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Kentucky Festivals and Events

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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Festival of Learnshops
Jul 7 - Jul 23, 2017
Berea, KY
Imagine almost 3 weeks packed with master craftsmen, artists, musicians, chefs, award-winning writers, and experts in sustainable living. Now imagine yourself being right ther...
On Your Mark - Get Set- Print! - KY Artisan Center Features Printmaking in July
Jul 1 - Jul 29, 2017
Berea, KY
During the month of July the Kentucky Artisan Center will present demonstrations by four Kentucky printmakers who will show visitors an array of print techniques and printing ...
Quilt and Fiber Extravaganza
Jul 28 - Jul 29, 2017
Berea, KY
An event featuring all things fiber related, including exhibits of quilts and other fiber arts, lectures, workshops and vendors market. Presented by the Berea Arts Council.


Spoonbread Festival
Sep 15 - Sep 17, 2017
Berea, KY
One of Berea’s fun family weekend events (September 15-17), hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Hot air balloons, live music,arts and crafts, car show, scenic motorcycle ...
Kentucky Artisan Center Honors State
Mar 25 - Sep 23, 2017
Berea, KY
Photo: "Cane" by Mark A. Selter The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will honor the 225th Anniversary of Kentucky becoming a state in 2017, with the exhibit 225: Artists Ce...
63rd Annual Mountailn Folk Festival
Sep 22 - Sep 24, 2017
Berea, KY
A weekend of folk dance, music and song workshops, discussion and dance parties. Sponsored by The Fold Circle Association of Berea and hosted at the beautiful Russel Acton Fol...
KY Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair
Oct 14 - Oct 15, 2017
Berea, KY
Juried. Exquisite works of art and crafts by juried Kentucky artists and craftsmen, live music, great food and demonstrations. Held at Indian Fort Theater, Hyw. 21E. (2047 Big...
4th Annual Geocaching Weekend
Oct 20 - Oct 22, 2017
Berea, KY
Bring a GPS or smart phone and participate in Berea's newest family event. This high tech scavenger hunt will take you to parts of our community that you might not otherwise s...
‘Agate: Jewel of Kentucky’ - New Exhibit at Kentucky Artisan Center
Jul 1 - Nov 11, 2017
Berea, KY
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea has a new exhibit featuring the Kentucky agate, a stone rarer than diamonds, in “Agate: Jewel of Kentucky” on display in the C...
Home & Hearth Christmas Bazaar
Nov 11 - Nov 12, 2017
Berea, KY
Attention shoppers! Hosted at the Russel Acton Fold Center, this 23rd family tradition of folk arts and crafts, features great buys from over 30 artisans and vendors. Food ava...
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