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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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Santa on the Square
Dec 20, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Take a picture while you visit with Santa at the Old Nelson County Courthouse on Saturday, 11am – 1pm. 502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877.
Dec 20, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Join the host for a special live edition of "The Santa Claus Chronicles" at the North Pole just a few days before Christmas. Find out Santa’s favorite food and how he kn...
Dec 20, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Celebrate the Holidays with our friends while helping families in need this time of year.   Bring the whole family out for Holiday Treats, Special Tastings and possi...
Dec 7 - Dec 21, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Santa and Mrs. Claus invite you and your little ones to ride with them aboard the North Pole Express. On board you will enjoy a delicious meal, crafts, singing carols and the ...
Dec 21, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Join the host for a special live edition of "The Santa Claus Chronicles" at the North Pole just a few days before Christmas. Find out Santa’s favorite food and how he kn...
Dec 19 - Dec 21, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Watch the Bible come to life at the 34th Annual Live Nativity!  The live portrayal of the birth time of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in the Bethlehem manger scene, i...
Dec 20 - Dec 21, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Visit with Santa and his helpers as they pass through the train handing out Christmas goodies of cookies and hot chocolate. Wear your pajamas for pictures with Santa. Don't ...
Bardstown Opry
Dec 26, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Live music every Friday night with Special Guests. Adults $10, children 6-12 $6. (502) 249-9443.
A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland
Dec 26, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Most Friday evenings during the year, Friday and Saturday evenings during October.  Experience the history and mystery of Wickland, Home of Three Governors.  Take a ...
Dec 27, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Rudolph the DEAD Nosed Reindeer December 27th @ 5:00 pm The North Pole is all a-twinkle as the annual Deer of the Year awards banquet is about to honor one of its ...
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