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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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Aug 6 - Aug 9, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Welcome to the World's Longest Yardsale, also known as the 127 Corridor Sale. The headquarters are located at the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce in Jamestown, TN on the b...
Aug 15, 2015
Frankfort, KY
New to BGYM for 2015 is the Central Kentucky Flows events designed to give competitors a chance to experience some of the fabulous fishing that is available on several of cent...
Kentucky Century Challenge
Sep 12, 2015
Frankfort, KY
2015 marks the 3rd annual Kentucky Century Challenge.  A compilation of four of the most popular cycling events in central Kentucky.  By completing at least 3 of the...


JSP Fall Arts Festival
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...
Oct 03, 2015
Frankfort, KY
The KY History Half is the Commonwealth's first half marathon that celebrates Kentucky's history. This charitable event also offers a fun way to support the educational progra...
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...
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...
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