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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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May 19 - May 21, 2017
Bardstown, KY
72nd Invitational Golf Tournament.  A three day gold tournament that includes champion prizes included Men’s Division, Men’s Senior Division (over 60) and W...
The Race Is On! An Exhibit on the Traditions of the Kentucky Derby
Apr 18 - May 31, 2017
Bardstown, KY
THE RACE IS ON! A new exhibit!  It's DERBY time in the Kentucky and My Old Kentucky Home is proud to roll out the roses, silks, hats, and more with our new...
Jun 02, 2017
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 Sa...


Jun 03, 2017
Bardstown, KY
For the wine novice and enthusiast alike, the Bardstown Rotary Club will hold its 41st annual wine and cheese tasting festival on the grounds of My Old Kentucky Home State P...
Jun 10, 2017
Bardstown, KY
Self-guided tour of beautiful gardens in historic Bardstown and the Nelson County area.  Market place open at Nelson County Extension Office, 317 S. Third Street featu...
Jun 10, 2017
Bardstown, KY
Celebrate Music and History with the cast of The Stephen Foster Story! Learn to waltz, polka and play the harmonica. Tour Bardstown’s historic attractions, including My ...
Jun 26, 2017
Bardstown, KY
Dance to, or just sit back and enjoy the music of the Moonlight Big Band at the beautiful Old Kentucky Home State Park Rotunda.  Pack your picnic basket and lawn chairs a...
Jul 04, 2017
Bardstown, KY
Hey everyone, its Stephen’s Birthday! Join us on July 4th as we commemorate the 191st anniversary of Stephen Foster’s birth. Featuring a host of activities befor...
Jul 08, 2017
Bardstown, KY
A free event that opens up the first block of North Third Street... bring your chairs and enjoy live music throughout the streets of downtown Bardstown.  7-11:30 p.m., fo...
Jul 21, 2017
Bardstown, KY
Shop, dine and “seas” the day in downtown Bardstown.  Best escape anyone can have – live music, beach happenings, and great deals.  Shops open 10 a...
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