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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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Mar 30, 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...
Heaven and Evan Exclusive Bourbon Experience
Mar 31, 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...
The Lion King Jr.
Mar 31, 2017
Richmond, KY
The African savannah comes to life on  stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back aga...
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Apr 01, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Enjoy dinner and drinks at The Crowded House in downtown Madisonville with live music from local artists.
Trooper Vanhook 2nd Annual Memorial Bass Tournament
Apr 01, 2017
Monticello, KY
Trooper Jason Vanhook 2nd Annual Memorial Bass Tournament – Conley Bottom Resort Boat Ramp, 270 Conley Bottom Rd.,  Monticello, KY, blast-off at safe light, weigh-i...
Tygart Creek Paddle Excursions
Apr 01, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
This is a 6-mile canoe or kayak trip that navigates you down Tygart Creek which cuts Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge.  You will be on the creek for about 3.5 hours...
First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series
Apr 01, 2017
Dawson Springs, KY
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host a guided hike the 1st Saturday of each month in 2017 beginning in February! The January hike will be held on New Year's ...
Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2017
Falls Of Rough, KY
    Rough River Dam State Resort Park hosts three different Bluegrass Associations as they come together to raise money for charity.  Bands volunteer their ti...
Reforest Frankfort
Apr 01, 2017
Frankfort, KY
educational exhibits, live music, free food and trees to take home.
Eggstravaganza
Apr 01, 2017
Henderson, KY
Bring your little Bunnies ages 3-8, for a Boppin' good time at the annual "Eggstravaganza" at John James Audubon State Park. Children will enjoy creating and painting their ve...
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