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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.

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Archery Lessons
Oct 2 - Oct 23, 2014
Louisville, KY
Got the itch to learn more about the sport of Archery? Come to E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park and be taught by one of our NASP-certified instructors. We will pr...
Harvest Moon Festival
Oct 23, 2014
Somerset, KY
Bring your own chair and come enjoy the music of Kelly Rae Burton, Kevin Dalton & the Tuesday Bloomers and Tyler Childers. Market on Main will feature and special Fall...
The Burgin Barn
Oct 24, 2014
Harrodsburg, KY
Tagged as “Burgin’s Little Secret,” The Barn features The Kentucky Strangers and special guest performers that provide some of the best live country music ...
Oct 24, 2014
Winchester, KY
Leeds Center for the Arts presents Larry Sparks with Southland Drive as part of the Homer Ledford Concert Series. Enjoy some fabulous bluegrass music at the historic Leeds The...
Oct 24, 2014
Henderson, KY
John James Audubon State Park presents hometown favorite comedian Bob Park in the Audubon Theater as he tells his "Tall Tales from the Front Porch." Bob will be accompanied by...
Bardstown Opry
Oct 24, 2014
Bardstown, KY
Traditional Country Music every Friday night with Special Guests.  7:30 - 10:00p.m.  Blue Grass Entertainment & Exposition Complex, 426 Sutherland Rd off of HWY ...
Tour of Terror
Oct 24, 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...
A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland
Oct 24, 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 ...
Oct 24, 2014
Somerset, KY
The Friday Night Block Party has a new name and a new home! It's now called Friday Night Thunder and it will be held at Somerset Mall (stoplight #23 on US 27). Walmart and t...
Harrodsburg Ghost Walk & History Tour
Oct 24, 2014
Harrodsburg, KY
Your tour guide dressed in period clothing will lead you on this 1 mile walk of the historic downtown part of Harrodsburg, KY.  The tour guide will tell you about the his...
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