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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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May 1 - May 6, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Come see what talented friends we have in Nelson County.  More than 100 paintings will be displayed.  Opening reception from 1-5 p.m. Exhibit will run May 2-6, 3-5 p...
May 14, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Join us for a complimentary bourbon cocktail and tasting on our 2 1/2 hour excursion.  Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by our award-winning culinary team.  60...
May 20, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Shop while enjoying a fun filled summer night complete with sweet summertime music, and nostalgic summertime foods.  Shops open late until 8 p.m.  502-348-4877 or...
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My Old Kentucky Dinner Train Magic Show
May 21, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Enjoy an evening of fine dining on a scenic tour through the hills of Central Kentucky while being entertained by one of the Midwest's most sought after magical performers, Jo...
May 20 - May 22, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Our 71st year of great golf, meeting of new and seeing old friends, the tasting of outstanding food and Kentucky’s finest spirits and two evenings of quality entertainme...
May 28, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Stroll among classic cars from yesteryear.   Fourth Saturday of the month April – October, 2 p.m. - dusk.  502-348-9788 or 502-348-6456 or 800-638-4877...
The Race Is On! An Exhibit on the Traditions of the Kentucky Derby
Apr 15 - May 31, 2016
Bardstown, KY
KENTUCKY'S MOST FAMOUS MOMENT TO SHINE! "The Race is On!," an exhibit on the traditions of the KENTUCKY DERBY is coming to My Old Kentucky Home on April 15th - May ...
Jun 04, 2016
Bardstown, KY
This fun filled excursion will include a two and a half hour train ride through the Kentucky countryside. Four course meal and a theatre production of a murder mystery. Excurs...
Jun 04, 2016
Bardstown, KY
For the wine novice and enthusiast alike, the Bardstown Rotary Club will hold its 40th annual wine and cheese tasting festival on the lawn of historic Spalding Hall from 6:30 ...
Jun 3 - Jun 4, 2016
Bardstown, KY
Bluegrass Festival with four bands to perform on Friday night and 5 bands to perform on Saturday.  Bands will play one set each on Friday night and two sets each on Sat...
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