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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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Jul 2 - Jul 5, 2015
Lexington, KY
The Robert Murphy Hunter Jumper Show is a 4-day hunter/jumper event. Around 250 horses are shown at this event annually. All ages and all levels of hunter and jumping competit...
Jul 3 - Jul 5, 2015
Lexington, KY
Miniature horse show approved by the American Miniature Horse Association. Classes include halter, driving, and liberty. The show is sponsored by the Mid-America Miniature Hor...
Jul 06, 2015
Lexington, KY
Monday nights at 5:30pm from April 13 – October 26 - The Bluegrass Cycling Club checks in and departs as a group from the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center parking lot....
Jul 06, 2015
Lexington, KY
Mondays just got a lot better in the Bluegrass! Come out to the Kentucky Horse Park Run Club every Monday night, June 1 to September 28, 5-8 p.m., to run or walk our beaut...
Jul 11, 2015
Lexington, KY
This year’s Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction will offer a nice variety of artwork, collectibles, out of print books and historic artifacts at its July sale.  Incl...
Jul 8 - Jul 11, 2015
Lexington, KY
The Ichthus Experience at Creation Festival - The nation's longest running Christian festival will re-launch July 8-11th, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY...
Junior League of Lexington Annual Charity Horse Show
Jul 6 - Jul 11, 2015
Lexington, KY
Created in 1937 to help fund the Junior League of Lexington’s community works project, the horse show has grown to be the world's largest outdoor American Saddlebred sho...
Jul 11, 2015
Lexington, KY
Wynnona Dingus & Kitty Wunkus, two good ole gals from Beaver Bottom take a vacation to see Tommy, Kitty's brother. Imagine their surprise when they find him playing ...
Jul 9 - Jul 12, 2015
Lexington, KY
Free admission and parking! The Traveling Wall will be open to the public beginning at noon on Thursday, July 9, and stay open 24 hours a day through 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 12...
Jul 10 - Jul 12, 2015
Lexington, KY
The Champagne Run Horse Trials bring together horses and their riders from approximately 30 states to compete in a 3-day event competition. Introductory to intermediate levels...
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