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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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Mainstreet Saturday Night!
Oct 01, 2016
Campbellsville, KY
The Tri-County Car Club Presents "Mainstreet Saturday Night" every first Saturday from April to October from4-7 pm! Cars, trucks, hot rods, classics, rat rods, motorcycles, yo...
Oct 01, 2016
Edmonton, KY
The annual Metcalfe County Pumpkin Festival/5K is an excellent place to enjoy the beautiful fall weather in south central Kentucky and visit with old friends, make new ones, a...
First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series
Oct 01, 2016
Dawson Springs, KY
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host a guided hike the 1st of each month again in 2016! All hikes will meet in the lodge lobby. Hike times and trails will va...


Ghost Hunt at Big Bone Lick
Oct 01, 2016
Union, KY
***As of Thursday May 5th all program dates are full.  Wait lists are available.   Contact the Park for more information*** Join Kentucky P.A.R.T (Paranormal...
Oct 01, 2016
Corbin, KY
An EggFest is a venue for Big Green Egg enthusiasts to showcase their talents on the Big Green Egg barbecue. It is also an opportunity for those who have been contemplating ...
Natural Bridge Hoedown
Oct 01, 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...
Kentucky Apple Festival
Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2016
Paintsville, KY
Join us in downtown Paintsville for the 54th Annual Kentucky Apple Festival which is always held the first Saturday in October. The festival features a parade, carnival rides,...
Cadiz Farmers Market
Apr 2 - Oct 1, 2016
Cadiz, KY
Every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 7:00am till Noon Downtown on Main Street you will find the local farmers, bakers, jam & jelly makers. Great products from great p...
Village Cruisers Cruise-In
Oct 01, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
Cruise-In Downtown Elizabethtown, KY.  The 1st Saturday of each month, April through October, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m..  All makes and models of street rods, muscle cars, ...
May 17 - Oct 1, 2016
Louisville, KY
Kentucky Opera announces its BROWN-FORMAN 2016/17 SEASON. This will be the 65th anniversary season of Kentucky Opera and audiences will be treated to a trio of well-known, bel...
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