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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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Picnic in the Park
Jul 29, 2016
Harrodsburg, KY
You are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy free entertainment under our "big ol' tree"!  Every Friday in June and July at noon you can enjoy the park while singers...
James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky Outdoor Drama
Jul 29, 2016
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...
Jul 29, 2016
Wickliffe, KY
Teachers will have a special opportunity for a guided tour with hands-on activities showcasing the educational experience students will have on a potential field trip to the s...


Scandals and Ghost Stories
Jul 29, 2016
Richmond, KY
Come out for a fun-filled night!  Guides will recount tales of White Hall hauntings and will let you in on all of the juicy gossip that surrounded the Clay family.  ...
Jul 29, 2016
Jamestown, KY
Join us for great music on the Jamestown Square - you will enjoy everything from Bluegrass & Country to the best of Gospel every Friday night July 15th through October 14t...
Jul 29, 2016
Lexington, KY
The American Red Cross Disaster Blaster Relief Fundraiser is an annual charity event benefiting the Bluegrass chapter of the American Red Cross. This casual event includes din...
Jul 29, 2016
Pineville, KY
Pine Mountain State Resort Park will once again be hosting Summer Nights Line Dancing Classes with the Broken Spur Dance Club. This year's classes will take place on Fridays i...
Fridays After Five
Jul 29, 2016
Prestonsburg, KY
Friday's After Five features live music from local artists. Relax on the May Lodge Patio overlooking Dewey Lake while listening to music. Friday's After Five runs from May-Oct...
All Star Guitar Jam
Jul 29, 2016
Frankfort, KY
Live Music from 6:00 - 10:00pm.
Harper Music and Food Festival
Jul 30, 2016
Cadiz, KY
Where:  Main Street in Historic Downtown Cadiz KY.   When:  12 noon until 10 pm.  Bands start at 2 pm.  Bands:  Tommy Akers Band, Ray Wyatt and T...
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