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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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By My Strider 3K
Feb 21, 2017
Frankfort, KY
1st event of the 2017 Frankfort Striders Run/Walk Series.
Feb 21, 2017
Frankfort, KY
America's Got Talent Finalists to perform at Kentucky State University.
Feb 25, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption.


The Grapes of Wrath
Mar 01, 2017
Frankfort, KY
The National Players, the touring company of the Olney Theatre returns to perform a stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath."  The Olney Theatre w...
Mar 09, 2017
Frankfort, KY
A Motown legend is honored in the tribute act called The Marvin Gaye Experience, featuring Brian Owens.   All of Gaye's hits from "What's Going On" to "I Heard it Through...
Mar 11, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Stars Sonya Yoncheva, one of opera's most beloved heroines.
Apr 08, 2017
Frankfort, KY
An egg-citing event for children and parents! Search for thousands of treat-filled eggs plus enjoy refreshments and pictures with the Easter Bunny. All activities are compli...
Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix
Apr 13, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix is a comedy dog show that delights young and old alike.   Tickets: $15 / $10 / $10  
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
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...
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