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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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DHP Artisan Market
May 30, 2015
Henderson, KY
This modern handmade market will feature handmade items, refurbished and upcycled furniture and home goods, jewelry, accessories, artwork, food and vintage clothes and items. ...
Ruby Moon Winery Arts & Crafts Festival
Jun 06, 2015
Henderson, KY
Sip on your favorite Ruby Moon wine while you stroll the vineyard grounds and enjoy a variety of art from painters, woodworkers, metalworkers, jewelry makers and more. Food, w...
Jun 06, 2015
Henderson, KY
Grassy hill across from the Park Office         Fly fishing is an angling method using flies cast from a special fishing rod and...
Jun 06, 2015
Henderson, KY
Venture out with our Interpretation staff on National Trails Day and hike by lantern light. Some kid-friendly battery-operated lanterns will be provided. Feel free to bring yo...
Guided Historic Walking Tour
Jun 06, 2015
Henderson, KY
This fun, free guided tour starts at The Depot Community Room and continues throughout downtown’s historic district. View homes and businesses and hear interesting stori...
Free Fishing Weekend
Jun 6 - Jun 7, 2015
Henderson, KY
State residents and non-residents may fish any allowable inland water in the Bluegrass State that weekend without a fishing license. Adults can fish free all weekend and child...
Kids Fishing Derby
Jun 13, 2015
Henderson, KY
Fishing Derby is open to the children ages 5-16. Three age-specific divisions groups will offered prizes for the biggest fish, smallest fish, and most numerous caught. Test yo...
Taste of Henderson Barbecue
Jun 13, 2015
Henderson, KY
Kick off the Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival with this day of live music and delicious barbecue vendors.
W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival
Jun 13 - Jun 20, 2015
Henderson, KY
Celebrate the life and music of former resident, W.C. Handy at this free music festival, which showcases some of the nation’s best blues artists. Enjoy live music in the...
Jun 20, 2015
Henderson, KY
If you thought Rocks were boring, think again! John Tierney returns to Audubon State Park's Campground Shelter with his hands on participation program, "Rock Stories." There i...
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