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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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Ward Hall Open House
Aug 1 - Aug 2, 2015
Georgetown, KY
Ward Hall, completed in 1857, is considered one of the nation's finest Greek Revival-style mansions. Ward Hall's center hallway is dominated by a copy of George Peter Alexande...
Jul 31 - Aug 2, 2015
Bowling Green, KY
The Bottom Bulb Battle will be held at Beech Bend Raceway July 31-August 2. For more information, please call 270-781-7634 or visit
The Stephen Foster Story
Aug 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...


Lady of the Lake II Tours at Rough River Dam State Resort Park
Aug 02, 2015
Falls Of Rough, KY
Price: Adults $10 Children (6-12) $5 Children (5 & under)  Free Tour Times: Friday 4 pm  (Pickup at Lodge Courtesy Dock) Saturday 2 pm & 4 pm &nbs...
Aug 02, 2015
Versailles, KY
MATTHEW HARRIS JOUETT DAY:  Visions of America—Prior to the common use of the camera, literally all of our visual memories were created by artists like Matthew Joue...
Aug 1 - Aug 2, 2015
Owensboro, KY
Over 60 vendors of antiques, vintage, and handcrafted items, live music, and food in a festive old school atmosphere! Market Days are the first weekend of every month, Satu...
Jul 28 - Aug 2, 2015
Lexington, KY
A 5-day hunter/jumper show and the second part of the two part Kentucky Summer Horse Show 2015 series, it draws local riders, international riders and even former Olympia...
Aug 02, 2015
Harrodsburg, KY
Free for Friends / Admission includes fair and tour: $10 Ages 13 & Above, $5 Ages 6 – 12, Free 5 & Under The Shaker Village Craft Fair is one of the state&rsq...
Aug 1 - Aug 2, 2015
Madisonville, KY
Saturday:  Admission $10 per person RIDES INCLUDED Gates open at 4:00 p.m., rides provided by Drew Exposition start at 4:30p.m.  5:00 p.m. CONVENTION CENTER &ndash...
Aug 1 - Aug 2, 2015
Union, KY
This is event is organized and executed by Fright Nights Campout. Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is hosting an exciting event for thrill seekers!  Fight Nights is c...
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