Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival

Sixty odd miles from the birthplace of the "Father of Bluegrass" music, Bill Monroe, situated under the many two-hundred year old shade trees of Audubon Mill Park (site of the original sawmill of naturalist John James Audubon), right on the banks of the mighty Ohio River - in the town that is able to boast that it is "On the Ohio but Never in It" (referring to the historic 1937 Flood in which Henderson, Kentucky was the only City on the Ohio not under water) - you will find perhaps the oldest on-going FREE Bluegrass festival in the United States - Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival.


They Come From All Over The World

Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival was at first strictly a music festival. The music aspect of the festival (which is still central to the theme) has grown from very humble beginnings to now being recognized as one of Kentucky's major Summertime events. The festival attracts people from all over the United States - at one time or another each one of the nation's fifty states has been represented. It has even attracted people from other parts of the world - Australia, France, England, Italy, Russia, Brazil, New Zealand, our neighbors to the north and south, Canada and Mexico, and many more - some of those visitors came just to hear a favorite Bluegrass artist (that should give you an idea of the caliber of talent at the festival).

Bluegrass music now truly belongs to the world, but at Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival, we strive to remind and educate people that this music had its beginnings right here in Western Kentucky, USA. We have been told on many occasions that we are the largest, on-going, free Bluegrass festival in the country. We'll do our very best, with your help, to keep it that way.


So Much More To Do

Flippin' & Flyin' Disc Golf Tournament! This event will be held at Henderson's Atkinson Park Disc Golf Course and invites players from novice to professional to participate. This event will be conducted by members of the Audubon Flyers Disc Golf Club.

Don't forget our Jammin' & Jumpin' Street Vault!! This award winning event - a street pole vault (the first in Kentucky) - attracts Olympic caliber athletes from all over the world. J&J is conducted in partnership with the SM Track Club.

The Fox on the Run 5K - this event will be held on Friday evening and invites runners and walkers of all ages to participate! There is an entry fee, but all proceeds go to support the Shelter for Women and Children of Henderson. Runners and walkers will return to the sounds of great Bluegrass music in the park and are invited to stick around for the wonderful free entertainment.

The Servin' & Slammin' Tennis Event at the Doc Hosbach Courts on Water Street, adjacent to the festival location in Audubon Mill Park. This event is a Henderson Tennis Club and Bluegrass partnership.

On other pages of our website, we have listed a number of things for you, your family, and friends to do while in Henderson. You can't possibly take it all in during one festival weekend, so we invite you to come back to Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival year after year.


Food and Fun

We always have delicious food and plenty of ice-cold drinks (including fresh shaken lemonade) from the vendors at our festival -- and we try to keep the fare based upon traditional local cuisine whenever possible.

Breakfast in the Park on Saturday morning is a very special part of our festival - most especially because it involves good food. It's an all you can eat affair -- pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, coffee, and as a special treat, great early morning live entertainment. $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.