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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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Pioneer Life Week
Jul 24 - Jul 30, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
A full week dedicated to the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812 and the settlement of lands around the Ohio River, re-enactors, musical entertainment and many historical progr...
Aug 07, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
This is a 3 hour beginner workshop for people with limited to NO experience led by trained park staff. Ages 12 to 15 MUST have a legal guardian present for this workshop. (Leg...
Fraley Festival of Traditional Music
Sep 6 - Sep 9, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
Traditional musical instruments such as the dulcimer, fiddle and guitar are used to tell stories about a life long ago along the foothills of Eastern Kentucky.  The music...
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Oct 6 - Oct 7, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
If you dare, come and take the walk through our 1/4 mile wooded trail, and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have you shivering with fear.  Our past trail ...
Oct 13 - Oct 14, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
If you dare, come and take the walk through our 1/4 mile wooded trail, and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have you shivering with fear.  Our past trail ...
Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
If you dare, come and take the walk through our 1/4 mile wooded trail, and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have you shivering with fear.  Our past trail ...
Oct 27 - Oct 28, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
Campers come join us for our 13th annual Halloween Campout Celebration! Some of the special activities include site-to-site trick or treating, pumpkin carving contest, costume...
Murder Mystery Theater
Nov 3 - Nov 4, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
The ever so popular group, Murder and Merriment, who had their debut performance at Carter Caves this past Valentines Weekend will be back to perform another interactive, mind...
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