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Celebrating culture at the Kentucky Folklife Festival

Come celebrate the state’s diverse cultural traditions as the Kentucky Folklife Festival returns to historic downtown Frankfort, Thursday through Saturday, September 25-27.

The Kentucky Folklife Festival is an educational showcase for Kentucky’s rich cultural heritage. The festival includes music, dance, crafts, games, food, storytelling, and other forms of cultural expression. In addition, the festival will include a “Chance to Dance” concert on Friday night, where you can learn a variety of dances, such as merengue, salsa, cha-cha and cumbia, contra, and square dance.

“Bluegrass in the Bluegrass” will be a tribute to J.D. Crowe in Riverview Park featuring a bluegrass music area with performances, workshops, and parking lot pickin’. On Saturday night, the Old Capitol Stage will feature a tribute to J.D. Crowe, with performances by Dale Ann Bradley, Don Rigsby, and J.D Crowe and the New South.

In 2001, 30,000 people, including approximately 10,000 students, attended the festival. The 2003 event will be on the Old Capitol Lawn and Riverview Park, but will no longer appear on the Capitol Plaza. Instead, the new site includes the downtown Frankfort streets of West Broadway and St. Clair Mall.

There is no fee to attend the festival. For more information, contact the Kentucky Historical Society toll-free at (877) 444-7867 or go online to and click on the photo and link for “Kentucky Folklife.”

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