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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 14 - May 7, 2015
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. &nb...
May 10, 2015
Louisville, KY
What a great way to show Mom how much she means to you - a two-hour cruise on the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville. Bring on the whole family, and make it a day to remem...
May 10, 2015
Louisville, KY
After a busy day, if the evening is a good time to celebrate Mom's special day, then this cruise is just the thing for the whole family. You're sure to enjoy a two-hour Ohio R...
Louisville Art Affair
May 10, 2015
Louisville, KY
The Louisville Artisans Guild is sponsoring a juried  indoor  art show on Mother's Day. Louisville Art Affair will showcase paintings, jewelry, pottery, fiber, glas...
Spalding at the Speed: A Third-Friday Writers’ Gala
May 15, 2015
Louisville, KY
Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program joins the Speed Art Museum for “Spalding at the Speed: A Third-Friday Writers' Gala,” a monthly ...
Waggin
May 16, 2015
Louisville, KY
Join us on May 16th. This year, we are holding our walk at Waterfront Park. Registration, vendor booths, food, live music by Ghost Holler and Dick Chaney, and fun will ...
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey present: LEGENDS
May 14 - May 17, 2015
Louisville, KY
Amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions ...
2014–15 Global Speed Series: The United Kingdom presents Anna Somers Cocks
May 19, 2015
Louisville, KY
The Speed Art Museum is pleased to present the third art talk in the 2014–15 Global Speed Series: The United Kingdom. This event is FREE to Museum members and Unive...
May 19, 2015
Louisville, KY
2014-2015 Global Speed Series: The United Kingdom A Series of International Art Talks at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts The Speed Art Museum is pleased...
Maker
May 21, 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...
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