Berea is a bustling community with many events each year, but this is our list of the ones you don’t want to miss.
- The Spoonbread Festival – By far the largest event in Berea, The Annual Spoonbread Festival has grown from humble beginnings
to one of the largest festivals in Kentucky. Named after a unique dish invented (and still served) at the Boone Tavern Hotel, The Spoonbread Festival has something for everyone. Come enjoy the non-stop live music as you tour over 100 vendor booths. Special events happen throughout every day of the festival and there is ample food to eat, but be sure to save some room for a taste of Spoonbread.
- The Berea Craft Festival – For nearly 40 years the Berea Craft Festival has welcomed visitors every July. The festival includes over 100 vendors with live music performances, interactive demonstrations, and delicious food. The festival is held at the Indian Fort Mountian where a nominal admission is required for entry.
- Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Fall Fair – The Kentucky Guild is headquartered in Berea, so it is no mystery as to why the Fall Festival thrived in Berea for many years. After a brief move to another location, the festival has returned to Berea in recent years and is bigger and better than ever. Under a canopy of changing leaves, the Fall Festival is a beautiful site of art and nature featuring Kentucky’s greatest craftsmen.
- First Friday and Levitt AMP Music Series – Live music is the beating heart of this all summer long festival, as it turns the first Friday of every month into a party. Old Town Artisan Village, July 6 – September 7.
- The Spotlight Festival of Short Plays – The Spotlight Festival of Short Plays is a week-long celebration of new plays and musicals. Playwrights of all ages and genres submit new original works for
consideration by the festival committee. The top works are chosen for presentation at the festival. The Spotlight Festival of Short Plays offers a rare opportunity to witness new talent and experience fresh ideas. The festival is hosted at the Spotlight Playhouse each March.
- TheTwilight Christmas Parade – Berea’s annual Twilight Christmas Parade is held the first Saturday in December each year. If you have never experienced a twilight parade the spectacle of lights is a sight to behold.
- Festival of Learnshops – Join the festival for two weeks filled with master craftsmen, musicians, artists, chefs, writers, and experts in sustainable living. The Festival of Learnshops gives a unique experience of working with some of the area’s best craftsmen. From entry-level to advanced classes there is a wide variety of ways to participate. The festival offers fun for everyone of every age.
- Make It, Take It, Give It! – Give a gift made with your own hands. Make It, Take It, Give It, offers you the opportunity to craft gifts for others or yourself! The weekend workshops allow participants to have fun while holiday shopping. Come to Berea and make this event a new family tradition.
- Christmas Country Dance School -Come to learn or celebrate the folk arts with country dancing, folk drama, storytelling, singing, and crafts. Christmas Country Dance School begins with evening dance on December 26th each year. Daily classes offer a variety of dance, music, song, and craft traditions. Every evening is filled with dancing, songs, stories, and special talents. The week-long festival concludes with a New Year’s Eve dance.
- Geocaching Weekend – Come explore Berea each October in a unique way as a participant in Kentucky’s only Geocaching tour. The adventure tourism industry is growing and Berea is embracing the opportunity to share its natural landscape and abundant resources with individuals who love the great outdoors. Explore Berea like never before and allow the local businesses to make you feel welcomed. Berea is the Geocaching Capital of Kentucky and the only place in Kentucky to offer this opportunity.
Bonus: US 25 Yard Sale – As an active participant in the US 25 Yard Sale event, Berea is open to sellers and shoppers alike. This, of course, is not a uniquely Berea experience, but one that brings numerous visitors to its community each June. As you follow US 25 on the multi-state sale route, stop by and experience other things to do in Berea.
A well-timed visit to Berea could be just the trip your looking for. Drive safe and enjoy these Berea events.