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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: Monthly Hiking Series
Oct 01, 2016
Dawson Springs, KY
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host a guided hike the 1st of each month again in 2016! All hikes will meet in the lodge lobby. Hike times and trails will va...
Photography Weekend
Oct 14 - Oct 16, 2016
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 21 - Oct 22, 2016
Dawson Springs, KY
A full schedule of Halloween programs will be available for the weekend. Family Friendly Halloween crafts, trick-or-treating, and contests for best Jack-o-lantern, campsite de...
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First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series
Nov 01, 2016
Dawson Springs, KY
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host a guided hike the 1st of each month again in 2016! All hikes will meet in the lodge lobby. Hike times and trails will va...
Nov 11 - Nov 13, 2016
Dawson Springs, KY
Enjoy a spacious table to work on your paper crafting project all weekend long, plus a chance to win scrapbook-related prizes.  Registration fee is $30. Participants ...
First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series
Dec 01, 2016
Dawson Springs, KY
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host a guided hike the 1st of each month again in 2016! All hikes will meet in the lodge lobby. Hike times and trails will va...
Santa Visits the Park & Gift Shop Open House
Dec 03, 2016
Dawson Springs, KY
Entire Day - Gift Shop Open House! All gift shop items will be discounted 25%! 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. - Buffet dinner will be available in the Clifty Creek Restaurant. 5 P.M. to ...
Jan 13 - Jan 14, 2017
Dawson Springs, KY
Round-robin tournament begins Friday night & runs through Saturday evening. House rules will apply. Registration fee is $25/team & a new deck of rook cards. Re...
Feb 11 - Feb 12, 2017
Dawson Springs, KY
Come to Pennyrile Forest for a romantic Weekend! Festivities will begin with a romantic dinner in our Clifty Creek Restaurant, filled with music and dancing. The package will ...
Oil Painting Weekend
Feb 24 - Feb 26, 2017
Dawson Springs, KY
If you've always wanted to learn how to paint, this is the weekend event for you! Learn the wet-on-wet method of oil painting by creating your very own 16x20 landscape paint...
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