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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.

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Battle of Blue Licks Commemoration 2017
Aug 19 - Aug 20, 2017
Carlisle, KY
Battle Reenactment Weekend – August 19 & 20, 2017 Step back in time and witness the last battle of the Revolutionary War fought in Kentucky. Stroll through the pion...
Pioneer Days Festival
Aug 20, 2017
Harrodsburg, KY
One of central Kentucky's fastest growing festivals, we offer live music, great demonstrations, car show, great food, inflatables, animal corral and much more.  With OVER...
Natural Bridge Artisan Festival
Aug 18 - Aug 20, 2017
Slade, KY
The Natural Bridge Artisan Festival is a celebration of Appalachian heritage through the showcasing of mountain crafts, skills, talents cuisine, and more. This festival is a p...
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Pre-Eclipse Cocktails - Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Aug 20, 2017
Franklin, KY
Cocktails will be served at Dueling Grounds Distillery.  Great event to attend the night before the Total Solar Eclipse.   https://www.facebook.com/solareclipsefran...
Telescope Makers Workshop - Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Aug 20, 2017
Franklin, KY
Make your own telescope workshop (materials and hands-on instructions provided). Cost $100  Pre-registration is required at least three weeks in advance (limit 15 partic...
2nd Annual Summer Salute
Aug 20, 2017
Hopkinsville, KY
Join us for 2nd Annual Summer Salute Festival, highlight of our Solar Eclipse weekend.  3-day music festival with national headliners will attract guests & locals to ...
The Cocktail
Aug 20, 2017
Franklin, KY
The Cocktail is a weekly happening featuring artisan cocktails made by our house mixologist. Each week we will highlight our Kentucky Clear Whiskey and other fine craft spiri...
Aug 20, 2017
Madisonville, KY
How often can you see the stars in the middle of the day? Well, you can. Along with seeing the stars in the night sky, one will travel to distance galaxies and to the moons of...
Aug 20, 2017
Madisonville, KY
How often can you see the stars in the middle of the day? Well, you can. Along with seeing the stars in the night sky, one will travel to distance galaxies and to the moons of...
THOMAS NOZKOWSKI: Touchstones
Jun 10 - Aug 20, 2017
Lexington, KY
HOURS: Tues-Thur: 10 am-5 pm, Fri: 10 am-8 pm, Sat-Sun: 12-5 pm  Admission is FREE Thomas Nozkowski is known for his modestly scaled abstract paintings featuring enig...
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