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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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Saturday Public Bourbon Tour
Feb 25, 2017
Louisville, KY
Saturday Public Bourbon Tour South Jim Beam / Maker's Mark / Barton 1792 Learn the art, history, and craftsmanship of "America's Native Spirit" as you travel through Bourbon...
5th Annual Gravy Cup for Boys and Girls Haven
Feb 25, 2017
Louisville, KY
February 25th, 2017 will mark the 5th annual Gravy Cup to benefit Boys & Girls haven. At this event over 30 local professional chefs and weekend warriors will descend up...
Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs
Mar 04, 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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Mar 3 - Mar 5, 2017
Louisville, KY
One of the nations finest flea markets with over 500 booths.  Dealers from across the country featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, clothes, crafts, candles, bath an...
Somm Slam Wine Pairing Competition
Mar 06, 2017
Louisville, KY
Local sommeliers and chefs will showcase their expert skills in a wine pairing competition, Somm Slam, Monday, March 6 at LouVino, 11400 Main St. in Douglass Hills. The first ...
Mar 11, 2017
Louisville, KY
25th Annual Irish Classic 10K Saturday, March 11, 2017 Race Begins at 9:00 A.M. Click here to download a printable registration form Click here to download a printable e...
Chef Anoosh Shariat
Nov 17, 2016 - Mar 16, 2017
Louisville, KY
Chef Anoosh Shariat is highlighting a healthier way of life by partnering with his fitness instructor, Carlos Rivas, director of health and well-being at ProFormance, LLC, to ...
Celtic Voices
Mar 18, 2017
Louisville, KY
Timeless Songs of Ireland   Joined by Hewn from the Mountain Celtic Band Beargrass Christian Church Choir
100 Great Courier-Journal Photographs
Jan 27 - Mar 24, 2017
Louisville, KY
Louisville’s Courier-Journal is an enduring publication that's part of the fabric of the community. In its 150 year history the paper has captured the beautiful, the ter...
Heaven and Evan Exclusive Bourbon Experience
Mar 31, 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...
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