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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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Classic Movies at Waveland- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Jul 21, 2017
Lexington, KY
Featuring:  "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". Time: 9:30 p.m. or at dusk. Bring your chairs, blankets and join us for some family fun with a big screen classic o...
Jul 21, 2017
Lexington, KY
Join Director Stuart Horodner for a screening of documentary clips of painters discussing their investigation of abstraction and process. Artists include Agnes Martin, Thoma...
Jul 23, 2017
Lexington, KY
A Story Walk combines the fun of a good book and a nature walk all into one great activity.  Join the park staff as we explore the trails and look for the next page of th...
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Jul 24, 2017
Lexington, KY
The Kentucky Horse Park Run/Walk Club will meet on Mondays from June 5 to September 25 (except Labor Day). Check-in is between 5-8pm. It all starts at the Kentucky Horse Park ...
Jul 22 - Jul 24, 2017
Lexington, KY
The Pony Club Festival is a celebration of all things Pony Club. More than 4,000 Pony Club members from across the country attend. Championship competitions will start off the...
Jul 17 - Jul 24, 2017
Lexington, KY
The Pony Club Festival is a celebration of all things Pony Club. More than 4,000 Pony Club members from across the country attend. Championship competitions will start off the...
Tea Tuesday at Waveland
Jul 25, 2017
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 p.m. in the mansi...
Jul 27, 2017
Lexington, KY
The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix is part of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.
Jul 29, 2017
Lexington, KY
The Rood & Riddle Grand Prix is a show jumping event sponsored by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and is part of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.
Hats Off Day
Jul 29, 2017
Lexington, KY
Hats Off to Kentucky’s Horse Industry Day (Hats Off Day) is the only day of the year that entrance to the Kentucky Horse Park is free. This popular event is a day of f...
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