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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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Friday Night Thunder
May 22, 2015
Somerset, KY
Friday Night Thunder is held at Somerset Mall (stoplight #23 on US 27). Walmart and the Somerset Mall have teamed up to make the traditional Friday night pre-cruis...
Friday After 5
May 22, 2015
Owensboro, KY
Friday After 5 is a summer-long series of free outdoor concerts held every Friday on the stunningly beautiful Owensboro, Kentucky riverfront. Friday After 5 began i...
Bardstown Opry
May 22, 2015
Bardstown, KY
Country music show every Friday night with special shows throughout the year. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Music 8 - 10:30 p.m.  Adults $8, children 12 and under $4.  50...
A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland
May 22, 2015
Bardstown, KY
Most Friday evenings during the year, Friday and Saturday evenings during October.  Experience the history and mystery of Wickland, Home of Three Governors.  Take a ...
May 22, 2015
Bowling Green, KY
May 22nd 12-5pm SPORTSNationals Test & Tune will be at Beech Bend Raceway from 12-5pm. Call 270-781-7634 or visit for more details.
May 22, 2015
Harrodsburg, KY
Tour guides Jan Lewis & Graham Martin, dressed in period clothing, will guide you on this one mile walking tour through the historic downtown part of Harrodsburg, KY. T...
May 22, 2015
Falls Of Rough, KY
Adults   $10 Children (6-12)  $5 Children (5 & under)  Free Tour Times Friday 4 pm  (Pickup at Lodge Courtesy Dock) Saturday 2 pm &...
Friday Public Bourbon Tour
May 22, 2015
Louisville, KY
2015 Friday Public Bourbon Tour East Learn the art, history, and craftsmanship of “America’s Native Spirit” as you travel through Bourbon Country visiting W...
Saturday Public Bourbon Tour
May 23, 2015
Louisville, KY
2015 Saturday Public Bourbon Tour South Learn the art, history, and craftsmanship of “America’s Native Spirit” as you travel through Bourbon Country visitin...
Telling the Story: Ten Artifacts
May 23, 2015
Louisville, KY
Each artifact in our museum collection contributes to the fascinating history of education for the blind, a story that leads from Parisian street performers and Austrian royal...
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