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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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Tea Tuesday at Waveland
Mar 28, 2017
Lexington, KY
Looking for something fun, unique and different to do with a friend or a group? Waveland State Historic site is serving tea every Tuesday! Tea is served at 2 p.m. in the mansi...
Meet Mr. Lincoln
Mar 28, 2017
Nancy, KY
Meet Mr. Lincoln – Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center and Museum, Hwy 80, Nancy, KY.  Mr. Lincoln will visit local schools with age-appropriate presentations t...
Mar 29, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Listen to local musical artists in an intimate setting each Wednesday. Enjoy light dinner entrees, wine, craft beer, ice cream, and coffee.
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Family Scavenger Hunt
Mar 29, 2017
Henderson, KY
Bring the family out for some WILD Wednesday Spring Break fun--we've got a John James Audubon State Park scavenger hunt for you! You'll be exploring around the park, so b...
Slitherin
Mar 29, 2017
Henderson, KY
Stop in John James Audubon State Park today for some WILD Wednesday spring break fun--we'll have a slitherin' good time! Our naturalist will introduce you to the Nature Center...
EILEEN MYLES LECTURE
Mar 29, 2017
Lexington, KY
Poet, novelist, performer, and art journalist Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books, including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems and Chelsea Girls. Prese...
Mar 30, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Learn more about the August 21 total solar eclipse. Presented by Dr. George Steedly and Dr. Aseem Talukdar at Madisonville Community College in the Joe C. Davis Building. Make...
The Lion King Jr.
Mar 31, 2017
Richmond, KY
The African savannah comes to life on  stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back aga...
Heaven and Evan Exclusive Bourbon Experience
Mar 31, 2017
Louisville, KY
Heaven and Evan Exclusive Experience Bardstown to Downtown with Heaven Hill and Mint Julep Tours  Start with a trip to the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardst...
The Lion King Jr.
Apr 01, 2017
Richmond, KY
The African savannah comes to life on  stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back aga...
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