When the redbuds are in bloom, you know its time for the Union College Redbud Festival of Appalachian Culture in beautiful downtown Barbourville, Kentucky. Make your way to campus April 17 and 18 for one of the top spring festivals in eastern Kentucky.
The festival takes you back to a simpler time in Appalachia with traditional arts and crafts, quilting, food, storytelling, old-fashioned games and folk music. Visit our heritage and simple living exhibitors to learn about blacksmithing, animal husbandry or exchange gardening stories at our heirloom seed swap.
Highlights of this year’s festival include Appalachian folk dance workshops with the Berea Festival Dancers, the Kentucky Arts Council folk art exhibit “Makings of a Master” and the annual Redbud Ride and Redbud 5k.