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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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Apr 7 - Jul 2, 2015
Bowling Green, KY
WKU's Hardin Planetarium is now open year-round. There is no charge for admission for the public shows (Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 and Sunday afternoons at 2:00) or...
Fanfare for the 4th—Musical Visions of America
Jul 02, 2015
Louisville, KY
Louisville Chorus Daniel Spurlock Music Director 11th annual multimedia choral cinema presentation of the founding, expansion, and refinement of America. Enjoy this Am...
Weekly Bluegrass Jams
Jul 02, 2015
Bowling Green, KY
These Bowling Green Bluegrass Jams will take place EVERY THURSDAY night from September 4 on beginning at 5:30pm and are free to the public with donations accepted at the door....
Historic Costumed Walking Tour
Jul 02, 2015
Elizabethtown, KY
Hear recollections and witness reenactments from Elizabethtown's most notorious characters. We gather every Thursday evening "On the Square" at 7:00 p.m., June through Sept...
Night Sky Stories over a Summer Campfire
May 17 - Jul 2, 2015
Bowling Green, KY
This free event will be held every Tues/Thurs 7pm, Sun 2pm May 17-July 2. For more details call 270-745-4044 or visit wku.edu/hardinplanetarium
The Stephen Foster Story
Jul 02, 2015
Bardstown, KY
There's Only One...The Stephen Foster Story Experience an evening of breathtaking music and beautiful costumes under the stars at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardsto...
Jul 02, 2015
Elizabethtown, KY
EVERY THURSDAY EVENING FROM JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER . . .  Visit the "Tavern in the Garden" . . . a period replica bar in the gardens at The Brown-Pusey House. A costumed...
Jul 02, 2015
Madisonville, KY
Continue to celebrate Madisonville 4thFest with baseball and free admission!  Come to Elmer Kelley Stadium for a summer triple play - exciting baseball action, delicious ...
Thursday Public Bourbon Tour
Jul 02, 2015
Louisville, KY
2015 Thursday Public Bourbon Tour South Learn the art, history, and craftsmanship of “America’s Native Spirit” as you travel through Bourbon Country visitin...
Music on the Terrace - Summer Music Enjoyment
Jul 02, 2015
Louisville, KY
Music on the Terrace Summer Music Enjoyment at Paddock Shops Summit Plaza Dr. Louisville (Music on the Terrace located between Mi...
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