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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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Kentucky State Fair
Aug 18 - Aug 28, 2016
Louisville, KY
Kentucky State Fair
2016 KY State Sporting Clay Championship
Aug 26 - Aug 28, 2016
Owenton, KY
This is the KY State Championship for shooters.  Call Shadoe Perry for details for times, forms and other info.
Kentucky State Fair Cookoff
Aug 18 - Aug 28, 2016
Louisville, KY
Are you the “The Next Great Baker,” the “Top Chef” or the “Cake Boss?” Let us be the judge of that! The Kentucky State Fair will host four...
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Battle of Richmond Reenactment
Aug 27 - Aug 28, 2016
Richmond, KY
The 2016 Battle of Richmond Reenactment weekend will take place August 27-28, 2016.  The event, sponsored by the Battle of Richmond Association,  will have a hospi...
Aug 24 - Aug 28, 2016
Lexington, KY
The Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Horse Show is a 5-day hunter/jumper show, and is part of the Kentucky Horse Show 2016 series. This event draws local and out-of-state ri...
Aug 28, 2016
Lexington, KY
Top prize event at the Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Horse Show
Aug 28, 2016
Lexington, KY
Sit back and enjoy the Festival’s final Mainstage Concert while listening to solo performances by Grammy Winner Jason Vieaux as well as Paganini’s Terzetto Conce...
Ultimate Outdoor Expo
Aug 26 - Aug 28, 2016
Lexington, KY
The mission for the 4th Annual Ultimate Outdoor Expo is to offer an expo that Kentucky outdoors men and women will set their calendars for each year. There are no other indoor...
Discover Your Superpower
Aug 28, 2016
Louisville, KY
This is a fun, interactive, FREE event that will empower kids ages 4-12 to discover their superpower to make the world a better a place! Children will go from station to stati...
Just Fore Kids Golf Classic
Aug 29, 2016
Louisville, KY
The 20th Anniversary Golf Classic will benefit the Kosair Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you're planning to attend, contact Erin Fowler at efowler@kosair.or...
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