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Kentucky events

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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Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
If you dare, come and take the walk through our 1/4 mile wooded trail, and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have you shivering with fear.  Our past trail ...
Natural Bridge Hoedown
Oct 21, 2017
Slade, KY
The famous Natural Bridge Hoedowns have been a popular tradition at Natural Bridge for over 45 years!  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and square dance caller, Jane Boli...
Oct 21, 2017
Madisonville, KY
13th Annual PAC Challenge Saturday, October 21, 2017 Madisonville, KY ? This year all riders begin with a mass start at 8:00AM from West Broadway Elementary School at 127 ...


Big Buffalo Crossing BBQ Cook-Off
Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2017
Munfordville, KY
Come watch the action and enjoy some great barbecue at the Annual Big Buffalo Crossing BBQ Cook-Off in downtown Munfordville. Watch the competitors. Vendors will be selling ...
Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2017
Greenup, KY
The second of three fun filled Camper Halloween Weekends. A full schedule of events include:  Site decorating contest, costume contests, pu...
Buffalo Night
Oct 21, 2017
Prestonsburg, KY
Proudly Serving the following entrees: Top Round Buffalo Carved on the Line Buffalo Meatloaf w/Cherokee Sauce    Catfish with Hushpuppies Buffalo Stew Fried C...
Haunted Pontoon Ride
Oct 21, 2017
Prestonsburg, KY
If you dare, join us for this one of a kind scare! New Haunts for 2017. Haunted Pontoon Boat Ride will be located at the Stratton Branch Boat Ramp. (Community Pool Boat R...
Halloween at the Campground
Oct 21, 2017
Prestonsburg, KY
Friday  • Haunted Boat Ride  • Haunted Hay Ride Saturday 3-5 P.M. Trick-Or-Treat 3 P.M.  Campsite Decoration Contest     ...
Bowling Green Bourbon and Brewfest
Oct 21, 2017
Bowling Green, KY
The 2017 Bowling Green Bourbon and Brewfest Saturday, October 21st from 12:00pm - 6:00pm at the Bowling Green Ballpark Bowling Green, KY - The organizers of the 2016 Bowling...
Maiden Alley Oktoberfest
Oct 21, 2017
Paducah, KY
Maiden Alley Cinema's annual Oktoberfest features a day full of Bavarian cuisine prepared by Kirchhoff's Bakery and Deli, local/regional beer and great music! Festivities will...
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