Did you know that Jan. 29 is National Plan For Vacation Day? More than 705 million vacation days went unused in 2018, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and that organization found that people are more likely to use their vacation time, and travel, if they plan in advance. Plus, workers who use their vacation time are usually happier and more productive. U.S. Travel even created this handy planning tool to you schedule your time off.

We think BGKY is the perfect place to visit in 2019 — we’re friendly and affordable, whether you’re traveling with a family of four, your significant other, or on your own.

Here are some special events and tips to help you plan for vacation if you decide to use some of your valuable time off to #visitbgky.

  • Be the envy of your book club. You can meet New York Times’ Bestselling authors at the annual SOKY BookFest April 26-27. Kentucky native Silas House (Southernmost), Rita Mae Brown (Mrs. Murphy mystery series), and Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) will all be there! Young adult fans will want to meet Ronald L. Smith, author of Marvel’s “Black Panther: The Young Prince.” BONUS: this is also the same weekend of the spring Gypsy Moon Marketplace, one of the biggest barn sales in the region and a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for April!
  • Hear fabulous live music. From Lost River Sessions Live at the Capitol Arts Center to Nashville songwriters nights at Lost River Cave and the Kentucky Grand Hotel to shows at The A-Frame and The Warehouse at Mount Victor, you’re bound to find great musicians when you #visitbgky. Even the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center has gotten in on the live music game. It is the home of Orchestra Kentucky — and it’s becoming a concert venue in its own right with Sawyer Brown, Scotty McCreery, and Kip Moore already on the schedule for this year. Rock fans will enjoy the return of Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest Sept. 12-14 featuring Jackyl, Great White, Saliva, Puddle of Mudd, and so many more! Head over to our Nightlife page to find out about other venues offering live music.
  • Catch a great performance. SKyPAC also hosts touring Broadway productions and other performing arts events throughout the year that could be a nice addition to your vacation. There's Monty Python's Spamalot in April followed by Jersey Boys and Golden Dragon Acrobats in May with the 2019-20 season being announced soon. We also have a thriving community theater scene, so check out our Events Calendar to see if Public Theatre of Kentucky or Fountain Square Players have performances over the dates you're considering.
  • Celebrate with gearheads and auto fans. The National Corvette Museum turns 25 in 2019 and is celebrating with its 6th National Corvette Caravan over Labor Day weekend. Expect to see thousands of Corvettes around BG that weekend. You’ll see some of the best drag racing in the country if you visit historic Beech Bend Raceway Park most weekends from March-November. Some highlights include CamaroFest, the Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals, and Holley LS Fest East. Check out our Motorsports page for info on more signature car events.
  • Sample our flavors. Explore some of our great farms, vineyards, and food & drink festivals. USA Today named Chaney’s Dairy Barn’s ice cream the best in Kentucky — and every other weekend from June-September, you can load the kids up for the free Ice Cream & a Moovie series. Jackson’s Orchard, a favorite spot for fun April-November, hosts its Peach Festival the first weekend in July, Apple Festival over Labor Day weekend, and Pumpkin Festivals each weekend in October. You can try great, local wine at Reid’s Livery Winery or Bluegrass Vineyard, which hosts its annual grape harvest in August where you can even help stomp some grapes! If you enjoy craft spirits, check out the annual Bowling Green Bourbon & BrewFest in October or the monthly tap takeovers at Blue Holler Brew.

Need a place to refuel and refresh while you’re in BGKY? Check out our lodging and restaurant options in BGKY. From affordable fine dining to casual eats, you’ll find wonderful places in your budget for your full foodie experience.

You work hard, and you earned that vacation time! Why not use some of that time off to visit this south-central Kentucky gem? If you need further inspiration, take a look at our newest video showcasing some of the best our community has to offer!