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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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Jun 26, 2017
Bardstown, KY
Dance to, or just sit back and enjoy the music of the Moonlight Big Band at the beautiful Old Kentucky Home State Park Rotunda.  Pack your picnic basket and lawn chairs a...
Jun 26, 2017
Lexington, KY
The KHP Run/Walk Club starts every Monday through September at the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center and features local craft beers, food trucks, information tables and horse...
Madisonville Miners vs. Hopkinsville Hoppers
Jun 27, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Batter up! Nothing's finer than summer baseball in Madisonville, Kentucky. Watch the Madisonville Miners play the Hoptown Hoppers at Elmer Kelley Stadium. Admission is $5...
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A Midsummer Night
Jun 27, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Shakespeare's comedy.
Tea Tuesday at Waveland
Jun 27, 2017
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 p.m. in the mansi...
"Summer Dining Series" by Perryville Social Club
Jun 28, 2017
Danville, KY
You're Invited to our exclusive themed pop-up restaurant to occur weekly in and around Boyle County, to make the area “Historically Delicious.” Our First Summer Di...
Art Class & Cocktails
Jun 29, 2017
Franklin, KY
Indulge in some art therapy, with alcohol ink and drinks!  Local Artist, Mary Catherine Frankenfield is giving an alcohol ink class in our Tasting Room @ DGD. Come lea...
Fishing Fun
Jun 29, 2017
Henderson, KY
Join us for a fun evening of fishing on Recreation Lake in John James Audubon State Park. All you need to bring is a smile and a little bit of luck! Fishing poles, bait and ta...
The Laramie Project
Jun 29, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Members of the Frankfort Performing Arts Ensemble will perform selections from the Laramie Project.
Fanfare for the 4th—Musical Visions of America
Jun 29, 2017
Louisville, KY
13th annual multimedia choral cinema presentation of the founding, expansion, and refinement of America. Enjoy this American historical retrospective & revel in the power...
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