Shelbyville, Kentucky, a quaint and bustling town in the heart of the Bluegrass State, has set the stage for a day packed with culture, community spirit, and the celebration of local talent and heritage. This April 20th, Shelbyville is the place to be, with not one but three can’t-miss events. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor looking for an authentic Kentucky experience, mark your calendars and prepare for a day filled with the unique charm that Shelbyville has to offer.

Dogwood FestivalShelbyville Dogwood Festival

April 20 | 10 AM to 5 PM | Shelby County Public Schools Central Office

Kicking off the festivities, the Shelbyville Dogwood Festival is returning for its 4th year, promising a day filled with fun, food, and entertainment. From 10 AM to 5 PM at the Shelby County Public Schools Central Office on 1155 W. Main Street, the festival features more than 130 local crafters, artisans, and musicians. Joined by local food trucks and food vendors, the entire family will enjoy the Dogwood Festival.

Revived by the Shelby County Education Foundation, the festival is more than just a day of enjoyment; it’s a cause that supports the community's future. The event raises funds for scholarships for Shelby County students, making your participation a contribution to the education and empowerment of local youth.

Expect a day packed with live music, delicious local eats, crafts, and activities for all ages. This event brings together the community, celebrates the beauty of spring, and supports a noble cause.

The Shelbyville Dogwood Festival is sponsored in part by ShelbyKY Tourism.

Dogwood Artisan Showcase

April 20 | 10 AM to 4 PM | Shelby County Fairgrounds

Simultaneously, from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, located at 1513 Midland Trail, the Dogwood Artisan Showcase will open its doors to art enthusiasts and casual observers alike. This showcase is a testament to Shelby County's rich artistic heritage and educational values, highlighting the incredible talents of local artists, artisans, and creators.

Attendees can look forward to exploring a myriad of booths featuring handmade crafts, artworks, and unique Kentucky boutiques. It’s a celebration of creativity and craftsmanship that emphasizes the importance of arts and education in the community. Whether you’re in the market for unique home décor, looking to add to your art collection, or simply wishing to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, the Artisan Showcase promises a fulfilling experience.

Shelbyville Horse ShowShelby County Dogwood Classic Horse Show

April 18 & 19 at 6 PM and April 20 at 9 AM and 6 PM | Shelby County Fairgrounds

Rounding out the trio of events, the Shelby County Dogwood Classic Horse Show takes place on April 18th, 19th, and 20th, with its main attractions happening on Saturday. Returning for its 3rd year, this prestigious event features more than 100 divisions of American Saddlebred horses, showcasing the skill, grace, and beauty of these magnificent animals.

Held in the American Saddlebred Horse Capital of the World, the horse show is a nod to the region’s deep-rooted equestrian heritage. Spectators can expect thrilling competitions, elegant displays, and a celebration of the horse in all its glory. It’s an event that promises excitement for equestrian aficionados and novices alike, offering a glimpse into the world of competitive horse showing.

Plan Your Visit

With these three events taking place in ShelbyKY on April 20th, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy. Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant displays of the Dogwood Festival, the artistic prowess at the Artisan Showcase, or the equestrian excellence of the Dogwood Classic Horse Show, Shelbyville welcomes you to a day of celebration, community, and culture. In addition to the planned festival, visitors can visit our vibrant and historic downtown Shelbyville with shops, eateries, and even the Dogwood Art Gallery. 

With dozens of unique Airbnbs and a handful of familiar, brand-name hotels, there are plenty of places to rest your head in ShelbyKY. Click here for a list of all lodging options in ShelbyKY

Plan for a day with the beauty of dogwood trees in bloom, the passion of locally crafted art, and the thrill of horse showmanship. ShelbyKY is eager to welcome you to an experience that captures the essence of Kentucky’s heart and soul. 

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