Owensboro is Kentucky’s fourth-largest city, a hidden gem nestled on a scenic bend of the Ohio River in Western Kentucky.
People who visit Owensboro are doing it on purpose – and we make it worth the trip! From Owensboro’s signature barbecued mutton and burgoo to our ties to the roots of bluegrass music, Owensboro is the culinary and cultural hub of western Kentucky.
Owensboro hosts more than 20 annual festivals, including the world-famous International Bar-B-Q Festival, ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, Big O Music Fest and the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden Daylily Festival.
Along with our fun festivals, there are unique attractions and special events in Owensboro nearly every week of the year.
Owensboro is home to the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the world’s only facility dedicated to the history and preservation of the history of the genre which originated in western Kentucky. And the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Kentucky’s second largest art museum, offers national touring exhibitions, a permanent collection featuring four centuries of American and European art and special interactive galleries for children.
Owensboro is designated as Sports Illustrated Magazine’s #1 Sportstown in Kentucky and is well known for sports and recreation options. With outstanding sports complexes hosting numerous tournaments and individual options like ice skating, disc golf and trail biking, Owensboro is one of the best places in Kentucky and the U.S. to participate in or watch sporting activities.
Centrally located among numerous midwestern cities, Owensboro’s hospitality, attractions, world class convention center and wide variety of original culinary options make it a winning choice for conventions and meetings of any kind.
We invite you to visit Owensboro and explore everything we have to offer. Please feel free to contact us to experience our famous southern hospitality.