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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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May 28 - May 31, 2015
Lexington, KY
The Spring Fling driving event is an opportunity for drivers to bring their horses to the Kentucky Horse Park to practice driving for the upcoming show or recreational season ...
Tea Tuesdays at Waveland
Jun 02, 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...
Jun 2 - Jun 6, 2015
Lexington, KY
Held annually at here at The Kentucky Horse Park, The Egyptian Event boasts world-class halter and performance competition, superb shopping, expert-led seminars, live and sile...
Jun 06, 2015
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 ...
Jun 3 - Jun 7, 2015
Lexington, KY
The Country Heir I Hunter Jumper Show is a 5-day hunter/jumper show, and is the first part of a 2-part show series conducted by Country Heir. This is a USEF-sanctioned event. ...
Tea Tuesdays at Waveland
Jun 09, 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...
Jun 13, 2015
Lexington, KY
A Running & Endurance series for casually trained athletes as well as those that train often.  Walk the 5K, Run the 15K, push yourself in the Open Division or give it...
NYT #1 Bestseller Laurell K. Hamilton discussing Dead Ice
Jun 13, 2015
Lexington, KY
Laurell K. Hamilton is coming to Lexington to meet her biggest fans! Anita Blake is a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master...
Jun 13, 2015
Lexington, KY
Death at the Alter - June 13th @ 6:00 pm In this screwball comedy, no one is who they appear to be. Only one thing is for certain. A girl’s reputation is on th...
Festival of the Bluegrass
Jun 11 - Jun 14, 2015
Lexington, KY
The Festival of the Bluegrass is the oldest Bluegrass festival in the bluegrass region of Kentucky. This 4-day event provides Bluegrass music performances as well as kids camp...
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