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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.

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Jul 01, 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...
First Day Hike
Jul 01, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
Hikers will meet with the naturalist on New Year’s Day in the lodge lobby to begin a 3.25 mile hike on the park’s Lake Trail. Wear proper clothing and bring your o...
The Stephen Foster Story
Jul 01, 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 01, 2015
Madisonville, KY
Movie in the Park starting at dusk. Madisonville 4thFest is a week of summer fun! Our schedule includes:     Gospel music and pop music concerts     Bas...
Jul 01, 2015
Bardstown, KY
Join Jim Beam’s great grandson and Master Distiller Fred Noe for an in depth bourbon tasting featuring Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask, Basil Hayden, Booker’...
Jul 02, 2015
Cadiz, KY
The Friends of Lake Barkley is hosting its 5th Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 2nd at the Boots Randolph Golf Course. Shotgun start is at 5:30 p.m. Entry fee is $60 p...
Jul 02, 2015
Madisonville, KY
Continue to celebrate Madisonville 4thFest with baseball and free admission!  Come to Elmer Kelley Stadium for a summer triple play - exciting baseball action, delicious ...
Thursday Public Bourbon Tour
Jul 02, 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 02, 2015
Louisville, KY
Music on the Terrace Summer Music Enjoyment at Paddock Shops Summit Plaza Dr. Louisville (Music on the Terrace located between Mi...
The Stephen Foster Story
Jul 02, 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...
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