Written by: Danielle Wilson
Best Kentucky Events & Festivals! Get your calendar and mark these dates down; then reserve your Lake Cumberland cabin, hotel, campground or lodge room! The Summer of 2021 on Lake Cumberland is gearing up to be the most exciting one yet and there is lots to do for families and your Lake Cumberland friends!
July 3rd, 2021 – Fireworks over Lake Cumberland at dark is always a popular event, whether you are on the water or watching for the shoreline. Party at either Jamestown Marina or Lake Cumberland State Dock and enjoy the show! If you would like to watch the fireworks over the lake & stay on land, a good spot is at the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown.
August 7, 2021 – The World’s Largest Raft Up on Lake Cumberland – August 7, 2021
The World’s Largest 2021 Lake Cumberland Raft Up is BACK and we are so excited!
We do everything BIG on Lake Cumberland, and so it is no wonder we are still the Guinness Book of Records World Champs for number of boats tied together in a single raft-up!
Let’s make this year’s 2021 RAFT-UP the best one yet! The Lake Cumberland Raft Up is one of the biggest events on Lake Cumberland, and we hope everyone has a great time, but remember to be safe and be respectful of other boaters. Mark Saturday, August 7th on your calendar for the 2021 World’s Largest Raft Up!
Any houseboats that want to be part of the days events must park along the shoreline and not tie-up with the smaller boats and cruisers. This will be strictly enforced with water patrol helping us with this.
The location for the 2020 Lake Cumberland Raft Up will be just west of Conley Bottom Marina at the Shinbone location. Click Here for a Google Map/GPS location to help you find us on the lake!
The 2021 Lake Cumberland Raft Up begins at Noon and goes officially until 5:00 pm EST.
The Annual Lake Cumberland Raft Up is brought to you by the Lake Cumberland Association -an association of Lake Cumberland Marinas working together for the betterment of the area. Started in 2010, the Lake Cumberland Raft Up began as an attempt to break the world record with the largest numbers of boats rafted together simultaneously.
Representatives of Guiness World Records were on hand to see that record be broken by over 1,500 boats of all shapes and sizes. Each year since then, the raft up has become a signature event on the lake with the boating community.
Get ready to Anchor Down, Inflate the floats, pack your sunblock, bathing suits on, coolers iced down with your favorite drink for the 2020 Raft Up! Raft Up is held around the bend before you get to Conley Bottom on the South shore!
This is one of the most popular Lake Cumberland Events, and attended by thousands of people. Be sure to secure your lodging early! Check out our full list of lodging options on our website – LakeCumberlandVacation.com!
Aug. 5 – 8, 2021 – The World’s Longest 127 Sale is always the first Thursday through Sunday in August. The route spans 6 states (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama) and is nearly 700 miles long. Highway 127 runs right through Jamestown and Russell Springs and we like to do it right — with loads of vendors and unique and hard to find items!
August 20 – 21, 2021 – Lake Cumberland Bluegrass Festival is one of the best Bluegrass events in Kentucky and 2020 marks the 17th Annual! Friday night concerts begin at 6:00 pm and Saturday festivities will start at noon. You will hear the best Bluegrass Music from National, Regional and some of the best local performers. If you go to only one Bluegrass Festival, make it this one! The event is always held on the 3rd weekend of August at the Russell Springs KOA Campground Stage . Festival Information: 270-566-1488. For a full list of Hotels, Motels, and Campgrounds, go to LakeCumberlandVacation.com.
September 11, 2021 – Lake Cumberland Poker Run – This is the biggest event on the lake all year, and one of the most exciting! Come out and see fast boats, eat some great food, and relax to fabulous music! For information on entering the Poker Run or just enjoying the sights and sounds, call the State Dock at 270-343-2525.
Be sure to get your Lake Cumberland lodging early for these very popular events! For a full list of the best Lake Cumberland cabins, hotels, houseboat rentals & campgrounds Check Here!