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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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Aug 27, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Stroll among classic cars from yesteryear.   Fourth Saturday of the month April – October, 2 p.m. - dusk.  502-348-9788 or 502-348-6456 or 800-638-4877...
Aug 25 - Aug 27, 2016
Bardstown, KY
The event that offers good home cooking, along with sweet harmonies, dancing and lots of reunions of families, friends and neighbors on its 22nd anniversary. 502-348-4877 or ...
Aug 27, 2016
Bardstown, KY
This fun filled excursion will include a two and a half hour train ride through the Kentucky countryside. Four course meal and a theatre production of a murder mystery. Excu...


Jul 2 - Aug 27, 2016
Richmond, KY
When the Kentucky combination of heat and humidity make many outdoor activities too umcomfortable to enjoy, we will have a special program, presentation, lecture or demonstrat...
Aug 20 - Aug 27, 2016
Louisville, KY
The exciting and prestigious World’s Championship Horse Show is held annually in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair and crowns world ...
Aug 27, 2016
Prestonsburg, KY
Enjoy a relaxing float down the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River.  Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rentals will be available from Legends Outfitters or Jenny Wiley St...
Hike-A-Thon - Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Aug 27, 2016
Pineville, KY
Looking for a monthly hiking experience, perhaps some motivation to get on the trail, a hiking partner, or a new hiking locale? Register for Pine Mountain State Resort Park's ...
Natural Bridge Hoedown
Aug 27, 2016
Slade, KY
The famous Natural Bridge Hoedowns have been a popular tradition at Natural Bridge for over 45 years!  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and square dance caller, Jane Boli...
Somernites Cruise Car Show and Shine
Aug 27, 2016
Somerset, KY
Somernites Cruise Car Show and Cruise – Downtown Somerset - Join us every 4th Saturday, April through October, in Somerset “The Car Cruise Capital of Kentucky&r...
CONNECT at Bernheim
Aug 27, 2016
Clermont, KY
CONNECT at Bernheim again will challenge minds and delight the senses.The night includes live musical performances ,a light sculpture competition, and hands-on exper...
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