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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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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Jan 24, 2015
Jamestown, KY
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown will hold a Frontier Night Buffet on Jan. 24 from 4-8 p.m. The dinner will feature music from a local band, Carousel Stampede. T...
Buffalo Night
Jan 24, 2015
Prestonsburg, KY
Enjoy a festive buffet meal of buffalo meat and all the fixings’ including carved buffalo, fried chicken, buffalo chili, and assorted vegetables and desserts. Planned na...
Winter Elk Watches
Jan 24, 2015
Buckhorn, KY
Enjoy seeing these majestic animals in their natural habitat.  Participants must register by calling Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park at 800-325-0058. Participation in the...
Nature Watch Weekend - Sandhill Cranes
Jan 23 - Jan 24, 2015
Lucas, KY
Each year thousands of Sandhill Cranes make Barren River Lake a stop as they congregate to migrate during winter.  Learn more about these intriguing birds with a unique s...
Elk Viewing Tour
Jan 24, 2015
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...
4th Annual Pickleball Tournament
Jan 24, 2015
Louisville, KY
Pickleball, the sport that is sweeping the Nation, is one of our favorite pastimes at the park! With open play taking place here for over 20 years, we recently added a fun tou...
The Jungle Book
Jan 24, 2015
Owensboro, KY
Ever been abandoned in the jungle, adopted by wolves, taught by a bear, befriended by a panther and chased by a tiger? In the Missoula Children’s Theatre musical adapt...
Winter Photography Weekend
Jan 24, 2015
Pineville, KY
Interested in photography? Spend the weekend at Pine Mountain State Resort Park on January 23-25, 2015. The weekend will consist of a digital photography contest and evening p...
Professional Rough Stock Rodeo Series - The Lexington Shootout
Jan 24, 2015
Lexington, KY
Watch the best bronco riders as they compete bareback and in the saddle.  Prices $10 to $37.
A Dinner to Die For
Jan 24, 2015
Winchester, KY
A Dinner to Die For Join us for "A Dinner to Die For - All the dinner, death and drama you can handle!" A Murder-Mystery Gala Event benefiting the Leeds Cent...
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