TOP 10 Music Festivals in Kentucky For Your Bucket List (2023)

Looking for the biggest and best music festivals in Kentucky 2023? Well, look no further, as I’ve put together this list of upcoming Kentucky Festivals 2023 has to offer!

Because well, Kentucky is one incredible place to party. Across the state and throughout the year, you can gather with other members of the community to enjoy top-notch music (and great Southern cooking). And above all, what better way to celebrate the Kentucky’s natural beauty than a festival? Below is the list of must-attend music festivals in Kentucky that will keep you dancing and grooving all year long. 

And be sure to read my guides on Festival Hydration Backpacks, Festival Camping Packing List, Festival Shoes, and Festival Gadgets to help you make the most of your time! 

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Top 10 Kentucky Music Festivals 2023

1) Louder Than Life Festival

Louder Than Life Festival Kentucky

Credit: Louder Than Life Festival

When: September 21-24, 2023

Where: Louisville, Kentucky

Louder Than Life is easily one of the most iconic and best Kentucky festivals! In fact, in 2022 it was awarded the “Festival of the Year”, and for good reason. Offering it’s attendees a world-class production, stacked line-up, incredible camping, food vendors, and so much more – the team behind Louder Than Life clearly know what they’re doing!

For rock and heavy metal fans, this festival is a no brainer and a must attend every year! 

Join the Louder Than Life 2023 for tickets & more information!

2) Bourbon and Beyond Festival

Bourbon and Beyond Festival Kentucky

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When: September 14-17, 2023

Where: Louisville, Kentucky | Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center

Offering 4-days of music, massive stages, and incredible Kentucky festival vibes, Bourbon and Beyond have placed themselves as a key player in the festival game.

In 2022, they broke attendance records, but who can be surprised at that with such a STACKED line-up. Past headliners include Kings of Leon, Alanis Morisette, Pearl Jam, and SO many more. The production level is next game, there is a ton of amazing food and drink vendors, and the atmosphere is remarkable. 

There’s no better way to spend your September than soaking up 4-days at B&B!

Join the Bourbon & Beyond Festival 2023 Event for more info!

3) Forecastle Festival

Forecastle Festival 2022 Line Up

Forecastle Festival 2022 Line Up

When: May 2024 

Where: Louisville, Kentucky

“YOUR MUSICAL ADVENTURE AWAITS. A place to come together, Forecastle, brings artists from around the world to the waterfront of Louisville for a whale of a good time. Kentucky marks the spot when it comes to bourbon – seriously, 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced here!

As a result, Forecastle is about much more than just the music. It’s a celebration of unrivaled local eats, drinks, and Kentucky flair! As you cruise around the grounds, sip on some bourbon, soak in the waterfront views, and shop from some of the best in the Commonwealth.

Treat yourself to the ultimate Forecastle experience with GA+ or VIP. Lounge in the air-conditioned Boathouse with a private bar with a GA+ Ticket. Take it to the next level with VIP and enjoy Mast and Boom Stage viewing areas, private bars and more! Cruise through other perks like misting lounges, specialty bars, priority entrance lanes into the festival, spa services, and boatloads more.”

Unfortunately, Forecastle Festival has decided to take the year off in 2023, but I’ve kept them on this list as they’ve brought some of the biggest names in the electronic music industry out to Kentucky (and can’t wait to see them return in 2024).

4) Romp Fest

Romp Fest - Kentucky Festivals 2023

When: June 21-24, 2023

Where: Owensboro, Kentucky

“Celebrating its 20th year, ROMP Festival will return to Owensboro’s Yellow Creek Park!

Daviess County’s Yellow Creek Park, a 150-acre facility famous for its nature trails, winding creek and fishing lake, and sweeping tree-lines, plays host to ROMP each year.

A full line-up of artist-led instrument workshops takes place throughout the day, as ROMP artists interact with fans and players of all ages and skill levels. Other workshops and forums include songwriting, clogging and flat-foot dancing, yoga (all levels), and bluegrass jamming 101.

Additional offerings at ROMP Festival include organic and farm-to-table food vendors, craft vendors featuring Kentucky Proud products, art installations and professionally-led children’s activities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam throughout the weekend, as well as dance the night away at the late night stage, featuring nationally acclaimed acts in the park’s rustic Pioneer Village.”


