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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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Picnic in the Park
Jul 28, 2017
Harrodsburg, KY
You are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy free entertainment under our "big ol' tree"!  Every Friday in June and July at noon you can enjoy the park while singers...
James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky Outdoor Drama
Jul 28, 2017
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...
Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017
Louisville, KY
Summertime is FUN time at E. P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.  We are committed to providing quality, educational, and fun day camps for kids.  Each camp is o...
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Jul 28, 2017
Falls Of Rough, KY
Rough River Dam State Resort Park hosts their annual Summer Concert in the Park series.  Concerts take place on the park's lovely patio located just outside Grayson's Lan...
Fridays After Five
Jul 28, 2017
Prestonsburg, KY
Friday's After Five features live music from local artists. Relax on the May Lodge Patio overlooking Dewey Lake while listening to music. Friday's After Five runs from Memoria...
Heaven and Evan Exclusive Bourbon Experience
Jul 28, 2017
Louisville, KY
Heaven and Evan Exclusive Experience Bardstown to Downtown with Heaven Hill and Mint Julep Tours  Start with a trip to the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardst...
Scandals and Ghost Stories
Jul 28, 2017
Richmond, KY
Come out for a fun-filled night!  Guides will recount tales of White Hall hauntings and will let you in on all of the juicy gossip that surrounds the Clay fami...
Jul 28, 2017
Harrodsburg, KY
 The Burgin Barn features house band "Larry Sanders and Borderline" and special guest performers that provide some of the best live country music around. It's a new sh...
Mysterious Moths
Jul 28, 2017
Henderson, KY
Be a part of the Mysterious Moths program with Master Naturalist, Debbie Goedde, at John James Audubon State Park on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 8:30 P.M. During this&n...
Meet Private Josiah Ayre
Jul 28, 2017
Perryville, KY
Meet Private Josiah Ayre 2017 June & July Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10:00 AM 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (at the old cedar tree across from the museum) ...
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