Owensboro hosts more than 20 annual festivals, including the world-famous International Bar-B-Q Festival, ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, Big O Music Fest and the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden Daylily Festival. Along with Fun festivals, there are unique attractions and special events in Owensboro nearly every week of the year.
The International Bar-B-Q Festival features events and activities for Festival visitors of all ages. Every second weekend in May, Owensboro springs to life with the wonderful smells and sounds of the International Bar-B-Q Festival. Best described as “two days of barbecue heaven”, the International Bar-B-Q Festival fills the downtown riverfront with the aroma of hickory-smoked chicken, pork, beef and mutton.
Owensboro’s FREE live music festival plays on the riverfront from Memorial Day to Labor Day every summer. It’s “Where The Weekend Begins” in Owensboro! Owensboro’s popular FREE concert series returns to the downtown Owensboro Riverfront for its 17th year for the perfect way to start your weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Each week, Friday After 5 spans from RiverPark Center through Smothers Park to the Owensboro Convention Center along the Ohio River.
The International Bluegrass Music Museum is the world center for the presentation of the history, culture, and future of bluegrass music. We develop and maintain an environment in which people of all ages can discover the richness of bluegrass music through an exciting and educational experience. The International Bluegrass Music Museum is located in the RiverPark Center Complex on the banks of the mighty Ohio River in historic downtown Owensboro, Kentucky.
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