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Kentucky Festivals and Events

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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Fall Tennis Leagues
Aug 8 - Aug 31, 2016
Louisville, KY
Join in on the action at the park's tennis courts!  Fall Tennis Leagues, offered to ages 18 and up, will begin the week of September 5, 2016.  This fun, energetic le...
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2016
Franklin, KY
Street Smarts Art Show at the Gallery on the Square.  Artist Brandon Donahue.  Exhibit June-July.  Meet the Artist on Saturday, July 16th, 10am-12pm and paint a...
Discovery Night: A Horse of Course!
Sep 01, 2016
Lexington, KY
Get an “up close and personal” experience of one of Kentucky’s favorite animals during our Horse of Course Discovery Night program! Experience LIVE horses an...


Aug 31 - Sep 1, 2016
Frankfort, KY
Thunder Jet Boat Rides from Frankfort, KY to Madison, IN and return. Experience the beautiful Kentucky River on this 155 mile roundtrip boat ride. Reservation required. Dates:...
Sep 01, 2016
Jamestown, KY
Love nature?  Love to craft?  join expert crafter Eli Mackewich at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in making your very own nature inspired craft!  Craft costs...
Tavern in the Garden
Sep 01, 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...
Historic Costumed Walking Tour
Sep 01, 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...
First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series
Sep 01, 2016
Dawson Springs, KY
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host a guided hike the 1st of each month again in 2016! All hikes will meet in the lodge lobby. Hike times and trails will va...
Suds, Duds & Spuds
Sep 01, 2016
Frankfort, KY
Liberty Hall Historic Site will unveil its new historic laundry room setting on September 1 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. In addition to showcasing the room setting, event-goers will enj...
Sep 02, 2016
Monticello, KY
Quilt Show of the Little Mountains – Aspire Center 225 Hwy 1275N Monticello, Fri. 9am-5pm and Sat. 9am-4pm. Hosted by the Contented Heart Quilt Guild this annual show...
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