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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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Apr 21, 2015
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...
Proven Winners LIFE+STYLE event at Keeneland
Apr 23, 2015
Lexington, KY
At Keeneland every April and October—in the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky—thoroughbred racing is showcased at the highest level, drawing the...
Keeneland April Race Meet
Apr 3 - Apr 24, 2015
Lexington, KY
Keeneland's 2014 Spring Race Meeting opens on Friday, April 3th and continues through Friday, April 24th, with no racing on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Easter S...
Apr 24, 2015
Lexington, KY
Join us for the inaugural "RK-5K," The Twilight Run at the Rolex Kentucky, which will feature a chip timed/competitive 5K run and an untimed 1 Mile fun run/walk. A...
Apr 24 - Apr 25, 2015
Lexington, KY
The crown-jewel of the annual FEI Reining schedule, the $120,000 Kentucky Reining Cup is held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and offers the...
Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event
Apr 23 - Apr 26, 2015
Lexington, KY
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is the largest annual equine competition held at the Kentucky Horse Park. One of only six three-day events in the world that are ranked at t...
Apr 28, 2015
Lexington, KY
There will be a Derby Tea held on Tuesday, April 28th which will feature Michael Blowen from Old Friends, a Kentucky facility for retired Thoroughbreds. He will be presenting ...
Apr 29, 2015
Lexington, KY
This is a special Horses and Hope event, held to honor breast cancer survivors, to raise breast cancer awareness among fans, and to provide breast cancer education...
Bradley Picklesimer
May 1 - May 2, 2015
Lexington, KY
We're expecting you.... Bradley Picklesimer's 1st Annual Derby Eve Party Friday, May 1, 2015 The Bar Complex 224 E. Main Street  Lexington ...
May 02, 2015
Lexington, KY
Derby Day Breakfast When you think of Derby Day you think of history, horses and Kentucky.  Waveland State Historic Site will be hosting a special Derby Day Breakfast at...
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