Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days is an annual homecoming for Hatfield and McCoy descendants that is open to the public. Visitors can expect to enjoy a great Farmer’s Market event with the descendants, live entertainment at Main Street Live!, storytelling from the Hatfields and McCoys, the Sally McCoy Theatre Show at the App, a half marathon run and so much more! Located in Downtown Pikeville, September 20, 21 and 22, 2019.
The 42nd annual Hillbilly Days festival will be from April 19-21, 2018. Be sure to secure lodging for the event!
Hillbilly Days was first founded in 1977 by a group of Shriners as a means to raise money for the Shriners Hospital. Two Shriners from the Hillbilly Clan Outhouse No. 2, Howard “Dirty Ear” Stratton and “Shady” Grady Kinney, decided to start the festival in 1976 after visiting a festival in Portsmouth, Ohio. They got a group of Shriners together and they began the festival in 1977. It has continued ever since. Participants wear overalls and other rural attire while roaming the streets of Pikeville to help raise money for a cause.
Carnival and Games
The Hillbilly Days carnival and games provide fun for the family and of course for the children! The carnival starts on Wed., April 18, from 6-11 p.m., Thurs.-Fri. from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., and Sat. from 10 a.m. to midnight, located at the Riverfill!
Music and Dancing
Brantley Gilbert is performing at The East Kentucky Expo Center on Sat., April 21 at 7 p.m. featuring Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips as the main show during Hillbilly Days. Other bands and musicians will be performing on the Billy Johnson Stage, the Courthouse Stage, and Pikeville’s City Park Stage throughout the festival. Get your tap dancing shoes out, put your overalls on, and get ready for some exquisite music and dancing!
Vendors and Visitors
Over 100,000 people come annually to Pikeville, Ky. to experience the event and culture of Appalachia! Over 300 vendors are set up in booths throughout the city as sellers showcase their products as well as homemade items. Have you ever had a deep-fried Twinkie? If not, then you need to try one alongside other delicious foods!
For more information about Hillbilly Days, please visit www.hillbillydays.com.
The weather may be getting a bit nippy, but there is still plenty of fun things to do in Pikeville/Pike County this Christmas season, and beyond. Below is an assortment of great things you and your loved ones can be a part of for the month of December through February in Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky.
Grants Branch Park Events
This winter season, several great music events are planned for Grant’s Branch Park. On Friday, December 8th, beginning at 6:00 p.m., a bluegrass music event will be held, followed by a gospel music event Friday, December 15, also beginning at 6:00 p.m. The season will be capped off with Christmas Caroling, which will be Friday, December 22, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Pikeville Winter Fest
Brought to you by East Kentucky Broadcasting, Pikeville Winter Fest will be going on from December 1st to the 30th, 2017. Enjoy the Christmas decorations in the beautiful Pikeville City Park, complete with an Ice Skating Rink. Also, take in a walk down Pikeville’s Downtown, where lively Christmas decorations adorn the streets, featuring some great mom-and-pop shops and restaurants along with way. Be sure to bundle up, it’s worth the trip.
Artists Collaborative Theatre Presents: A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration
Artists Collaborative Theatre will be showcasing A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration November 24th-December 17th . Showtimes will be on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Set in one of America’s most trying eras, this show explores various storylines from the Civil War, both factual and fictional, with music and drama masterfully performed by the multi-award-winning Artist Collaborative Theatre’s cast of local talent.
Jenny Wiley Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol
Jenny Wiley Theatre of Pikeville presents A Christmas Carol, December 1st through 20th, 2017. Located in Downtown Pikeville, Jenny Wiley Theatre is an award-winning theatre featuring professional talent and high quality productions.
Showcasing the classic Christmas story, Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.
UPIKE Concert Choir Presents: Sing we now of Christmas
The University of Pikeville’s Concert Choir will be performing Sing we now of Christmas, Thursday, December 7th at Booth Auditorium, located in the Record Memorial Building. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.
WWE Live Holiday Tour at the East Kentucky Expo
WWE LIVE returns to the East Kentucky Exposition Center, on December 9th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. for their Live Holiday Tour. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets start at $15! Price options $25, $35, $55, $65, $95, $100
Matches that are scheduled for this event are as follows:
WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. U.S. Champion Baron Corbin in a Champion vs. Champion Match
Randy Orton vs. Rusev
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn
Tag Team Championship Match – The Usos vs. Gable & Benjamin
Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
2 on 3 Handicap Match – Naomi & Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya, Tamina & Lana
Plus, see Tye Dillinger and many more WWE Superstars!
*Superstars subject to change
Epic Escape Game of Pikeville
Want to do something unique this holiday season with family and friends, try the Epic Escape Game of Pikeville. The concept is simple, you and your team is locked in a room full of puzzles. The goal is to find clues and solve the puzzles and escape before the hour is up. Each room is packed full of character, from the Hatfield-McCoy Feud Room, to the spooky Octavia Hatcher room, and even a submarine in the Deep room. You can even reserve a room for holiday parties!
Traxxas Monster Truck Tour @ East KY Expo Center
Traxxas Monster Truck Tour will be coming to the East Kentucky Expo Center February 9th and 10th, 2018. The show will be beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday December 4th at 10 a.m.
Ticket Information: Advance discount tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or at the Appalachian Wireless Box Office.
• Adults starting at $25!
• Kids 2-12 starting at $12!
Children under 2 are free
Fees may be applied, tickets are subject to a service charge, ticket prices increase day of show.
Brad Paisley Weekend Warrior World Tour @ East Kentucky Expo
Brad Paisley brings his Weekend Warrior Tour with Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, and Lindsay Ell to Pikeville, Kentucky on February 23, 2018!
Brad Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 21 of his 24 #1 hits including his most recent smash, “Today.” The song resonated with fans around the globe with the music video garnering over 43 million views, so far. “Heaven South” is his current single from his 11th studio album, LOVE AND WAR, which was released April 21. It is his 9th consecutive studio album to debut #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. On April 28 LOVE AND WAR was released as country music’s first ever visual album for a limited time exclusively on Apple Music and now is available on VEVO. Paisley contributed two instrumental tracks to the Disney•Pixar movie Cars 3, which hit theaters on June 16. He also has a song, “Stubborn Angels,” in the movie Same Kind of Different as Me, in theaters now. Paisley has partnered with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, and Sony Music Nashville, by launching 2017 Band Against Cancer. The campaign will spread the word of community-based treatment, options and support.
If you know of any events featured in Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky, and would like them featured on this post, reach out to us. We’d love to include everything going on this holiday season. We hope you have a merry Christmas, and a happy new year!
As a part of this year’s Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days, local history buff Reed Potter hosted an interactive lecture series at the Big Sandy Heritage Museum on the Hatfields and the McCoys. A wide variety of topics concerning the history of the feud was discussed with an interactive dialogue with the visitors.
The Big Sandy Heritage Museum is open each Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and features artifacts from the feud, exhibits on Appalachian culture, and much more. The museum is located behind the historic Pike County courthouse in the Judicial Building on 172 Division St., Pikeville, Kentucky. For more information, call (606) 766-1025.
Lecture Series – The Hatfields & The McCoys Video