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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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James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky Outdoor Drama
Jul 22, 2017
Harrodsburg, KY
The Ragged Edge Community Theater produces this outstanding play in the James Harrod Amphitheater.  The play centers around Harrodsburg's founder, frontiersman, James Har...
Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
Jul 21 - Jul 22, 2017
Louisville, KY
Nothing goes better with blues music than some smokin' hot barbecue! Catch the tunes of New Orleans and Memphis while you eat with your hands at Louisville Blues, Brews &...
Natural Bridge Hoedown
Jul 22, 2017
Slade, KY
The famous Natural Bridge Hoedowns have been a popular tradition at Natural Bridge for over 45 years!  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and square dance caller, Jane Boli...
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Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2017
Owenton, KY
A exciting county fair, includes exhibits of art, crafts, food & garden produce.  Horseshows include walking, mini & saddle. Cattle, hogs & sheep shows.  ...
Jul 21 - Jul 22, 2017
Paintsville, KY
Awaken is an annual two-day, Christian music and teaching conference held in Paintsville, KY. Free admission! Performers include Jeremy Camp, Zach Williams, and more! For...
Riverfest Regatta
Jul 21 - Jul 22, 2017
Augusta, KY
Come to Augusta, Kentucky and take a breathtaking scenic stroll down Historic Riverside Drive. You'll be sure to be entertained by panoramic unobstructed Ohio River Valley vie...
Levisa Fork Paddle Fest
Jul 22, 2017
Paintsville, KY
Paintsville and Prestonsburg will be hosting the PaddleFest on the 4th Saturday of each month May-September 2017. Starts at 8:30. $10 per person for meal and shuttle. Register...
Jul 22, 2017
Falmouth, KY
The Pendleton County Youth Fair Association is a non-profit corporation and operates exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (C)(...
Somernites Cruise Car Show and Shine
Jul 22, 2017
Somerset, KY
Somernites Cruise Car Show and Cruise – Downtown Somerset - Join us every 4th Saturday, April through October, in Somerset “The Car Cruise Capital of Kentucky&rdqu...
Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs
Jul 22, 2017
Louisville, KY
Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs Exclusive Culinary Experience with Mint Julep Tours  Join us in the Kitchen Studio at Bourbon Barrel Foods to be in the live studio audience ...
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