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Whippoorwill Festival, Red River Gorge

July 7 - July 10

“The Sixth Annual Whippoorwill Festival – Skills for Earth-Friendly Living will take place Thursday-Sunday July 7-10 near the Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky.

Registration for the 6th Annual Whippoorwill Festival is now open, with early bird pricing thru June 1. Join us! The goal of the Whippoorwill Festival is to promote sustainable living in Appalachia by sharing earth-friendly living skills with one another in a joyful, healthy, family-friendly atmosphere. Join us as we celebrate Appalachian Heritage and traditions while helping to build community resilience in the face of climate change and an uncertain energy future.

Approximately 500 people are expected to attend this year’s festival, which will feature over 75 earth-friendly workshops that seek to preserve and honor old-time and Appalachian living traditions. This is a family-friendly festival and alcohol use is discouraged.

The new location for the 2016 festival is Lago Linda Hideaways, near Beattyville Kentucky, close to the internationally-famous hiking and rock-climbing mecca, Kentucky’s red River Gorge. Lago Linda features a beautiful swimming lake, a campground with some indoor spaces, and plenty of room for wooded tent camping. RV sites and beautiful lakeside rental cabins are available at an additional cost.

Featured evening music at the Whippoorwill Festival includes the Restless Leg String Band, The Local Honeys, The Coteries, Laura Thurston and mountain ballads with Saro Lynch. Evening fires, crafts, food vendors, breakfast and dinner are provided! In order to maximize community accessibility, The Whippoorwill Festival is delibrately low-cost and includes breakfast and includes some meals.

This year’s festival is headed by a new organizing crew after festival founder Dave Cooper turned ownership of the event to the community in 2015, so there are lots of new ideas for this year, and lots of enthusiastic energy.

For more information about the 2016 Whippoorwill Festival, visit www.whippoorwillfest.com


July 7
July 10
Event Category:


Red River Gorge