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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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Oil Painting Demonstration by Carl Von Fischer July 4
Jul 04, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, July 4, 2015, artist Carl Von Fischer, of Mount Vernon, will demonstrate his oil painting techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center a...
Jul 11, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, July 11, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “Turn, Turn, Turn: Lathe-Tur...
Wendy Currier Demonstrates Pen and Ink Drawings July 11
Jul 11, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, July 11, Wendy Currier, of Lexington, will demonstrate how she creates pen and ink drawings on recycled materials. Her demonstration will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3:...
Jul 11, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, July 11, Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea staff will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery and lobby exhibits.  The center&...
Whippoorwill Festival
Jul 9 - Jul 12, 2015
Berea, KY
Skills for Earth-Friendly Living Over 85 workshops featuring old time and traditional Appalachian living skills in a family-friendly atmosphere.  Home Canning, Backyar...
Woodcarving Demonstration Saturday, July 18
Jul 18, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, July 18, 2015, the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate woodcarving at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea from 10:30-3:30. The Center is open fro...
Jul 25, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, July 25, 2015,  Bill Berryman of Winchester, KY,  will demonstrate drawing at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea from 10:30-3:30. The Center is o...
Virgil Gary Maiden Demonstrates Wood Turning at Kentucky Artisan Center Aug. 1
Aug 01, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, Aug. 1, Virgil Gary Maiden, of Putney, will demonstrate woodturning on the lathe and talk with visitors about the process from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kent...
Arnold Moore to Create Poplar Bark Birdhouses at Kentucky Artisan Center Aug. 8
Aug 08, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, Aug. 8, Arnold Moore, of Vincent, will demonstrate the construction of his poplar bark birdhouses and talk with visitors about the process from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30...
Free Guided Gallery Tours Aug. 8 at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Aug 08, 2015
Berea, KY
On Saturday, Aug. 8, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “Turn, Turn, Turn: Lathe-turn...
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