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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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Tea Tuesday at Waveland
May 30, 2017
Lexington, KY
Looking for something fun, unique and different to do with a friend or a group? Waveland State Historic site is serving tea every Tuesday! Tea is served at 2 p.m. in the mansi...
The Race Is On! An Exhibit on the Traditions of the Kentucky Derby
Apr 18 - May 31, 2017
Bardstown, KY
THE RACE IS ON! A new exhibit!  It's DERBY time in the Kentucky and My Old Kentucky Home is proud to roll out the roses, silks, hats, and more with our new...
May 31, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Listen to local musical artists in an intimate setting each Wednesday. Enjoy light dinner entrees, wine, craft beer, ice cream, and coffee.


May 31, 2017
Lexington, KY
The event features music by Ben Lacey & David Napier, a Bourbon Barrel assembly demonstration by Independent Stave Company, a Lexington Bartender Cocktail Competition...
Jun 01, 2017
Lexington, KY
A special Thursday Night Live is planned with live music from Charlie Shuck & The Trendells. Local food and beverages will be available for purchase. Please visit&nbs...
Concert on the Crush Deck at Lake Cumberland Winery
Jun 01, 2017
Monticello, KY
Concert on the Crush Deck at Lake Cumberland Winery – 122 Cedar Lane Farm, Monticello, KY, 6pm-8pm.  Join Steve Fulton on the Crush Deck as he performs original mus...
Discovery Night - Planetarium Premier: Habitat Earth
Jun 01, 2017
Lexington, KY
Delve into a full dome exploration of what it means to live in today's connected world, exploring a variety of habitats, types of life, and relationships – fun for all a...
Happy 225th Birthday Kentucky!
Jun 01, 2017
Danville, KY
Please join us for a historic day of commemoration and celebration in the birthplace of the Commonwealth on June 1, 2017 Constitution Square Historic Site 105 East...
Seussical the Musical
Jun 01, 2017
Richmond, KY
Once again the Spotlight Players and The Spotlight Acting School present an intergenerational fun show complete with a live band. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton,...
Jun 01, 2017
Carrollton, KY
POUND FIT GENERAL BUTLER CONFERENCE CENTER You ask for it, and General Butler listened! Samantha Adams is on-board to bring you Pound Fit @ 6:00 p.m. General Butler ...
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