Kentucky (FOX 56) — Virginia may be for lovers, but when it comes to festivals, Kentucky reigns supreme.

Every year, thousands of tourists flock to the nation’s festival scene to experience some of the world’s finest music. In fact, a recent study conducted by Airport Parking Reservations reveals that Kentucky is among the top five festival destinations.

Festival Map (Airport Parking Reservations)

Considering variables such as clear skies, cost, convenience, safety, and frequency of qualifying events these five states offer the best festival experience:

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Nevada
  3. Georgia
  4. Mississippi
  5. Kentucky

Despite their historical tourism appeal, California and Florida have both been ranked in the bottom 10 due to their high crime rates and expenses. On the other hand, Kentucky is the “hidden gem,” with an average of 4,383 hours of yearly sunlight, pleasant temperatures of 56 degrees, and a relatively low crime rate of 15,519 per 100,000 people.


Kentucky’s affordability set it apart with liquor costing an average of $10 and a three-night airbnb stay totaling $372.

Kentucky is the place to be for festivalgoers. From the Appalachian charm of Hillbilly Days and ROMP Fest to the diverse range of music genres at Louder than Life, Railbird, and Forecastle, there’s something for everyone.

You won’t want to miss the hidden gems of the Master Musicians Fest and the Laurel Cove Music Festival.