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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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Pig Out in Maysville
Sep 23, 2017
Maysville, KY
The Annual Pig Out in Maysville BBQ festival is held on a Friday and Saturday in mid to late September every year.   It is a two day event starting at 5pm on Friday ...
Casey County Apple Festival
Sep 21 - Sep 23, 2017
Liberty, KY
The  Casey County Apple Festival will be held downtown Liberty, Ky.The Festival features some 200 vendors displaying Arts & Crafts, Food and Flea Market booths, plus ...
Appalachian Elk Viewing Tour
Sep 23, 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...
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Appalachian Elk Viewing Tour
Sep 23, 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...
Sep 23, 2017
Wickliffe, KY
September is Kentucky Archaeology Month and in recognition, Wickliffe Mounds will have a festival of events related to Archaeology.  Special demonstrations and hands-on a...
Natural Bridge Hoedown
Sep 23, 2017
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...
Paducah Dragon Boat Festival
Sep 23, 2017
Paducah, KY
Join over 7,000 visitors at Paducah’s annual Dragon Boat Festival and cheer on teams as they pilot colorful, elaborately designed dragon boats – 41-foot-long b...
18th Annual Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival
Sep 21 - Sep 23, 2017
Vine Grove, KY
 Annual Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival. 
Levisa Fork Paddle Fest
Sep 23, 2017
Paintsville, KY
Paintsville and Prestonsburg will be hosting the PaddleFest on the 4th Saturday of each month May-September 2017. Starts at 8:30. $10 per person for meal and shuttle. Register...
Paducah Fall Fiber Festival
Sep 22 - Sep 23, 2017
Paducah, KY
Participate in the second annual Paducah Fiber Art Festival. Local businesses will partner with renowned artists to offer workshops and discussions. The Festival is a collabor...
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