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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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Arts and Crafts Show
May 27, 2017
Gilbertsville, KY
This annual Arts and Crafts Show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. It features handcrafted artwork, fair food and gorgeous vie...
BBQ Blues & Bikes
May 27, 2017
Elizabethtown, KY
On May 27, 2017 the streets of Downtown Elizabethtown will be buzzing with families, the smell of barbecue,  the rockin’ sounds of blues, and the sight of thousands...
Natural Bridge Hoedown
May 27, 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...


May 27, 2017
Alexandria, KY
 Come and enjoy a day of treasures and food along with music and events at the 2nd Annual Alexandria Fair Court Days at the Alexandria Fairgrounds.
Backyard Concert Series
May 27, 2017
Carrollton, KY
General Butler State Resort Park, and The Friends of Butler will again host a series of concerts called, Backyard Concert Series. The free Saturday concerts, begin at&nbs...
Levisa Fork Paddle Fest
May 27, 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...
Dramatic Color & Grand Scale ‘Reveal’ Exhibit  at KY Artisan Center
Dec 29, 2016 - May 27, 2017
Berea, KY
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea presents an exhibit introducing two new artists in, “Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner.” This exhibit will runs through May 2...
Somernites Cruise Car Show and Shine
May 27, 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...
May 27, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Enjoy dinner and drinks at The Crowded House in downtown Madisonville with live music from local songwriters.
Basic Photography Workshop
May 27, 2017
Cumberland, KY
Basic Photography Workshop with the renowned Malcolm Wilson.
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