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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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May 15 - May 16, 2015
Newport, KY
Browse art and enjoy music by local jazz musicians. Wine samples available for purchase.
May 28 - Sep 3, 2015
Newport, KY
Held on the Plaza by the Newport Aquarium.
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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