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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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2nd Saturday Hike - Birds of Barkley
Mar 11, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on March 11 for the next hike in our monthly hiking series. The focus of March's hike will be ornithology. The hike will te...
2nd Saturday Hike - Spring Wildflowers
Apr 08, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on April 8 for the next hike in our monthly hiking series. The focus of April's hike will be spring wildflowers. This hike ...
Easter Egg Hunt
Apr 16, 2017
Cadiz, KY
On April 16th 2017, Windows on the Water restaurant will offer its annual Easter buffet, from noon ‘til 8 pm, with choice beef carved on the line, country ham, golden fr...
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Red Hatter Derby Day
May 04, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Grab the gals and head to Lake Barkley for a Red Hatter’s pre-derby celebration!  On May 4th from 11 am to 2 pm, Red Hatters are invited to join Lake Barkl...
Owl Weekend
May 5 - May 6, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Join us for the 2nd annual Owl Weekend at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. Enjoy a weekend dedicated to owls, featuring an Introduction to Owls program on Friday night, Li...
2nd Saturday Hike - Ecology
May 13, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on May 13th for the next hike in our monthly hiking series. The focus of May's hike will be ecology. Participants will lear...
4th of July Fireworks Display
Jul 04, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Celebrate Independence Day with us!  Lake Barkley State Resort Park will present a free fireworks show on July 4th at the beach, sponsored by the Friends of Lake Barkley ...
2nd Saturday Hike - Insects
Jul 08, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on July 8th for the next hike in our monthly hiking series. The focus of July’s hike will be insects. Participants wi...
Total Eclipse 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Lake Barkley State Resort Park is the ultimate destination for viewing the 2017 total eclipse of the sun! Our Recreation Department will have tons of activities for guests as ...
2nd Saturday Hike - Mycology
Sep 09, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on September 9th for the next hike in our monthly hiking series. Join us as we discuss mycology, the study of fungi. Partic...
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