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Kentucky Festivals and Events

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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Tea Tuesdays at Waveland
May 31, 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...
Jun 2 - Jun 5, 2016
Lexington, KY
The perfect opportunity for drivers to bring their horses to the Kentucky Horse Park to practice driving for the upcoming show or recreational season as well as get to opportu...
Jun 06, 2016
Lexington, KY
Meets every Monday from June 6 to September 26. Check-in is between 5-8pm. It all starts at the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center, featuring local craft beers, food trucks, i...
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Jun 06, 2016
Lexington, KY
Meets every Monday from June 6 to September 26. Check-in is between 5-8pm. It all starts at the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center, featuring local craft beers, food trucks, i...
High Tea Tuesday at Waveland
Jun 07, 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. ...
Jun 7 - Jun 11, 2016
Lexington, KY
The largest showcase of the Egyptian Arabian horse! Includes daily spectator focused events that are free with park admission. Spectators have the opportunity to meet the comp...
Jun 8 - Jun 12, 2016
Lexington, KY
A 5-day hunter/jumper show, and the first part of a 2-part show series conducted by Country Heir. This is a USEF-sanctioned event. The headlining classes include the $10,000 W...
Festival of the Bluegrass
Jun 9 - Jun 12, 2016
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...
Jun 13, 2016
Lexington, KY
Meets every Monday from June 6 to September 26. Check-in is between 5-8pm. It all starts at the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center, featuring local craft beers, food trucks, i...
Jun 13, 2016
Lexington, KY
Meets every Monday from June 6 to September 26. Check-in is between 5-8pm. It all starts at the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center, featuring local craft beers, food trucks, i...
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