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 both April and September, the Lower Town Arts & 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.

Below is a list of Paducah's most popular annual events and festivals. Visit the Calendar of Events page for a full calendar of events!

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

Spring AQS QuiltWeek® - Paducah  •  April 18-21, 2018 • April 24-27, 2019

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival  •  May 18-19, 2018

Cinema Systers Film Festival  •   May 25-27, 2018

SUMMER 
Riverfront Rod Run  •   June 2-3, 2017

Live Harness Racing at Bluegrass Downs  •  June 8-July 8, 2018

PaBREWcah Beer Fest •  June 16, 2018

McCracken County Fair at Carson Park •  June 24-30, 2018

Independence Day Celebration at Paducah Riverfront  •  July 4

Eighth of August Emancipation Celebration  •  August 2-8, 2017

Paducah 48 Hour Film Project  •  August 11-13, 2017  •  August 10-12, 2018

FALL
Labor Day Celebration at Carson Park  • September 4, 2017  •  September 3, 2018

Fall AQS QuiltWeek® - Paducah  • September 13-16, 2017 • September 12-15, 2018

Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Show September 14-16, 2017

Paducah Fall Fiber Festival  •  September 22-23, 2017

Paducah Dragon Boat Festival  •  September 23, 2017

Barbecue on the River  • September 28-30, 2017 • September 27-29, 2018

Maiden Alley Oktoberfest  •  October 21, 2017 • October 20, 2018

River's Edge International Film Festival  •  November 2-5, 2017 • November 1-4, 2018

WINTER
Christmas in Paducah  •  November & December