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Kentucky Festivals and Events

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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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World Turtle Day
May 23, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Join us at Salato as we celebrate World Turtle Day!  Visitors will have the opportunity to get an up-close and person encounter with some of the center’s resi...
2015 Capital Expo
Jun 4 - Jun 6, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Three days of fun, music, food and festivities.
JSP Shakespeare SummerStage
Jun 11 - Jun 13, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Pack your picnic and plan for an amazing evening under the stars at JSP! 2015 marks the fifth anniversary of Josephine SummerStage by returning to its all-female roots (Macbet...
9th Annual Longest Day of Play
Jun 18, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Celebrate the longest day of the year. Free event
JSP Shakespeare SummerStage
Jun 18 - Jun 20, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Pack your picnic and plan for an amazing evening under the stars at JSP! 2015 marks the fifth anniversary of Josephine SummerStage by returning to its all-female roots (Macbet...
Preservation Pedal 2015
Jun 20 - Jun 21, 2015
Frankfort, KY
This is a partner ride for the 2015 Kentucky Century Challenge.
2015 Frankfort River Blast
Jun 26 - Jun 27, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Meet us at the River in Frankfort!! Come on out for some good summer fun!!!
Jul 04, 2015
Frankfort, KY
It’s the race with a view. Walk or run our 14th annual 5K Race that winds through the scenic grounds of the historic Distillery. Cash prizes for top 3 men and women. Rac...
Great Buffalo Chase 5K
Jul 04, 2015
Frankfort, KY
It’s the race with a view. Walk or run our 14th annual 5K Race that winds through the scenic grounds of the historic Distillery. Cash prizes for top 3 men and women. Rac...
Sep 13, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Just $5 to park & you will enjoy a full day of free art activities & music for all ages & abilities: printmaking, pottery wheel, tie-dye, art scavenger hunts, ar...
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