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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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Wildflower Digital Photography Workshop
May 5 - May 6, 2017
Pineville, KY
Join us May 5th and 6th for our Wildflower Photo Workshop.  There will be guided hikes, digital photo workshops, and amazing people.  
Hike-A-Thon 2017
May 13, 2017
Pineville, KY
Just over 31 miles will be covered on guided hikes taking place once a month, March through September, on both Kentucky State Park, Kentucky State Nature Preserve, EKU researc...
Backyard Birding
May 20, 2017
Pineville, KY
Master falconer Mitch Whitaker and Cumberland Gap NHP’s Carol Borneman will be sharing the wonder and amazement of birding.  Open to all ages, a small $5 fee for ad...
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Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival
May 25 - May 28, 2017
Pineville, KY
 Downtown Pineville.  One of Kentucky's oldest festivals, Princess and Queen Coronations and Balls, street vendors, carnival, music, street dance, and good food...
Bluesgrass
Jun 02, 2017
Pineville, KY
The first Friday of each month June through September award winning local bands will grace the Laurel Cove amphitheater with the sounds of  Americana, Blues, Bluegras...
Hike-A-Thon 2017
Jun 24, 2017
Pineville, KY
Just over 31 miles will be covered on guided hikes taking place once a month, March through September, on both Kentucky State Park, Kentucky State Nature Preserve, EKU researc...
Bluesgrass
Jul 07, 2017
Pineville, KY
The first Friday of each month June through September award winning local bands will grace the Laurel Cove amphitheater with the sounds of  Americana, Blues, Bluegras...
Hike-A-Thon 2017
Jul 22, 2017
Pineville, KY
Just over 31 miles will be covered on guided hikes taking place once a month, March through September, on both Kentucky State Park, Kentucky State Nature Preserve, EKU researc...
Bluesgrass
Aug 04, 2017
Pineville, KY
The first Friday of each month June through September award winning local bands will grace the Laurel Cove amphitheater with the sounds of  Americana, Blues, Bluegras...
Hike-A-Thon 2017
Aug 26, 2017
Pineville, KY
Just over 31 miles will be covered on guided hikes taking place once a month, March through September, on both Kentucky State Park, Kentucky State Nature Preserve, EKU researc...
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