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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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Tea Tuesdays at Waveland
Jul 26, 2016
Lexington, KY
Looking for something fun, unique and different to do with a friend or a group? Waveland State Historic site is serving tea every Tuesday! Tea is served at 2 in the mansion on...
Jul 26, 2016
Madisonville, KY
Admission $10 per person RIDES INCLUDED Gates open at 5:00 p.m., rides provided by Drew Exposition start at 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. OFFICIAL OPENING OF 2016 HOPKINS COUNTY F...
Jul 26, 2016
Prestonsburg, KY
Come check out local musicians performing original music at a different Prestonsburg venues every Tuesday night through August.
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Joe Hudson - 2016 Children
Jul 26, 2016
Frankfort, KY
A performance from guitarist Joe Hudson will take listeners back in time.  Joe keeps true to his Muhlenberg County, Ky., roots by exhibiting the same thumb-picking rhythm...
Jul 27, 2016
Madisonville, KY
Admission $10 per person RIDES INCLUDED Gates open at 5:00 p.m., rides provided by Drew Exposition start at 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. CONVENTION CENTER – Miss Teen Hopki...
Jul 28, 2016
Madisonville, KY
Admission $10 per person RIDES INCLUDED Gates open at 5:00 p.m., rides provided by Drew Exposition start at 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. CONVENTION CENTER – Little Miss and...
Tavern in the Garden
Jul 28, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
EVERY THURSDAY EVENING FROM JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER . . .  Visit the "Tavern in the Garden" . . . a period replica bar in the gardens at The Brown-Pusey House. A costume...
Historic Costumed Walking Tour
Jul 28, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
Hear recollections and witness reenactments from Elizabethtown's most notorious characters. We gather every Thursday evening "On the Square" at 7:00 p.m., June through Sept...
James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky Outdoor Drama
Jul 28, 2016
Harrodsburg, KY
The Ragged Edge Community Theater produces this outstanding play in the James Harrod Amphitheater.  The play centers around Harrodsburg's founder, frontiersman, James Har...
Jul 28, 2016
Louisville, KY
Paddock Shops presents Music on the Terrace! Thursdays June 9th - August 11th 6:30 PM - 8 PM
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