8 Free Henderson Activities to Add to Your Summer To-Do List

The topic of today’s blog post is everyone’s favorite: freebies. Henderson has a ton of free activities for visitors. Whether you’re a family, couple or traveling solo – here are a few high-fun, low-cost activities to add to your summer agenda!


The Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival, June 7-14, 2014
It’s hard to believe that a festival that touts so many big performer names, and a number of awards to boot could be free, but it is! Admission to the music each day is free, and free parking can be found throughout downtown during the event. So stop in Audubon Mill Park on the riverfront and catch a live blues, performance.
Spend your cash on: barbecue vendors, a festival t-shirt or bucket shake donations throughout the performances


Free Fishing Weekend, June 7-8, 2014
Fish at Audubon State Park for free (without a license) during Kentucky State Park’s Free Fishing Weekend, held the first weekend of June. Entrance to Audubon State Park is also free.
Spend your cash on: a trip to the renowned Audubon State Park Museum while you’re visiting the park


Guided Historic Walking Tour, June 7, 2014
Enjoy a free, guided tour of downtown Henderson on the first Saturday of each month. A guide will introduce you to the homes of downtown, and share stories about Henderson. The tour starts at 10am at The Depot on Water Street.
Spend your cash on: enjoy lunch at a local eatery after the tour


An Art Day
Check out the art at OVAL Gallery @ Bank Trust and the Rotunda Gallery at the Henderson Public Library. Rotating exhibits throughout the year. Entrance to both galleries are free.
Spend your cash on: buy a piece to hang on your own wall


Ruby Moon Arts & Crafts Festival, June 21, 2014
Enjoy free admission to this annual Arts & Crafts Festival held at Ruby Moon Vineyard & Winery. See potters, painters, jewelry makers, woodworkers and many others, plus have the opportunity to purchase their wares. Enjoy live music from 1-3pm and 4-6pm.
Spend your cash on: a bottle of Ruby Moon wine (of course!) and art made by the vendors


Ellis Park Live Thoroughbred Horse Racing, July 4 – Labor Day
Friday-Sunday during the summer enjoy free admission to Ellis Park Race Track to watch live horseracing.
Spend your cash on: a lucky horse bet


A Day of Hiking at Audubon State Park
Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day of hiking in the trails at Audubon State Park. A trail map is available at the Visitor’s Center within the park. Trails range from easy to difficult, with one pet-friendly trail and a trail that encircles the lake.
Spend your cash on: stay for a night of camping or splurge on an overnight at one of the on-site cabins


Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival, August 8-9, 2014
This bluegrass festival is one of the largest, free events of its kind in the U.S. Enjoy bluegrass music, kids activities and sporting events.
Spend your cash on: festival t-shirts, posters or an ice cold RC