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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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Boo Fest
Oct 24 - Oct 25, 2014
Owensboro, KY
The last three weekends in October at Diamond Lake Resort. Activities include a haunted hay ride on Friday nights, and pumpkin painting, games, crafts, Trick or Treating every...
Oct 25 - Oct 26, 2014
Owensboro, KY
Baseball tournament
Riverartes: The Art of Placemaking
Aug 23 - Oct 26, 2014
Owensboro, KY
  RiverArtes is a biennial rotating exhibition of monumental public art by sculptors of international, national and regional prominence. The RiverArtes Salon will showca...
Nov 1 - Nov 2, 2014
Owensboro, KY
Girls softball tournament at both Panther Creek and Fisher Parks
Nov 1 - Nov 2, 2014
Owensboro, KY
Over 60 vendors of antiques, vintage, and handcrafted items, live music, and food in a festive old school atmosphere!
CollectorCon
Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014
Owensboro, KY
The Owensboro CollectorCon is a must see Pop culture experience featuring booths of toys, games, comics, collectibles and more. The celebrity lineup includes Aaron Eisenberg, ...
King of the Hill Football
Nov 8 - Nov 9, 2014
Owensboro, KY
Football tournament at Waymond Morris Football Complex
Broadway at RiverPark "A Christmas Story"
Nov 14, 2014
Owensboro, KY
Based on the classic 1983 movie, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL! invites you into the Indiana home of Ralphie Parker, an 11-year old kid who is desperate to win the most covet...
9th Annual Mandolin Camp
Nov 14 - Nov 16, 2014
Owensboro, KY
Students and fans of the mandolin style of the Father of Bluegrass Music will gather here November 14-16 for the 9th Annual Mandolin Camp, hosted by the International Bluegras...
78th Annual Owensboro Christmas Parade
Nov 22, 2014
Owensboro, KY
This special parade is the largest Christmas parade in Kentucky and the tri-state area. 2014 will be the 78th year for the parade! Bands, lighted floats, an historic calliope,...
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