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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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KNPS Wildflower Weekend
Apr 28 - Apr 29, 2017
Slade, KY
Natural Bridge is proud to be the host park for the Kentucky Native Plant Society's Wildflower Weekend. Come discover the amazing floral diversity of Natural Bridge and the su...
AQS QuiltWeek - Paducah
Apr 26 - Apr 29, 2017
Paducah, KY
Paducah becomes a mecca for fiber artists each spring when 30,000 international and domestic quilters make the pilgrimage to attend AQS QuiltWeek - Paducah. In addition to exh...
Apr 29, 2017
Columbus, KY
This annual event brings history enthusiasts together in an effort to help keep our nation’s heritage not only preserved, but pristine.  Since 1996, the Civil War T...


Apr 28 - Apr 29, 2017
London, KY
Pay for Friday night and get Saturday night FREE. We will be showing our loyal campers just how much they are appreciated this weekend! We will have a large complimentary dinn...
Apr 28 - Apr 29, 2017
Harrodsburg, KY
Moonlight and Magnolias An affectionate portrait of the legendary movie producer David O. Selznick and his collaborators as they labor over five days to fashion a screenp...
Wilderness Trail Distillery
Apr 29, 2017
Danville, KY
Wilderness Trail Distillery's A Taste of Danville will feature Danville restaurants providing sample portions of food, music, and a full array of spirited cocktails, beer and ...
U.S. Bank Great Balloonfest
Apr 27 - Apr 29, 2017
Louisville, KY
Thursday, April 27, 2017 7:00 AM: Great Balloon Charity Race Lift Off At Bowman Field 8:30 PM: Great Balloon Glimmer At Kroger's Fest-a-ville on the Waterfront Friday, Apri...
Celebrate National Astronomy Day!
Apr 29, 2017
Henderson, KY
The Milky Way's a candy bar, Saturn was a car manufacturer, and Polaris is the maker of ATV's and snowmobiles, right? Well, true, but think again... Come celebrate National As...
Bluegrass River Run
Apr 29, 2017
Richmond, KY
The Bluegrass River Run presented by BeintheWater will be the kick-off race of the 2017 Kentucky Waterman Series season, Kentucky's first ever paddlesports...
Apr 29, 2017
New Haven, KY
Join us for a wild ride as your train gets robbed by a gang of train robbers! Train departs at 2 p.m. Adults: $21.00 Children $16.00 (ages 2-12) under 2 is free.  Train r...
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