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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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10TH Annual Wine Barrel Tasting for the Springs
Mar 25, 2017
Lexington, KY
Friends of McConnell Springs and 16 participating wineries are sponsoring the 10th Annual Wine Barrel Tasting for the Springs in and near Lexington, KY on Saturday, March 25, ...
Appalachian Heritage Wild Game Feast
Mar 25, 2017
Slade, KY
Come out for the popular Appalachian Heritage Wild Game Feast Buffet at the Hemlock Lodge’s Sandstone Arches Restaurant here at Natural Bridge!  An assortment of wi...
Mar 25, 2017
Buckhorn, KY
Enjoy seeing these majestic animals in their natural habitat.  Participants must register by calling Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park at 800-325-0058. Participation in the...


The Lion King Jr.
Mar 25, 2017
Richmond, KY
The African savannah comes to life on  stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back aga...
2nd Annual Trout Trot 5K Trail Run
Mar 25, 2017
Jamestown, KY
RACE DAY DETAILS:  Post race finish line awards with SPECIAL Trout medallion prize medals being awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners in each category. Award Categ...
Hike-A-Thon 2017
Mar 25, 2017
Pineville, KY
Just over 31 miles will be covered on guided hikes taking place once a month, March through September, on both Kentucky State Park, Kentucky State Nature Preserve, EKU researc...
Mar 25, 2017
Lexington, KY
The Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test and Dressage Competition will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park's Dressage Complex and Hunter Jumper Complex. Proceeds to benefit Ce...
Bardstown Bourbon Sampler/Mixed Drink Challenge
Mar 25, 2017
Bardstown, KY
Sample Kentucky’s fine Bourbon while collecting branded specialty glasses.  Enjoy delectable food from our official caterer while enjoying a small preview of what&r...
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s Murder Mystery
Mar 25, 2017
Bardstown, KY
A brothel madam, pub owner, Irish mob hitman, a bookie, and a priest walk into a bar. No, this isn't the start of a bad joke but it is the start of some shenanigans. Can Fathe...
A Tisket, a Tasket, Get Your Easter Basket - March Artisan Center Demonstrations
Mar 4 - Mar 25, 2017
Berea, KY
The Kentucky Artisan Center will feature basketry during the month of March with artist demonstrations showcasing a wide variety of Easter baskets. Artists will be making ba...
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