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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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Bourbon 101
Dec 07, 2016
Lexington, KY
In this guided tasting, you'll sample a corn whiskey (like moonshine but legal), a traditional bourbon, a premium bourbon, a rye whiskey and one of the new 'finished style' bo...
Dickens
Dec 09, 2016
Lexington, KY
SOLD OUT!!  Relive Christmas of the past with scenes from the Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol” at Waveland State Historic Sit...
Dickens
Dec 10, 2016
Lexington, KY
SOLD OUT!!  Relive Christmas of the past with scenes from the Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol” at Waveland State Historic Sit...
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Dec 10, 2016
Lexington, KY
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Competitive Cheer Championships is a high school cheerleading competition. Divisions will be split in size: small, medium, large,...
The Nutcracker
Dec 10, 2016
Lexington, KY
A perennial holiday favorite returns to the EKU Center for the Arts in an enchanting production that will be treasured by every member of the family.  Presented by Lex...
Dec 10 - Dec 11, 2016
Lexington, KY
The Snowball Series Mounted Games is a mounted games schooling competition. Competitors are able to compete beginner novice, novice, intermediate, masters, fossils, and green ...
Dickens
Dec 11, 2016
Lexington, KY
SOLD OUT!!  Relive Christmas of the past with scenes from the Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol” at Waveland State Historic Sit...
Tea Tuesdays at Waveland
Dec 13, 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...
Dec 13, 2016
Lexington, KY
When:   Tuesday, December 13, 2065 at 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm Cost:      $15 general; $13 group rate (4+); $10 members Other:   Space limited. Advanc...
Dec 13, 2016
Lexington, KY
When:   Tuesday, December 13, 2065 at 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm Cost:      $15 general; $13 group rate (4+); $10 members Other:   Space limited. Advanc...
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