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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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Pioneer Days Festival
Aug 18, 2017
Harrodsburg, KY
One of central Kentucky's fastest growing festivals, we offer live music, great demonstrations, car show, great food, inflatables, animal corral and much more.  With OVER...
Aug 18, 2017
Falls Of Rough, KY
Rough River Dam State Resort Park hosts their annual Summer Concert in the Park series.  Concerts take place on the park's lovely patio located just outside Grayson's Lan...
Fridays After Five
Aug 18, 2017
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 Memoria...


2nd Annual Summer Salute
Aug 18, 2017
Hopkinsville, KY
Join us for 2nd Annual Summer Salute Festival, highlight of our Solar Eclipse weekend.  3-day music festival with national headliners will attract guests & locals to ...
3rd Friday Folk-Coffeehouse at The Carnegie
Aug 18, 2017
Somerset, KY
3rd Friday Folk-Coffeehouse at the Carnegie* – The Carnegie Community Arts Center 107 N. Main St. Downtown Somerset 7:00pm. 3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse at the Carnegie...
Friday Movie Night: Finding Dory
Aug 18, 2017
Louisville, KY
Field opens at 6 p.m.; Movie starts at sundown. Enjoy a movie under the stars at the wildest theater in town. Watch your favorite movies on our giant inflatable screen. The ...
MadCity Street Market
Aug 18, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Visit Madisonville and shop this open air market featuring regional produce, canned goods, flowers, music, and more! MadCity Street Market will be held on the third Friday of ...
Friday Night Live
Aug 18, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Join us from 5 PM until 10 PM for some fun in the sun with vendors, food, beer garden, and a FREE concert by The Conch Republic and a dance party with DJ Magik Mike!
Third Friday Seafood Buffet
Aug 18, 2017
Hardin, KY
Kenlake State Resort Park's Third Friday Seafood Buffet is back!  Served 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. each month on the 3rd Friday. Boiled Shrimp Oysters on Half Shell ...
Full-Day Kentucky Bourbon Tour
Aug 18, 2017
Louisville, KY
Mint Julep Tours has your ticket to Bourbon Country. For our full-day public bourbon distillery tours, we plan your day from start to finish – transporting you to three ...
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