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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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Fiber and Textile Arts Showcased at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea in July
Jul 2 - Jul 30, 2016
Berea, KY
During the month of July, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will host demonstrations and events focusing on the textile arts of felting, fabric construction, and quilting. ...
Dr. Pearlie M. Johnson Presents “Quilt Art: Examining the Narrative in Kentucky
Jul 30, 2016
Berea, KY
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will host guest speaker Dr. Pearlie M. Johnson from the University of Louisville presenting “Quilt Art: Examining the Narrative in K...
Made for You
Oct 07, 2016
Berea, KY
We welcome you to our gallery on October 7th, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM, to enjoy works of art by talented individuals from all across the state of Kentucky! For your enjoyment, we will...


Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair
Oct 8 - Oct 9, 2016
Berea, KY
The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen’s Fall Fair is an event you won't want to miss. Kentucky’s finest artists and crafts persons, including KGAC members an...
Call for Entries for Fall Exhibit at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Sep 17, 2016 - Feb 25, 2017
Berea, KY
Kentucky artists are invited to submit entries for the exhibit “Have a Seat: Chairs by Kentucky Artisans” which will run from Sept. 17, 2016 through Feb. 25, 2017,...
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