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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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Apr 30, 2017
Louisville, KY
Celebrate Earth Day with special keeper talks, more than 20 community eco-partner displays (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and $8.25 Zoo admission all day courtesy of Louisville Ga...
May 5 - May 6, 2017
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...
Beats & Eats: Top Chef Edition
May 5 - May 6, 2017
Louisville, KY
Chef Annie Pettry will host fellow competitors from last season’s Top Chef: Charleston for a special Beats & Eats event in the Cellar Lounge at Decca Friday, May 5 f...
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May 06, 2017
Louisville, KY
Join us for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby.
May 13, 2017
Louisville, KY
Take your mom on a hike for this Mother's day weekend, she deserves it! We'll meet at the Picnic Grove area, across from the Archery Range at the park.  The hike will beg...
May 13, 2017
Louisville, KY
Dash on over to the Zoo to take part in Louisville’s only road race that doesn’t just go around the Zoo but actually “Throo” the Zoo. Enjoy an early ...
May 14, 2017
Louisville, KY
Celebrate Mother’s Day with free Zoo admission for moms courtesy of McDonald’s® Restaurants of Kentuckiana. Enjoy Zoo keeper talks featuring our animal moms ...
Mother’s Day at the Brown Hotel
May 14, 2017
Louisville, KY
Spend quality time with your mom this Mother’s Day, May 14, over a one-of-a-kind meal at the historic Brown Hotel. To honor all special women, both the English Grill and...
Heaven and Evan Exclusive Bourbon Experience
May 19, 2017
Louisville, KY
Heaven and Evan Exclusive Experience Bardstown to Downtown with Heaven Hill and Mint Julep Tours  Start with a trip to the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardst...
Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs
May 20, 2017
Louisville, KY
Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs Exclusive Culinary Experience with Mint Julep Tours  Join us in the Kitchen Studio at Bourbon Barrel Foods to be in the live studio audience ...
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