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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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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
Oct 13, 2015
Frankfort, KY
The World Famous Glenn  Miller Orchestra proudly maintains the legacy of the immortal Big Band sound of the 1940's.
Oct 15, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Fathom Events and National Theatre Live are thrilled to present Hamlet Live from the Barbican in London. Tickets:  $15 Adult / $10 Student
MET Opera - Otello
Oct 17, 2015
Frankfort, KY
The Met season opens with Verdi's masterful Otello, inspired by Shakespeare's play and matching it in tragic intensity.


Lincoln Center:  Alvin Ailey
Oct 22, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Behind-the-scenes look at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
Oct 30, 2015
Frankfort, KY
It’s a night of dinner, drams and drama! Start your spook-takular evening off with our popular Ghost Tour, followed by dinner and spirits pairing in the Elmer T. Lee Clu...
MET Opera - Tannhauser
Oct 31, 2015
Frankfort, KY
James Levine conducts Wagner's early masterpiece in its first return to the MET stage in more than a decade.
Lee Ann Womack
Nov 06, 2015
Frankfort, KY
One of country music's most evocative voices will fill the hall as Lee Ann Womack performs. Tickets:  $40 /$30/ $20
MET Opera Lulu
Nov 21, 2015
Frankfort, KY
A wild journey of love, obsession and death. Tickets:  $23 Adult / $18 Student
Dec 03, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Embrace the holiday season in all its magnificence as we illuminate the colorful, festive displays at the Distillery. Featuring the Kentucky State University Choir and a visit...
Lincoln Center:  Balanchine
Dec 10, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Behind-the-scenes look at the New York City Ballet and exclusive interview with the artists.
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