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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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Jun 6 - Sep 26, 2016
Lexington, KY
Meets every Monday from June 6 to September 26. Check-in is between 5-8pm. It all starts at the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center, featuring local craft beers, food trucks, i...
Sep 27, 2016
Pikeville, KY
Be sure to see the Steppin Stones concert at Jenny Wiley Theatre 218 Second St. Pikeville, KY  41501 !!!!
9th Annual CATCH A SMILE SENIOR FISHIING DERBY
Sep 27, 2016
Jamestown, KY
The Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery invites all Seniors to join in the 9th Annual Fishing Derby!  For more information call the Hatchery at 270-343-3797.  
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Tea Tuesdays at Waveland
Sep 27, 2016
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 in the mansion on...
Sep 27, 2016
Paint Lick, KY
The Denny House Bed & Breakfast in historic Paint Lick, Ky requests your presence at our wedding party open house! This mix and mingle event is an opportunity for fu...
Historic Costumed Walking Tour
Sep 29, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
Hear recollections and witness reenactments from Elizabethtown's most notorious characters. We gather every Thursday evening "On the Square" at 7:00 p.m., June through Sept...
Tavern in the Garden
Sep 29, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
EVERY THURSDAY EVENING FROM JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER . . .  Visit the "Tavern in the Garden" . . . a period replica bar in the gardens at The Brown-Pusey House. A costume...
9th Annual Reaching for Rainbows Special Needs Kids Fishing Derby
Sep 29, 2016
Jamestown, KY
This is a very popular event with many many people attending; however, with the opening of the brand new extended trout stream, there will be more room than ever!  This i...
Sep 6 - Sep 29, 2016
Louisville, KY
Looking for some fun competition in the sport of Archery? Join our Beginner and Intermediate Fall Archery Leagues! Divisions begin at ages 7 and up.  We'll shoot in the s...
The Frazier History Museum Presents Hip History Night at the Museum
Sep 29, 2016
Louisville, KY
Strike up the bluegrass music, folks! It’s time for Hip History Night at the Museum – The Good Wood Edition, presented by Hilliard Lyons. Come tap your toes to the...
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