Perched on the banks of the Ohio River in northwestern Kentucky, Owensboro is the third largest city in the state and calls itself a "Festival City" with over 20 events each year. Bluegrass in this Kentucky town is musical, not fodder for horses. There's plenty to do and eat in this self-proclaimed "Barbecue Capital of the World".
From April through December, Owensboro hosts festivals with themes that include the city's three passions: barbecue, motor sports and bluegrass music. The city is home to SpeedZeum, a motor sports gallery in the Owensboro Area Museum of Science & History. The International Bluegrass Music Museum presents the music's history through interpretive exhibits and instruments. Last but not least, barbecue is served at several local restaurants including Moonlite Barbecue Inn, with its huge buffet and famous sauce.
Equine lovers will want to visit Cowboys of Kentucky for special events, supplies, riding lessons and more. Ben Hawes State Park features golf courses, a hiking trail and archery range. Go to nearby Carpenter Lake for fishing and boating. Panther Creek Park has elevated nature trails, swinging bridge and a restored caboose to explore.
Dining options include, of course, barbecue as well as fine dining at American Bounty, located downtown on the riverfront. Nightlife includes musical shows at Goldie's Best Little Opryhouse in Kentucky, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and a wide range of performances at River Park Center.
Owensboro is located about 110 miles southwest of Louisville, KY. Take West I-64 to South US 231 to US 60 west, then to US 431.