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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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Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus at East KY Expo Center
Mar 12 - Mar 15, 2015
Pikeville, KY
Ringling Bros. presents Built to Amaze!!  A circus spectacular extraordinarily engineered by the Greatest show on Earth comes to the East KY Expo Center in Pikeville, KY ...
Apr 09, 2015
Pikeville, KY
Grammy award-winning religious band "Casting Crowns" will have a performance April 9, 2015 at East KY Expo Center. More info call 606 444-5500.
"Steel Magnolias" presented by Jenny Wiley Theatre
Mar 26 - Apr 14, 2015
Pikeville, KY
A story of friendship will steal your heart.  Be sure to see this at Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville, KY
Hillbilly days
Apr 16 - Apr 18, 2015
Pikeville, KY
Hillbilly Days offers loads of fun for all participants, but there is true meaning behind the event. For 37 years, Shriners have faithfully traveled all over the United States...
Jamey Johnson in concert at E KY Expo Center
Apr 18, 2015
Pikeville, KY
11 time Grammy Nominee Jamey Johnson to headline the 2015 Hillbilly Days concert at East KY Expo Center in Pikeville, KY.April 18.  Ticket prices will be $40, $35, and $2...
Aug 27 - Sep 6, 2015
Pikeville, KY
Feud-Freshwater part 3:  The story of Nancy McCoy at Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville, KY  Doors open at 6:45 pm;  play starts at 7:30 pm; Matinees at 2 pm.
Muscle On Main
May 9 - Oct 10, 2015
Pikeville, KY
Muscle on Main – Welcome to the Three-Time Award Winning event, Muscle on Main. 2015 is going to bring new things to the event that is more family oriented. Bring your c...
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