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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

May 2016

May 14 – October 30, 2016
Bluegrass Scenic Railroad Train Excursions

See the horse farms of east-central Kentucky like never before. Embark on the 90-minute, 11-mile Bluegrass Scenic Railroad Train Excursion, held each Saturday and Sunday from May 14th through October 30th. 

November 2016

November 18, 2016 – December 31, 2016
23rd Annual Southern Lights

Holiday cheer is alive and well in Lexington. Head for Kentucky Horse Park any day between November 18th and December 31st for the 23rd Annual Southern Lights. This is a daily, self-guided tour through four-mile stretch of exceptional Holiday light displays.

November 18 – 27, 2016
Festival of Trees & Trains

Ashland is the place to visit this fall for holiday fun. Head for the Paramount Arts Center for this years Festival of Trees and Trains, held November 18th through 27th. This year’s theme is Treasured Traditions.

December 2016

December 1, 2016
Lighting of the Terrace

Celebrate the holiday season in Frankfurt. Visit the Buffalo Trace Distillery on Thursday, December 1st for the Lighting of the Terrace. This free event will feature the Kentucky State University Choir signing holiday hits, Santa will be on-site, and it starts at 5:30 p.m.

December 31, 2016
New Year's Even Celebration on Judd Plaza

Welcome the arrival of 2017 in the heart of Ashland, KY. Head for Judd Plaza on December 31st for live music, food vendors, games, and so much more.

December 10, 2016
Christmas Cocktail Party at Hopewell Museum

Make the most of your holiday season visit to Paris, KY with a fun evening of libations, laughs, and more. Head for the Hopewell Museum near downtown Paris on December 10th starting at 5 p.m. for this charity event. Proceeds benefit the HPBC/HM education programs.

Western Kentucky Events

October 2016

October 31, 2016
Downtown Trick-or-Treat

Head for Hopkinsville this Halloween and check out their annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat. Get the kids all dolled up and ready to go – pirates, ninjas, ghouls, and more! – and let them trick or treat in the safety and comfort of downtown Hopkinsville. 

Greater Louisville Events

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.

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Must See in Kentucky

  • 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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    Kentucky Airport Hotels

    Find hotels near major Kentucky airports like the Louisville International Airport and Lexington's Blue Grass Airport.

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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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  • 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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  • Kentucky Universities

    Kentucky Universities

    Check out hotels near top Kentucky universities. Explore area attractions or enjoy campus tours and college sports.

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  • Kentucky Horse Trails

    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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