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Kentucky Tourism will be taking over Nashville on Thursday, June 4 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Imogene + Willie! Join us for FREE music from The Watson Twins and Ben Sollee along with drinks by Bulleit Bourbon and a chance to win a Kentucky adventure. 

Make sure to follow Kentucky Tourism on Instagram and use #TravelKy! 

POSTED: 5 hours ago
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ABBEY ROAD ON THE RIVER

Held Memorial Day weekend on the Belvedere Festival Plaza overlooking the Ohio River in downtown Louisville, Abbey Road on the River is the largest Beatles tribute festival in America. This five-day art, music and food festival honors and celebrates The Fab Four by attracting more than 60 bands - on seven stages - from 12 countries and over 25,000 attendees.

POSTED: 16 hours ago
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KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN LAUREL FESTIVAL

  • May 21 - May 24, 2015

Downtown Pineville.  One of Kentucky’s oldest festivals, Princess and Queen Coronations and Balls, street vendors, carnival, music, street dance, and good food.

POSTED: 1 day ago
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UPTOWN OPRY

Fridays from 7-10pm come on out and enjoy classic country music and dancing, in a smoke free, family friendly environment! You can contact McCreary County Tourist Commission at 606-376-3008 for more information.

POSTED: 2 days ago
TAGGED: Kentucky   |   travelKy   |   WhitleyCity   |   music   |   dancing

MAINSTRASSE VILLAGE MAIFEST

One of the top events of spring. Food, Drink,Music, Art & Crafts.

POSTED: 7 days ago
TAGGED: Kentucky   |   travelKy   |   Covington   |   festival   |   food   |   drink   |   music   |   arts   |   crafts

LAUREL COUNTY SHRINE CLUB BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

You can see some of the best bluegrass and gospel bands in the nation at the Laurel County Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival, held each May at the Laurel County Fairgrounds.

POSTED: 8 days ago
TAGGED: Kentucky   |   travelKy   |   London   |   bluegrass   |   festival

APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

Lots of fun, bring the whole family.  More info call 606 754-5080.

POSTED: 9 days ago
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KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC

  • May 13 - May 17, 2015
        8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

The Kentucky Spring Classic is the second leg of Kentucky Spring Horse Show 2015 series. This hunter/jumper event draws some of the best riders in the world.

POSTED: 11 days ago
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INTERNATIONAL BAR-B-Q FESTIVAL

On the second weekend in May, the Owensboro riverfront becomes a hub of activity when cooking teams gather to compete with their secret recipes for barbecue. These teams are vying for best chicken, mutton and burgoo titles, as well as the Governor’s Cup for the “BEST OVERALL BAR-B-Q COOKING TEAM.” All total, more than 80,000 people will attend the festival with more than 10 tons of mutton, 1,500 gallons of burgoo and 5,000 chickens prepared and sold during the festival. Musical entertainment, children’s activities, car show, arts and crafts and more are available for the crowd’s enjoyment. This festival has been featured in Discovery Channel’s Travelers, Inside Edition and Southern Living. Come enjoy “Two days of barbecue Heaven!”

For a look at all the events, check out their website at http://bbqfest.com/events/

POSTED: 14 days ago
TAGGED: kentucky   |   travelKy   |   Owensboro   |   BBQ   |   festival   |   music   |   arts   |   crafts   |   carshow   |   childrenactivities

Kentucky Oaks and Derby

Every spring, since 1875 when Churchill Downs was built, the pageantry and tradition of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby have captured the hearts 

POSTED: 21 days ago
TAGGED: Kentucky   |   travelKy   |   Louisville   |   KentuckyDerby   |   horses

Rides, Slides & More Fun at Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay

The 2015 season runs April 25 through mid-September and features the addition of eight new rides. Together, the two theme parks offer more than 60 rides and attractions at one affordable price.

Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay are located at I-65/264 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, visit www.kentuckykingdom.com or call (502) 813-8200

POSTED: 1 month ago
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BATTLE OF THE BELLES, GREAT STEAMBOAT RACE

  • Apr 29, 2015
        5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

What an event this is! The historic steamboat Belle of Louisville will be facing off with the riverboat Belle of Cincinnati in a time-honored river contest during Derby Festival Week. Prior to the boat race, the boat crews will be competing in land-based events of “skill,” and the crew with the most points will win the coveted antlers.

Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line. The Derby Festival gives the Belle only a small portion of their tickets to sell, and the seating for those tickets will be upstairs and outside, regardless of the weather. And we’ve seen every kind of weather over the years, so be prepared!

Tickets (tax added on at purchase):

$130 per person (all ages)

POSTED: 1 month ago
TAGGED: Kentucky   |   travelKy   |   Louisville   |   BelleofLouisville

SPIRIT BOAT CHASE

  • Apr 29, 2015
        5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

If you’ve missed out on tickets for the Belle of Louisville during the Battle of the Belles Great Riverboat Race, or would like to watch both boats from a really good vantage point for the whole race, then come on board the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson and follow along as she “chases” the racers up the Ohio River and back. Dinner is provided and you will have reserved seating indoors.  A DJ will provide music, the bar will be open for your convenience, and two beverages per person are included with your ticket. Call for information or to make a reservation (advance reservations required), or purchase tickets on line.

