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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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Spring 2016 Archery Lessons
Apr 12 - May 5, 2016
Louisville, KY
Archery is a sport to be enjoyed by all people, regardless of almost all sizes and abilities.  It is a very safe sport when following the correct procedures.  A...
Derby City BrewFest 2016
May 06, 2016
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center Plaza is THE place to be for Derby Eve for the 2nd Annual Derby City Brewfest on Kentucky Oaks Day, May 6th, in downtown Louisville, KY.  Celebrate the B...
Kentucky Derby Festival
Apr 18 - May 7, 2016
Louisville, KY
The Kentucky Derby Festival is an annual festival held in Louisville, Kentucky during the weeks preceding the first Saturday in May.  The festival, Kentucky's largest sin...
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May 6 - May 7, 2016
Louisville, KY
Thousands of people all across the globe, including some of the biggest names in Hollywood, mark their calendars for a trip to Louisville on the first weekend of May. The Kent...
Mother
May 08, 2016
Louisville, KY
Show Mom how much she means to you by giving her a day to remember with a cruise on the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville! This two-hour Ohio River event is just what the...
Mother
May 08, 2016
Louisville, KY
Celebrate Mom's special day with a two-hour Ohio River cruise on the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville! Include the delicious buffet dinner (advance reservations required...
Exploring with All the Senses: Animals in the Backyard
May 14, 2016
Louisville, KY
Are you curious about the wildlife that lives in our own backyards? This program introduces us to the city dwellers of the animal world through all the senses, and includes ha...
May 12 - May 14, 2016
Louisville, KY
The National Archery in the Schools Program, or NASP, will return to Kentucky for its 2016 National Tournament.  This increasingly popular event will host middle and high...
May 14, 2016
Louisville, KY
Louisville Gay Men's Chorus presents "Why We Sing" Join the Louisville Gay Men's Chorus for our spring concert, as we present songs about songs to share the message of "W...
Cocktails with Champions
May 18, 2016
Louisville, KY
Cocktails with Champions event will feature Happy Hour-priced specialty cocktails from Ballotin Whiskey, BIKE MS sign-up & information plus an array of prizes for guests. ...
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