Fraley Music Festival Returns to Carter Caves State Resort Park Sept. 6-9

OLIVE HILL, Ky. – (Aug. 31, 2023) - The Fraley Festival of Traditional Music is set to take place September 6-9 at Carter Caves State Resort Park, celebrating the rich history and culture of Eastern Kentucky through the sounds of traditional musical instruments, like the fiddle, dulcimer and guitar.

The festival, which began as a family reunion, honors old-time music and Eastern Kentucky traditions as well as the late master fiddler J.P. Fraley. The festival will feature a wide variety of musical genres, including folk, old-time, western, western swing and early country, with performers ranging from family bands to impromptu groups formed just moments before taking the stage.

Visitors can enjoy a free “jamming in the round” session on Wednesday evening at the Recreation Shelter House in the campground. Concerts will be held in the Park Amphitheatre on Thursday evening, and Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening. Admission ranges from $5 to $10, with a $28 weekend pass available for access to all events.

Featured performers include Robin Kessinger, Reed Island Rounders, The 1937 Flood, Jim and Ada McCown, The Corndrinkers, Bobby Taylor, John Harrod, Wiley Dew, Rich Kirby, The Morgans, Tony Ellis and Louise Adkins, Nick and Kathy Hallman, Michael Garvin, Henry Barnes, Dave Haas, Roger Cooper, Hunter Walker, Gary and Toni Sage, Karly Dawn Milner, Andrew Bevan and Rabbit Hash String.

For more information, visit the event website at or CCSRP Fraley Festival of Traditional Music | Ky Parks.

Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill, Kentucky, and is known for having the highest concentration of caves in Kentucky. Accommodations are available at the Lewis Caveland Lodge, along with cottages and a campground.

Kentucky is home to 44 state parks, including 17 resort parks and 13 golf courses. For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit