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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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Red Hatter Derby Day
Apr 27, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Grab the gals and head to Lake Barkley for a Red Hatter’s pre-derby celebration!  On April 27th  from 11 am to 2 pm, Red Hatters are invited to join L...
Heaven and Evan Exclusive Bourbon Experience
Apr 27, 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...
19th Annual Grand Rivers Spring Festival and Quilt Show
Apr 27, 2017
Grand Rivers, KY
Enjoy beautiful new and antique quilts on display at the Grand Rivers Community Center. The Grand Rivers Quilt Show runs concurrent with the American Quilters Show in Paducah,...
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Apr 27, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Learn more about the August 21 total solar eclipse. Presented by Dr. George Steedly and Dr. Aseem Talukdar at Madisonville Community College in the Joe C. Davis Building. Make...
A Garden Affair
Apr 27, 2017
Lexington, KY
From April 27th through the 30th, The Headley-Whitney Museum of Art welcomes guests onto the grounds for a weekend filled with all things garden. Set outside amongst the museu...
A Garden Affair
Apr 28, 2017
Lexington, KY
From April 27th through the 30th, The Headley-Whitney Museum of Art welcomes guests onto the grounds for a weekend filled with all things garden. Set outside amongst the museu...
"Robert Tharsing, A Retrospective" Fourth Friday Opening
Apr 28, 2017
Lexington, KY
This is an exhibition curated by Lina Tharsing. It will take a look at the artistic career of Robert Tharsing. An occasion where fellow artists, friends and colleagues can ...
Apr 27 - Apr 28, 2017
Paintsville, KY
Johnson Central Players present the Lion King at the Sipp Theatre on April 20-21 at 7pm, April 22 at 2pm and 7pm, April 27-28 at 7pm. Tickets: Adults $10, Students $5, 4 yr an...
19th Annual Grand Rivers Spring Festival and Quilt Show
Apr 28, 2017
Grand Rivers, KY
Enjoy beautiful new and antique quilts on display at the Grand Rivers Community Center. The Grand Rivers Quilt Show runs concurrent with the American Quilters Show in Paducah,...
Apr 28, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Enjoy dinner and drinks at The Crowded House in downtown Madisonville with live music from local artists.
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