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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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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...
May 02, 2015
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 you to take a ride to remember as you drop 40 feet in elevatio...
May 09, 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...
May 10, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
Grayson lake is a cliff-lined reservoir that is absolutely beautiful.  Considered by some as the most aesthetically pleasing paddle within 75 miles of this area.  Th...
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May 15 - May 16, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
We are inviting the horseback riding community to come out and join other riders this weekend and enjoy the outdoor beauty while riding trails at Carter Caves. Camp with ...
Jun 13, 2015
Olive Hill, KY
Grayson lake is a cliff-lined reservoir that is absolutely beautiful.  Considered by some as the most aesthetically pleasing paddle within 75 miles of this area.  Th...
Jul 20 - Jul 26, 2015
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...
Sep 9 - Sep 12, 2015
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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