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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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The Grapes of Wrath
Mar 01, 2017
Frankfort, KY
The National Players, the touring company of the Olney Theatre returns to perform a stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath."  The Olney Theatre w...
Call for Entries for ‘225’ Exhibit at Kentucky Artisan Center
Dec 31, 2016 - Mar 1, 2017
Berea, KY
Next year Kentucky celebrates the 225th Anniversary of becoming a state and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea honors that history with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Ke...
Mar 02, 2017
Lexington, KY
This gala serves as a preview of the Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show, where visitors can engage more than 80 quality exhibitors, designer and garden vignettes, fin...
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Mar 03, 2017
Lexington, KY
Keynote lecture by award-winning interior designer Amanda Nisbet, “Designing with Antiques in the Modern Home” in the Alltech Arena’s Lecture Exhibition Hall...
Lexington Humane Society Tails & Ales
Mar 03, 2017
Lexington, KY
The Lexington Humane Society's 10th annual Tails & Ales (sponsored by Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa) beer-tasting fundraiser will be held at Griffin Gate ...
The Mousetrap - Agatha Christie
Mar 03, 2017
Berea, KY
A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the su...
Shaolin Warriors
Mar 03, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Representing over a thousand years of Chinese martial arts culture, legendary Shaolin Warriors is a wildly popular theatrical experience performed by masters of Kung Fu. In th...
Spotlight Acting School presents A Year with Frog and Toad Kids
Mar 03, 2017
Richmond, KY
A hit on Broadway, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, and featur...
"Around the World in 80 Days" Presented by Flashback Theater
Mar 03, 2017
Somerset, KY
Flashback Theater presents “Around the World in 80 Days” – The Stoner Little Theater, SCC Campus, 808 Monticello St.. Somerset Fri-Sat, 7:30pm and Sun at 2pm...
"Around the World in 80 Days" Presented by Flashback Theater
Mar 04, 2017
Somerset, KY
Flashback Theater presents “Around the World in 80 Days” – The Stoner Little Theater, SCC Campus, 808 Monticello St.. Somerset Fri-Sat, 7:30pm and Sun at 2pm...
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