From spectacular natural beauty to exciting urban attractions, Kentucky is filled with history and culture. As one of the original frontiers of the United States, the Bluegrass State has a long and storied history filled with mythical figures, including Daniel Boone. The state's industries, including horse breeding and bourbon manufacturing, give the state a rich tapestry of events, activities, festivals, museums and more.
- Witherspoon and River Road Louisville, KY 40299 in Louisville, KY
This exciting presentation is one of the activities that takes place prior to the Kentucky Derby. The one day, mid-April event occurs around the third weekend in April and involves a thrilling acrobatic airshow provided by civilian and military aircraft. Enjoy an array of southern home cooking and in the evening, watch a dazzling fireworks display.
- Pikeville City Park Pikeville, KY 41501 in Pikeville, KY
The Shriners host this annual charitable event that offers guests the chance to enjoy a bit of backwoods fun with a parade, carnival, food and live entertainment. Not to mention the Shriners themselves decked out in full hillbilly costume while driving their modified limos.
- Louisville, Kentucky in LOUISVILLE, KY
Hundreds of artists arrive at this historic tree-lined neighborhood every April to present their creations and visit with guests. The event also offers children's activities, a food court and live entertainment.
At the end of April, a team of iconic riverboats gather on the Ohio river for this historic race. Guests may watch the event from the shoreline or purchase tickets to ride on one of the vessels during the competition. While aboard, enjoy an evening of dinner, bourbon tasting and live entertainment.
Though the actual race does not take place until the first Saturday in May, two weeks prior to race day,the community holds a number of events. There's a carnival to attend, contests, parades and a hot air balloon festival along with plenty of food. Watch riverboat races or any number of other events leading up to the big race.
The air fills with the aroma of hickory smoke as this mid-May festival brings BBQ chefs together for a gala weekend feast. The event also features a carnival, eating contests, arts and crafts and a nice selection of vendors for a fun-filled weekend.