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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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Shadows of Federal Hill, Ghost Tours of My Old Kentucky Home
Oct 20, 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 ...
Haunted Pontoon Ride
Oct 20, 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...
3rd Friday Folk-Coffeehouse at The Carnegie
Oct 20, 2017
Somerset, KY
3rd Friday Folk-Coffeehouse at the Carnegie* – The Carnegie Community Arts Center 107 N. Main St. Downtown Somerset 7:00pm. 3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse at the Carnegie...
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Oct 20, 2017
Harrodsburg, KY
 The Burgin Barn features house band "Larry Sanders and Borderline" and special guest performers that provide some of the best live country music around. It's a new sh...
MadCity Street Market
Oct 20, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Visit Madisonville and shop this open air market featuring regional produce, canned goods, flowers, music, and more! MadCity Street Market will be held on the third Friday of ...
Third Friday Seafood Buffet
Oct 20, 2017
Hardin, KY
Kenlake State Resort Park's Third Friday Seafood Buffet is back!  Served 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. each month on the 3rd Friday. Boiled Shrimp Oysters on Half Shell ...
Oct 20, 2017
Pikeville, KY
Very good comedian coming to East KY Expo Center Friday Oct. 20. This is for adults only. Please leave the children at home. 
Oct 20, 2017
Lexington, KY
Victorian Mourning Customs at Waveland Tour Victorians understood that death was an everyday part of life and that there were many rules of mourning etiquette expected to be ...
Full-Day Kentucky Bourbon Tour
Oct 20, 2017
Louisville, KY
Mint Julep Tours has your ticket to Bourbon Country. For our full-day public bourbon distillery tours, we plan your day from start to finish – transporting you to three ...
Kool & The Gang at the Norton Center for the Arts
Oct 20, 2017
Danville, KY
There’s a party goin’ on right here! Join Kool & the Gang for a night of song, celebration and good times. With over 70 million albums sold worldwide thanks to...
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