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Kentucky Festivals and Events

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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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.
MET Opera - The Magic Flute
Dec 12, 2015
Frankfort, KY
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera's Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD.  An encore performance of the first ever Live in HD...


Southern Fried Chicks
Jan 15, 2016
Frankfort, KY
As seen on CMT
White Christmas - The Exhibit
Nov 5, 2015 - Jan 30, 2016
Frankfort, KY
Opening Night: Nov. 5, 5 p.m. If you’re “dreaming of a White Christmas,” come to the Kentucky Historical Society’s “White Christmas—the Ex...
Delbert McClinton
Feb 26, 2016
Frankfort, KY
Delbert McClinton is an icon in Texas roots music.
Rusty Evans "Ring of Fire" A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Apr 08, 2016
Frankfort, KY
The immortal work of "The Man in Black" will be re-created as the Grand present Rusty Evans and Ring of Fire.
The Drifters
Apr 23, 2016
Frankfort, KY
Timeless hits Tickets:  $35 / $30 / $20
John Jorgenson Quintet
Apr 29, 2016
Frankfort, KY
John Jorgenson Quintet - considered the preeminent American ambassador of gypsy jazz.
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