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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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Pioneer Life Week
Jul 25 - Jul 31, 2016
Olive Hill, KY
A full week dedicated to the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812 and the settlement of lands around the Ohio River, re-enactors, musical entertainment and many historical progr...
Jul 30 - Jul 31, 2016
Madisonville, KY
Admission $10 per person RIDES INCLUDED Gates open at 4:00 p.m., rides provided by Drew Exposition start at 4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. CONVENTION CENTER – Hopkins County ...
Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2016
Lexington, KY
The Kentucky Summer Horse Show is a 5-day hunter/jumper show, and is the first part of the two part Kentucky Summer Horse Show 2016 series. This event draws local riders, inte...


Jul 28 - Jul 31, 2016
Lexington, KY
The Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining Show is a reining show named after NRHA Hall of Famer Clayton Woosley. The show is put on by the Kentucky Reining Horse Association an...
Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2016
Franklin, KY
Street Smarts Art Show at the Gallery on the Square.  Artist Brandon Donahue.  Exhibit June-July.  Meet the Artist on Saturday, July 16th, 10am-12pm and paint a...
First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series
Aug 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...
Live at the Park Concert Series, The Monarchs – Old Time Rock’n Roll
Aug 01, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Tickets: $17 in advance $20 day of show.  Beer garden opens at 6:30 p.m., concert starts at 8 p.m.  502-348-5971 or 800-626-1563.
Aug 02, 2016
Prestonsburg, KY
Come check out local musicians performing original music at a different Prestonsburg venues every Tuesday night through August.
High Tea Tuesday at Waveland
Aug 02, 2016
Lexington, KY
New for 2016, Waveland will be offering High Tea.  Normally, our teas start at 2:00 p.m. but for this special High Tea Tuesday at Waveland we will serve at 6:30 p.m. ...
Little Naturalist School
Aug 03, 2016
Pineville, KY
Pine Mountain State Resort Park will be hosting a Little Naturalist School this summer for children ages 3-6. Bring the little ones out for a chance to explore the park and l...
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