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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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Jun 29, 2015
Louisville, KY
There's just something about experiencing a river lock on a boat, and this cruise is that kind of adventure. The riverboat Spirit of Jefferson will be heading downri...
Jun 1 - Jun 29, 2015
Union, KY
During the month of June, Dr. Ken Tankersley from the University of Cincinnati and his students will be conducting paleontological fieldwork at Big Bone Lick.  Join park ...
Jun 29, 2015
Bardstown, KY
Dance to, or just sit back and enjoy the music of the Moonlight Big Band at the beautiful Old Kentucky Home State Park Rotunda.  Pack your picnic basket and lawn chairs a...
The Stephen Foster Story
Jun 30, 2015
Bardstown, KY
There's Only One...The Stephen Foster Story Experience an evening of breathtaking music and beautiful costumes under the stars at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardsto...
Henderson County Fair
Jun 24 - Jun 30, 2015
Henderson, KY
Henderson teen pageant, rides, petting zoo, car show, games booths.
Jun 30, 2015
Madisonville, KY
Celebrate the Madisonville 4thFest with Praise in the Park.   The Goodman Revival featuring Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes and Johnny Minick will take the stage at 6p...
The Stephen Foster Story
Jul 01, 2015
Bardstown, KY
There's Only One...The Stephen Foster Story Experience an evening of breathtaking music and beautiful costumes under the stars at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardsto...
Jul 01, 2015
Bardstown, KY
Join Jim Beam’s great grandson and Master Distiller Fred Noe for an in depth bourbon tasting featuring Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask, Basil Hayden, Booker’...
First Day Hike
Jul 01, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
Hikers will meet with the naturalist on New Year’s Day in the lodge lobby to begin a 3.25 mile hike on the park’s Lake Trail. Wear proper clothing and bring your o...
Jul 01, 2015
Lucas, KY
Are you looking for a fun adventure to do with your family, corporate retreat, church group, reunion, or other group meeting? Paddle at Barren River Lake on a guided...
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