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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
Aug 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...
Moonlight Canoe Trip
Aug 20, 2016
Dawson Springs, KY
We will use the almost full moon to guide us over the water to see what creatures are using the lake. Trips will last about 2 hours on the water. Bring water, bug spray, and f...
First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series
Sep 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...
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Beach Party
Sep 03, 2016
Dawson Springs, KY
Celebrate summer at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s beach. Lots of fun family friendly activities will be held at the beach all day long. Tie dye t-shirts, beach vo...
Beach Party
Sep 04, 2016
Dawson Springs, KY
Celebrate summer at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s beach. Lots of fun family friendly activities will be held at the beach all day long. Tie dye t-shirts, beach vo...
Sep 22 - Sep 25, 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
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...
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...
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