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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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A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland
Nov 28, 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 ...
Nov 28, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Live music every Friday night features the Bardstown Opry. Other performances throughout the year. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m.  For more information...
Nov 28, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Step back in time to the Mid-19th Century at My Old Kentucky Home Christmas Candlelight tours. Elaborate period style dress, music and traditional refreshments nightly. Gif...
Christmas Candyland at FABS
Nov 28, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Enjoy the Christmas season with artist created stand-ups in Candyland themes. Old Nelson County Library, 90 Court Square. 502-348-0044. www.fineartsbardstown....
PNC Bank
Nov 28, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Kicking off the Christmas Season with the official lighting of the City of Bardstown’s Christmas tree. 6-8 p.m. Music, refreshments, Santa and extended shopping hours!...
Nov 29, 2014
Bardstown, KY
A Well Mannered Murder November 29th @ 5:00 pm Time to celebrate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved character Sherlock Holmes and what better way to do that than a f...
Nov 29, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Step back in time to the Mid-19th Century at My Old Kentucky Home Christmas Candlelight tours. Elaborate period style dress, music and traditional refreshments nightly. Gif...
Barton 1792 Distillery: Making Spirits Bright by Lantern Light
Nov 28 - Nov 29, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Join us after the Light Up Bardstown festivities for hot cocoa and other holiday refreshments at our visitor center.  Lantern lit tours of our distillery and one of our a...
Santa on the Square
Nov 29, 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.
Make and Take Ornaments at FABS
Nov 29, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Come and make a one-of-a kind ornament with your child under the instruction of a Fine Arts Bardstown Society Artist. Cost of ornaments is $5.00 each. 11 am-2 pm. Old Nelson C...
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