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.

Below is a list of Paducah's most popular annual events and festivals. Visit the Calendar of Events for details on these many more 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 • April 18-21, 2018 • April 24-27, 2019

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

SUMMER 
Riverfront Rod Run  •   June 2-3, 2017

Live Harness Racing at Bluegrass Downs  •  June 9-July 9, 2017

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 11-13, 2017  •  August 10-12, 2018  • August 9-11, 2019

FALL
Labor Day Celebration  •  September 4, 2017 • September 3, 2018

Fall AQS QuiltWeek® - Paducah  • September 13-16, 2017 • September 12-15, 2018 • September 11-14, 2019

Antique Gas Engine & Tractor 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 • October 19, 2019

River's Edge International Film Festival  •  November 3-6, 2016 • November 2-5, 2017 • November 1-4, 2018 • November 7-10, 2019

WINTER
Christmas in Paducah  •  November & December

"Dickens of a Christmas" & Small Business Saturday  •  November 26, 2016