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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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Historic Costumed Walking Tour
Sep 29, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
Hear recollections and witness reenactments from Elizabethtown's most notorious characters. We gather every Thursday evening "On the Square" at 7:00 p.m., June through Sept...
Tavern in the Garden
Sep 29, 2016
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...
9th Annual Reaching for Rainbows Special Needs Kids Fishing Derby
Sep 29, 2016
Jamestown, KY
This is a very popular event with many many people attending; however, with the opening of the brand new extended trout stream, there will be more room than ever!  This i...
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Sep 6 - Sep 29, 2016
Louisville, KY
Looking for some fun competition in the sport of Archery? Join our Beginner and Intermediate Fall Archery Leagues! Divisions begin at ages 7 and up.  We'll shoot in the s...
The Frazier History Museum Presents Hip History Night at the Museum
Sep 29, 2016
Louisville, KY
Strike up the bluegrass music, folks! It’s time for Hip History Night at the Museum – The Good Wood Edition, presented by Hilliard Lyons. Come tap your toes to the...
Sep 30, 2016
Louisville, KY
The arrival of printing changed the world, allowing increased literacy and knowledge through rapid spread of text. Printmaking techniques were inevitably adopted by artists an...
Michael Johnson: Singer/Songwriter
Sep 30, 2016
Madisonville, KY
Michael Johnson is a classically trained guitarist, an off-Broadway actor and an ex-member of the Chad Mitchell Trio. The artist credits encompass two #1 country hits, a #1 po...
Berea Voted # 1 in America’s Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers
Aug 6 - Sep 30, 2016
Berea, KY
For the past six weeks, and with over 47,789 Facebook votes tallied, craft lovers from all over the country have voted Berea as their #1 favorite town for crafts. Beating out ...
Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016
Lexington, KY
The Kentucky Horse Park and the Lexington Mounted Police Unit host the annual Mounted Police Colloquium at the Kentucky Horse Park. National and International instructors are ...
Sep 30, 2016
Lexington, KY
The KHP Foundation Battle in the Saddle is a celebrity team penning event benefiting the KHP Foundation. This event pairs two amateur team penning riders with a celebrity gues...
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