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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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Lionell Smith to Demonstrate Polymer Clay Jewelry at Kentucky Artisan Center
Aug 29, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, Aug. 29, jewelry artist Lionell Smith will demonstrate her polymer clay jewelry from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. A native of Woodford ...
Janice Miller Creates Folk Painting at Kentucky Artisan Center Sept. 5
Sep 05, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, Sept. 5, Janice Miller, of Lancaster, will demonstrate folk painting with acrylics from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.  Mi...
Debby Stratford to Demonstrate Linoleum Block Printmaking Sept. 12
Sep 12, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, Sept. 12, Debby Stratford, of Louisville, will demonstrate linoleum block printmaking from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Print...
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Free Guided Gallery Tours Sept. 12 at Kentucky Artisan Center
Sep 12, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “Turn, Turn, Turn: Lathe-tu...
GALLERY EXHIBIT: Turn, Turn, Turn: Lathe-Turned Works by Kentucky Artisans
Mar 7 - Sep 12, 2015
Berea, KY
This exhibit of work by over 20 artisans will be on display at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea through Sept. 12. The pieces in the exhibit have all been turned using a la...
Berea Welcome Center Carvers Demonstrate Sept. 19 at Kentucky Artisan Center
Sep 19, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, Sept. 19, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ke...
19th Annual Spoonbread Festival
Sep 18 - Sep 20, 2015
Berea, KY
You will want to come early and stay late  or possibly stay the entire weekend.  Each  day is filled with family fun, beginning Friday afternoon with a v...
Alice Lloyd College Professor Carves Wheel-Thrown Pottery Sept. 26
Sep 26, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, Sept. 26, Alice Lloyd College professor Mike Ware will be throwing pottery on the wheel and carving the clay surface with intricate patterns from 10:30 a.m. to 3:...
Exhibit - "Weaving in Kentucky: A Continuing Tradition"
Jul 17 - Nov 14, 2015
Berea, KY
The exhibit, “Kentucky Weaving: A Continuing Tradition” is at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, where it will be on display in the lobby through Nov. 14, 2015....
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