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Kentucky Festivals and Events

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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James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky Outdoor Drama
Jul 27, 2017
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 27, 2017
Madisonville, KY
July 25: 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 2017 HOPKINS C...
Jul 6 - Jul 27, 2017
Louisville, KY
Archery is a sport to be enjoyed by all people, regardless of almost all sizes and abilities.  It is a very safe sport when following the correct procedures.  Archer...


Historic Costumed Walking Tour
Jul 27, 2017
Elizabethtown, KY
Elizabethtown Historic Costumed Walking Tour, recurring weekly every Thursday, June 1 - September 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., "on the square". Hear recollections and witness reen...
Tavern in the Garden
Jul 27, 2017
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...
Music On The Terrace
Jul 27, 2017
Louisville, KY
Paddock Shops Music on the Terrace (located between Mitchell's Fish Market and Qdoba Mexican Grill) Thursdays 6:30PM - 8PM June 8th - The Wulfe Brothers (Classic Rock) Ju...
Mini-Camp for Adults
Jul 24 - Jul 27, 2017
Danville, KY
Why should KIDS get to have all the fun? If you’ve ever watched our kids’ camp performances with envy, you’re not alone, and here’s YOUR chance! Our Ir...
Jul 27, 2017
Lexington, KY
The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix is part of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.
Meet Private Josiah Ayre
Jul 27, 2017
Perryville, KY
Meet Private Josiah Ayre 2017 June & July Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10:00 AM 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (at the old cedar tree across from the museum) ...
Kincaid Regional Theatre - INTO THE WOODS
Jul 27, 2017
Falmouth, KY
Be careful what you wish for as this cockeyed fairy tale comes to life featuring all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his bean...
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