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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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Jun 23 - Jun 24, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Treasures abound for two full days along Highway 41 and 41A!  Make plans now to travel from north or south along Highway 41 to visit hundreds of booths selling anything t...
ROMP Fest 2017
Jun 21 - Jun 24, 2017
Owensboro, KY
ROMP Festival: Celebrating the Roots & Branches of Bluegrass! Hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum To Purchase tickets visit: Or call 1-8...
Natural Bridge Hoedown
Jun 24, 2017
Slade, KY
The famous Natural Bridge Hoedowns have been a popular tradition at Natural Bridge for over 45 years!  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and square dance caller, Jane Boli...


Unbridled Adventure Race Series at Kentucky State Parks
Jun 24, 2017
Greenup, KY
Get ready for another great year of the Unbridled Series! Brought to you by 361 Adventures, this series is an exciting collection of adventure races being held in partnersh...
Levisa Fork Paddle Fest
Jun 24, 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...
Jun 18 - Jun 24, 2017
Paducah, KY
Participate in this favorite community event! The annual McCracken County Fair is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of South Paducah and boasts children's activities, talent ...
Somernites Cruise Car Show and Shine
Jun 24, 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...
Hike-A-Thon 2017
Jun 24, 2017
Pineville, KY
Just over 31 miles will be covered on guided hikes taking place once a month, March through September, on both Kentucky State Park, Kentucky State Nature Preserve, EKU researc...
Civil War Living History Event
Jun 24, 2017
Winchester, KY
FREE ADMISSION!! -12th United States Colored Heavy Artillery -Reactivated with Cannon Fire on the hour -Numerous re-enactors and demonstrators -Be sure to bring your walki...
Forkland Lincoln Museum
Jun 24, 2017
Danville, KY
The Museum will be open for the first time in 2017 on May 6th, and it will be open every Saturday through October, from noon to 4pm. Come see the new displays and search for y...
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