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Kentucky Festivals and Events

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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Jun 5 - Sep 4, 2015
Carrollton, KY
Free fun for the whole family! Enjoy home grown produce, honey and jams from our local farmers market, live music, inflatables for children and other special entertainment. Fi...
Sep 05, 2015
Carrollton, KY
One day Arts Festival featuing handcrafted items, local non-hand crafter merchants, plus a variety of demonstrators, all day entertainment, food concessions and Farmers' Marke...
Bands & BBQ at the Point
Sep 11 - Sep 12, 2015
Carrollton, KY
Come join us at Point Park to take in the beautiful view of the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers, listen to music that lasts all day and into the night while enjoying the 5th annual K...


Sep 12, 2015
Carrollton, KY
Located at the Historic Masterson House, enjoy demonstrations of heritage skills such as spinning, basket weaving, etc. Tours available. Circa 1790 Port William Historical So...
Sep 12, 2015
Carrollton, KY
Launching from the 5th Street Ramp in Carrollton, Kentucky. 7:30am-3:30pm Mike Sullivan: 859-393-7830 Greg Stevens: 502-727-3474 Tim Blythe: 502-541-5315
Backyard Concert Series
Sep 19, 2015
Carrollton, KY
General Butler State Resort Friends of Butler will again host "Backyard Concert Series." Free concerts, begin @ 7:00 PM Butler-Turpin State Historic House, Back Entr...
Iron Man Catfish Tournament
Sep 26 - Sep 27, 2015
Carrollton, KY
Ironman Extreme Catfishing Tournament 2015 will be at Point Park in Carrollton, Kentucky on September 26th from 7am- 2pm and 5pm -12am.  Maximum 4 person team. 10 rod lim...
Oct 03, 2015
Carrollton, KY
General Butler State Resort Park and Carroll County Animal Support  are honored to host "WOOFSTOCK," a Festival for Dogs & People.  All proceeds go dir...
Oct 2 - Oct 3, 2015
Carrollton, KY
Begins at 7:30pm, $10 Admission
Apr 18 - Oct 17, 2015
Carrollton, KY
Takes place within Cooper's Restaurant's parking lot on Gillock Road and begins at 6pm. Dates Include: April 18th August 15th September 19th October 17th
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