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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 04, 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 04, 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...
Dec 04, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Celebrate the season with Santa and Mrs. Claus on the North Pole Express.  Enjoy crafts and a movie in the depot before boarding for the 1 ½ hour excursion and ...


Dec 2 - Dec 4, 2016
Owensboro, KY
One of the regions finest Christmas shows with over 200 booths.  Dealers from across the country featuring gifts, crafts, decor, jewelry, clothes, candles, bath and body ...
Dec 04, 2016
Louisville, KY
Santa Visit with Carriage Rides at the Paddock Shops November 20th, 26th & 27th December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th Noon - 4 P.M.
Dec 04, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Annual Christmas Carol program, telling the story of Christmas through familiar carols in modern settings. A good-will collection will be taken to assist the Bardstown Ministe...
Bluegrass Theatre Guild Presents One-Act Plays
Dec 1 - Dec 4, 2016
Frankfort, KY
An evening of one-act plays celebrating Christmas.
Dec 04, 2016
Lexington, KY
SOLD OUT!!  Relive Christmas of the past with scenes from the Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol” at Waveland State Historic Sit...
Dec 04, 2016
Bowling Green, KY
PERFORMANCES: December 1-11, 2016 Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3:00 p.m.   TICKETS (Online): Children: $9.27 (under 13) M...
Christmas at Immaculate Conception
Dec 04, 2016
La Grange, KY
Carols of the Nativity   With Julianna Horton, Organ SOHS Chamber Choir—Justin Romney, Director
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