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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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Rock the Block Concert Series
May 26, 2017
Winchester, KY
Main Street Winchester presents its 2nd Annual Summer Concert Series: Rock the Block starting on May 26th!  Concerts are FREE and will take place on Main Street in front ...
May 26, 2017
Pikeville, KY
Get Ready...May 26th, at 7:30 pm WWE Live returns to the East KY Exposition center.  Tickets go on sale April 7th, 2017 at 10 am. (Dress like your favorite WWE superstar...
Cheaper by the Dozen
May 26, 2017
Berea, KY
A family comedy with a dozen reasons to laugh.  The Spotlight Players team up with students from the Spotlight Acting School in this intergenerational masterpiece of fami...


"Robert Tharsing, A Retrospective" Closing Reception
May 26, 2017
Lexington, KY
This is an exhibition curated by Lina Tharsing. It will take a look at the artistic career of Robert Tharsing. An occasion where fellow artists, friends and colleagues can ...
May 26, 2017
Lexington, KY
The Glo Run is a night time 5K thru a 1980's themed glowing wonderworld of a course. You will be taking selfies galore in front of huge glowing boomboxes, giant glowing '80s m...
May 26, 2017
Falls Of Rough, KY
      The concert this Memorial Day Weekend is with the band Shotgun Serenade. The sponsor will be Dan Powers GM Center.      The concert will b...
Somernites Cruise Car Show and Shine
May 27, 2017
Somerset, KY
Somernites Cruise Car Show and Cruise – Downtown Somerset - Join us every 4th Saturday, April through October, in Somerset “The Car Cruise Capital of Kentucky&rdqu...
Levisa Fork Paddle Fest
May 27, 2017
Paintsville, KY
Paintsville and Prestonsburg will be hosting the PaddleFest on the 4th Saturday of each month May-September 2017. Starts at 8:30. $10 per person for meal and shuttle. Register...
Dramatic Color & Grand Scale ‘Reveal’ Exhibit  at KY Artisan Center
Dec 29, 2016 - May 27, 2017
Berea, KY
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea presents an exhibit introducing two new artists in, “Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner.” This exhibit will runs through May 2...
Arts and Crafts Show
May 27, 2017
Gilbertsville, KY
This annual Arts and Crafts Show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. It features handcrafted artwork, fair food and gorgeous vie...
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