27th Annual W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival

June 14-17, 2017

Spend Summer Nights Lost in the Blues Music

Four nights, one stage, an experience you'll never forget. Listen to the rolling waves of blues music by the Henderson riverfront, or preview of the talent by listening to our Spotify playlist. Scroll for more details.


Listen to the Lineup

Last year's festival had hot music from headliners The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring 2016 Instrumentalist Harmonica Winner Kim Wilson, and the 2016 Blues Music Band Winner Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots. Previous performers include Grammy nominated Shemekia Copeland, and many more!

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Awards & Recognition

Along with the award-winning musical and instrumental talent and being one of the largest free music festivals in the nation, Handy Festival was voted Best Music Festival in 2016 by Kentucky Living readers. Handy Fest is a repeat recipient of the STS Top 20 Events of the South and KTIA Top 10 Festivals & Events.

Recent Festival Awards


Book Your Hotel Now

The week long event starts with Handy Happy Hours Monday, June 12th with live music at local restaurants and bars. The blues music takes the stage on the riverfront on Wednesday June 14th and lasts Thursday night and ALL DAY Friday and Saturday! Book your stay with a Henderson hotel, and you can have a 5-minute drive from all the action.

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The 2017 Handy Fest Lineup

This year's lineup was just announced! Click here to see the awesome award winning artists that will be in Henderson for Handy Fest!

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