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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Paducah, Kentucky in Paducah, KY
Quilters from across the country unite during the last weekend in April for this gala event that brings thousands of artisans to the community to showcase their talents. Admire the extensive collection of handmade quilts, attend workshops and browse through the many vendor booths.
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.
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.
- Centre College Danville, KY 40423 in Danville, KY
For an entire four day weekend at the beginning of June the community welcomes bands from across the country to participate in this event that bolsters the appreciation of music created by brass bands. The event also features a parade and a community BBQ.