Salt Festival Set for October 20-22 at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Frankfort, KY (Oct. 4, 2023) – Visitors can experience a glimpse into the past at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County during the annual Salt Festival on October 20-22.

The three-day event showcases pioneer lifeways, Native American drumming and dancing, salt making, spear and tomahawk throwing, storytelling, live music, crafts, food, and more. Eventgoers can also experience the park museum, active salt springs and the bison herd, the park’s living link to Kentucky’s early history.

The Salt Festival is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $10 for adults (13 and up), $5 for children (6-12), and free for children five and under. Tickets are available for purchase online.

For educators, School Day is returning to this year’s event. Preregistered schools receive a discounted admission rate for Friday, October 20. Schools must preregister by October 11.

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is recognized as the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology for its significant role in the development of scientific thought regarding extinction and the relationship between geology and paleontology. 

In 2009, the U.S. Department of the Interior selected Big Bone Lick State Historic Site as one of 582 National Natural Landmarks in the country. 

The 512-acre park features a bison herd, campground, museum and gift shop. The park is 22 miles southwest of Covington on KY 338, off U.S. 42-127 and Interstate 71/75.

For additional information on the 39th Annual Salt Festival, visit the festival’s website.

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