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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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Romeo and Juliet
Feb 13 - Feb 14, 2016
Lexington, KY
“Two households, both alike in dignity In fair Verona, where we lay our scene From ancient grudge break to new mutiny Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.&nbs...
Feb 15, 2016
Lexington, KY
The Mary Todd Lincoln House will celebrate Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 15th with a lively event for children and their families. The event will run from 10a...
Valentine’s High Tea and Low Tea
Feb 16, 2016
Lexington, KY
Waveland is kicking off the 2016 Tea Tuesday at Waveland with a special Valentine’s high tea and low tea on Tuesday, February 16th.  Normally, our teas start at 2:0...
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Valentine’s High Tea and Low Tea
Feb 16, 2016
Lexington, KY
Waveland is kicking off the 2016 Tea Tuesday at Waveland with a special Valentine’s high tea and low tea on Tuesday, February 16th.  Normally, our teas start at 2:0...
Feb 19, 2016
Lexington, KY
The Lexington Art League will host a preview party for its first exhibition of 2016 entitled Artist: Body. Artist: Body focuses on self-portraiture in contemporary art. Attend...
Singletary Center Signature Series: Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, Anais Mitchell
Feb 20, 2016
Lexington, KY
The Singletary Center for the Arts Signature Series presents:  Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, Anaïs Mitchell Saturday February 20, 2016 – 7:30pm – SCFA C...
Feb 19 - Feb 20, 2016
Lexington, KY
The 53rd Annual KHSAA Boys State Wrestling Tournament Championships will be held February 19-20, 2016 at the KHP’s Alltech Arena. There will be some 500 Kentucky high sc...
Feb 20, 2016
Lexington, KY
Snowbird Dressage is a Kentucky Dressage Association sanctioned Dressage show. The series will include USEA classes with the February and March shows, offering more excitement...
Mar 1 - Feb 21, 2016
Lexington, KY
Hurry - Ends March 21!   (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays until March 15) Exhibit features new acquisitions to the permanent collection along with loans of unusual items...
Tea Tuesdays at Waveland
Feb 23, 2016
Lexington, KY
Looking for something fun, unique and different to do with a friend or a group? Waveland State Historic site is serving tea every Tuesday! Tea is served at 2 in the mansion on...
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