Kentucky Dreamin’ is leading us to some fun (and educational!) places this summer! Immediately, when we hear the words “summer vacation“, our mind goes to the beach. But if you’re not a fan of the ocean, we want you to know there are other options! Check out some of our favorite events and happenings just a short drive away from Tennessee.
African American Heritage Trail
Discover the untold and unforgettable stories of African Americans during slavery, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. The itineraries are divided by Louisville & Surrounding Areas, Lexington and Surrounding Areas and a Statewide Itinerary. Perfect for three- or five-day trips, the family friendly tours promise to enrich any vacation with sites such as the West Kentucky African American Heritage Center and Rosewald’s May’s Lick Negro School. Learn more about the African American Heritage Trail here.
Explore the natural wonders and culinary delights on the State Park Culinary Trail. The state has been divided into nine diverse regions, each highlighting a specialty that is rooted deep in Kentucky’s history. If in the Bluegrass, Blues and Barbecue region, Pennyrile Forest State Park serves up some of the best burgoo and BBQ mutton in the state, or try the pork shoulder and local cheeses at Barren River Lake State Resort Park in the Caves, Lakes and Corvettes region.
The Bourbon Trail
The legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail road trip takes visitors to 16 signature distilleries at the helm of Kentucky’s world-famous Bourbon culture and to the 13 craft distilleries using innovative approaches to reimagine a timeless tradition. Travelers can learn the stories of America’s official spirit and experience the care and craftsmanship that go into each bottle.
Festival of the Bluegrass
The Festival of the Bluegrass takes place June 6 to 9 at The Kentucky Horse Park Campground. This family-run festival, now in its 45th year, offers a stellar lineup of musicians, including IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) award winners, Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame inductees and crowd-pleasing regional favorites: Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, J.D. Crowe, The Seldom Scene, Newtown and Hog Slop String Band, among others. Comic relief will be offered with the down-home comedy and backwoods wisdom of the wildly popular duo, the Moron Brothers.
Elkhorn Creek Float Fest
Swirling, slapping water, colorful floats, food and drink – it’s a recipe for one memorable summer day outing and it takes place on Saturday, June 8 during the Elkhorn Creek Float Fest, back for its second year. Bring your most festive float, or rent a single or double tube, to Georgetown’s 25-acre Peninsula Park where you can put in and bob along an easy float route on Kentucky’s longest and loveliest creek. In addition to floating, the afternoon features food and music. Pre-registration will go live to the public on Monday, May 6 and includes a discounted float rate, tube rental guarantee, and registrants will be entered to win awesome summertime prizes. Rain date: Saturday, June 15.
Known as the world’s most realistic and authentic maker of model horses and accessories for play, collecting, customizing and showing, Breyer elevates its act to another level during BreyerFest, a three-day family festival that combines the excitement of a horse fair with model horse activities. Held July 12 to 14 at the Kentucky Horse Park, BreyerFest marks its 30th anniversary in 2019 and promises plenty of activities, workshops, seminars and Hands-On Hobby demos and more. Admission includes lots of free activities like Stablemates painting, where visitors can create their own Breyer model in miniature, plus pony rides, dog agility shows, circus acts, a petting zoo, face painting, magic shows, photo ops with Pal O’ Mine (the Breyer mascot) or with one of Pal’s real horse friends at the stables, and much more. Additionally, every BreyerFest ticket includes a free Limited Edition Breyer Model, created just for BreyerFest, and each three-day ticket includes a 1:9 scale Celebration Horse model, the star horse of the event.
39th Annual Festival of the Horse
Celebrate everything equine at the 39th Annual Festival of the Horse, Sept. 6 to 8, in downtown Georgetown. Horse shows, parades led by showy horses, horse games, live entertainment, arts and craft exhibits, local foods and drinks, carnival rides and more are all part of this festival that commemorates horse heritage in the center of Horse Country. www.festivalofthehorse.org Continue the celebration of the horse at these local attractions: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, where you can pet such stars of the turf as Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm; the Kentucky Horse Park – the only park of its kind in the world: working horse farm/educational theme park/equine competition facility/equine office park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse; and Whispering Woods Riding Stables, to experience Kentucky’s beauty in the most natural way – by horseback.