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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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Oil Painting Weekend
Feb 24 - Feb 26, 2017
Dawson Springs, KY
If you've always wanted to learn how to paint, this is the weekend event for you! Learn the wet-on-wet method of oil painting by creating your very own 16x20 landscape paint...
The Mousetrap - Agatha Christie
Feb 26, 2017
Berea, KY
A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the su...
The Cocktail
Feb 26, 2017
Franklin, KY
The Cocktail is a weekly happening featuring artisan cocktails made by our very own mixologist. Each week we will highlight our Kentucky Clear Whiskey and other craft spirits ...


"Around the World in 80 Days" Presented by Flashback Theater
Feb 26, 2017
Somerset, KY
Flashback Theater presents “Around the World in 80 Days” – The Stoner Little Theater, SCC Campus, 808 Monticello St.. Somerset Fri-Sat, 7:30pm and Sun at 2pm...
Feb 26, 2017
Lexington, KY
Thinking about remodeling or starting fresh on new home construction? Visit the New Home & Remodeling Marketplace to learn how local building professionals can enhance you...
Hidden Colors Film Series
Feb 28, 2017
Lexington, KY
The Lyric is proud to present Director Tariq Nasheed's eye-opening 'Hidden Colors' film series. Running each Tuesday at 7:00 pm during Black History Month, this documentary se...
Feb 28, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Classical guitarist Terry Pazmiño Trotta belongs to a generation of virtuosi and composers who demystified European influences and rediscovered the popular music of Lat...
Call for Entries for ‘225’ Exhibit at Kentucky Artisan Center
Dec 31, 2016 - Mar 1, 2017
Berea, KY
Next year Kentucky celebrates the 225th Anniversary of becoming a state and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea honors that history with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Ke...
The Grapes of Wrath
Mar 01, 2017
Frankfort, KY
The National Players, the touring company of the Olney Theatre returns to perform a stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath."  The Olney Theatre w...
Mar 02, 2017
Lexington, KY
This gala serves as a preview of the Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show, where visitors can engage more than 80 quality exhibitors, designer and garden vignettes, fin...
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