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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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Ward Hall Open House
May 27 - May 29, 2017
Georgetown, KY
Ward Hall, completed in 1857, is considered one of the nation's finest Greek Revival-style mansions. Ward Hall's center hallway is dominated by a copy of George Peter Alexande...
May 26 - May 29, 2017
London, KY
This is our annual Memorial Day Celebration weekend for our campers! Recreation activities will be planned for children and adults and also the Levi Jackson State Park pool wi...
May 25 - May 29, 2017
Richmond, KY
Memorial Day Weekend - Join us for our annual Memorial Day Weekend. We will have scheduled times for a Patriotic camper decoration contest, crafts and NASCAR race themed activ...
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May 26 - May 29, 2017
Louisville, KY
One of the nations finest flea markets with over 600 booths.  Dealers from across the country featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, clothes, crafts, candles, bath an...
Speleofest 2017
May 26 - May 29, 2017
Bonnieville, KY
The Louisville Grotto is proud to present Speleofest 2017, the caving festival of Kentucky. Held on Memorial Day Weekend, May, 26-29, 2017,this event is a great chance to ca...
Tea Tuesday at Waveland
May 30, 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...
The Race Is On! An Exhibit on the Traditions of the Kentucky Derby
Apr 18 - May 31, 2017
Bardstown, KY
THE RACE IS ON! A new exhibit!  It's DERBY time in the Kentucky and My Old Kentucky Home is proud to roll out the roses, silks, hats, and more with our new...
May 31, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Listen to local musical artists in an intimate setting each Wednesday. Enjoy light dinner entrees, wine, craft beer, ice cream, and coffee.
May 31, 2017
Lexington, KY
The event features music by Ben Lacey & David Napier, a Bourbon Barrel assembly demonstration by Independent Stave Company, a Lexington Bartender Cocktail Competition...
Jun 01, 2017
Lexington, KY
A special Thursday Night Live is planned with live music from Charlie Shuck & The Trendells. Local food and beverages will be available for purchase. Please visit&nbs...
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