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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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Apr 18, 2015
Greenup, KY
The Rail City Dulcimer Society will host its fifth annual Dulcimer Festival at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park. The festival will be held 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday and ...
Apr 18, 2015
Buckhorn, KY
Thousands of people come to visit eastern Kentucky and Buckhorn Lake each year.  Create a more positive experience for them by helping in the volunteer efforts cleaning u...
Apr 17 - Apr 18, 2015
Corbin, KY
The Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival promises to be a weekend of both traditional and unique entertainment for the entire family.   Visitors can tour the falls, h...
Bourbon & Browns
Apr 18, 2015
Frankfort, KY
The 3nd annual Bourbon & Browns fundraiser is set for April 18, 2015 at the Orlando Brown House. There will be a bourbon tasting, variations on the hot brown by Ouita Mich...
Apr 17 - Apr 18, 2015
Bowling Green, KY
The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events and is presented by WKU Libraries, Warren County Public Library, and Barnes and Noble Boo...
Owensboro Symphony Orchestra 2014-2015 Season
Apr 18, 2015
Owensboro, KY
The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra performs their 2014-2015 season in RiverPark Center's Cannon Hall.
Apr 18, 2015
Whitley City, KY
McCreary Tourism is proud to present the Yamacraw 50k and 10k Trail Race . The Yamacraw 50k and 10k  are simultaneous trail races that will be held across Daniel Boone ...
An Evening with Jo Dee Messina
Apr 18, 2015
Madisonville, KY
A fiercely independent, outspoken and gifted vocalist that boldly does things her own way and paves her own path to success. With hit single heads Carolina, Tales Califo...
Apr 18, 2015
Munfordville, KY
A 5K fun/walk in downtown Munfordville. it will not be timed --- just a lot of fun! Finish with a rainbow of color! Pre-registration by March 7 is $30/individual or $25 for a ...
Thunder Over Louisville on the Belle
Apr 18, 2015
Louisville, KY
Don't miss this event! As the kickoff to the Kentucky Derby Festival, the city will be having one of the top 10 fireworks events in the country, and it is a sight to behold. O...
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