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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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First Day Hike
Sep 01, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
Hikers will meet with the naturalist on New Year’s Day in the lodge lobby to begin a 3.25 mile hike on the park’s Lake Trail. Wear proper clothing and bring your o...
Sep 05, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
Celebrate summer at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s public beach. Lots of fun family friendly activities will be held at the beach all day long. DJ Beach Party...
Sep 05, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
Tradewater River Fitness Challenge includes a 4K run, 2 mile canoeing/kayaking and 16.5 mile bike ride.  Registration will take place between 6:30 and 8 am with a mandato...
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Sep 19, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
Run through the Forest is a 5K paved road race through the Pennyrile State Forest & State Resort.  The race is the second leg of the Kentucky State Parks Western Re...
First Day Hike
Oct 01, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
Hikers will meet with the naturalist on New Year’s Day in the lodge lobby to begin a 3.25 mile hike on the park’s Lake Trail. Wear proper clothing and bring your o...
Oct 16 - Oct 18, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
We strive to not only put on a good contest, but also to present information that will help participants become photographers.  Photographs may be taken anywhere within t...
Oct 23 - Oct 25, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
A full schedule of Halloween programs will be available for the weekend. Family Friendly Halloween movies, Halloween crafts, trick-or-treating, and contests for best Jack-o-la...
First Day Hike
Nov 01, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
Hikers will meet with the naturalist on New Year’s Day in the lodge lobby to begin a 3.25 mile hike on the park’s Lake Trail. Wear proper clothing and bring your o...
First Day Hike
Dec 01, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
Hikers will meet with the naturalist on New Year’s Day in the lodge lobby to begin a 3.25 mile hike on the park’s Lake Trail. Wear proper clothing and bring your o...
Dec 05, 2015
Dawson Springs, KY
Lunch Buffet in the Clifty Creek Restaurant from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.  Free Santa Pictures from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M., 25% discount off most gift shop items all day!
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