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

Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival Celebrates over 25 years of Diversity | Kickoff September 8-10 in Lexington Ky

September 8-10, 2017

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How do you remember September?

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For over 25 years, during the weekend following Labor Day — the Roots and Heritage Festival has been a pinnacle of regional diversity providing entertainment & education for all ages.

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 and celebrate our rich heritage at our month-long events!


 

Support our festival programming with your donation to our community!

 

Pay Sponsorship or Parade Fees here!

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Click here for a full weekend program!

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Events

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Friday Sept 8, 2017
8:00pm
Erwin Stuckey Band

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10:15pm
Mike Wade Band

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Saturday Sept 9, 2017
12:00pm - 5:00pm
KidsFest

It’s ALL about the kids! Join us for a FULL DAY near the corner of Short Street 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!

 

Kidsfest

3:00pm - 8:00pm
Upstage: Youth Competition

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.

 

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3:00 pm
Heritage Parade

The parade begins at 3:00 p.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 here to download the Parade Entry FormClick here to fill out a Permission Slip

Click here to download the 2017 Liability WaiverClick here for more information about the Parade 

10:00pm
Full Force

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Sunday Sept 10, 2017
4:00pm - 6:30pm
Gospel Celebration

Last but certainly not least is our GOSPEL CELEBRATION Sunday September 10th at 4:00pm inside the The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center

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

Vendors

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How do I become a vendor??

We are no longer accepting Food Vendors – all food vendor spots for 2017 have been filled. 

The Roots and Heritage Festival showcases the region’s most diverse vendors – including food, clothing, literature, music and art.
Vendors can download our Vendor Application below. We also offer an information line at 859.276.3262 for your convenience.

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

2017 Roots & Heritage Vendor Application (PDF)

Complete 2017 Roots & Heritage Online Vendor Application

 

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FOOD HANDLER’S PERMIT BEFORE THE FESTIVAL.
THERE WILL BE NO ONSITE PERMITS GIVEN.

 

Parade

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LEXINGTON ROOTS & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

HERITAGE PARADE

**DUE TO THE UK GAME, THE PARADE WILL BEGIN AT 3:00 PM**

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Click here to download the Parade Entry Form | Click here to fill out a Permission Slip

Click here to download the 2017 Liability WaiverClick here for more information about the Parade 




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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!

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