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Kentucky Festivals and Events

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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Jun 04, 2016
Henderson, KY
Saturday, June 4 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Park Office/Welcome Center With hiking season in full stride, the park is looking for volunteers to come out and tackle some trail projec...
Jun 04, 2016
Henderson, KY
Saturday, June 4 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Grassy hill across from the Park Office Fly fishing is an angling method using flies cast from a special fishing rod and line. Learn to t...
Jun 04, 2016
Henderson, KY
Saturday, June 4 7 – 8:30 p.m. Audubon Museum Venture out with our Interpretation staff on National Trails Day and hike by lantern light.  Some kid-friendly batt...
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Jun 04, 2016
Henderson, KY
See John James Audubon State Park by lantern light. We'll be hiking on the Wilderness Lake trail, a picturesque lake set in a wooded valley. The hike will be led by park natur...
Jun 11, 2016
Henderson, KY
Saturday, June 11 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sign up at Audubon State Park Boat Dock Fishing Derby open to children ages 5-16.  Three age-specific division groups will offer priz...
W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival
Jun 15 - Jun 18, 2016
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...
Sep 10 - Sep 17, 2016
Henderson, KY
Saturdays, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 17 Two programs per day 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Audubon Theater Bid a farewell to the Monarch Butterflies migrating south for ...
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