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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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Kentucky Gathers Dulcimer Group
Aug 08, 2017
Carrollton, KY
Group meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month at General Butler State Resort Park's Lodge Mezzanine for informal practicing & fellowship starting at 10:00 am, and ending ear...
"The Sword & The Specter" Interactive Live Game of Clue
Aug 11 - Aug 13, 2017
Carrollton, KY
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Jun 2 - Sep 1, 2017
Carrollton, KY
First Fridays on the Square! Enjoy entertainment, music, inflatables, and various activities for FREE in downtown Carrollton. June 2nd, 2017 July 7th, 2017 August 4th, 201...
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May 26 - Sep 3, 2017
Carrollton, KY
Built in 1859 in the Greek Revival style. The home is a place of remembrance for one of Kentucky's foremost military families from colonial times through the Civil War. OPEN: ...
"The Moving Wall"- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Sep 7 - Sep 11, 2017
Carrollton, KY
"The Moving Wall" is the half-sized replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and has been touring the country for thirty plus years.  When John Devit...
Sep 15 - Sep 16, 2017
Carrollton, KY
Two day event located at Carrollton's Point Park. Competitors will be competing for $9000 in prize money. KCBS sanctioned event. Concerts will be live in the park also. Bring ...
Kentucky Gathers Dulcimer Group
Sep 19, 2017
Carrollton, KY
Group meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month at General Butler State Resort Park's Lodge Mezzanine for informal practicing & fellowship starting at 10:00 am, and ending ear...
Aug 1 - Sep 30, 2017
Carrollton, KY
Enjoy jet boat rides up the Kentucky River from Carrollton to Frankfort. These will be offered in August and September, Exact dates to be announced. 
Sep 28 - Sep 30, 2017
Carrollton, KY
Downtown Carrollton's Courthouse Square is the venue for this festival which includes amusement rides, arts & crafts, flea market, games, parade, food vendors and much mor...
Apr 1 - Oct 7, 2017
Carrollton, KY
Held at Hometown Pizza from 4pm-7pm. There is no charge, this is a FREE event.  April 1st May 6th June 3rd July 1st August 5th September 2nd October 7th
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