Traveling to the Handy Festival

Henderson is located along the Ohio River in western Kentucky, just south of Evansville, Indiana. Much of the Handy Festival takes place in our beautiful downtown riverside parks.

Please keep in mind that Water Street, the street that parallels the river in downtown Henderson, will be closed to motor traffic during the festival. There is plenty of parking throughout downtown Henderson. Wherever you park, you will be within three blocks of the festival. See a city map or a map of downtown Henderson.

Construction Note: For those coming from or through Evansville, Indiana, please be aware that construction is being done on the Twin Bridges that span the Ohio River between Evansville and Henderson. Lanes may be shut down causing delays.

For up-to-date traffic information, visit the Kentucky Department of Transportation’s “GO KY Traffic and Roadway Information” website. Roadway weather information is available at http://rwis.kytc.ky.gov.

You can also contact the Henderson Tourist Commission at 1-800-648-3128 or visit their website for more information. The Tourist Commission hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 AM a.m. to 5 PM.

Traveling to the festival site:

From the North

Take Interstate 69 South to Evansville. Follow signs for U.S. 41 South toward Henderson, KY (Exit 0). After crossing the Ohio River, you will travel past several miles of motels and restaurants. Follow the signs for downtown Henderson. Right lane will exit onto U.S. 60 (Green Street). Heading southwest, turn right at Second Street. The riverfront will be just three blocks away.

From the East

Option 1 (from Louisville and beyond) – Take Interstate 64 West to Interstate 69 near Evansville. Take I-69 South. Follow signs for U.S. 41 South toward Henderson, KY (Exit 0). After crossing the Ohio River, you will travel past several miles of motels and restaurants. Follow the signs for downtown Henderson. Right lane will exit onto U.S. 60 (Green Street). Heading southwest, turn right at Second Street. The riverfront will be just three blocks away. If you are already east of I-64 exit 57, we suggest you take U.S. 231 to U.S. 60 West around Owensboro and then follow the directions in Option 2 below to avoid construction on the Twin Bridges between Evansville and Henderson.

Option 2 (from Louisville and beyond) – To avoid construction on the Twin Bridges between Evansville and Henderson: from Interstate 64 take U.S. Hwy 231 South (exit 57) to U.S. 60 West Owensboro bypass to Audubon Parkway (exit 10). Take exit 1A north from parkway to Henderson. Take exit 79 for KY 351. Turn right at bottom of ramp onto Second Street. Follow Second Street to festival. Going through Owensboro from east of Dale is only 10 minutes longer than going through Evansville and may be shorter depending on construction.

Option 3 (from Western Kentucky) – Take the Audubon Parkway from Owensboro to Henderson. Follow the signs to Henderson, then take the Zion Road/Kentucky 351 exit. Turn right (west) at the bottom of the ramp. You will travel about two miles to downtown Henderson. Once you cross U.S. 60/Green Street, the riverfront will be just three blocks away.

From the South

Take I-69/Pennyrile Parkway, which extends from near the Tennessee border between Clarksville, Tennessee, and Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Once you reach Henderson, take the Zion Road/Kentucky 351 exit. Turn right (west) at the bottom of the ramp. You will travel about two miles to downtown Henderson. Once you cross U.S. 60/Green Street in downtown Henderson, the riverfront will be just three blocks away.

From the West

Option 1 (from St. Louis) – Take Interstate 64 East to Interstate 69 near Evansville. Take I-69 South. Follow signs for U.S. 41 South toward Henderson, KY. After crossing the Ohio River, you will travel past several miles of motels and restaurants. Follow the signs for downtown Henderson. Right lane will exit onto U.S. 60 (Green Street). Heading southwest, turn right at Second Street. The riverfront will be just three blocks away.

Option 2 (from Western Kentucky) – Take U.S. 60 to Henderson. Turn left at either First Street or Second Street in downtown Henderson. The riverfront will be just three blocks away.

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