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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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Summer Nights Concert Series
May 29 - Sep 4, 2015
Franklin, KY
Enjoy performances at Franklin's Courtyard Bandstand on Historic Courthouse Square from the end of May through beginning of September.  Food concessions available.  ...
Live Horse Racing
Sep 05, 2015
Franklin, KY
Kentucky Downs features a one-of-a-kind European-style turf course that offers a fair test to horses at all levels of competition.  The course is also among the long...
Live Horse Racing
Sep 10, 2015
Franklin, KY
Kentucky Downs features a one-of-a-kind European-style turf course that offers a fair test to horses at all levels of competition.  The course is also among the long...
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Live Horse Racing
Sep 12, 2015
Franklin, KY
Kentucky Downs features a one-of-a-kind European-style turf course that offers a fair test to horses at all levels of competition.  The course is also among the long...
Live Horse Racing
Sep 16, 2015
Franklin, KY
Kentucky Downs features a one-of-a-kind European-style turf course that offers a fair test to horses at all levels of competition.  The course is also among the long...
Live Horse Racing
Sep 19, 2015
Franklin, KY
Kentucky Downs features a one-of-a-kind European-style turf course that offers a fair test to horses at all levels of competition.  The course is also among the long...
Downton Merchants Sidewalk Sale
Sep 17 - Sep 19, 2015
Franklin, KY
The Franklin Downtown Merchants will host its annual Fall Sidewalk Sale Thursday, September 17th through Saturday, September 19th.
53rd Annual Franklin Car Show
Sep 18 - Sep 19, 2015
Franklin, KY
"A Celebration of Cars, Crafts, and Hospitality".  The 53rd Annual Antique Auto Show in Franklin is in conjunction with the Festival on the Square featuring handmade...
Haunted Hall at Octagon Hall
Oct 2 - Oct 31, 2015
Franklin, KY
The "Haunted Hall" is an annual event which has been expanded to all weekends in October. Come prepared for "chills and thrills" as you tour the hall and grounds which are dec...
Downtown Merchants Christmas Open House
Nov 08, 2015
Franklin, KY
The Christmas season begins with the Christmas Open House sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. Merchants around the square participate in this open house with spec...
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