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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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Jul 29 - Jul 30, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
What do you get when you mix beautiful collector cars, sock hops, and live music that embodies the essence of the 50's and 60's? The answer: Cruisin' The Heartland with&...
James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky Outdoor Drama
Jul 30, 2016
Harrodsburg, KY
The Ragged Edge Community Theater produces this outstanding play in the James Harrod Amphitheater.  The play centers around Harrodsburg's founder, frontiersman, James Har...
Jul 23 - Jul 30, 2016
Brandenburg, KY 884 Hillcrest Drive Brandenburg KY ...


Jul 29 - Jul 30, 2016
Madisonville, KY
Admission $10 per person RIDES INCLUDED Gates open at 5:00 p.m., rides provided by Drew Exposition start at 5:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m. CONVENTION CENTER – Pet Show Sponsore...
Natural Bridge Hoedown
Jul 30, 2016
Slade, KY
The famous Natural Bridge Hoedowns have been a popular tradition at Natural Bridge for over 45 years!  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and square dance caller, Jane Boli...
Jul 30, 2016
Wickliffe, KY
Kids Club Saturdays at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site offers Kids of all ages a fun, educational experience as part of their museum visit. Children will learn the basics...
Jul 25 - Jul 30, 2016
Harrodsburg, KY
189th Mercer County Fair & Horse Show July 25-30, 2016 859/734-5546
Jul 25 - Jul 30, 2016
Harrodsburg, KY
189th Mercer County Fair & Horse Show 859/734-2216 Carnival, Food, Pageants, Horse Shows, Motor Sports
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park
Jul 27 - Jul 30, 2016
Louisville, KY
The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is the oldest FREE Shakespeare Festival in the U.S.  The 56th summer season at Central Park in Old Louisville features 7 productions ove...
Jul 30, 2016
Lexington, KY
Hats Off to Kentucky's Horse Industry Day is a day to celebrate and promote Kentucky's Horse Industry and includes free KY Horse Park general admission from 9am- 5pm. The hors...
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