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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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Independence Bank 4th of July Celebration
Jul 04, 2015
Henderson, KY
Fireworks sponsored by Independence Bank, children’s activities and musical entertainment by The Dave Lutz Band. Kids activities include petting zoo, pony rides and magi...
River Heritage Day
Jul 18, 2015
Henderson, KY
Popular activities returning include interactive storytelling, hands-on lock and dam system, animals, casting lessons/competition, and water and electric safety displays. One ...
Jul 20 - Jul 24, 2015
Henderson, KY
Campers become forensic scientists as they work through a non-gruesome crime scene to collect, examine, evaluate, and interpret physical evidence found at the scene including ...
Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2015
Henderson, KY
Campers become forensic scientists as they work through a non-gruesome crime scene to collect, examine, evaluate, and interpret physical evidence found at the scene including ...
Guided Historic Walking Tour
Aug 01, 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...
Aug 01, 2015
Henderson, KY
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making a clay pot on a potter's wheel? Well now is your chance! Albert Bauman will help you make your very own take-home clay pot at o...
Sandy Lee Songwriters Festival
Jul 29 - Aug 1, 2015
Henderson, KY
A live music event where Nashville’s top songwriters perform songs they have written that have skyrocketed to the top of the charts. Enjoy live music, featuring local an...
Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival
Aug 7 - Aug 8, 2015
Henderson, KY
The Ohio riverfront is the setting for this annual event, one of the largest, free bluegrass festivals in the country. Enjoy two days of bluegrass music, Kentucky craftsmen, a...
Jammin’ & Jumpin’ Street Pole Vault
Aug 7 - Aug 8, 2015
Henderson, KY
Watch Olympian pole vaulters and college and high school athletes in this competion. Outdoor pole vaulting offers entertainment for all ages! To get involved visit www.smtrack...
Breakfast in the Park
Aug 08, 2015
Henderson, KY
7-10am. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, eggs and coffee in the park. Enjoy live bluegrass music during your meal, and continuing special events and music throughout the res...
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