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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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26th Annual World Chicken Festival
Sep 22 - Sep 25, 2016
London, KY
This festival has it all. Worlds largest skillet. parade,games, music, lots of food and crafts. 800-348-0095
Sep 22 - Sep 25, 2016
Dawson Springs, KY
Enjoy a spacious table to work on your paper crafting project all weekend long, plus a chance to win scrapbook-related prizes.  Registration fee is $30. Participants ...
The 1778 Siege of Boonesborough
Sep 24 - Sep 25, 2016
Richmond, KY
Saturday and Sunday battle re-enactments.  Come early and spend the day learning about 18th century life in Kentucky.  See a Living History Event including militia a...


Elk Viewing Tour
Sep 25, 2016
Prestonsburg, KY
Elk were reintroduced to Kentucky in 1997 as a restoration project by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.  From 1997 - 2003 approximately 1513 elk were transp...
Fort Harrod Jazz & Art Festival
Sep 25, 2016
Harrodsburg, KY
Come and enjoy world class Jazz and much more at this fast growing festival.  Artist from all over come to display their museum quality artwork while great jazz fills the...
Sep 23 - Sep 25, 2016
Pikeville, KY
Sept. 23,  24,  and 25, 2016. Three live music stages, carnival, inflatables, food booths, Hatfield and McCoy paint ball, rough and tough run and climb, Arts and c...
Marion County Country Ham Days
Sep 24 - Sep 25, 2016
Lebanon, KY
Marion County Country Ham Days has been recognized as a "Top 10 Fall Event in the South." More than 30,000 people attend the two day festival in downtown Lebanon the last week...
Battles of Lawrenceburg and Dogwalk Reenactment
Sep 23 - Sep 25, 2016
Lexington, KY
Come join us for  the 9th Annual reenactment of the 1862 Battles of Lawrenceburg and Dogwalk. These battles were quite possibly the most significant  Civil War ...
Sep 25, 2016
Harrodsburg, KY
  2016 Season SEPT. 9 - OCT. 29. Fun for all ages! Corn Maze hours are seasonal Fri-Sun Sept & October only. After getting lost in the corn maze, pet th...
Shine em up and show em off..  Bike show and music festival
Sep 24 - Sep 25, 2016
Salt Lick, KY
Bike Show and music festival.  Music, good food, great people, camping and bike show. Interested in Camping or being a vendor?  Contact Hope 660-815-4069.
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