Exciting news! The Barbasol Championship is moving to Kentucky in 2018, marking the first PGA Tour event in the Bluegrass State since 1959. The tournament will be held at Champions Course at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville July 19-22. It will continue to offer a $3.5 million purse with $630,000 to the winner. Join us in Jessamine County for this fabulous event–and while you’re here, be sure to save time for a unique Jessamine County Adventure, check out our wonderful Bed & Breakfasts or Hotels, Attractions, Shopping, Events, and more! Click here for Barbasol Championship information.

Additional Annual Events are listed below. For a more complete list of events, visit our Calendar.


Farmers Markets: Nicholasville and Wilmore
[April through October]

Nicholasville’s Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from late April through October in downtown Nicholasville. Wilmore’s Farmers Market is available in downtown Wilmore on Saturday mornings from May– September.

Both offer fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits along with other unique specialty items and foods.

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Coaster Car Derby [April]

Children and youth are invited to race down Wilmore’s East Main Street in the Coaster Car Derby held each April. Two divisions are available: home built cars and kit cars. Participants, ages 7 and up.

This is a free event, thanks to local sponsorships. Visit for Registration and Waiver forms, event details, and more. Changes due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather will be noted on the City of Wilmore Facebook page.

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Tour the Railroad Caboose Museum
[May through October]

Visit historic downtown Wilmore and tour a 1950’s era Southern railway bayside caboose. View an extensive collection of railroad and local history artifacts, exhibits, photos and literature which tell the story of the Wilmore-High Bridge area . Open on most Saturdays from April through October, 10 a.m. to noon. Free admission. Sponsored by the Wilmore Community Development Board.

For more information visit the Wilmore Events Calendar. Changes due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather will be noted on the Wilmore Facebook page.

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The Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest [May]

Join us on the second Saturday of May at the Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest as we showcase vineyards and wineries from across the state. While you browse the winery booths, listen to live music and enjoy Kentucky Proud food products.

Phone: 859-887-4351


Camp Nelson National Cemetery
Memorial Day Commemoration [Memorial Day]

Annual ceremony to honor the memory of the veterans of this nation.

Phone: 859-885-5727


400 Mile Sale [First weekend in June from Thursday to Sunday]

Dozens of communities, hundreds of yard sales, antique shops, food vendors and fundraisers participate in this annual 4-day event at Servant-Heart Farm on US 68 in Wilmore.

Phone: 859-858-4411


RJ Corman Run [June]

Join us on Saturday, June 30 for a challenging 5K road race through downtown Wilmore. This annual race is named in memory of a great supporter of Wilmore, Mr. R. J. Corman. Register early for a discount. Application and details available from Wilmore Parks & Recreation.

For more information visit the Wilmore Events Calendar. Changes due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather will be noted on the Wilmore Facebook page.

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Stonebridge Concert Series
[Saturdays in July and August]

Free concerts with music ranging from Dixieland and the Blues to Southern Rock, Swing, and even contemporary and pop music. Chairs and tables are provided; refreshments for purchase from a local food vendor. Visitors may also bring their own blankets, chairs and snacks.

Phone: 859-858-4411

Wilmore Fourth of July

4th of July Festival
[1st Saturday in July]

For a 4th of July experience that will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to the days when a walk down Main Street was “the bee’s knees,” visit the Wilmore 4th of July Festival.

Phone: 859-858-4411

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Wilmore Hometown Yard Sale

Shop till you drop at the Wilmore Hometown Yard Sale. Register your sale location to be included in all publicity and receive a participant packet with helpful hints and a flag/balloon/sign. There is no registration fee to participate. Sponsored by the Wilmore Community Development Board. For start times, locations and other details, visit Annual Events and/or City of Wilmore on Facebook.

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Jessamine County Fair [Mid July]

The Jessamine County Fair is held annually in Nicholasville, Kentucky at the Fairgrounds. Features include: FFA, 4H and FCCLA, Beef and Dairy Shows, Truck and Tractor Events, Pet Shows, a Demolition Derby, Pageants, and much, much more!

Phone: 859-885-3112
Website: Bowl [Mid-August]

Annual high school football invitational and soccerama.

Website: Bowl” on Facebook


High Bridge Homecoming Festival
[3rd full weekend in August]

Free weekend-long festival with live music, dance, storytelling, arts, crafts, children’s activities, KY River boat tours, historical displays and local history/river museum, raffles, silent auction, dessert auction and more.

Phone: 859-858-3895

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Camp Nelson Civil War Days
[2nd weekend in September]

Annual Camp Nelson Civil War Days Living History Event on the grounds of the best-preserved Union Army supply depot and African American recruitment site in the nation — the 525-acre Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park. Military re-enactors perform infantry and artillery demonstrations with cannon firing throughout both days. First-person interpretations of soldiers and civilians, presentations, tours, period music, archaeological dig and more.

Phone: 859-881-5716

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River Rock Music Festival [September]

Taking place on the third Friday and Saturday of September,the River Rock Music Festival at Servant Heart Farm on Harrodsburg Road in Wilmore will feature some of the biggest names in Christian music alongside an eclectic lineup of up-and-coming artists.

Phone: 888-982-8580

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More Tales: Wilmore’s Story Telling Festival,
and Wilmore Arts & Crafts Festival [October]

Join us for a storytelling competition,”spine tingling tales, ” by master storytellers, and more during Wilmore’s Storytelling Festival; during Wilmore’s Arts & Crafts Festival, approximately 50 vendors offer fine artist work and hand-crafted items such as stained glass, jewelry, hand carved and other wood items. A cake auction during the event benefits the Wilmore – Highbridge Community Service Center. Live music throughout the day.

Phone: 859-858-4411


Spooky Time on Main Street in Nicholasville [October]

Trick or Treating, children’s activities in historic downtown Nicholasville.

Phone: 859-885-4500

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St “Nich” Fest [December]

More Information Coming Soon!


County Holiday Kick-Off [1st Weekend in December]

Join us for our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Pictures with Santa, live music and performances by several local organizations.

Phone: 859-885-4500

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For regular updates and information on Jessamine County tourism locations, like “Destination Jessamine” on Facebook.