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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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Elk Viewing Tour
Jan 21, 2017
Prestonsburg, KY
Elk were reintroduced to Kentucky in 1997 as a restoration project by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.  From 1997 - 2003 approximately 1513 elk were transp...
Nature Watch Weekend: Sandhill Cranes
Jan 20 - Jan 21, 2017
Lucas, KY
Each year thousands of sandhill cranes make Barren River Lake a stop as they congregate in huge numbers to migrate. The lake’s exposed mud flats in winter provide the bi...
Battle of Mill Springs-155th Anniversary Observance
Jan 21, 2017
Nancy, KY
155th Anniversary Observance of the Battle of Mill Springs – Zollicoffer Park and Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center, Hwy 80 Nancy, KY, 1pm. The service will com...
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County Wide in Concert
Jan 21, 2017
Elizabethtown, KY
Founded in Southeastern Kentucky, County Wide brings you a "Wide" variety of music including Old/New Country, Southern/Classic Rock, Blues, Alternative, and their very own s...
Around the World in 80 Days
Jan 21, 2017
Berea, KY
The Spotlight Players present a side-splitting slapstick comedy about the ambitions of one man to travel around the world in 80 days to win a wager.
Jan 21, 2017
Lexington, KY
January 21, 2016 - Junior Naturalist - 10am - Winter Tree ID - Learn how to identify trees in the winter using features other than leaves, the program includes a craft.  ...
Romeo et Juliette
Jan 21, 2017
Frankfort, KY
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The Cocktail
Jan 22, 2017
Franklin, KY
Dueling Grounds Distillery is a new small batch craft whiskey distillery in Franklin, KY. Come by our tasting room this Sunday for our weekly Cocktail party! Our house mixolog...
Kentucky Hills Woods and Waters Weekend
Jan 20 - Jan 22, 2017
Corbin, KY
Explore our rich cultural and natural history by attending various activities and workshops.  There will be guided hikes to several local natural features.  Particip...
Wedding Show
Jan 22, 2017
Louisville, KY
Florists, hair stylists, photographers, caterers, and the many other types of vendors it takes to make a wedding come to life will gather Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Sawyer Hayes ...
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