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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.

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Jul 26 - Aug 1, 2015
Bowling Green, KY
The Southern Kentucky Fair has provided a family-oriented entertainment option for south-central Kentucky for 64 years. The fair will return in 2015 to the Southern Kentucky F...
Aug 01, 2015
Campbellsville, KY
The Tri-County Car Club Presents "Mainstreet Saturday Night" every first Saturday from April to October from 3-7 pm! Cars, trucks, hot rods, classics, rat rods, motorcycl...
Aug 01, 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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Aug 01, 2015
Columbia, KY
South Central Kentucky Outdoor Expo for the outdoor enthusiast.  View booths dedicated to hunting, fishing and all outdoor related merchandise.  Contests and seminar...
Aug 01, 2015
Stearns, KY
Scheduled on the night of each full moon during the summer, begin the evening at 6:00 p.m. with a showcase of the region’s finest wines, spirits, and food. Then at 7:3...
Aug 01, 2015
New Haven, KY
Relive the Golden Days of Railroad Dining!  Fine cuisine and gracious service await you.   The ride is a 22 mile round trip that last 2 hours.  6 p.m.&nb...
Jul 9 - Aug 1, 2015
Bardstown, KY
July 9 - August 1 (Thursdays & Saturdays) It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout named Chad who chan...
First Day Hike
Aug 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...
Guided Historic Walking Tour
Aug 01, 2015
Henderson, KY
This fun, free guided tour starts at The Depot Community Room and continues throughout downtown’s historic district. View homes and businesses and hear interesting stori...
Sandy Lee Songwriters Festival
Jul 29 - Aug 1, 2015
Henderson, KY
A live music event where Nashville’s top songwriters perform songs they have written that have skyrocketed to the top of the charts. Enjoy live music, featuring local an...
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