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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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Mar 25 - Mar 26, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
Outdoor Adventure Connection offers this one night, spring backpacking trip for first time backpackers and beginning backpackers. It includes seven workshops on backpacking es...
The Lion King Jr.
Mar 26, 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...
Mar 23 - Mar 26, 2017
Lexington, KY
Fans of Road to the Horse follow the journey and witness an accumulation of a lifetime of passion and knowledge being put to the test as elite clinicians from around the world...
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Kayak Fishing Boondoggle Kentucky
Mar 24 - Mar 26, 2017
Campbellsville, KY
Come meet and fish with some new friends and old in the kayak fishing world. Enjoy fishing the wonderful Green River Lake which has abundance of small mouth bass, large m...
Mar 26, 2017
Franklin, KY
The Cocktail is a weekly happening featuring artisan cocktails made by our very own mixologist. Each week we will highlight our Kentucky Clear Whiskey and other craft spirits ...
Tea Tuesday at Waveland
Mar 28, 2017
Lexington, KY
Looking for something fun, unique and different to do with a friend or a group? Waveland State Historic site is serving tea every Tuesday! Tea is served at 2 p.m. in the mansi...
Meet Mr. Lincoln
Mar 28, 2017
Nancy, KY
Meet Mr. Lincoln – Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center and Museum, Hwy 80, Nancy, KY.  Mr. Lincoln will visit local schools with age-appropriate presentations t...
EILEEN MYLES LECTURE
Mar 29, 2017
Lexington, KY
Poet, novelist, performer, and art journalist Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books, including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems and Chelsea Girls. Prese...
Family Scavenger Hunt
Mar 29, 2017
Henderson, KY
Bring the family out for some WILD Wednesday Spring Break fun--we've got a John James Audubon State Park scavenger hunt for you! You'll be exploring around the park, so b...
Slitherin
Mar 29, 2017
Henderson, KY
Stop in John James Audubon State Park today for some WILD Wednesday spring break fun--we'll have a slitherin' good time! Our naturalist will introduce you to the Nature Center...
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