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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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Mar 6 - Mar 8, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
Step back in time to the 18th century, when American Indians and European Americans lived closer to nature. Learn some of the skills that were necessary for everyday life, and...
Mar 21 - Mar 22, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
Outdoor Adventure Connection offers this one night, spring backpacking trip for first time backpackers and beginning backpackers. It includes six workshops on backpacking esse...
Mar 28, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
This is a 6-mile canoe or kayak trip that navigates you down Tygart Creek which cuts Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge.  You will be on the creek for about 3.5 hours...
Mar 28 - Mar 29, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
About the Event Long a mainstay on the orienteering calendar, the Orienteering Cincinnati’s Flying Pig hosts orienteers from all over the country, and some foreign coun...
Apr 04, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
This is a 6-mile canoe or kayak trip that navigates you down Tygart Creek which cuts Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge.  You will be on the creek for about 3.5 hours...
Apr 4 - Apr 5, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
We will have family oriented recreation programs throughout the weekend.  We will offer some egg coloring, scavenger hunting and other fun recreational program opportun...
Apr 11, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
The Eastern Mining Collectors Association is a group dedicated to the preservation and understanding of America’s rich mining heritage through collection and preservatio...
Carter Caves Wildflower Pilgrimage
Apr 17 - Apr 19, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
The hills come alive every spring at Carter Caves with emerging blooms of many shapes and colors decorating the forest floor.  You will be able to experience the beauty o...
Apr 24 - Apr 26, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
This weekend has been set aside as a special weekend for campers.  Those camping this weekend will get two nights camping for the price of one.  Special rates will...
Apr 26, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
This is a 6-mile canoe or kayak trip that navigates you down Tygart Creek which cuts Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge.  You will be on the creek for about 3.5 hours...
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