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Whether you're a Kentucky local, a frequent visitor or a first-time tourist; here are just a few of the events going on across Kentucky. Enjoy your stay!

Eastern Kentucky Events

January 2016

January & February, 2016
2016 Harness Racing at the Red Mile

Nearly every day, racing fans can head over to the Red Mile in Lexington for simulcast harness racing events. The Red Mile is one of the most popular locations in KY for horse racing – check the schedule and enjoy the fun.

April 2016

April 28 - May 1, 2016
2016 Rolex Horse Event

A fun-filled three-day equine competition held at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Tickets are sale now – don't miss one of the most prestigious horse events in America.

June 2016

June 11, 2016
2016 Winchester Beer & Cheese Festival

Head over to the Winchester Historic Downtown District for an afternoon beer and cheese samples, live music, vendors, and plenty of other delicious food. Everything gets underway at 10 a.m.

August 2016

August 12 & 13, 2016
2016 Rally on the River

Annually held on the second weekend in August, Rally on the River brings together bikers from all across the country for a weekend of music, food, entertainment, and, of course, bikes! Festivities are found in downtown Ironton – across the river from Ashland.

September 2016

September 2-4, 2016
38th Annual Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival

Winchester, KY hosts this annual festival, set to include plenty arts and crafts, food, a 5K, live entertainment, and so much. Festivities are spread across Winchester, with start times vary by day and activity. Check the schedule during your visit.

October 2016

October 14-17, 2016
2016 October Court Days

Mount Sterling is getting set to host the annual October Court Days festival, set to include all sorts of festival fun, like food, entertainment, games, and so much more. 

Western Kentucky Events

March 2016

March 4 & 12, April 9 & 16, 2016
2016 Concerts at the Merle Travis Center

Check out some of the upcoming concerts held at the beloved Merle Travis Center in Powderly in western KY. This spring, a Johnny Cash, Elvis, and Jerry Lee Tribute tribute band, Jon Conlee, and the Master's Benefit Concert round-out the calendar.

June 2016

June 25 - August 6, 2016
2016 Saturdays on the Square

Saturdays on the Square is a summer concert series held annually in Greenville – generally encompassing seven Saturdays in total. The concerts at held at the downtown square at 8 p.m., with 2016 artists TBA.

September 2016

September 14-18, 2016
2016 Jerusalem Ridge Festival

Check out five days of talented bluegrass and country musicians performing at the Mercer Farm and the Old Homeplace in Ohio County. The festival is set just a short drive from Central City. Get your tickets today.

September 3-5, 2016
2016 Everly Bros Rock 'N Roll Cruise

Central City celebrates Labor Day with two American classics: great music and awesome cars. The streets downtown will be lined with classic cars while free concerts pop up all over town. Don't miss out – register your classic car today or simply make plans to attend.

Greater Louisville Events

January 2016

January & February, 2016
2016 Harness Racing at the Red Mile

Nearly every day, racing fans can head over to the Red Mile in Lexington for simulcast harness racing events. The Red Mile is one of the most popular locations in KY for horse racing – check the schedule and enjoy the fun.

March 2016

March 24-26, 2016
2016 NCAA March Madness

For three days, the best college basketball teams in the country will take the hardwood at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville for the March Madness regionals tournament. Tip-off times vary by day. 

March 31, 2016
Leonardo da Vinci – The Ultimate Exhibition

Enjoy classic works or art in Frankfort. Visit The Grand Theatre on March 31st for Leonardo da Vinci – The Ultimate Exhibition. Explore 12 unique sections. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15. 

March 31 - April 2, 2016
2016 Mid-America Truck Show

One of the largest heavy-duty truck shows in the country comes to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Come check out the latest and greatest innovations and customizations seen in the industry. VIP and general admission tickets are available.

April 2016

April 25, 2016
First Responders & Veterans Day at the Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-in-One Contest

Just one of the many exciting events at the Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville, this hole-in-one contest rewards one lucky – or skillful – golfer with a 1 million dollar prize. Starts at 11 a.m. at the Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. 

April 28 - May 1, 2016
2016 Rolex Horse Event

A fun-filled three-day equine competition held at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Tickets are sale now – don't miss one of the most prestigious horse events in America.

April 8-10, 2016
2016 Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot

A highly anticipated event for gun enthusiasts, collectors, and dealers all the same, featuring shooting demonstrations, dealer displays, competitions, and more. The event is held at the Knob Creek Shooting Range in West Point. 

May 2016

May 5, 2016
Celebrity Day at the Downs

Be sure to visit Churchill Downs on May 5th for the annual Celebrity Day at the Downs. As part of the Kentucky Derby Festival, this event features the Pegasus Parade and loads of celebrity guests. 

May 7, 2016
2016 Kentucky Derby

One of the biggest race events of the year is set for the Churchill Downs in Frankfort. Don't miss pre-race activities the week leading up to the event and of course the big race itself. Get your tickets today. 

June 2016

June 1 – August 7, 2016
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park

Check out the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in Central Park of Old Louisville – it's the 56th Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. See free live performances of Will's best work starting June 1st through August 7th. 

August 2016

August 4-7, 2016
2016 127 Yard Sale Event

Officially the longest yard sale in America – running from Addison, MI to Gadsen, AL – makes its way through Frankfort once again. The sale is held at the '127' or the 127 Corridor in Frankfort. Start times are TBA.

September 2016

September 13-18, 2016
2016 Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Enjoy everything true Kentucky bourbon has to offer at this week-long festival. Scheduled events include live music, bourbon crafting demonstrations, Bardstown historical tours, tons of food, and so much more. Get your tickets today and head over to Bardstown.

October 2016

October 2016
2016 Kentucky State University Homecoming

Homecoming at KSU in Frankfort has become a must-see event, with the KSU football game at Alumni Stadium, live musical performances, and alumni events for an entire week. The exact dates for 2016 are TBA. Register today.

October 19-21, 2016
2016 GIE + EXPO

The GIE, or Green Industry Show, and EXPO is back in Louisville for three days of industry demonstrations, dealers, and plenty of live entertainment. Learn how to be more efficient at the Kentucky Expo Center and areas outside of it.

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    Kentucky Horse Trails

    Choose from the never-ending trails of national forests to horseback rides near inner-city stables this summer in Kentucky.

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  • Kentucky Bourbon Trail

    Kentucky Bourbon Trail

    Tour the Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries,, home of Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, and Wild Turkey distilleries, plus nearby bluegrass venues and BBQ restaurants.

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  • Spotlight Lexington

    Spotlight Lexington

    Visit Lexington and explore everything from distilleries to historic sites. Enjoy pleasant indoor attractions, and a wealth of outdoor recreation.

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  • Spotlight Louisville

    Spotlight Louisville

    Enjoy a tour through Louisville on your next visit to Kentucky. Hiking trails, bourbon distilleries, and even the Kentucky Derby make it pure excitement.

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  • Kentucky Outdoors

    Kentucky Outdoors

    Visit scenic Kentucky for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, fishing, and even caving in the beautiful Bluegrass State.

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