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)

Spring AQS QuiltWeek® - Paducah  •  April 26-29, 2017

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival  •   May 19-20, 2017

SUMMER 
Riverfront Rod Run  •   June 2-3, 2017

Live Harness Racing at Bluegrass Downs  •  June 10-July 10, 2016

PaBREWcah Beer Fest •  June 17, 2017

McCracken County Fair at Carson Park •  June 18-24, 2017

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

Fall AQS QuiltWeek® - Paducah (new event beginning in 2017) • September 13-16, 2017

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

Paducah Dragon Boat Festival  •  September 17, 2016

Barbecue on the River  •  September 22-24, 2016  •  September 28-30, 2017 

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

River's Edge International Film Festival  •  November 3-6, 2016 • November 2-5, 2017

WINTER
Christmas in Paducah  •  November & December