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The Kentucky Tourism Tumblr feed has the latest Kentucky happenings and news on upcoming events and activities around the state. From food festivals to live music to craft fairs, check out what's been happening around Ky below. For more Kentucky happenings, view our full calendar of events.

FORECASTLE FESTIVAL

Founded in 2002 by Louisville native JK McKnight and taking place this year on July 17-19, Forecastle has grown from a neighborhood event to one of the country’s most anticipated summer festivals, drawing tens of thousands of fans from across the world to Louisville’s scenic 85-acre Waterfront Park.In addition to featuring a who’s who of musical acts such as Jack White, The Black Keys, Outkast, Widespread Panic, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, The Flaming Lips, Band of Horses, Sleater-Kinney, and The Avett Brothers, Forecastle has consistently promoted local artists as well as focusing on environmental activism and outdoor recreation. Past Forecastles have featured prominent organizations, industry leaders, and distinguished speakers, such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Riverkeepers), Rob Caughlan (Surfrider Foundation) and Christopher Childs (Greenpeace International). For the 2015 lineup and tickets visit www.forecastlefest.com.

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BREYERFEST

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY

  • Jul 17 - Jul 19, 2015

Discover the world of Breyer model horses.  Competitions, clinics and a trade fair.

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AG FESTIVAL

  • Jul 17 - Jul 18, 2015
        4:00 P.M. -

Myer Creek Park, Calhoun, KY

McLean County Ag Festival will be held July 17th & 18th in celebration of our county’s deep roots in the Agriculture Industry.

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KENTUCKY BIKE RALLY

Jul 16 - Jul 19, 2015
    4:00 P.M. - 10:00 A.M.

125 Pryr Blvd, Union County Fairgrounds, Sturgis, KY 42459

This event welcomes bikers from across the country to enjoy music, food, contests and fellowship.

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18TH ANNUAL DUNCAN HINES FESTIVAL

The Bowling Green Junior Woman’s Club is pleased to announce that they will be hosting their 19th Annual Duncan Hines Festival 2015 events at Chaney’s Dairy Barn! To commemorate the legacy of our local resident, Duncan Hines, there will many events held in celebration! This festival has something for everyone!! July 11- Chaney’s Dairy Barn Activities include Uncle Duncan’s Duck Derby, a Brownie Eating Contest, kids’ inflatables, vendors, face painting and other children’s activities. This is an event you don’t want to miss! The Duncan Hines Festival is an annual fundraiser to benefit selected local nonprofits and is sponsored by the Bowling Green Junior Woman’s Club and many others. The public is encouraged to bring the whole family, lawn chairs or blanket, and donations. Visit http://www.duncanhinesfestival.com for more information.

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LEBOWSKI FEST

14 Years of Beautiful Tradition from Los Angeles to New York, join your fellow Achievers for the ultimate Celebration of All things Lebowski in Louisville, Kentucky. The 14th Annual Lebowski Fest is July 10th & 11th, 2015. Mark it!

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LOUISVILLE BLUES, BREWS & BBQ FESTIVAL

Nothing goes better with blues music than some smokin’ hot barbecue! Catch the tunes of New Orleans and Memphis while you eat with your hands at Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival. Indulge in a variety of barbecue styles from the best smokehouses in town, all cooking up their secret recipes for your pleasure! Relax as you let the sounds of blues take you away at Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival. We’ve got plenty of napkins waiting for you at the Louisville Water Tower.

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WHIPPOORWILL FESTIVAL

  • Jul 9 - Jul 12, 2015

500 Floyd Branch Road, Home Grown Hide Aways, Berea, KY 40403

Skills for Earth-Friendly Living

Over 85 workshops featuring old time and traditional Appalachian living skills in a family-friendly atmosphere.  Home Canning, Backyard Chickens, How to Play the Banjo, and many more. A low-cost event with free tent camping, healthy home-cooked meals, guest speakers, campfires, mountain and bluegrass music, dancing, and workshops throughout the day.  

Whippoorwill strives to be a family friendly festival.  We offer free admission for children 16 and under!  There will be lots of children at the festival and many young families.  We have tried to keep your costs low for families by serving two simple meals (breakfast and dinner) a day and this is included in your ticket price.  Camping and parking is also included.

