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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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Maker
Apr 03, 2015
Louisville, KY
You may have been on a Maker’s Mark® tour, but you have never seen the distillery like this. Mint Julep Tours and the world-famous Bourbon Brand have joined&nbs...
Easter Brunch Cruise
Apr 05, 2015
Louisville, KY
Be a good egg: bring the whole family and hop on down to the Ohio River for a fun Easter Brunch cruise on the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville! Include the del...
Apr 08, 2015
Louisville, KY
Looking for something to do during Spring Break? Look no further! Come try your hand at NASP style archery with our certified instructors.  We will provide all of the equ...
Apr 11, 2015
Louisville, KY
Get ready for the Goose Creek 5K Run!  Runners will compete for top prizes in their age division and for over all best times.  Mark your calendars and start stretchi...
Thunder Over Louisville on the Belle
Apr 18, 2015
Louisville, KY
Don't miss this event! As the kickoff to the Kentucky Derby Festival, the city will be having one of the top 10 fireworks events in the country, and it is a sight to behold. O...
Kentucky Derby Festival Thunder over Louisville
Apr 18, 2015
Louisville, KY
You can do a lot more at Thunder Over Louisville than simply look to the sky. With a slew of entertainment options available on the ground, there is sure to be something for...
Apr 19, 2015
Louisville, KY
Louisville Chorus Daniel Spurlock Music Director Soloists: Soprano Mary Redden, Alto Maggie Schwenker, Tenor Randall Black, Bass Alexander Redden with Louisville Philh...
Balloon Glimmer Cruise
Apr 23, 2015
Louisville, KY
The Great Balloon Race is a long-standing Saturday morning tradition of the Kentucky Derby Festival events, with a Balloon Glow the night before. On Thursday before ...
United Mountain Horse Derby City Jubilee Horse Show
Apr 24 - Apr 25, 2015
Louisville, KY
 The United Mountain Horse Inc. is proud to bring their 1st show of the 2015 show season to Louisville KY. Known to be the "Premier Mountain Horse Show Circuit", the UM...
Spirit Boat Chase
Apr 29, 2015
Louisville, KY
If you've missed out on tickets for the Belle of Louisville during the Battle of the Belles Great Riverboat Race, or would like to watch both boats from a really good vantage ...
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