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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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"Creatures of the Night" After Dark Hike
Oct 28, 2017
Henderson, KY
It’s almost Halloween—are you afraid of things that go BUMP in the night? Join the park naturalists, if you dare, for this free after dark hike. It’s a scare...
Turkey Time
Nov 04, 2017
Henderson, KY
Just in time for the holidays... Join Miss Kim for some family fun at the John James Audubon State Park Museum--create a terrific Turkey for your Thanksgiving décor!&nb...
Holiday Ornaments
Dec 09, 2017
Henderson, KY
Design your Holiday ornament just in time for your tree! Sign up today for the annual Holiday Ornament-making Day at the John James Audubon State Park Museum. Suitab...
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