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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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Sep 02, 2015
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. 6 p.m....
A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland
Sep 04, 2015
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 ...
A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland
Sep 11, 2015
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 ...
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Sep 11, 2015
Bardstown, KY
With hits by Queen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger, Styx, Boston, Deep Purple, Journey and more!  Beer Garden begins at 6:30p.m., concert at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 in advance $23 d...
Sep 12, 2015
Bardstown, KY
The 38th annual two-day ride departing from E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville with three different mileage routes to historic Bardstown, Ky. Stay overnight and return to Lou...
Sep 13, 2015
Bardstown, KY
The 38th annual two-day ride departing from E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville with three different mileage routes to historic Bardstown, Ky. Stay overnight and return to Lou...
Sep 14, 2015
Bardstown, KY
A Tribute to the roles women have played in developing one of the state’s signature industries.  Full of personal stories, mirth, mayhem and music, Bourbon Babes pu...
Sep 15, 2015
Bardstown, KY
A Tribute to the roles women have played in developing one of the state’s signature industries.  Full of personal stories, mirth, mayhem and music, Bourbon Babes pu...
Sep 17, 2015
Bardstown, KY
A meander through the history of Kentucky Bourbon making, legal or otherwise. Information tale telling with the option of a Bourbon flavored, picnic lunch. 12 – 2:30 p.m...
A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland
Sep 18, 2015
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 ...
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