Visit Owensboro, Kentucky and you will find The Bluegrass Capital of the World. The Western Gate of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Legendary Barbecue. Award winning parks, restaurants, performing arts, and fine arts. Fall festivals…all this and so much more! Just a two-hour drive from Louisville, Owensboro is a community of 60,000, big enough to offer plenty of excitement while keeping a warm and friendly small town vibe. You can plan your day with a little help from the friendly folks at Visit Owensboro, visitowensboro.com, or get a head start with some of our suggestions below.
The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum brings in visitors from all over the world to experience the history and rich culture of Bluegrass music. Relocated 4 years ago to its current riverside location, the museum houses curated exhibits on all things Bluegrass, invites guests into the Pickin’ Parlor to try out instruments, and stages live shows in its indoor and outdoor concert venues. bluegrasshall.org
Owensboro is also home to ROMPFEST, a four-day Bluegrass music festival held in June at beautiful Yellow Creek Park. Past headliners have included Bluegrass legends such as Alison Krauss, Steve Martin, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs and more. rompfest.com
Story and photos by Patti Hartog