A 4-day adult pass for the whole festival is only $120 and a 3-day pass is $90.  Prices will be higher at the gate so purchasing tickets online in advance is the way to go.

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FREEDOM FEST

Freedom Fest is a family-friendly concert & fireworks show presented by the Christian community in Winchester KY on July 3, 2015.  Featuring Musical Artist: Tenth Avenue North

Gates @ 5:00 p.m.Concert @ 7:00 p.m.Fireworks @ Dusk

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MADISONVILLE 4THFEST

Celebrate Madisonville 4thFest with baseball and free admission!  Come to Elmer Kelley Stadium for a summer triple play - exciting baseball action, delicious concessions, and beautiful surroundings!  Cheer on the Miners as they take on the Dubois County Bombers!    270-821-4171
Madisonville 4th Fest is a week of summer fun! Our schedule includes:
   Gospel music and pop music concerts
   Baseball
   Outdoor movie & children’s parade
   Fireworks
   Picnics, food vendors, and children’s activities
 … and more!
Call 270-821-4171 for more information.

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OLD JOE CLARK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

US 25 N, Renfro Valley, KY

  • Jul 3 - Jul 5, 2015

This year’s Bluegrass Festival will feature the following acts: Seldom Scene, The Cleverleys, Little Roy & Lizzie, Junior Sisk & The Ramblers Choice, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Moron Brothers, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, & Wilderness Trail.

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ROMP BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL AFTER PARTY

Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam with ROMP artists day and night, or dance till dawn at the awesome After Parties, featuring national acts on the cabin stage in the park’s rustic Pioneer Village!

LINEUPS:

Thursday, June 25:  Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Friday, June 26:  The Giving Tree Bank, Rollin’ in the Hay

Saturday, June 27:  The Brothers Comatose, Old Salt Union

Hours:  1 a.m.  to ………………..!

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RUDY FEST

  • Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2015
        9:00 P.M. - Midnight

Carter County Fairgrounds, US 60 West, Grayson, KY 41143

A widely popular bluegrass music festival held during the 4th week of June every year, this being it’s 15th Annual.  Please join us as we celebrate our culture and heritage with nationally known and local Bluegrass artists.

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8TH ANNUAL LOUISVILLE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS WITH CRAFT MARKETPLACE

8th Annual Louisville Festival of the Arts with Craft Marketplace at Paddock Shops on Summit Plaza Dr.Louisville, KY

June 20th & 21st, 2015Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm FREE ADMISSION

For more information call 561-746-6615 www.ArtFestival.com #HAEArtFest

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KENTUCKIANA PRIDE FESTIVAL

Each year on the Belvedere in downtown Louisville, the Foundation holds the Kentuckiana Pride Festival, a place where the LGBT community and its allies can meet and celebrate, enjoying a variety of food, entertainment, and showcases from local and regional businesses and organizations. Kentuckiana Pride Festival is a two day event. This year, it will hosted on Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20, 2015. The festival is produced by Kentuckiana Pride Foundation. General admission is $5 at the gate on Friday and $5 at the gate on Saturday. Must have ID to drink. A VIP viewing area will also be available.

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METCALFE COUNTY BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

The Metcalfe County Blueberry Festival is an annual event sponsored by the Kentucky Blueberry Association, located in Edmonton, Ky.  The festival encompasses all things blueberry and is a delicious way to learn about and sample the tasty blueberry.  Join us for blueberry pancakes, blueberry milkshakes, and blueberry pie, along with games, craft vendors, and informational booths regarding blueberry growing in your area.    

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ROEBLINGFEST

  • Jun 20, 2015

Court Avenue and E. Third Street, Covington, KY 

Foods from local restaurants, beverage booths, music, art show and sale showcasing local talents and variety of tours.

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W.C. HANDY BLUES & BARBECUE FESTIVAL

  • Jun 13 - Jun 20, 2015

Celebrate the life and music of former resident, W.C. Handy at this free music festival, which showcases some of the nation’s best blues artists. Enjoy live music in the park and delicious barbecue and other festival food throughout the event. Named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by STC and a Top 10 Summer Event in Kentucky by KTIA.

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