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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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May 27 - Aug 26, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Free weekly band concert series featuring a wide variety of musical tastes, from military bands playing Sousa to folk groups, to big-band swing.  7 – 9 p.m. at th...
Summer Salute Festival
Aug 26, 2016
Hopkinsville, KY
The Inaugural Summer Salute Festival rebrands and improves the 34-year run of Little River Days with a MAJOR format upgrade that includes national music acts, car shows, kids ...
Aug 26, 2016
Jamestown, KY
Join us for great music on the Jamestown Square - you will enjoy everything from Bluegrass & Country to the best of Gospel every Friday night July 15th through October 14t...


Live at the Park, Jumping Jack Flash – A Tribute to The Rolling Stones
Aug 26, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Tickets: $22 in advance $25 day of show.  502-348-5971 or 800-626-1563.
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
Dance Kaleidoscope
Sep 26 - Aug 26, 2016
Frankfort, KY
Dancers who are trained in the rigorous modern dance technique of Martha Graham to perform to the music of Cole Porter, Bob Dylan and more.
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...
Discovery Saturday & Planetarium Show: Back to the Moon for Good!
Aug 27, 2016
Lexington, KY
Explore the new Discovery Exhibit, Out of this World: A Space Adventure, several art galleries, and hands-on science with Dowel Sculptures in the Makers Space. End with a ...
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