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Treetop Flyer - Uniquely Kentucky

Our writer was given a night's stay at HomeGrown Hideaways for purpose of review.

You can stay in a treehouse with your family, right here in Kentucky. Learn more about the Treetop Flyer in Berea, Kentucky at HomeGrown HideAways. 

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Family traveler, have you ever daydreamed about living in a treehouse? Imagine sitting high in the tree canopy listening to the wind and birds while either reading with your children or gathering around to play a game, all while being disconnected from your devices. That place exists and it is called the Treetop Flyer at HomeGrown HideAways, just outside Berea, KY. The brand new construction is a magical place where you can be present in nature and in-the-moment with your children and/or partner.

 photo IMG_2434_zpspn95mndw.jpgOur family spent our last night of summer there, high in the trees, and will remember it for its calm breezes, the quiet moments of giggly painting, and petting the sweet, friendly dogs that call this place home.

Want to plan a visit? Book your stay here at HomeGrown HideAways. The tree house can sleep a maximum of 8 guests, but it is perfect for a family of five. There are two incredibly cozy foldout beds on the first floor and two more beds in the loft. The Treetop Flyer is a short hike in so pack everyone a bag that they can carry. We found everything we needed in the kitchen, just a short, 3-minute hike away. With reusable grocery bags and our own thermoses, we brought our meals back to the Treetop Flyer to enjoy a 360-degree view of the outdoors from the trestle table inside.

 photo IMG_2447_zps9xsksjri.jpg There is no way your children could be bored in this little slice of heaven. The sweet, resident dogs of Homegrown HideAways, like dogs Ryder and Lucy, will lead your children to discover the creek and playground. At night, they will crawl up in their laps to enjoy the fire too.

We look forward to bringing our children back to experience another season in the Treetop Flyer. Hopefully, on our next visit, we can trade out our sandals for warm socks and flannel. The fall colors or snow are a must see from this Kentucky destination.

The Treetop flyer is available for booking in October 2018. It is open for the winter, hence the fireplace inside. See the video for an inside look. They only book 3 months in advance, so if space fills up, check back often.

Visit our earlier post here for more information about HomeGrown HideAways.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Visiting Kentucky Museums For Free

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Museums are an incredible resource for family fun and life-long learning. When you can visit and explore for free it is even better!  Below is a list of museums you should definitely put on your Kentucky bucket list.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day: September 22, 2018

Annually on ONE DAY in September you can get free admission to certain museums thanks to Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day! 

Visit this website to get two free tickets to a participating museum.

Share your experiences on Instagram and Twitter on the hashtags #MuseumDay #WomenMakingHistory

Here are the museums participating in 2018: 

Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green

Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site, Barbourville

International Museum of the Horse, Lexington

Behringer-Crawford Museum, Covington

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Perryville

Janice Mason Art Museum, Cadiz

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Harrogate, Tennesse (just across the border)

Kentucky Science Center, Louisville

Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum, Marion

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Lexington

McCreary County Museum, Stearns

Adsmore Museum, Princeton

Year round, these museums offer free admission:

Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea

The Brown - Pusey House, Elizabethtown

The General George Patton Museum, Fort Knox

The State Capitol Building, Frankfort

Capital City Museum, Frankfort

Old Fort Harrod, Harrodsburg

Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace, Hodgenville

Jeffersontown Historical Museum, Jeffersontown

The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky, Lexington

Speed Museum, Louisville - Sundays the Museum is Free

KMAC Museum, Louisville

21C Museum, Louisville

Kentucky Folk Art Center - Morehead State University, Morehead

Bittersweet Cabin Village, Renfro Valley


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Friday, September 7, 2018

This Weekend Free or Cheap - September 7, 8, and 9

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Here are a few experiences we would suggest if your family wants to have fun without breaking the bank this weekend.

Western Ketucky | 2018 Murray Ice Cream Festival

What: Ice Cream Festival, need I say more?  All you can eat ice cream friends, for $5.

Where: Court Square Downtown Murray

When: Friday, 7 from 5pm to 8pm.  Event also on Saturday but with a different cost.

What Will There Be to Do: Inflatables, bungee jumping and other activities. Live music from 6-8pm. Free screening of Lego Batman movie at 8pm.  

What to Bring: Bring your hungry bellies and comfortable lawn chairs.

Central Kentucky | Josephine Sculpture Park Fall Arts Festival

What: An experiential Art Festival for those who have no experience making art.

Where: 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd. Frankfort

When: Sunday, 9 from 11am - 6pm 

Where to Start: Admission is FREE but parking is $5, the more the merrier (allowing for a 1:1 ratio, people to seatbelts, of course).  That includes buses.

 photo 11401382_10152985275139021_755504403033365544_n_zpssjs8x7e2.jpg What Will There Be to Do: Meet and create with guest artists.  Throw clay pots, play instruments, print art, make paper, experiment with tie dye (hint, bring your own shirt to tie-dye), make stickers, and immerse yourself in sea of bubbles, jam to live music and more.

