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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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Feb 24, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearses a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and ...
The Mousetrap - Agatha Christie
Feb 24, 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...
"Around the World in 80 Days" Presented by Flashback Theater
Feb 24, 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 24, 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...
Friday Public Bourbon Tour
Feb 24, 2017
Louisville, KY
Friday Public Bourbon Tour East Woodford Reserve / Buffalo Trace / Wild Turkey Learn the art, history, and craftsmanship of "America's Native Spirit" as you travel through B...
Expanding Fields Art Exhibition
Feb 24, 2017
Lexington, KY
This exhibition is all about the art of architecture, curated by Cat Wentworth, former director of Institute 193 in Lexington, KY. The exhibition isn't about constructing buil...
5th Annual Gravy Cup for Boys and Girls Haven
Feb 25, 2017
Louisville, KY
February 25th, 2017 will mark the 5th annual Gravy Cup to benefit Boys & Girls haven. At this event over 30 local professional chefs and weekend warriors will descend up...
4th Annual Mardis Gras Parade
Feb 25, 2017
Franklin, KY
Franklin, KY will be having its 4th Annual Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 25th, starting at 3 PM, downtown on the Square. Form a Marching Krewe (group) or make a floa...
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s Murder Mystery
Feb 25, 2017
Bardstown, KY
Valentine's Day has always been torture for some and delightful for others. What if you had the chance to do it all over again with "the one that got away"? That's exactly wha...
A Midsummer Night
Feb 16 - Feb 25, 2017
Prestonsburg, KY
Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Egeus, Hermia's father, prefers Demetrius as a ...
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