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Kentucky Festivals and Events

Kentucky events

Kentucky is a state so enriched with interesting history and heritage, music and arts, sports and outdoors, there always seems to be a fun festival celebrating a Kentucky something or somebody.

The Kentucky Derby may be our best known event, but if you thought it was just a horse race— think again. The Kentucky Derby Festival, a multi-week celebration of the Kentucky Derby itself,  offers festivities ranging from steamboat and hot air balloon races to marathons, celebrity events and the Thunder Over Louisville fireworks display.

Other cool Kentucky festivals include Owensboro's International Bar-B-Q Festival, London's World Chicken Festival, and the oldest bluegrass music festival in the state: Lexington's The Festival of the Bluegrass.

Use the search below to discover Kentucky events by city, region, date and keyword.

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Jul 21 - Jul 24, 2016
Richmond, KY
Bring out those Holiday decorations and join in the fun of decorating in the summer sun instead of the cold of winter. We will have scheduled times to make Holiday crafts, hav...
Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
Jul 22 - Jul 24, 2016
Louisville, KY
Nothing goes better with blues music than some smokin' hot barbecue! Catch the tunes of New Orleans and Memphis while you eat with your hands at Louisville Blues, Brews &...
Berea Festival of Learnshops
Jul 8 - Jul 24, 2016
Berea, KY
Whether your interest is creative writing, playing the dulcimer, or blacksmithing, the Berea Festival of Learnshops (July 8-24, 2016)  has something for you. Select among...


SummerFest 2016 at Woodland Park
Jun 30 - Jul 24, 2016
Lexington, KY
This summer we are extremely thrilled to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of SummerFest by relocating to where it all began in 1982: Woodland Park! To celebrate the rich history...
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park
Jul 19 - Jul 24, 2016
Louisville, KY
The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is the oldest FREE Shakespeare Festival in the U.S.  The 56th summer season at Central Park in Old Louisville features 7 productions ove...
Jul 22 - Jul 24, 2016
Lexington, KY
BreyerFest is the annual model horse festival and horse fair for Breyer model horses. This event brings together fans, vendors, and stars of Breyer horses. Horses that have be...
William Whitley House Family Camp Out
Jul 23 - Jul 24, 2016
Stanford, KY
This is a great chance to introduce your family to camping. Enjoy an afternoon full of fun and stay the night under the stars. Activities include day and night hikes, fie...
The Music Man
Jul 21 - Jul 24, 2016
Franklin, KY
The Frankin Simpson Arts Council Presents "The Music Man".  Performance at The Goodnight Auditorium 203 S. Main St. Thursday, July 21- 7pm, Friday, July 22 - 7pm, Saturd...
Joe Hudson - 2016 Children
Jul 26, 2016
Frankfort, KY
A performance from guitarist Joe Hudson will take listeners back in time.  Joe keeps true to his Muhlenberg County, Ky., roots by exhibiting the same thumb-picking rhythm...
Jul 26, 2016
Prestonsburg, KY
Come check out local musicians performing original music at a different Prestonsburg venues every Tuesday night through August.
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