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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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A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland
Jan 30, 2015
Bardstown, KY
Most Friday evenings during the year, Friday and Saturday evenings during October.  Experience the history and mystery of Wickland, Home of Three Governors.  Take a ...
Louisville Deer & Turkey Expo
Jan 30, 2015
Louisville, KY
The Deer & Turkey Expo offers a fun and educational experience for all attendees, featuring How-to Seminars, Shooting Ranges, Contests and hundreds of hunting products ...
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Jan 30, 2015
Owensboro, KY
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis Directed by Wes Bartlett The name of Judas Iscariot has become synonymous with betrayal, but what do we...
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Jan 31, 2015
Owensboro, KY
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis Directed by Wes Bartlett The name of Judas Iscariot has become synonymous with betrayal, but what do we...
Louisville Deer & Turkey Expo
Jan 31, 2015
Louisville, KY
The Deer & Turkey Expo offers a fun and educational experience for all attendees, featuring How-to Seminars, Shooting Ranges, Contests and hundreds of hunting products ...
Nature Watch Weekend - Sandhill Cranes
Jan 30 - Jan 31, 2015
Lucas, KY
Each year thousands of Sandhill Cranes make Barren River Lake a stop as they congregate to migrate during winter.  Learn more about these intriguing birds with a unique s...
Elk Viewing Tour
Jan 31, 2015
Prestonsburg, KY
Elk were reintroduced to Kentucky in 1997 as a restoration project by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.  From 1997 - 2003 approximately 1513 elk were transp...
Elk Viewing Tour
Jan 31, 2015
Prestonsburg, KY
Elk were reintroduced to Kentucky in 1997 as a restoration project by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.  From 1997 - 2003 approximately 1513 elk were transp...
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
Jan 31, 2015
Bardstown, KY
What was it really like to be a knight at the round table? Step back in time and see for yourself! There was ambition, romance and even MURDER in this hysterical new comedy....
Winter Elk Watches
Jan 31, 2015
Buckhorn, KY
Enjoy seeing these majestic animals in their natural habitat.  Participants must register by calling Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park at 800-325-0058. Participation in the...
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