Hi Roots and Heritage Festival Family!
The Committee has been working hard to provide a safe virtual Festival experience!  We hope you enjoy!

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2021 THEME:  Black Excellence: Still, Like Air I Rise – Maya Angelou

Friday – September 10, 2021 – WATCH THE LINE-UP HERE
Bootsie and Funkabilly
Maestro J
Threo featuring Mary Jackson and Kirby Davis


Saturday – September 11, 2021
One Sound Band
Crick 720
Uniqueness Modeling Productions
Rae Camp Band
Stone City Band


Featured DJ’s
DJ Green
DJ Kenny
DJ Wikki Wikki
DJ Smooth


Sunday Gospel Celebration- September 12, 2021
Danielle Easley
Men In Christ Community Choir
Joyful Souls Quartet
Consolidated Praise & Worship
Joe Leavell & One Purpose
Stage 2 performances – Friday, September 17, 2021


Virtual Reverse Parade – Saturday, September 18, 2021
*Submit videos by Wednesday, September 15 (by 11:59pm)


House Decorating Contest – Saturday, September 25, 2021
*register your house online here


Scavenger Hunt – Drawing on September 30, 2021

Thank you to our sponsors who made this virtual event possible:


Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
WUKY – Media Sponsor
Uniqueness Unlimited Production and Entertainment
Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church – Gospel Sponsor

Wednesday, September 4th at 5:30pm – Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation de Tours

Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation de Tours

  •          unveiling of the Zirl Palmer pharmacy building at the corner of Chestnut and East Fifth Streets (old Catholic Action Center).


  •          the building was constructed in 1962 by Dr. Zirl Palmer, a local black pharmacist and prominent community leader. Palmer, who was the first African American appointed to the University of Kentucky board of trustees, operated his pharmacy from this building for several years before relocating to the Georgetown Street Plaza.  September 4 marks the 51st anniversary of the bombing of Zirl Palmer’s pharmacy on Georgetown Street (opened about five years after the East Fifth Street pharmacy).


  •          the tour will continue to the intersection of East Fifth and Shropshire Avenue (a marker of the old Kentucky Association race track) and Shiloh Baptist Church, which housed a white congregation before Shiloh purchased the building in the 1960s.


Would you like to submit a Vendor Application? Click here!

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

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!

Live Entertainment


Boxing Exhibitions, a Comedy Show, Plays/Musicals, and Poetry/ Book Readings are just a few of the select entertainment throughout the month long festival celebration. Our first annual festival featured many internationally renowned artists, including the legendary Alex Haley.




This years Live Entertainment includes:


Join us Saturday September 10th from 11am to 4pm for an afternoon of exploring, fun and learning at KidsFest!


UpStage: Youth Talent Competition

Join us at Stage 2 Saturday August 12th from 3-6pm for a live showcase of diverse youth! Winner receives a special performance on Stage 1 before the directors address that night! DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 5, 2015! For more information you can contact Frank or Toni at stage2@rootsfestky.com.




As the modern health community grows, the Roots and Heritage Festival looks to provide well rounding health & wellness options for all ages. Our Health & Wellness Fair, Weight loss Challenge Kick-off  & Beauty events provide cultural and healthful information.


Our 2016 events include: TBA