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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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Tygart Creek Paddle Excursions
Apr 23, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
This is a 6-mile canoe or kayak trip that navigates you down Tygart Creek which cuts Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge.  You will be on the creek for about 3.5 hours...
Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2017
Apr 23, 2017
Lexington, KY
Kentucky Crafted Market 2017 Lexington Convention Center 430 W. Vine St. Lexington, Ky. Friday, April 2110 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Trade Only) Saturday, April 229 a.m....
Women on the Frontier
Apr 22 - Apr 23, 2017
Richmond, KY
Find out lots of things about the life of a woman on the frontier during this two-day interpretive and interactive event.  There will be demonstrations and hands-on learn...


Georgetown International Kite And Culture Festival
Apr 22 - Apr 23, 2017
Georgetown, KY
As spring returns to Kentucky so does the wind making April the perfect time for the Annual Georgetown Kite and Cultural Festival. The festival is a celebration ...
Nature Photography Weekend
Apr 21 - Apr 23, 2017
Corbin, KY
Photographers can enjoy a 24 hour competition in both advanced classes. Guest speakers will present on Friday afternoon and Saturday evening. Judging take place ...
Spring Garden Expo
Apr 23, 2017
Tompkinsville, KY
Join the fun as we get ready for gardening! Whether you like vegetable gardens, flower gardens or just want to have a lush lawn there's something for you at this event! We'll ...
Dogwood Trail Celebration
Apr 3 - Apr 23, 2017
Paducah, KY
Celebrate the beauty of dogwood trees throughout Downtown Paducah. Beautiful by day and glorious by night, the lighted trail covers approximately 10 miles highlighting dogwood...
Apr 23, 2017
Harrodsburg, KY
Moonlight and Magnolias An affectionate portrait of the legendary movie producer David O. Selznick and his collaborators as they labor over five days to fashion a screenp...
Face Value: Photographs by DORIS ULMANN & ANDY WARHOL
Jan 28 - Apr 23, 2017
Lexington, KY
Face Value brings together portraits of skilled laborers, musicians, fashion designers, and sports heroes. Separated by a half century, Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) and Andy Warh...
MIKE MCKAY: Singularities
Jan 28 - Apr 23, 2017
Lexington, KY
Mike McKay is interested in architectural conditions and how space can be perceived, altered, and interpreted. His installations using metal and formed plastic elements create...
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