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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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Tea Tuesdays at Waveland
Aug 23, 2016
Lexington, KY
Looking for something fun, unique and different to do with a friend or a group? Waveland State Historic site is serving tea every Tuesday! Tea is served at 2 in the mansion on...
Aug 23, 2016
Prestonsburg, KY
Come check out local musicians performing original music at a different Prestonsburg venues every Tuesday night through August.
Aug 24, 2016
Lexington, KY
Enjoy a wide variety of chamber music composed by some of the most renowned composers featuring Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scarlatti, and more. Featured will be 2015 Grammy Wi...


Aug 25, 2016
Lexington, KY
Located at the stylish Al’s Bar of Lexington, CMFL presents a unique cabaret-style concert. This laid-back evening features the Festival’s entire lineup. Al&rsqu...
Jun 2 - Aug 25, 2016
Campton, KY
Featuring Bluegrass, Traditional,Country and Gospel 7:00 - 9:00 each Thursday June, July and August
Aug 25, 2016
Hardin, KY
Kenlake State Resort Park Neighborhood Night Kickoff to the Hot August Blues Festival Thursday August 25, 2016 Best Lawn Party of the Year! Bring your lawn chairs or ...
Historic Costumed Walking Tour
Aug 25, 2016
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...
Tavern in the Garden
Aug 25, 2016
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 costume...
Aug 4 - Aug 25, 2016
Wickliffe, KY
Education programs are available for Homeschool groups every Thursday in August from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (or other days/times as available, call for appointment).  Includes...
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...
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