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Kentucky Festivals and Events

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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Halloween  Family Weekends at General Butler State Resort Park
Oct 20 - Oct 22, 2017
Carrollton, KY
Two great weekends of family fun themed around Halloween for guests staying at General Butler's Lodge, Cottages, or Campground!  The fun begins with a full-day Satur...
9th Annual Halloween in the Park
Oct 20 - Oct 22, 2017
Campbellsville, KY
The whole weekend will be filled with fun and enjoyment for the whole family!  Campers will receive a small Halloween treat upon arrival.  Activities include: ...
Photography Weekend
Oct 20 - Oct 22, 2017
Dawson Springs, KY
We strive to not only put on a good contest, but also to present information that will help participants become photographers.  Photographs may be taken anywhere within t...


Campground Halloween Carnival Weekend
Oct 20 - Oct 22, 2017
Union, KY
Calling all ghouls, ghosts, haints, and hexes!  Big Bone Lick transports to another realm for the annual Halloween celebration. Pack your best festive decoratio...
Oct 20 - Oct 22, 2017
Richmond, KY
Open to all Ladies and Gentlemen - Compete for prizes and honor, or just enjoy an 18th century weekend.  Plans currently include a rifle shoot, woods walk, smoothbore mat...
Shadows of Federal Hill, Ghost Tours of My Old Kentucky Home
Oct 22, 2017
Bardstown, KY
Our VERY popular “Shadows of Federal Hill” tour is back! Ghosts are roaming the halls of My Old Kentucky Home! Are you the kind of person that likes the more ...
Woolly Worm Festival
Oct 20 - Oct 22, 2017
Beattyville, KY
Fun for the whole family. Music, Parade, Car Show, vendors and more. Far from being a normal festival, the Woolly Worm Festival is a tradition rooted in Lee County&rsquo...
Oct 16 - Oct 22, 2017
London, KY
Break out your costumes and candy! It's our annual Halloween event here at Levi Jackson State Park. We'll have recreation activities planned including crafts for the kids, a c...
4th Annual Geocaching Weekend
Oct 20 - Oct 22, 2017
Berea, KY
Bring a GPS or smart phone and participate in Berea's newest family event. This high tech scavenger hunt will take you to parts of our community that you might not otherwise s...
Via Colori Street Painting Festival
Oct 21 - Oct 22, 2017
Louisville, KY
Via Colori® is a festival in which hundreds of artists, community organizations, vendors, and partners come together to host the most creative festival in Kentucky. The fe...
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