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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 22, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Listen to local musical artists in an intimate setting each Wednesday. Enjoy light dinner entrees, wine, craft beer, ice cream, and coffee.
Pre-Prohibition Bourbon & Rye Cocktail Class
Mar 22, 2017
Lexington, KY
In the golden age of cocktails prior to Prohibition, bourbon and rye whiskeys held a special place as the sweet yet spicy bases for whole categories of cocktails.  I...
Mar 24, 2017
Pikeville, KY
You'll enjoy this great concert at East KY Expo Center March 24 at 7 pm. Ticketmaster or call 606 444-5500.  
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The Lion King Jr.
Mar 24, 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...
100 Great Courier-Journal Photographs
Jan 27 - Mar 24, 2017
Louisville, KY
Louisville’s Courier-Journal is an enduring publication that's part of the fabric of the community. In its 150 year history the paper has captured the beautiful, the ter...
Fourth Friday Closing: Expanding Fields Art Exhibition
Mar 24, 2017
Lexington, KY
The closing night for the Expanding Fields art exhibition. There will be a reception with Interactive Inflatables presented by Informal Office and music by Nicholas Penn.
2nd Annual Trout Trot 5K Trail Run
Mar 25, 2017
Jamestown, KY
RACE DAY DETAILS:  Post race finish line awards with SPECIAL Trout medallion prize medals being awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners in each category. Award Categ...
The Lion King Jr.
Mar 25, 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...
Hike-A-Thon 2017
Mar 25, 2017
Pineville, KY
Just over 31 miles will be covered on guided hikes taking place once a month, March through September, on both Kentucky State Park, Kentucky State Nature Preserve, EKU researc...
10TH Annual Wine Barrel Tasting for the Springs
Mar 25, 2017
Lexington, KY
Friends of McConnell Springs and 16 participating wineries are sponsoring the 10th Annual Wine Barrel Tasting for the Springs in and near Lexington, KY on Saturday, March 25, ...
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