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.
- Bardstown, Ky. in Bardstown, KY
[The 2020 edition will be virtual. See the official website linked below for more details]. Beginning in the middle of every September, the Bourbon Capital of the World commemorates their history of making whiskey with a six day event. Guests enjoy everything from black tie whiskey tasting events to parades, southern cooking and live entertainment along with a host of other activities.
- Louisville, Kentucky in Louisville, KY
The Kentucky Expo Center hosts this annual event that takes place during a weekend in the middle of December. Over 750 artists display their crafts for one of the most popular holiday shows in the state. See the decorations, find holiday gifts, and let the little ones visit with Santa.
- Lexington, Ky. in Lexington, KY
The popular fund raising event starts toward the end of November and lasts until the end of December offering guests the chance to drive through an exhibit of Christmas lights and animated figures. Inside the park, children have the chance to visit a petting zoo, take train rides, see exhibits and visit Santa.
- 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.
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.