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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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Turkey Trot 5K
Nov 27, 2014
Henderson, KY
A morning Thanksgiving run benefiting the Brain Injury Adventure Camp. Enjoy a workout before your holiday meal.
Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Nov 27, 2014
Cadiz, KY
Don't want to deal with the stress and/or mess of cooking a Thanksgiving feast for your family? Well, you don't have to! Enjoy this Thanksgiving at Lake Barkley SRP. The Windo...
Nov 27, 2014
Hardin, KY
Come out and enjoy Thanksgiving at the beautiful Aurora Landing Restaurant overlooking Kentucky Lake! Starters: Chef's Choice of Soups Assorted Cheeses, Salads, and Relis...
Nov 27, 2014
Greenup, KY
Bring your family to the Jesse Stuart Lodge to enjoy our special Thanksgiving Day Buffet! Dinner will be served from 12pm to 8pm on November 27th. Coffee, punch, an...
The Burgin Barn
Nov 28, 2014
Harrodsburg, KY
Tagged as “Burgin’s Little Secret,” The Barn features The Kentucky Strangers and special guest performers that provide some of the best live country music ...
Nov 28, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Step back in time to the Mid-19th Century at My Old Kentucky Home Christmas Candlelight tours. Elaborate period style dress, music and traditional refreshments nightly. Gif...
Christmas Candyland at FABS
Nov 28, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Enjoy the Christmas season with artist created stand-ups in Candyland themes. Old Nelson County Library, 90 Court Square. 502-348-0044. www.fineartsbardstown....
PNC Bank
Nov 28, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Kicking off the Christmas Season with the official lighting of the City of Bardstown’s Christmas tree. 6-8 p.m. Music, refreshments, Santa and extended shopping hours!...
A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland
Nov 28, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Most Friday evenings during the year, Friday and Saturday evenings during October.  Experience the history and mystery of Wickland, Home of Three Governors.  Take a ...
Nov 28, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Live music every Friday night features the Bardstown Opry. Other performances throughout the year. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m.  For more information...
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