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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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Red Hatter Derby Day
Apr 27, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Grab the gals and head to Lake Barkley for a Red Hatter’s pre-derby celebration!  On April 27th  from 11 am to 2 pm, Red Hatters are invited to join L...
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...
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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...
2nd Saturday Hike - Nature Photography
Oct 14, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on October 14th for another hike in our monthly hiking series. The focus of October’s hike will be capturing the colo...
Trunk-or-Treat
Oct 28, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Lake Barkley State Resort Park will host its “Trunk-or-Treat” at the Boots Randolph Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 28th from 4-6 p.m. Golf cart “trunks”...
Lake Barkley Trick-or-Trot 5K
Oct 28, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Need to burn some calories before filling up on Halloween candy? Then come on out to Lake Barkley State Resort Park for the Trick-or-Trot 5K on October 28th!  Designed...
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