Annual Festivals & Events

Paducah's festivals and annual events honor the City's heritage and culture, highlighting each season of the year with celebration. Signature events include the Dogwood Trail Celebration and QuiltWeek® in April, the LowerTown Art & Music Festival in May, Barbecue on the River in September and the River's Edge International Film Festival in November. Christmas in Paducah is especially beautiful when Historic Downtown and Noble Park are in full holiday decor.

Visit the Calendar of Events for a complete listing of these events and other special and ongoing Paducah events.

SPRING
Dogwood Trail CelebrationMid-April (Depending on the blooming of the dogwoods)

AQS QuiltWeek® - Paducah  •  April 20-23, 2016 • April 26-29, 2017

LowerTown Arts & Music Festival  •  May 13-14, 2016  •  May 19-20, 2017

SUMMER 
Riverfront Rod Run  •  June 4, 2016

Live Harness Racing at Bluegrass Downs  •  June 7-July 7, 2015

McCracken County Fair at Carson Park •  June 19-25, 2016

Independence Day Celebration  •  July 4

Eighth of August Emancipation Celebration  •  August 3-8, 2016

Paducah 48 Hour Film Project  •  August 12-14, 2016 • August 11-13, 2017

FALL
Labor Day Celebration  •  September 5, 2016  •  September 4, 2017

Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show  •  September 15-17, 2016

Paducah Dragon Boat Festival  •  September 17, 2016

Barbecue on the River & Market Days  •  September 22-24, 2016

Maiden Alley Oktoberfest  •  October 15, 2016 • October 21, 2017

Rivers' Edge International Film Festival  •  November 5-8, 2015 • November 3-6, 2016 • November 2-5, 2017

WINTER
Christmas in Paducah  •  November & December