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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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Fifth Third Bank
Sep 12 - Oct 31, 2014
Louisville, KY
The vampire hunt is on! September 12 – October 31, 2014   Performance Schedule Sept. 12 – 7:30 PM Sept. 13 – 8:00 PM Sept. 14 – 2:00 PM Sep...
Deep Ecology: New Work by Ying Kit Chan
Oct 3 - Oct 31, 2014
Louisville, KY
The University of Louisville Hite Art Institute is pleased to present Deep Ecology: New Work by Ying Kit Chan. The exhibition will open to the public October 3, 2014 coincidin...
Nov 02, 2014
Louisville, KY
The Speed Art Museum 2014–15 Concert Series Ben Sollee Postcards from America In partnership with the Kentucky Center for the Arts Ben Sollee, along with choreog...
Maker
Nov 07, 2014
Louisville, KY
We're providing a unique opportunity to tour the picturesque distillery after hours. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes, guided tour of the distillery, showcasing the bourbon making pr...
Secrets of Louisville Chefs
Nov 08, 2014
Louisville, KY
Join us in Kitchen Studio at Bourbon Barrel Foods located in historic Butchertown to be part of a TV audience as you watch the taping of “Secrets of Louisville Chefs.&rd...
Nov 08, 2014
Louisville, KY
For November’s Second Saturday family day, we’re excited to share some of the rich history and stories of our continent’s indigenous peoples.   Wit...
Winter Bird Watching
Nov 09, 2014
Louisville, KY
Come learn about the various species of birds that hang out for the winter, the calls and songs that they use, and where they are likely to be found.  After the hike...
Nov 14, 2014
Louisville, KY
This exclusive Super Premium Tour option for whiskey lovers has never before been offered to the public.  Dive into an insider’s experience showcasing &ld...
North American Championship Rodeo
Nov 13 - Nov 15, 2014
Louisville, KY
rodeo
Nov 20, 2014
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 to anno...
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