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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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Somernites Cruise Car Show
Oct 25, 2014
Somerset, KY
Join us every 4th Saturday, April through October, in the Car Cruise Capital of Kentucky for Somernites Cruise. Enjoy a relaxed, family oriented atmosphere with great music ...
Shelby County Farmer
Apr 26 - Oct 25, 2014
Shelbyville, KY
A visual and aromatic feast, farm tables at this market are loaded with the region's freshest, in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, ciders, cheeses, jams, preserves, ...
Oct 24 - Oct 25, 2014
Olive Hill, KY
Campers come join us for our 11th annual Halloween Campout Celebration!  Some of the special activities include site-to-site trick or treating, pumpkin carving contest, c...
Bardstown Ghost Trek
Jun 7 - Oct 25, 2014
Bardstown, KY
A guided walking historic tour and ghost hunt held every Saturday (rain or shine) 8 – 9:30 p.m. $15, children under six free. Ghost Trek meets at the Old Stable Restaura...
A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland
Oct 25, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Most Friday evenings during the year, Friday and Saturday evenings during October.  Experience the history and mystery of Wickland, Home of Three Governors.  Take a ...
Ghost Walk
Oct 24 - Oct 25, 2014
Richmond, KY
For years White Hall State Historic Site has had a reputation as being haunted.  Now thrill seekers can vist the historic home and experience the spirits of the past.&nbs...
Halloween Lights Drive Thru
Sep 26 - Oct 25, 2014
Richmond, KY
Enjoy the sights, sounds and scares of over one and one half miles of Halloween lights and displays from your car. Play pirate miniature golf with Halloween music and thousand...
Academy Of Equine Art Fall Open Juried Exhibition & Sale
Sep 12 - Oct 25, 2014
Georgetown, KY
The Scott County Arts & Cultural Center at 117 North Water Street, hosts the American Academy of Equine Art Fall Open Juried Exhibition and Sale featuring the horse select...
Spooks and Legends Walking Tour
Oct 25, 2014
Henderson, KY
Light refreshments and storytelling kick off this tour at The Depot. The tour then continues throughout downtown. During the tour, discover some of Henderson’s spookier ...
Tour of Terror
Oct 25, 2014
Corbin, KY
Many people see the falls during the daylight hours, but after dark anything can happen.  There are numerous stories told  about frightful  and super natur...
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