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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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Winter Adventure Weekend
Jan 23 - Jan 25, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
Get back outside in eastern Kentucky at Carter Caves State Resort Park’s weekend of hiking, canoeing, wild and commercial cave tours, kayaking, rappelling, winter surviv...
Feb 13, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
Spend a romantic evening in the natural beauty of the Eastern Kentucky foothills! Enjoy a nice buffet style dinner, followed by a special performance by storyteller William Sc...
Feb 14, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
Spend a romantic evening in the natural beauty of the Eastern Kentucky foothills! Enjoy a nice buffet style dinner, followed by a special performance by storyteller William Sc...
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 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
Outdoor Adventure Connection offers this one night, spring backpacking trip for first time backpackers and beginning backpackers. It includes six workshops on backpacking esse...
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...
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...
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