PARIS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 23 – 25
Paul Strickland

Friday, OCTOBER 23

9:00 am
Live stream to Paris Middle and High Schools from the Paris-Bourbon County Public Library

6:30 – 7:45 pm
Outdoor Ghost Storytelling
30 minute warm up followed by 45 minutes of scary stories. Bring a blanket and your own chair and lots of nerve.
Barr House, 1200 Cypress Street, Paris

Saturday, OCTOBER 24

12:30 – 1:30pm
Outdoor Storytelling & Lunch at Trackside Restaurant
Reservations through Trackside recommended.
134 10th Street, Paris

6:30 – 7:30 pm
Outdoor Storytelling & Dinner at Trackside Restaurant, including surprise interview at 6:00.
Reservations through Trackside recommended.
134 10th Street, Paris

Sunday, OCTOBER 25

10:30 am
Storytelling at the First United Methodist Church
617 Pleasant Street, Paris


Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Paris Storytelling Festival was canceled. The good news is that all invited storytellers who were to perform at the festival will be coming individually this fall as a lead-in to next May’s event. Below is a schedule of their performances:

Bil Lepp – August 21 – 23
Josh Goforth – September 25 – 27
Paul Strickland – October 23 – 25
Motoko Dworkin – November 20 – 22

Sheila Arnold – December 11 – 13

In addition, each of the storytellers will perform at the 2021 Paris Storytelling Festival, May 7-9.


The annual Paris Storytelling Festival is held in the beautiful and architecturally significant towns of Paris and Carlisle, Kentucky, surrounded by charming Bluegrass horse farms and historical culture. The festival is geared to the old and the new, bringing together counties steeped in tradition yet open to the youth of tomorrow. Stories, music, history and hospitality abound as the communities come together to celebrate and share their love of story.