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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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Derby Day Breakfast
May 07, 2016
Lexington, KY
When you think of Derby Day you think of history, horses and Kentucky.  Waveland State Historic Site will be hosting two very special Derby Breakfast's on Derby Day! &nbs...
May 5 - May 7, 2016
Lexington, KY
KMSHA/SMHA show season starts with a bang at the KY Horse Park on Kentucky Derby Weekend.  The show features two days of competition for riders both youth and adult, in c...
May 08, 2016
Lexington, KY
These shows are geared for Thoroughbreds just starting their show careers with entry-level divisions in multiple disciplines, including dressage, combined training, hunter/jum...


May 5 - May 8, 2016
Lexington, KY
IHSA provides collegiate riders of all skills the opportunity to compete individually and as teams in equestrian competition. It was founded on the principle that any college ...
May 8 - May 9, 2016
Lexington, KY
Riders are given the opportunity to school their horses on the famous Kentucky Horse Park cross country course. For a $35 fee, riders can school their horse for four hours on ...
High Tea Tuesday at Waveland
May 10, 2016
Lexington, KY
New for 2016, Waveland will be offering High Tea.  Normally, our teas start at 2:00 p.m. but for this special High Tea Tuesday at Waveland we will serve at 6:30 p.m. ...
May 14, 2016
Lexington, KY
This is a race event like no other. A 5K, 10K and the only steeplechase obstacle course where racers test their fitness on the same course as world-champion equestrian athlete...
Down To Earth 2016 Community Benefit Plant Sale
May 14, 2016
Lexington, KY
Down To Earth 2016 Community Benefit   Every May, the Down to Earth Garden Club holds a special plant sale community fundraiser. The plants are grown, nurtured and g...
Great Day Race + Fest
May 14, 2016
Lexington, KY
 The Race   The Great American Fitness Challenge (AKA The Great Race) is a runner's delight and an obstacle racer's dream. A5K,  10K and O...
Kentucky Spring Horse Show
May 11 - May 15, 2016
Lexington, KY
The Kentucky Spring Horse Show is a 5-day hunter/jumper show, and is the first part of the two part Kentucky Spring Horse Show 2016 series. This event draws local riders, inte...
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