5) The Big Stomp

The Big Stomp Festival in Kentucky

Credit: The Big Stomp

When: October 2023

Where: Louisville, Kentucky

“Located on a beautiful 90-acre private nature preserve adjacent to Louisville’s renowned Parklands, The Big Stomp is a festival that stomps the mental health stigma. Our immersive, multi-day experience takes a fresh, inclusive, modern approach.

With social activities and mindful programming, we provide education, awareness, and resilience tools. Together we are rocking the elephant in the room – changing the way mental health is communicated while fostering an environment of openness and fearlessness.

Music is a universal language that brings us together. With two days, three stages, and multiple genres (from rock to bluegrass to electronica and beyond) enjoy national acts and the best emerging ones too…learn and discover anew!”

6) Great American Brass Band Festival

Great American Brass Band Festival Kentucky 2023

When: June 1-3, 2023

Where: Danville, Kentucky

“The Great American Brass Band Festival is a Festival that celebrates brass music and is in its 33nd year. The Festival happens every June in beautiful downtown Danville, Kentucky. The Festival is a free, family-friendly event. Bands and visitors come from all over the United States and beyond.

The Great American Brass Band Festival is a community event showcasing brass band music through performance and education. The Festival preserves brass band music and explores its cultural influences through a variety of programs and presentations, featuring the best brass musicians in the world.”

7) Poorcastle Music Festival

Poorcastle Music Festival Kentucky

When: May 19-21, 2023

Where: Louisville, Kentucky

Poorcastle Festival — A festival for the rest of us.

“Est. In 2013 with indie roots, Poorcastle has grown into the magical (& always affordable) experience we all know and love.

Every year hundreds of musicians, local businesses, artists & vendors collide to create an unforgettable weekend for the Louisville community. Poorcastle festival Inc. Is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, with proceeds benefiting youth-based music organizations in Louisville.”

8) Summer Motion FestivalSummer Motion Festival Kentucky 2023

When: July 2-4, 2023

Where: Ashland, Kentucky

Family friendly festival at Ashland’s Central Park & River Port

“Summer Motion has presented the people of Ashland, KY some of the best country, rock, and Motown groups in the world at NO COST to attendees, and in an alcohol free environment. Fireworks, games, rides, and more!”

9) Black Mountain Jamboree 2023

Black Mountain Jamboree 2022 Kentucky

When: September 8-9, 2023

Where: Monticello, Kentucky


“Join us for a weekend of killer music and camping in the heart of Lake Cumberland. Enjoy a curated lineup of rising Americana, rock and country acts, hiking trails to the lake and all the fresh air and stars you can stand.”

10) Kentucky Reggae Festival

Kentucky Reggae Festival

When: May 2023

Where: Louisville, Kentucky

“The sound of steel drums. The savory smell of Caribbean-inspired food. That’s just part of what makes the Four Roses Bourbon Kentucky Reggae Festival Louisville’s premiere Reggae event. You’ll love the authentic, delicious dishes from food vendors like A Piece of Jamaica Grill.

You’ll find unique treasures among the arts, crafts, jewelry, and more in the Caribbean Vendor Market. And you won’t be able to stop swaying to the contagious, soul-satisfying sounds of live Reggae music.

Come and escape to the islands – without ever leaving the city.”

Interstellar Festival

Interstellar Festival Kentucky

When: August (Future Dates Unknown)

Where: Sparta, Kentucky

Interstellar is Cincinnati’s first all electronic music festival. This three day experience features a stacked lineup with some of the scene’s best talent.

“Join in on the fun! We are looking for a team of dedicated individuals who wish to share their time and energy to benefit the Interstellar experience. As a volunteer, you could be working at the front gate, parking, camping and more. All volunteers will receive access to Interstellar and may roam around freely when they are not working their shift.

According to their Facebook page, they’ve concluded their festival journey, but who knows – Interstellar might make a return in the future!


If you’ve heard of any cool festivals, events, or concerts that deserve a place on this list, be sure to reach out!

I’d love to keep my list of music festivals in KENTUCKY as up to date as possible!


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