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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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Historic Costumed Walking Tour
Sep 29, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
Hear recollections and witness reenactments from Elizabethtown's most notorious characters. We gather every Thursday evening "On the Square" at 7:00 p.m., June through Sept...
Tavern in the Garden
Sep 29, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
EVERY THURSDAY EVENING FROM JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER . . .  Visit the "Tavern in the Garden" . . . a period replica bar in the gardens at The Brown-Pusey House. A costume...
Village Cruisers Cruise-In
Oct 01, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
Cruise-In Downtown Elizabethtown, KY.  The 1st Saturday of each month, April through October, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m..  All makes and models of street rods, muscle cars, ...
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Second Saturday
Oct 08, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
Historic downtown Elizabethtown's Second Saturday events began September 15, 2011 with acitivities from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  This new event, sponsored by the Elizabethtown Her...
"The Bad Seed"
Oct 7 - Oct 9, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
The scene is a small Southern town where the Penmarks live with their young daughter, Rhoda. On the surface Rhoda is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by...
"The Bad Seed"
Oct 13 - Oct 16, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
The scene is a small Southern town where the Penmarks live with their young daughter, Rhoda. On the surface Rhoda is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by...
Second Saturday
Nov 12, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
Historic downtown Elizabethtown's Second Saturday events began September 15, 2011 with acitivities from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  This new event, sponsored by the Elizabethtown Her...
The 1st Bi-Annual Kentucky
Nov 19 - Nov 20, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
Peyton's Bourbon Cupcakes presents the first annual Kentucky's Finest Festival! This upscaled arts & crafts festival will be held on November 19th-20th, 2016 at the Pritch...
The 1st Bi-Annual Kentucky
Nov 20, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
Peyton's Bourbon Cupcakes presents the first annual Kentucky's Finest Festival! This upscaled arts & crafts festival will be held on November 19th-20th, 2016 at the Pritch...
Second Saturday
Dec 10, 2016
Elizabethtown, KY
Historic downtown Elizabethtown's Second Saturday events began September 15, 2011 with acitivities from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  This new event, sponsored by the Elizabethtown Her...
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