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Kentucky Festivals and Events

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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Sep 6 - Sep 29, 2016
Louisville, KY
Looking for some fun competition in the sport of Archery? Join our Beginner and Intermediate Fall Archery Leagues! Divisions begin at ages 7 and up.  We'll shoot in the s...
The Frazier History Museum Presents Hip History Night at the Museum
Sep 29, 2016
Louisville, KY
Strike up the bluegrass music, folks! It’s time for Hip History Night at the Museum – The Good Wood Edition, presented by Hilliard Lyons. Come tap your toes to the...
Sep 30, 2016
Louisville, KY
The arrival of printing changed the world, allowing increased literacy and knowledge through rapid spread of text. Printmaking techniques were inevitably adopted by artists an...
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May 17 - Oct 1, 2016
Louisville, KY
Kentucky Opera announces its BROWN-FORMAN 2016/17 SEASON. This will be the 65th anniversary season of Kentucky Opera and audiences will be treated to a trio of well-known, bel...
St James Court Art Show
Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2016
Louisville, KY
THE SAINT JAMES COURT ART SHOW More than 700 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout North America converge the first full weekend of October for the Saint James Court ...
Julius Friedman: A Celebration Exhibition Opening at the Frazier Museum
Jun 24 - Oct 9, 2016
Louisville, KY
Opening: June 24, 2016 9 a.m. Running through: October 9, 2016  Julius Friedman: A Celebration is a celebration of life and will feature the iconic posters that have b...
Oct 14, 2016
Louisville, KY
About the Solo Mio Series The first component of The Professional Training Company season, the Solo Mios are a three-part series of short solo performances entirely written a...
Oct 15, 2016
Louisville, KY
About the Solo Mio Series The first component of The Professional Training Company season, the Solo Mios are a three-part series of short solo performances entirely written a...
Louisville LGBT Film Festival
Oct 14 - Oct 16, 2016
Louisville, KY
Join us for a three day film festival showcasing LGBTQ narrative and documentary feature and short films.  We will have one session Friday, three sessions Saturday, and t...
Oct 22, 2016
Louisville, KY
Have you ever wondered about some of the remains of structures and old piping that you may have seen around the park? Hike along with the Park Naturalist to some of the m...
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