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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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Apr 28 - Apr 30, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
APRIL 28 - 30:  Campers Appreciation Weekend  This weekend has been set aside as a special weekend for campers.  Those camping this weekend will get two nights ...
Tygart Creek Paddle Excursions
May 03, 2017
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...
Smoky Bridge ON-ROPE Adventure
May 06, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
A zip-line over 200 feet long will be stretched across the gorge down behind the lodge. We will strap you in for a ride to remember as you drop 50 feet in elevation and cruise...
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Tygart Creek Paddle Excursions
May 07, 2017
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...
Tygart Creek Paddle Excursions
May 13, 2017
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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