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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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‘Agate: Jewel of Kentucky’ - New Exhibit at Kentucky Artisan Center
Jul 1 - Nov 11, 2017
Berea, KY
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea has a new exhibit featuring the Kentucky agate, a stone rarer than diamonds, in “Agate: Jewel of Kentucky” on display in the C...
Home & Hearth Christmas Bazaar
Nov 11 - Nov 12, 2017
Berea, KY
Attention shoppers! Hosted at the Russel Acton Fold Center, this 23rd family tradition of folk arts and crafts, features great buys from over 30 artisans and vendors. Food ava...
Berea Makers Market Holiday 2017
Nov 18, 2017
Berea, KY
Berea Makers Market presents their first annual Holiday craft show on Saturday November 18th, at the Russel Acton Folk Center near Berea's Old Town Artisan Village. Shop for d...


32nd Annual Twilight Christmas Parade
Dec 02, 2017
Berea, KY
Berea decks the halls and opens its doors wide for this enchanting prelude to the holiday season. Open houses all weekend long. Fantastic shopping in the Artisan Village and C...
7th Annual Make It, Take It, Give It
Nov 1 - Dec 23, 2017
Berea, KY
Give a gift from the heart, and from the hands. Make It, Take It, Give It, give you the opportunity to craft gifts for the loved ones in your life, or for your self! These wee...
Christmas Country Dance School
Dec 26, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018
Berea, KY
A fun way to stay warm! Classes in traditional dance styles including English clog, Country, Morris dance, rapper, Danish, Appalachian clogging, and square dance, plus singing...
"Get Ready, Get Set: Multiples in Clay" Exhibit Opens at Kentucky Artisan Center
Oct 8, 2017 - Feb 24, 2018
Berea, KY
Photo: "Sunflower Bottles" by Melisa Zimmerman The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea has a new exhibit featuring 29 Kentucky ceramic artists. The exhibit, “Get Ready, ...
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