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Kentucky Festivals and Events

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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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Sep 02, 2015
Bardstown, KY
This fun filled excursion will include a two and a half hour train ride through the Kentucky countryside. Four course meal and a theatre production of a murder mystery. 6 p.m....
Seven Guitars by August Wilson
Sep 02, 2015
Louisville, KY
After serving jail time on a trumped-up vagrancy charge, blues musician Floyd Barton sets out to win back his girl and reclaim his pawned guitar, hoping to make a new hi...
Seven Guitars by August Wilson
Sep 03, 2015
Louisville, KY
After serving jail time on a trumped-up vagrancy charge, blues musician Floyd Barton sets out to win back his girl and reclaim his pawned guitar, hoping to make a new hi...
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Sep 03, 2015
Louisville, KY
Maker’s Mark After Dark  You may have been on a Maker’s Mark tour, but you have never seen the distillery like this. Mint Julep Tours and Maker’s Mark ...
Jun 10 - Sep 3, 2015
Florence, KY
The Florence Freedom Professional Baseball team is a member of the independent Frontier League. Freedom games offer post-game bands, fireworks, giveaways, discounted tickets, ...
Jun 11 - Sep 3, 2015
Newport, KY
Riverwalk Plaza. Summer concert series.
Historic Costumed Walking Tour
Sep 03, 2015
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...
Weekly Bluegrass Jams
Sep 03, 2015
Bowling Green, KY
These Bowling Green Bluegrass Jams will take place EVERY THURSDAY night from September 4 on beginning at 5:30pm and are free to the public with donations accepted at the door....
Sep 03, 2015
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 costumed...
Thursday Public Bourbon Tour
Sep 03, 2015
Louisville, KY
2015 Thursday Public Bourbon Tour South Learn the art, history, and craftsmanship of “America’s Native Spirit” as you travel through Bourbon Country visitin...
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