Annual Festivals & Events

Paducah is a Mecca for quilters and quilt enthusiasts each spring during the AQS QuiltWeek™ – Paducah. The event’s 30th anniversary will be celebrated April 23-26, 2014, with a host of special events. Home to the National Quilt Museum of the United States, Paducah attracts more than visitors annually from around the globe to view exhibits of the finest quilts being made today, visit vendor booths and attend exciting workshops and lectures.

Beautiful by day and glorious by night, the Neighborhood to Neighborhood Dogwood Trail highlights Paducah’s dogwoods and flowering garden areas. While the trees are in bloom, there will be Dogwood Trail signs strategically located at each turn in the trail. The 50th anniversary of the Dogwood Trail Celebration will be observed in 2014. The lighting of the Dogwood Trail in Paducah began in April 1964 when the Civic Beautification Board started the tradition of touring Paducah in bloom at night. Inspired by the beauty of Knoxville, Tennesee’s lighted dogwoods, the trail is now a 12-mile driving tour traversing Downtown, LowerTown and other residential neighborhoods.

Visit the Calendar of Events for current event dates and information.


Second Saturday Studio/Gallery Walk
LowerTown Arts District



Dogwood Trail Celebration - 50th Anniversary (2014)!

Historic Downtown, LowerTown & beautiful residential areas

Mid-April (Depending on the blooming of the dogwoods)


American Quilter's Society QuiltWeek

Paducah Expo & Convention Center & Downtown venues

April 23-26, 2014  •  April 22-25, 2015


LowerTown Art & Music Festival
LowerTown Arts District

May 16-17, 2014



Riverfront Rod Run
Historic Downtown

June 6-7, 2014


Live Harness Racing
Bluegrass Downs

June 20-July 20, 2014


McCracken County Fair
Carson Park

June 23-28, 2014


Independence Day Celebration
Historic Downtown & Riverfront

July 4


Eighth of August Emancipation Celebration
Uppertown & Historic Downtown

August 7-13, 2014


Paducah 48 Hour Film Project
Maiden Alley Cinema

August 8-10, 2014



Labor Day Celebration
Historic Downtown

September 1, 2014  •  September 7, 2015


Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show
Carson Park

September 18-20, 2014


Dragon Boat Festival
Paducah Riverfront

September 20, 2014


Barbecue on the River & Market Days
Historic Downtown & Riverfront

September 25-27, 2014


Rivers' Edge International Film Festival
Maiden Alley Cinema & other venues

November 6-9, 2014



Christmas in Paducah
Historic Downtown & Noble Park

November & December



Kentucky State Kentuckys Western Waterland Vast Shores and Open Doors
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