What to Bring: We strongly encourage you to bring a wagon or large wheeled stroller for some off-roading.  Dress your kids in play clothes so they can get dirty.

Metro Louisville | Big Four Bridge Art Festival

What: A FREE Festival of 180+ Juried artists featuring international cuisine, art activities, and entertainment.

Where:1101 River Road Louisville in the heart of downtown

When: Saturday, 8 from 10am - 7pm | Sunday, 9 from 10am - 5pm

Where to Start: Parking is ample along the river road and transportation to the venue is provided by a trolley. You can also walk through the park.

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What Will There Be to Do: Pet pink llamas and angora rabbits among other animals.  There will be paint and drawing stations along with collaborative art projects.  Children will leave with their own painted rocks.

What to Bring: Wear your walking shoes, cover yourself in sunscreen, pack your water bottles and pull/push your favorite kid-friendly carrier.

Eastern Kentucky | Kids Fest

 photo Event-Flyer_zpsezc8wuwm.png What: The largest FREE public festival specifically for children 12 and under in Richmond.

Where: Irvine McDowell Park

When: Saturday, 8 from 11am - 5pm

What Will There Be to Do: Activities include vendors, inflatables, a petting zoo, games with prizes, entertainment and other festive attractions. 

What to Bring: Does your child love Disney characters?  Heads up there will be Disney Princesses on-site for meet and greets. 

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fall Festivals Across Kentucky - September

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Fall Festivals and Family Fun Across Kentucky In September

There is no shortage of fun things to experience this fall across Kentucky.  BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass, apples and sorghum, hometown traditions and more.  So many towns, communities, counties, and organizations host fall events, and more often than not, they are free. Which events will your family be attending? Let us know in the comments below.

Metro Louisville

September 7, (Louisville),6pm-9:30pm & September 8 10am-9pm: Middletown Family Fun Festival and Craft Show

September 7, 6pm: Southern Seminary – Southern Circus Fall Festival

September 8, Louisville Dragon Boat Festival

September 8, 8am-2pm: Greater Louisville Hamfest

September 8, 10am-7pm, September 9 10am-5pm: Big Four Arts Festival

September 8, 1-11pm: Highlands Festival

September 8, 7:30pm: North Bullitt Demolition Derby

September 8-9, September Art Fair at Mellwood

September 14-16, Times and activities vary: Gaslight Festival

September 14, 4pm-midnight: Oktoberfest Louisville at German American Club

September 15, 5-10pm: Hal & Ben’s Bike-in

September 15, Noon – 11 pm: National Jug Band Jubilee

September 15, 2-5pm: reGeneration Fair with Waterfront Botanical Gardens

September 15-16, 11am-4pm: Fleur de Lis Regatta Sailing for a Cure

September 16, 1-4pm: Family Kite Festival

September 29, 9am-4pm: Family Fun Festival at Summit Heights UMC

September 29, 9:30 am: FARE Walk for Food Allergy Seneca Park

September 29, 11am-5pm: Portland Art Fair

September 29, 11am-11pm, kids are 11am-6pm: NuLu Festival

September 23 & October 28: Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs

Central Kentucky

September 7-9, Kentucky State BBQ Festival

September 7-9, Festival of the Horse

September 8, 9am-7pm: Simpsonville Fall Festival

September 8-9, Trimble County Apple Festival

September 8-9, 9am-approx 6pm: Apple Festival at Evans Orchard

September 9,  11-6pm, Josephine Sculpture Park Fall Festival

September 15, 9am-4pm: BUGFEST at Bernheim Forest

September 21-23, Spoonbread Festival

September 22, Harvest Festival

September 28-30, Burgoo Festival

September 29-30, 10 am – 5 pm: HarvestFest at Shaker Village

Eastern Kentucky

September 27-30, World Chicken Festival

Northern Kentucky

September 7-9, MainStrasse Oktoberfest

September 15-16, Sweet Owen Fall Festival

September 15-16, Simon Kenton Festival

September 21-22, Pig Out

September 28-29, Hoedown in the Holler

South Central Kentucky

September 13-15, Blazin Bluegrass Festival

September 20-22, Cub Run Days

September 27-29, Casey County Apple Festival

September 28-30 and October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28, Pumpkin Festival at Jackson's Orchard

September 29, International Festival

Western Kentucky

September 6-8, Hickman Pecan Festival

September 8-9, Trail of Tears Pow Wow

September 13, Taste of Pennyrile

September 14-16, Owensboro Air Show

September 27-29, Hoptown Harvest Festival

September 27-29, Barbecue on the River

September 27-29, Lions Club Corn Festival

Click here for a full list of Fall Festivals in Louisville.

Click here for a list of Fall Festivals around Oldham County.

Click here for a list of Fall Festivals around Shelby County.

Click here for a list of Fall Festivals around Central Kentucky.

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