Paint the Town Red @ Downtown Hopkinsville
Apr 24 @ 11:00 am

Kentucky Humanities to paint Guthrie red in honor of Robert Penn Warren.

“He was such a literary and worldwide person,” muses Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall of one of his community’s famed sons, the celebrated author and first U.S. poet laureate Robert Penn Warren, who was born in Guthrie on April 24, 1905.

Marshall notes that Warren, whose works include the Pulitzer Prize-winning “All the King’s Men,” served as an example for his hometown, showing that even someone from a small agricultural community can reach unlimited heights in whatever he chooses to do.

“No matter where you’re from, you can achieve whatever greatness you seek,” observes Marshall, who will be among the featured speakers as Warren’s hometown marks his birthday and debuts a statewide literary initiative during ceremonies slated to begin at 11 a.m. April 24.

The event, titled “Paint the Town Red” in honor of Warren’s red hair, kicks off at the Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum on Cherry Street in Guthrie and ends with Todd County Central High School’s Rebel Band leading a procession to Pocket Park on Ewing Street, where refreshments will be served.

Kentucky Humanities is hosting the program and Bill Goodman, the agency’s executive director, will introduce its new initiative.

Spearheaded by Kentucky Humanities in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative is described by Brooke Raby, the Kentucky Humanities’ project manager, as a year-long effort that has generated excitement for the council and is “very centered around ‘All the King’s Men.’”

Spring Scrapbooking Weekend @ Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm

Enjoy a spacious table to work all weekend, plus a chance to win scrapbook-related prizes. Registration fee is $30 and is limited to 50 participants. Only $5 more to come early on Thursday! To be added to the email distribution list send a request to [email protected]

Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County Alumni Reunion @ Casey Jones Distillery
Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

All graduates of the Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County Program are invited to attend the Leadership Hopkinsville-Alumni Reunion on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 5-7 at Casey Jones Distillery, 2813 Witty Lane, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.

Join the fun and fellowship as you reunite with members of your Leadership Class, while enjoying appetizers and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Four Seasons Catering and music provided by the Pilgrim Project! Mayor Carter Hendricks will kick off the event and Historian William Turner will provide insight into the history of the Leadership program in Hopkinsville.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win door prizes. A cash bar will be available and attire is business casual  The event is free to Leadership Alumni.

R.S.V.P. by April 24, 2018. To register, go to the Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County Alumni Facebook Page at.

Pennyrile Camper Appreciation Weekend @ Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Apr 27 – Apr 29 all-day

In order to show campers how much Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park appreciates them, we are offering a special rate of two nights camping for the price of one! There will be a full schedule of activities beginning Friday evening. Programs will have an Arbor Day and Earth Day-oriented theme.

HHS Band of Tigers Jazz on the Farm @ Burdoc Farms Wedding & Events
Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
HHS Band of Tigers Jazz on the Farm @ Burdoc Farms Wedding & Events | Crofton | Kentucky | United States

Join the HHS Band of Tigers Boosters for our biggest fundraising event of the year! Come enjoy an evening of great jazz music performed by our talented students as well as a delicious Italian dinner, and desserts. There will also be a large selection of items for bidding during our live and silent auction. Help us make this event the biggest its ever been and bring a friend! Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased from any band booster member, other ticket sales locations TBA.

First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series @ Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
May 5 @ 10:00 am

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host a guided hike the 1st Day of the New Year! All hikes will meet in the lodge lobby. Hike times and trails will vary per month. Some hikes will require hikers to drive to another location on the neighboring Pennyrile State Forest or nearby Wildlife Management Areas.  Dress for the weather and bring your own water, snacks, and hiking stick. This hike is not recommended for children under the age of 5. Leashed dogs are welcome on the hike. Hiking sticks are available for purchase in the park’s gift shop. The hike is free and will last approximately two hours. Hikes will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or hazardous weather/driving conditions. For more information about the hike contact the recreation coordinator at [email protected] or 1-800-325-1711.

Cinco de Mayo @ Hopkinsville Brewing Company
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cinco de Mayo @ Hopkinsville Brewing Company | Hopkinsville | Kentucky | United States

Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.[1][2]

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico.[3][4][5][6] In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.

Rotary Club of Hopkinsville Kentucky Derby Benefit @ Casey Jones Distillery
May 5 @ 4:30 pm
Rotary Club of Hopkinsville Kentucky Derby Benefit @ Casey Jones Distillery  | Hopkinsville | Kentucky | United States
 Join us at Casey Jones Distillery on Saturday, May 5, 2018 beginning at 4:30 to watch the 144th Kentucky Derby on the big screen.

Enjoy live music by Cayce Burks Band; southern hors d’ouvres created by Four Seasons; and mint juleps and other southern beverage creations from Casey Jones Distillery. In addition, “Derbyritas” will be served in honor of Cinco de Mayo. In the spirit of the Kentucky Derby, awards will be given for the most elegant hat and best dressed for the ladies and most outrageous tie and best dressed for the gentlemen. Dress is casually elegant.

Event proceeds go toward the 2018 Rotary Auction, which funds local education and youth-based projects in the community such as the Rotary Scholars college scholarship program.

Schedule of Events:
4:30 pm – Social Hour
5:46 pm – Derby race on big screen
6:30 pm – Cayce Burks Band begins

Derby Day Crawfish Boil @ MB Roland Distillery
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Derby Day Crawfish Boil @ MB Roland Distillery  | Pembroke | Kentucky | United States

Enjoy all-you-can-eat boiled crawfish flown direct from
Louisiana and boiled on site throughout the evening.

A cocktail bar will also be provided for your cocktail, wine or beer needs.
We’ll be creating some special MB Roland cocktail concoctions for this event!

This fun party will be held in the Dairy Barn at MB Roland Distillery. Renovated from an actual Amish dairy barn, the Dairy Barn has a laid back, country charm with concrete floors, wooden & concrete block walls and a great ability to carry sound. Sounds of the Downs will be provided by Frontier. Feel free to kick up your heels on our Dairy Barn dance floor.

Derby Hat Contest

Jeans & derby hats are completely appropriate.

Ticket Options

  • All you can eat crawfish & complimentary non-alcoholic drinks – $35/person
  • All you can eat crawfish, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks & 2 cocktails/beers (or mocktails) – $40/person


Water Festival @ Jeffers Bend Environmental Center
May 6 – May 12 all-day
Water Festival @ Jeffers Bend Environmental Center | Hopkinsville | Kentucky | United States

Pump House Relay, Envirotwister, Water Jeopardy, Rain Simulator, HWEA Pump House Tours, and more.
FREE entry