The Roots and Heritage Festival originated in 1989 as a small neighborhood street fair. Since then, it has grown to the status of a major, highly popular cultural event which attracts thousands of festival-goers from across the state and beyond. The colorful pageantry of the festival, combined with its high quality offerings of cultural/educational programs, has earned it recognition as one of Kentucky's Top Ten Festivals by the Kentucky Tourism Council. The Roots and Heritage Festival events take place throughout the month of September and consist of a wide variety of exciting, culturally enriching activities. The calendar includes art exhibits, literary readings, midnight basketball, a golf tournament, film presentations, children's programming, theater, a comedy night, a health fair and ball, a nationally renowned speaker, and the ever popular two-day street festival.