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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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Sep 24, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Stroll among classic cars from yesteryear.   Fourth Saturday of the month April – October, 2 p.m. - dusk.  502-348-9788 or 502-348-6456 or 800-638-4877...
Elk Viewing Tour
Sep 24, 2016
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
Sep 24, 2016
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...
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Fort Harrod Jazz & Art Festival
Sep 24, 2016
Harrodsburg, KY
Come and enjoy world class Jazz and much more at this fast growing festival.  Artist from all over come to display their museum quality artwork while great jazz fills the...
Seven Springs Sorghum Festival
Sep 24, 2016
Sulphur Well, KY
The Seven Springs Sorghum Festival is an old time family friendly festival that includes Sorghum Making Demonstrations, Local Craft Vendors, Old Time Craft Demonstrations, O...
Sep 24, 2016
Frankfort, KY
The KY History Half is the Commonwealth's first half marathon that celebrates Kentucky's history. This charitable event also offers a fun way to support the educational progra...
Vintage Baseball Game
Sep 24, 2016
Lexington, KY
Vintage Baseball Game Waveland State Historic Site will be hosting a Vintage Baseball game.  Waveland is the new home field to the only Kentucky Vintage Base Ball ...
Sep 24, 2016
Wickliffe, KY
National Public Lands Day will be recognized with park volunteers cleaning the park grounds, ensuring that the trails and grounds are preserved for everyone to enjoy.  Wo...
Sep 24, 2016
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. ...
Barbecue on the River
Sep 22 - Sep 24, 2016
Paducah, KY
Come join us in Paducah, KY for three great days of barbecue as 35 plus BBQ teams from Western Kentucky and beyond cook up over 80,000 pounds of pork and chicken in hopes of...
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