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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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Paul Thorn Band
Apr 28, 2017
Frankfort, KY
The Paul Thorn Band features a singer-songwriter whose influences embraces blues, Americana, gospel and rock.   Tickets: $45 / $35 / $25
Beast of the Bluegrass X Competition
Apr 29, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Strong Man Competition
Kentucky Week for the Animals
Apr 22 - Apr 30, 2017
Frankfort, KY
The 9th Annual  Kentucky Week for the Animals will joyfully take place from April 22-April 30, 2017.  Please join us in planning for this  exciting week fo...


Blues Traveler
May 04, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Oaks Day Festival
May 05, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Experience the excitement of Derby weekend with another Kentucky tradition - bourbon. Enjoy complimentary tours and tastings all day from 9:00am - 4:30pm.
May 05, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Experience the excitement of Derby weekend with another Kentucky tradition–bourbon. Enjoy complimentary tours and tastings all day from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Enjoy liv...
May 06, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Come join the fun in downtown Frankfort for Derby Day!  
KECU Downtown Frankfort ArtWalk
May 12, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Our KECU downtown ArtWalks feature amazing original art from local / regional artists and artisans. Over 25 venues participate and mediums include painting, watercolor, woo...
Salato Sampler
Jun 03, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Kentucky Bourbon - Beer - Wine
Jun 16, 2017
Frankfort, KY
This Father’s Day, make him a happy pappy with a one-of-a-kind dinner event as Julian and Preston Van Winkle guide you through a tasting of the various ages of Van Win...
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