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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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James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky Outdoor Drama
Jul 28, 2016
Harrodsburg, KY
The Ragged Edge Community Theater produces this outstanding play in the James Harrod Amphitheater.  The play centers around Harrodsburg's founder, frontiersman, James Har...
Historic Costumed Walking Tour
Jul 28, 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...
Jul 28, 2016
Madisonville, KY
Admission $10 per person RIDES INCLUDED Gates open at 5:00 p.m., rides provided by Drew Exposition start at 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. CONVENTION CENTER – Little Miss and...
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Tavern in the Garden
Jul 28, 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...
Jul 5 - Jul 28, 2016
Louisville, KY
Archery is a sport to be enjoyed by all people, regardless of almost all sizes and abilities.  It is a very safe sport when following the correct procedures.  Archer...
Jul 28, 2016
Louisville, KY
Paddock Shops presents Music on the Terrace! Thursdays June 9th - August 11th 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Jul 28, 2016
Stanford, KY
School is out and looking for something to do, well everyone loves to do crafts.  For a small fee we will provide all the materials to make a craft you can take home and ...
Jul 28, 2016
Lexington, KY
The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic is part of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show and takes place in the Rolex Stadium on Thursday at 6:30.
The Frazier Museum Presents Hip History Night at the Museum
Jul 28, 2016
Louisville, KY
The Frazier History Museum presents Hip History Night at the Museum celebrating Homeboys and Homegirls from the Bluegrass State! Headlined by Nashville singer-songwriter...
Thursday Night Live
Jul 28, 2016
Brandenburg, KY
Join us for a night of our free concert series! Live music provided by Jossie Gomez. Bring your lawn chairs and food for a relaxing evening at Bruners!
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