The Morehead Old-Time Music Festival

Morehead, KY


The festival started under the name "The Morehead Old Time Fiddler’s Convention" in 2005 as a way to encourage emerging musicians around the region and to create an avenue through which the Kentucky traditional repertoire could be celebrated and brought forwrad to the next generation and the next. A variety of local music enthusiasts were enlisted, and the annual event gained steam in partnership with the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, housed at Morehead State University. The Convention turned into a Festival and has continued annually since.

Each summer, at the end of July, the Morehead Old Time Music Festival celebrates Art Stamper Day and offers over $3000 in cash prizes for contests in youth fiddle, youth banjo, adult fiddle, banjo, dulcimer, singing, dancing, and best string band--all designed to support new musicians. In addition to these competitions, the two-day Morehead Festival offers performances, workshops, nightly square dances, and camping in the the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Although the Morehead Festival organizers took a needed respite in 2017, Kentucky Old-Time, Inc. is working to revive this event.

*Watch this space for announcements and updates about the festival.

Check out some of our favorite Morehead memories here