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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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Historic Costumed Walking Tour
Aug 25, 2016
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...
Tavern in the Garden
Aug 25, 2016
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 costume...
Aug 4 - Aug 25, 2016
Wickliffe, KY
Education programs are available for Homeschool groups every Thursday in August from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (or other days/times as available, call for appointment).  Includes...


Jun 2 - Aug 25, 2016
Campton, KY
Featuring Bluegrass, Traditional,Country and Gospel 7:00 - 9:00 each Thursday June, July and August
Aug 25, 2016
Hardin, KY
Kenlake State Resort Park Neighborhood Night Kickoff to the Hot August Blues Festival Thursday August 25, 2016 Best Lawn Party of the Year! Bring your lawn chairs or ...
Aug 25, 2016
Lexington, KY
Located at the stylish Al’s Bar of Lexington, CMFL presents a unique cabaret-style concert. This laid-back evening features the Festival’s entire lineup. Al&rsqu...
Aug 26, 2016
Lexington, KY
This Mainstage Concert will feature a world premiere written by Composer-in-Residence, Avner Dorman. A native of Israel, Dorman draws on a variety of cultural and historical...
Aug 26, 2016
Pineville, KY
Pine Mountain State Resort Park will once again be hosting Summer Nights Line Dancing Classes with the Broken Spur Dance Club. This year's classes will take place on Fridays i...
Fridays After Five
Aug 26, 2016
Prestonsburg, KY
Friday's After Five features live music from local artists. Relax on the May Lodge Patio overlooking Dewey Lake while listening to music. Friday's After Five runs from May-Oct...
Aug 26, 2016
Lexington, KY
One of the featured events at the Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Horse Show
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