Honoring the Past. Celebrating the Present. Embracing the Future.

Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival Celebrates over 25 years of Diversity | Kickoff September 9-11 in Lexington Ky

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How do you remember September?

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For over 25 years the weekend following Labor Day — the Roots and Heritage Festival has been a pinnacle of regional diversity providing entertainment & education for all ages. We invite you to join us and celebrate our rich heritage at our month-long events.

The colorful pageantry of the festival, combined with its high quality offerings of cultural and educational programs,  has earned its recognition as one of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society and One of the Top Ten Festivals in Kentucky.We invite you to join us!

View our Annual Insert the Key News-Journal!

Support our festival programming with your donation to our community!

 

 

Vendors

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Experience the best celebration of regional African diversity in Kentucky.

How do I become a Vendor?

The Roots and Heritage Festival showcases the regions most diverse vendors from food, clothing, literature, music and art. Vendors can download our Vendor Application. We also offer an information line at 859.276.3262 for you convenience.

We encourage our vendors to purchase an official Roots & Heritage T-shirt and further support our festival of diversity.

2016 Roots & Heritage Vendor Application (PDF)

Complete 2016 Roots & Heritage Online Vendor Application

Thank you to the Hampton Inn/Winchester Road for their support of the Festival.  Please consider calling them if you plan to make hotel reservations.  Don’t forget to thank them on behalf of the Roots and Heritage Festival!
The health department WILL NOT be on site this year to issue food handler’s permits.  You must contact them before the Festival to obtain all necessary documents in order to be a food vendor.  Click on the link below to contact the health department:
 
Click for info 

Events

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Click on an image below for more information about our event categories.

Friday Sept 9, 2016
Elm Tree Lane
African American Marketplace

Friday hours: 7pm-11pm | Saturday hours: 11am-11pm | Sunday hours: 10am-5pm

Shop the diverse vendors along the one mile stretch of the historic open market place!

Saturday Sept 10, 2016
12:00pm - 5:00pm
KidsFest

It’s ALL about the kids! Join us for a FULL DAY near the corner of Short and Elm Tree Lane from 12pm-5pm. KidsFest is bigger than ever this year with many activities for children to learn play and grow!

Apply to be a vendor

Elm Tree Lane
African American Marketplace

Friday hours: 7pm-11pm | Saturday hours: 11am-11pm | Sunday hours: 10am-5pm

Shop the diverse vendors along the one mile stretch of the historic open market place!

3:00- 6:00pm
Upstage: Youth Competition

Ages 17 & younger, this is your chance to shine! Submit your performance info to stage2@rootsfestky.com. Winners receive a historic performance on Stage 1! Deadline to submit is September 5, 2016.

Click here to apply online!

11:00am
Heritage Parade

The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of 4th and Elm Tree Lane and ends just prior to the historic Lyric Theatre. Then join us again at 4th and Elm Tree Lane for the Parade Band Showcase!

Click to download the 2016 Parade Entry Form | Click to download the 2016 Permission Slip

Click here to download 2016 Liability Form | Click here to apply online for the 2016 Heritage Parade

 

Sunday Sept 11, 2016
Elm Tree Lane
African American Marketplace

Friday hours: 7pm-11pm | Saturday hours: 11am-11pm | Sunday hours: 10am-5pm

Shop the diverse vendors along the one mile stretch of the historic open market place!

4:30 - 6:30
Gospel Celebration

Last but certainly not least is our GOSPEL CELEBRATION Sunday Sept 11th at 4:30pm inside the The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center! Event Headliners TBA! 

 

Doors open at 3:30pm! Limited Seating available and is first come first served! Be there and celebrate with Roots & Heritage! #RootsFestKy

Performers

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Friday Night Headliner
Billy ‘Soul’ Bonds

Bonds has been a regional favorite in the “Deep South’s” Soul/Blues world, often referred to as the “Chitlin Circuit”, for years with “hits” like “Baby I’ve Been Missing You”, “Going Public With My Love” & “Reverend Joe”. He released a half dozen records from 1992-2002 before signing with Malaco Records in 2006 and releasing his signature tune, “Scat Cat…Here Kitty Kitty”. The cut was the biggest hit in the genre for that year.

 

Saturday Night Headliner
Club Nouveau

Club Nouveau is an American pop/new jack swing group formed by record producer/performer Jay King in 1986 in Sacramento, California subsequent to the breakup of the Timex Social Club. The group’s name (French for “New Club”) was changed from its original incarnation, Jet Set, to capitalize on the breakup. The group was signed by Warner Bros. Records, on which Club Nouveau released its first three albums. Club Nouveau’s version of Bill Withers’ song “Lean on Me” won a Grammy award for Best R&B Song in 1987.

Sponsors

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Be a part of our community. Be a Sponsor!

Our month long events represents an exceptional opportunity to put your company’s brand in front of a wide audience that could have direct interest in your products. By becoming one of our sponsors, you have the chance to reach a unique targeted audience and demonstrate your businesses diverse activism within the local community.

 

For sponsorship information email: sponsors@rootsfestky.com

Contact Us

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How to Reach Us

General Inquiries: info@rootsfestky.com

 

Parade inquiries: parade@rootsfestky.com

Vendor inquiries: vendors@rootsfestky.com

 

For Music & Entertainment inquiries

Main Stage: Stage1@rootsfestky.com

Youth Stage: Stage2@rootsfestky.com

Gospel Stage: gospel@rootsfestky.com

 

For Fine Art inquiries: arts@rootsfestky.com

For t-shirts inquiries: tshirts@rootsfestky.com

Looking to be a vendor this year? Please fill out the Vendor Application above.
Stay in touch

Please contact us for general information on our events! We hope the Roots & Heritage Festival is a great way to remember September!