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Local happenings all across Kentucky

Local or visitor? Check out just a few of the popular events going on for the next few months in Kentucky. Find Best Western hotels convenient to most events.

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. 

June 2016

June 9-12, 2016
2016 Festival of the Bluegrass

Held in Lexington, this massive festival is the oldest Bluegrass festival in the state, attracting thousands of people each year. Bring a chair and blanket and enjoy world-class music and food for four straight days at Kentucky Horse Park.

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.

June 7-11, 2016
2016 Pyramid Society Egyptian Arabian Event

One of the summer's most talked-about and highly anticipated equine events is set for Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington once again. Visitors will enjoy halter and performance competition, vendors, seminars, and so much more. Get your event passes today.

June 13-18, 2016
2016 Burger Week

Come get a true "taste" of Corbin this summer, as Burger Week lights up Main Street all week long. Enjoy delicous burger varieties from various restaurants like Corbin Cellars, Dixie Cafe, and Wrigley Taproom.

June 2-4, 2016
2016 US 25 Yard Sale

One of the longest yard sales in America measures in at 565 miles long – and it makes its way through Corbin this summer. Check out the deals along US 25, beginning at 7 a.m.

June 2 – 5, 2016
Great American Brass Band Festival

Experience one of Kentucky's top musical events this June – it's the Great American Brass Band Festival. Across this four-day festival held on the campus of Centre College in Danville, see top musical acts from around the country perform.

June 1, 2016
Lexington Legends vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers

Head for the Whitaker Bank Ballpark on June 1st to see the Lexington Legends take on the Greensboro Grasshoppers in exciting minor league baseball action. The Legends are the Single A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

June 2016

June 17, 2016
Pappy for your Pappy

Treat your ol' man this Father's Day to a bourbon tasting he'll never forget. On June 17th, head for the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort for the Pappy for your Pappy dinner and tasting event. It all starts at 6 p.m.

July 2016

July 4, 2016
2016 Independence Day Fireworks

Celebrate our nation's independence with Corbin residents at the Arena. The show begins at 9:45 p.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.

August 10-13, 2016
2016 NIBROC Festival

Downtown Corbin hosts several days of carnival rides, food, vendors, music, and much more, all along Depot Street. 

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.

September 9-11, 2016
2016 Festival of the Horse

This signature Georgetown event is held throughout downtown, as a host of vendors and entertainment flood the streets for three days, all celebrating and promoting Scott County's Horse Heritage. Visitors and travelers are absolutely invited to share in the tradition. The event gets underway at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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. 

October 15, 2016
2016 Kiku Matsuri Chrysanthemum Festival

A celebration of fall featuring an abundance of kids' activities, origami, arts and crafts, garden tours, and so much more. The festival is hosted at the Yuko-en in Georgetown.

Western Kentucky Events

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.

October 2016

October 8, 2016
Bourbon & Brewfest

Head for Circus Square Park in Bowling Green for the 2nd Annual Bourbon & Brewfest. On October 8th, join other bourbon and beer lovers to sample a top shelf selection of hand-picked Kentucky bourbon and locally crafted beer.

October 2016

October 14 – 16, 2016
5th Annual Goodguys Nostalgia Nationals

See more than 1,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, and more at the 5th Annual Goodguys Nostalgia Nationals in Bowling Green. Head for Beech Bend Raceway from October 14th through 16th for this premier auto event.

October 22, 2016
WKU v. ODU College Football

Enjoy an exciting college football match this October in Bowling Green. Head for the L.T. Smith Stadium on October 22nd and watch as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers square off against the Old Dominion Monarchs. Kick off is at 1 p.m.

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

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. 

June 4 & 5, 2016
17th Annual Arts on the Green

See the artistic side of Kentucky this summer, as the La Grange Courthouse lawn comes alive with a juried arts and crafts festival and other artsy activities. Don't miss your chance to take unique creations home with you as well.

July 2016

July 22-24, 2016
2016 Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

This summer, head over to the Louisville Water Tower and enjoy three days of smooth blues jams and some sticky, smoky BBQ. Reserve your seats today – start time is TBA.

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.

August 2016

August 18-28, 2016
2016 Kentucky State Fair

Check out the Kentucky State Fair this summer at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. There will be tons of Kentucky classics, including horses, bourbon, and carnival activities and Midway rides.

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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