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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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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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Folklife Festival
Aug 08, 2015
Henderson, KY
Traditional craftsmen offere demonstrations of skills such as quilt making, carving, fly tying, sheep shearing, basket weaving, story telling, thumbpicking, tinsmithing, clogg...
Live Horse Racing
Jul 4 - Sep 1, 2015
Henderson, KY
Enjoy live horse racing at Ellis Park Race Track every Friday-Sunday. Free admittance into the park.
Guided Historic Walking Tour
Sep 05, 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...
Monarch Migration Mysteries
Sep 12, 2015
Henderson, KY
Two Programs per day 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Bid a farewell to the Monarch Butterflies migrating south for the winter. We will meet at the Audubon Museum for a 45-minute introdu...
Monarch Migration Mysteries
Sep 12, 2015
Henderson, KY
Two Programs per day 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Bid a farewell to the Monarch Butterflies migrating south for the winter. We will meet at the Audubon Museum for a 45-minute introdu...
Fernwood Cemetery Tour
Sep 12, 2015
Henderson, KY
This guided tour had its popular start in 2011 and continues to be a favorite with new stories each year. The tour features Henderson’s most interesting residents with a...
Sep 12, 2015
Henderson, KY
Meet us in the museum for an introductory presentation on Monarch butterflies. Then, head out with us to tag some Monarchs! Monarchs traveling through Henderson at this time a...
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