Follow the turning leaves to Bardstown, KY for fall getaways

Fairs and festivals focus on arts and crafts, craft beer and colorful stories
By: Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Conv. Commis
See beautiful fall color on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train excursions.
See beautiful fall color on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train excursions.
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BARDSTOWN, Ky. - Sept. 14, 2015 - PRLog -- Beer and bourbon, crafts and colors, spirit tours and ghost walks – Bardstown has a fall event for everyone, including shoppers, crafters, runners, aficionados of fine bourbon and craft beer and fans of a good, old-fashioned mystery. See Bardstown’s Calendar of Events ( for details.

Get festing

Browse among the jewelry, pottery, wearables, florals, wood items and antiques of over 200  artists and craftsmen during the 35th Annual Bardstown Arts, Crafts & Antiques Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11. Enjoy candy apples, homemade fudge, pork chop sandwiches and more; watch dancers and cloggers; let the kids paint pumpkins or visit the face painting booth; and listen to live music – all in a setting of beautiful historic homes on tree-lined streets.

Make mud pies. Slingshot pumpkins. Navigate the hay maze and take a hayride. Enjoy these activities and more during Bernheim Forest’s ColorFest, a fall family fave that takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18, in the midst of Bernheim’s autumn-colored landscape. Live music, hands-on nature activities, unique local foods, Kentucky arts and craft vendors and more add to the fun of this free event.

A tasting of more than 30 domestic and imported craft beers gets underway on Saturday, Oct. 17, during the 3rd Annual Craft Beer Festival. Head to the Bardstown Farmer’s Market Pavilion to sample the suds and dine on local fare accompanied by live music. Participants receive a commemorative pilsner tasting glass. Visit

More fall fun

Other fall fun in Bardstown includes communing with the spirits. Take a turn at the divining rods during family-friendly, 90-minute “Visit with the Spirits of Wickland” tours led by a psychic medium on Friday nights. (Saturdays added in October.) On Saturday nights, take a Ghost Trek with internationally known paranormal investigator Patti Starr through the streets, alleys and Pioneer Cemetery of Bardstown in search of spectral evidence. Bring camera, audio recorders and camcorders. (Fridays added in October.)

Kentucky Railway Museum’s Murder Mystery Theatre offers excursions with a decidedly deadly twist on Sept. 19, Oct. 24 and Nov. 21. Dinner and the play begin at Sherwood Inn (adjacent to the museum) and continue aboard the train. It’s murder most foul along with a four-course gourmet dinner served in a restored, vintage dining car aboard My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s two-and-a-half-hour Murder Mystery excursions: Sept. 26, Oct. 24 and Nov. 28.

Book a fall getaway

Choose your fun and get away to Bardstown for fall. Click for more information about these events and to find your perfect overnight among Bardstown’s well-known chain hotels and 17 bed and breakfasts – including ones near Bardstown’s bustling Court Square and ones that accommodate families traveling with children.


Dawn Przystal (, Vice President-Bardstown-Nelson County TCC, 800-638-4877 x 114

Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Convention Commission (

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BARDSTOWN (, KY | Located in the heart of Kentucky Bourbon Country and situated at the trailhead of the famed Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, Bardstown is more familiarly known as the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” It is home to six distilleries, including Barton 1792 and Willett Distillery, and these four Kentucky Bourbon Trail® distilleries: Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam and Four Roses’ second campus. Major attractions include the outdoor musical, “The Stephen Foster Story,” My Old Kentucky Home State Park, the highly regarded Civil War Museum of the Western Theatre, My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, The Kentucky Railway Museum and Whisky Magazine’s Visitor Attraction of the Year – the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. Additionally, Bardstown has four 18-hole golf courses, three wineries, two haunted tours and numerous religious attractions. Fodor picked Bardstown as one of “America’s Best Small Towns” and AARP named it one of its “10 best small towns.” It led’s list of the “10 Most Beautiful Towns in Kentucky” and was named the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” in the Rand McNally/USA Today 2012 “Best of the Road” contest. Bardstown landed in the top 20 of “America’s Favorite Towns” by Travel + Leisure – which also recognized it as having  one of “America’s Most Beautiful Town Squares.” In 2013, Bardstown was designated a certified Kentucky Cultural District, one of only six Kentucky cities to achieve this honor.

Dawn Przystal
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