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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 22, 2014
Louisville, KY
Need to get some last minute holiday shopping done?  Let us take the kiddos off your hands for the afternoon.  Park staff will keep them busy by offering a variety o...
Dec 23, 2014
Lexington, KY
Tea Tuesdays will be served at 2 p.m.  The price of teas is $25 per person and includes a tour of the Waveland mansion and program. Reservations re required ...
Dec 23, 2014
Louisville, KY
Are you worried about your kids being bored over the Winter break? Looking for something new and exciting  to do? Bring the whole family to the park to try o...
Fifth Third Bank
Nov 25 - Dec 23, 2014
Louisville, KY
A beautifully redesigned production of the beloved holiday tale, filled with warmth, visual splendor and joyous music. November 25 – December 23, 2014 Performance S...
Dec 25, 2014
Bowling Green, KY
These Bowling Green Bluegrass Jams will take place EVERY THURSDAY night from September 4 on beginning at 5:30pm and are free to the public with donations accepted at the door....
Bardstown Opry
Dec 26, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Live music every Friday night with Special Guests. Adults $10, children 6-12 $6. (502) 249-9443.
A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland
Dec 26, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Most Friday evenings during the year, Friday and Saturday evenings during October.  Experience the history and mystery of Wickland, Home of Three Governors.  Take a ...
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
Dec 27, 2014
Bardstown, KY
This fun filled excursion will include a two and a half hour train ride through the Kentucky countryside. Four course meal and a theatre production of a murder mystery. All ...
Big Hollow 4th Saturday Morning Trail Ride
Dec 27, 2014
Mammoth Cave, KY
BIG HOLLOW 'every 4th Sat Morning' Trail Ride at Mammoth Cave. Beginners Welcome. This is a no drop ride. Meet at SW KyMBA's usual IGA parking lot at 8:15 am to carpool o...
Dec 27, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Rudolph the DEAD Nosed Reindeer December 27th @ 5:00 pm The North Pole is all a-twinkle as the annual Deer of the Year awards banquet is about to honor one of its ...
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