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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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World
Aug 20 - Aug 27, 2016
Louisville, KY
The exciting and prestigious World’s Championship Horse Show is held annually in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair and crowns world ...
Kentucky State Fair
Aug 18 - Aug 28, 2016
Louisville, KY
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Kentucky State Fair Cookoff
Aug 18 - Aug 28, 2016
Louisville, KY
Are you the “The Next Great Baker,” the “Top Chef” or the “Cake Boss?” Let us be the judge of that! The Kentucky State Fair will host four...
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Discover Your Superpower
Aug 28, 2016
Louisville, KY
This is a fun, interactive, FREE event that will empower kids ages 4-12 to discover their superpower to make the world a better a place! Children will go from station to stati...
Just Fore Kids Golf Classic
Aug 29, 2016
Louisville, KY
The 20th Anniversary Golf Classic will benefit the Kosair Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you're planning to attend, contact Erin Fowler at efowler@kosair.or...
Fall Tennis Leagues
Aug 8 - Aug 31, 2016
Louisville, KY
Join in on the action at the park's tennis courts!  Fall Tennis Leagues, offered to ages 18 and up, will begin the week of September 5, 2016.  This fun, energetic le...
Sep 2 - Sep 5, 2016
Louisville, KY
One of the nations finest flea markets with over 1000 booths including a separate pavilion for antiques.  Dealers from across the country featuring antiques, collectibles...
The Great Cape Escape
Sep 16, 2016
Louisville, KY
Meet The Global Game Changers! We are a children’s education initiative that delivers out-of-school time programs to children that empowers them to learn how they c...
The 39 Steps
Aug 30 - Sep 18, 2016
Louisville, KY
Four brilliant comic actors. Dozens of characters. One thrilling, hilarious noir adventure. Inspired by Hitchcock’s iconic film and the classic spy novel, this Broadway ...
Sep 23, 2016
Louisville, KY
Are you interested in Kentucky history?  Do you believe in paranormal activity? Come join us in exploring the history of E.P.  “Tom” Sawyer State Park a...
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