PARIS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

Due to complications of the coronavirus pandemic, the Paris Storytelling Festival planned for May 8-10, 2020 has been canceled. All tickets for the Saturday evening dinner have been refunded.

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
Sheila Arnold – October 9 – 11
Paul Strickland – October 23 – 25
Motoko Dworkin – November 20 – 22

In addition, each of the storytellers will perform at the May 7-9, 2021 festival. If you have reserved a bed and breakfast or motel room for this year’s event, please ask the owner to hold your room for next spring and/or come join us for the fall storytelling events.


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.