Tickets (tax added on at purchase):

All Ages - $65

POSTED: 1 month ago
TAGGED: Kentucky   |   travelKy   |   Louisville   |   BelleofLouisville

PLANETARIUM SHOWS

WKU’s Hardin Planetarium is now open year-round. There is no charge for admission for the public shows (Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 and Sunday afternoons at 2:00) or to the interactive exhibits in the outer ring (open 9-4 M-F or during the half-hour before and after each public show). The Planetarium also offers science camps, private parties and special group shows for education and entertainment purposes.  For specific show titles and dates, visit the Planetarium website at http://www.wku.edu/hardinplanetarium or call 270-745-4044.

POSTED: 1 month ago
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REDBUD RIDE

  • Apr 24 - Apr 26, 2015

The Redbud Ride

Saturday, April 25, 2015

529 South Main Street London, KY

8:00 a.m.

The Redbud Ride is an annual bicycle ride that starts in beautiful downtown London, KY and stretches throughout the surrounding areas. The route for the Redbud Ride passes some of the most beautiful scenery in Kentucky, filled with blooming redbud trees! This ride is a must- do for cycling enthusiasts, professionals and amateurs alike.

  • The Redbud Ride will have new and exciting lunch options and SAG stops located about every 20 miles.
  • Our SAG stops are always a party thanks to our wonderful volunteers & host locations!
  • FREE T-Shirt!
  • The Redbud Ride offers Four Route Options that will be sure to please every cyclist.
  • Complimentary Pancake Breakfast hosted by the London Rotary Club.
  • Live Music at the Farmers Market after the ride!
  • Pre-Ride and Post Ride parties planned for the guests of the event!
  • Post event meal provided.

The Redbud Warm-Up!

Friday April 24, 2015
310 College Street Barbourville, KY
10:00 a.m.

Our friends in nearby Barbourville will present the 3rd Annual Redbud Warm-Up. Registration Opens at 10:00a.m. The warm-up coincides with the Redbud Festival hosted by Union College. Registration for the Warm-Up is only $25 while registering for the Redbud Ride. There will be two route options this year that you can choose on the day of the event, making for a great afternoon. Registration includes a couple SAG Stops, a complimentary Warm-Up T-shirt, and a great afternoon in Barbourville. A wonderful way to start the weekend!

The Redbud Recovery – FREE!

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Richmond, KY
10:00 a.m.

Last year our friends from Mike’s Hike and Bike and others in the Richmond area hosted a light Sunday ride we like to call the Redbud Recovery. A few route options, lightly supported and a lot of fun. This ride is free to anyone who registers. We see it as a reason for you to stick around Kentucky another day, see some beautiful countryside, and ride your bicycle! Registration for the Recovery ride is free when you register online for 1 or 2 days of the event.

Please become a Facebook fan of The Redbud Ride athttp://facebook.com/redbudride and receive continuous updates

POSTED: 1 month ago
TAGGED: Kentucky   |   travelKy   |   redbud   |   London   |   Barbourville   |   Richmond   |   bicycle

ROLEX KENTUCKY THREE DAY EVENT

  • Apr 23 - Apr 26, 2015

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is the largest annual equine competition held at the Kentucky Horse Park. One of only six three-day events in the world that are ranked at the highest level (Concours Complete International four stars), the Rolex Kentucky is the first three-day eventing competition of the year on the international calendar.

POSTED: 1 month ago
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25TH ANNUAL MOUNTAIN MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

  • Apr 23 - Apr 26, 2015
  • 101 Chestnut St., Downtown Irvine

Mountain mushrooms are the regional name for the delicate morel mushroom which can be found in the densely forested mountains of eastern Kentucky in early spring. They are prized by gourmet cooks for their intense earthy flavor and many people enjoy the challenge of hunting for them.  

The festival celebrates all things morel and showcases the mushroom in a cook-off and market.

POSTED: 1 month ago
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CAMPER APPRECIATION WEEKEND

  • Apr 23 - Apr 26, 2015

Campground at Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond, KY 40475

Pay for Friday night and get Saturday night FREE.  We have so much fun that we start the weekend early on Thursday night with bingo and then the fun continues with scheduled times for bonfires, free putt-putt and tours, hikes, entertainment, and lots more activities.  There is a free continetal breakfast on Sunday.  This event is for registered campers only.  For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email

booncamp@bellsouth.net

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POSTED: 1 month ago
TAGGED: Kentucky   |   travelKy   |   KyParks   |   FortBoonesborough   |   Richmond   |   camping

NCM BASH

  • Apr 23 - Apr 25, 2015

The kick off of the NCM on site event season the Bash traditionally marks the rollout of the next model year Corvette; the place where you can see them up close and in detail.  Bash 2014 will provide enthusiasts the chance to see the new 2015 Corvette Stingray up close as well as getting all the latest information about the all new 7th Generation Corvette.  Seminars will feature speakers discussing Chassis, Powertrain, Interior, and Design and Electronics.  As in past years there will be a large contingent of GM engineers and designer from Warren Tech Center, Milford Proving Ground and the Bowling Green Assembly Plant ready to answer your every question.

Returning activities include seminars by the C4/C5/C6 Specialist Paul Koerner, the Corvette race team members Doug Fehan, Corvette Driver Tommy Milner and Dan Binks, guided road tours, two celebrity choice car shows, the Ladies’ Oasis, and the expanded Garage Party with women of the GM Corvette Team. The ladies will cover all aspects of Corvettes including maintenance, engineering and even high performance driving. Some returning activities include Golf with Corvette Racing & GM Team.

POSTED: 1 month ago
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Kentucky Derby Festival

April 18–May 1
Kicking off with “Thunder Over Louisville,” the nation’s largest fireworks display on April 18, the Kentucky Derby Festival is a calendar of over 70 community events that lead up to the running of the Kentucky Derby.

POSTED: 1 month ago
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