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Kentucky Festivals and Events

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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Dec 10, 2016
New Haven, KY
All aboard for an evening of fun and holiday cheer as we journey to the North Pole to pick up Santa.  Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.  Children are encouraged to w...
Dec 10, 2016
New Haven, KY
Visit with Santa and his helpers as they pass through the train handing out Christmas goodies of cookies and hot chocolate. Wear your pajamas for pictures with Santa. Don't...
18th Century Christmas at the Fort
Dec 9 - Dec 10, 2016
Richmond, KY
Friday December 9th 6:00PM - 9:00PM and Saturday December 10th 1:00PM - 4:00PM.  Visit the Fort to see and hear the differences in the holiday celebrations of the se...
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December Dinner Theater
Dec 9 - Dec 10, 2016
Carlisle, KY
December Dinner Theater – December 9 & 10, 2106 Patrons will dine from a delicious all you can eat buffet featuring Kentucky State Park favorites as well as a des...
Dec 10, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Julia Wickliffe Beckham, the only woman in the world to be the mother, sister and daughter of a governor, hosts a Victorian Tea at Wickland, Home of Three Governors. She sh...
Second Saturday
Dec 10, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
Historic downtown Elizabethtown's Second Saturday events began September 15, 2011 with acitivities from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  This new event, sponsored by the Elizabethtown Her...
Dec 10, 2016
Pikeville, KY
Big annual Christmas Parade at 2 pm Dec. 10, 2015.  To enter call Cody Johnson at 606 454-8000.
Dec 10, 2016
Pikeville, KY
Big annual Christmas Parade at 2 pm Dec. 10, 2015.  To enter call Cody Johnson at 606 454-8000.
Dec 10, 2016
Pikeville, KY
Big annual Christmas Parade at 2 pm Dec. 10, 2015.  To enter call Cody Johnson at 606 454-8000.
Magical Christmas in Burnside
Dec 10, 2016
Burnside, KY
The lights from Christmas Island have been restored and placed in various locations through historic downtown Burnside from the weekend of Thanksgiving through New Year's Day....
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