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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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Jul 23, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Stroll among classic cars from yesteryear.   Fourth Saturday of the month April – October, 2 p.m. - dusk.  502-348-9788 or 502-348-6456 or 800-638-4877...
James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky Outdoor Drama
Jul 23, 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...
Jul 23, 2016
New Haven, KY
Enjoy lunch aboard our 1940’s dining car as you travel through the Rolling Fork River Valley.  1 p.m.  $38 per person.  Casual dress, reservations requi...


Jul 23, 2016
Prestonsburg, KY
Enjoy a relaxing float down the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River.  Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rentals will be available from Legends Outfitters or Jenny Wiley St...
Hike-A-Thon - Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Jul 23, 2016
Pineville, KY
Looking for a monthly hiking experience, perhaps some motivation to get on the trail, a hiking partner, or a new hiking locale? Register for Pine Mountain State Resort Park's ...
Natural Bridge Hoedown
Jul 23, 2016
Slade, KY
The famous Natural Bridge Hoedowns have been a popular tradition at Natural Bridge for over 45 years!  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and square dance caller, Jane Boli...
Somernites Cruise Car Show and Shine
Jul 23, 2016
Somerset, KY
Somernites Cruise Car Show and Cruise – Downtown Somerset - Join us every 4th Saturday, April through October, in Somerset “The Car Cruise Capital of Kentucky&r...
Jul 18 - Jul 23, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Midway rides, games, music, animals, tractor pulls, demolition derbies and much more.  Nelson County Fairgrounds on US 31E South.  502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877. ...
Jul 23, 2016
Wickliffe, KY
Kids Club Saturdays at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site offers Kids of all ages a fun, educational experience as part of their museum visit. Children will learn the basics...
Jul 16 - Jul 23, 2016
Owenton, KY
A exciting county fair, includes exhibits of art, crafts, food & garden produce.  Horseshows include walking, mini & saddle. Cattle, hogs & sheep shows.  ...
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