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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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Aug 31, 2015
Louisville, KY
There's just something about experiencing a river lock on a boat, and this cruise is that kind of adventure. The riverboat Spirit of Jefferson will be heading downri...
Aug 29 - Aug 31, 2015
Elkhorn City, KY
For the best in gospel singing, come on out and listen to these great groups.
Bluegrass On The Banks
Sep 01, 2015
Owensboro, KY
The series will showcase a variety of bluegrass music on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from May through September with two additional dates leading up to ROMP. ...
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May 31 - Sep 1, 2015
Argillite, KY
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is offering a special weekday package for the summer! Bring your family out and experience all the park has to offer! Available Sunday- Thurs...
Seven Guitars by August Wilson
Sep 01, 2015
Louisville, KY
After serving jail time on a trumped-up vagrancy charge, blues musician Floyd Barton sets out to win back his girl and reclaim his pawned guitar, hoping to make a new hi...
First Day Hike
Sep 01, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
Hikers will meet with the naturalist on New Year’s Day in the lodge lobby to begin a 3.25 mile hike on the park’s Lake Trail. Wear proper clothing and bring your o...
Live Horse Racing
Jul 4 - Sep 1, 2015
Henderson, KY
Enjoy live horse racing at Ellis Park Race Track every Friday-Sunday. Free admittance into the park.
Sep 02, 2015
Bardstown, KY
This fun filled excursion will include a two and a half hour train ride through the Kentucky countryside. Four course meal and a theatre production of a murder mystery. 6 p.m....
Seven Guitars by August Wilson
Sep 02, 2015
Louisville, KY
After serving jail time on a trumped-up vagrancy charge, blues musician Floyd Barton sets out to win back his girl and reclaim his pawned guitar, hoping to make a new hi...
Seven Guitars by August Wilson
Sep 03, 2015
Louisville, KY
After serving jail time on a trumped-up vagrancy charge, blues musician Floyd Barton sets out to win back his girl and reclaim his pawned guitar, hoping to make a new hi...
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