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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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Jul 28, 2015
Lucas, KY
Are you looking for a fun adventure to do with your family, corporate retreat, church group, reunion, or other group meeting? Paddle at Barren River Lake on a guided...
The Stephen Foster Story
Jul 28, 2015
Bardstown, KY
There's Only One...The Stephen Foster Story Experience an evening of breathtaking music and beautiful costumes under the stars at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardsto...
Jul 28, 2015
Madisonville, KY
2015 Hopkins County Fair.   Tuesday:  Admission $10 per person RIDES INCLUDED Gates open at 5:00 p.m., rides provided by Drew Exposition start at 5:30 p.m.   ...
Jul 29, 2015
Madisonville, KY
Wednesday:  Admission $10 per person RIDES INCLUDED Gates open at 5:00 p.m., rides provided by Drew Exposition start at 5:30 p.m.     7:00 p.m. CONVENTION CEN...
Jul 1 - Jul 29, 2015
Franklin, KY
Lunchtime on the Lawn live music series is every Wednesday, 11am - 1pm, in July and features local musicians performing on the Historic Courthouse Square.  Hosted by Fran...
The Stephen Foster Story
Jul 29, 2015
Bardstown, KY
There's Only One...The Stephen Foster Story Experience an evening of breathtaking music and beautiful costumes under the stars at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardsto...
Jul 30, 2015
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 costumed...
Thursday Public Bourbon Tour
Jul 30, 2015
Louisville, KY
2015 Thursday Public Bourbon Tour South Learn the art, history, and craftsmanship of “America’s Native Spirit” as you travel through Bourbon Country visitin...
Music on the Terrace - Summer Music Enjoyment
Jul 30, 2015
Louisville, KY
Music on the Terrace Summer Music Enjoyment at Paddock Shops Summit Plaza Dr. Louisville (Music on the Terrace located between Mi...
Jul 30, 2015
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...
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