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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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Mermaid and Pirate Breakfast
Oct 11, 2015
Newport, KY
Enjoy breakfast with your family in our Riverside Room overlooking a spectacular view of the Ohio River and Downtown Cincinnati. After breakfast, you’ll be invited in...
Sep 25 - Oct 12, 2015
Newport, KY
Guests can view a real-life clad in a colorful fish-tailed swimming underwater. The underwater in the aquarium’s Coral Reef exhibit that features nearly ...
Sep 6 - Oct 31, 2015
Newport, KY
America's premier haunted steamboat returns to the Ohio River for 30 minutes of bone-chilling twists and turns. Light on Matinee October 18 and Captain's Extreme tours October...


Nov 6 - Nov 21, 2015
Newport, KY
Two interrelated one act plays that wrestle with mysteries of death, the afterlife, religion, faith and forgiveness.
Mar 14 - Dec 31, 2015
Newport, KY
Featuring Asian small-clawed otters, lizards and Thunder, the more than 100-year-old snapping turtle.
May 1 - Dec 31, 2015
Newport, KY
One of the largest collections of extremely rare scalloped hammerhead sharks in the world.
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