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Map Call Festival/Event City Founded Rate Range Festival Month
Mainstrasse Village Mardi Gras Covington 1997 Feb  
Mainstrasse Village Maifest Covington 1979 Free May  
Williamstown Derby Day Celebration Williamstown 2001 Free May  
127 Yard Sale - The World's Longest Yard Sale Covington 1987 Free Aug  
 
Glier's Goettafest Newport 2001 Free Aug  
Mainstrasse Village Oktoberfest Covington 1979 Free Sep  
Simon Kenton Frontier Festival Washington 1976 Free Sep  
 
Kentucky Wool Festival Falmouth $ Oct  
 
Celebrate the Holidays in MainStrasse Covington Free Nov-Dec  
Lake Cumberland Tourism Somerset 1799 Varies Jan-Dec PLAN
Kentucky Crafted: The Market Lexington 1982 $ Mar  
Native American Weekend Corbin Mar  
 
Georgetown International Kite & Culture Festival Georgetown 2000 Free Apr  
Hillbilly Days Festival Pikeville 1977 Free Apr  
 
Keeneland Spring Race Meet Lexington 1911 $-$$$ Apr  
Kentucky Spring Premier Horse Show Lexington 1990 Apr  
Mountain Folk Festival Berea 1935 $$$ Apr  
Rolex Three-Day Event Lexington 1981 $$-$$$ Apr  
Red Mile Harness Racing Lexington 1875 $ Apr-Oct  
Somernites Cruise Car Show & Cruise Somerset Free Apr-Oct  
Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Pineville 1931 Varies May  
 
Americana World Festival Lexington 1990 Free Jun  
Backwoods Bluegrass Festival Renfro Valley Jun  
Capital Expo Festival Frankfort 1973 Free Jun  
Festival of the Bluegrass Lexington 1974 $$$ Jun  
 
Francisco's Farm Arts Festival Midway 2004 $ Jun  
Frankfort River Blast Frankfort 2015 Free-$ Jun  
Great American Brass Band Festival Danville 1990 Free Jun  
 
Berea Craft Festival Berea 1981 $ Jul  
Berea Festival of Learnshops Berea Varies Jul  
Field to Fork Festival Paint Lick 2011 $ Jul  
Lexington Junior League Horse Show Lexington 1937 $-$$ Jul  
Master Musicans Festival Somerset 1994 $$$ Jul  
Summer Motion Festival Ashland 1988 Free Jul  
Ballet under the Stars Lexington 1989 $ Aug  
NIBROC Festival Corbin 1952 Free Aug  
Riverside Days Whitesburg Free Aug  
Shaker Village Craft Fair Harrodsburg $$ Aug  
Black Gold Festival Hazard Free Sep  
HarvestFest at Shaker Village Harrodsburg $$ Sep  
Lawrence County Septemberfest Louisa 1987 Free Sep  
 
Questapalooza Week Lexington 2006 $$ Sep  
Spoonbread Festival Berea 1996 Free Sep  
World Chicken Festival London 1990 Free Sep  
 
Celebration of Traditional Music Berea 1974 $ Oct  
Daniel Boone Festival Barbourville 1948 Varies Oct  
Festival of the Horse Georgetown 1980 Free Oct  
Forkland Heritage Festival & Revue Gravel Switch 1973 $ Oct  
 
Keeneland Thoroughbred Fall Race Meet Lexington 1936 $$$ Oct  
October Court Day Mount Sterling 1803 Free Oct  
 
Perryville Battlefield Commemoration Perryville 1862 $ Oct  
 
Woolly Worm Festival Beattyville 1988 Free Oct  
Home & Hearth Christmas Bazaar Berea 1981 Free Nov  
Southern Lights Holiday Festival Lexington 1993 $$ Nov-Dec  
Appalachian Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Morehead $ Dec  
Twilight Christmas Parade Berea 1985 Free Dec  
Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff Lebanon $$$ Jan  
Lone Star World Championship Rodeo Bowling Green Feb  
National Farm Machinery Show Louisville 1966 $ Feb  
Humana Festival of New American Plays Louisville 1976 $$$ Mar-Apr  
Bardstown Colonial Days Bardstown $ Apr  
Jacksonian Days Festival Scottsville 1982 Varies Apr  
Southern Kentucky Festival of Books Bowling Green 1999 Free Apr  
Thunder Over Louisville Louisville 1991 Free Apr  
Kentucky Derby Festival Louisville 1956 Varies Apr-May  
Abbey Road on the River Louisville 2002 $$$ May  
Great Steamboat Race Louisville 1963 $$$ May  
Kentucky Derby Louisville 1875 $$$ May  
ZR-1 / C4 Gathering Bowling Green $$$ May  
Glasgow Highland Games Glasgow 1985 $$ May-Jun  
Lyndon Summer Festival Louisville 1989 Free Jun  
National Corvette Homecoming Bowling Green 1953 $$$ Jun  
New Castle Spring Fling New Castle 1982 Free Jun  
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Louisville 1960 Free Jun-Jul  
Stephen Foster - The Musical Bardstown 1959 $$ Jun-Aug  
4th of July Bullitt Blast Shepherdsville 2002 Free Jul  
Duncan Hines Festival Bowling Green 1996 Varies Jul  
Louisville Blues-N-Barbecue Festival Louisville 1998 $$ Jul  
Kentucky State Fair Louisville 1902 $ Aug  
Street Rod Nationals Plus Louisville 1969 $$ Aug  
Kentucky Bluegrass Music & Burgoo Festival Louisville 2006 $$ Aug-Sep  
Balloons, Tunes & BBQ Bowling Green 1992 $ Sep  
Bowling Green International Festival Bowling Green 1989 $ Sep  
 
Clarkson Honeyfest Clarkson 1995 Varies Sep  
Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival Jeffersontown 1969 Varies Sep  
Kentucky Bourbon Festival Bardstown 1991 Varies Sep  
Monroe County Watermelon Festival Tompkinsville 1980 Free Sep  
Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival Springfield 2007 Free Oct  
Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival Russellville 1939 Free Oct  
St. James Court Art Show Louisville 1957 Free Oct  
North American International Livestock Exposition Louisville 1974 $ Nov  
Christmas at the Galt Louisville Nov-Dec  
Light Up Louisville Louisville 1981 Free Nov-Dec  
Merry & Bright, A Victorian Kentucky Christmas Bardstown $ Nov-Dec  
Kentucky Lake Benton 1842 Varies Jan-Dec PLAN
Eagle Weekend Hardin $$$ Feb  
Dogwood Trail Celebration Paducah 1964 Free Apr  
 
Tri-Fest Henderson 1988 Free-$$$ Apr  
International Bar-B-Q Festival Owensboro 1978 Free May  
Spring Into Summer Festival Oak Grove 2008 Free May  
Friday After 5 Owensboro 1996 Free May-Sep  
Dazzling Daylilies Festival Owensboro $ Jun  
ROMP Bluegrass Festival Owensboro 2004 $$$ Jun  
W. C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival Henderson 1990 Free Jun  
Hot August Blues Festival Hardin 1989 $$ Aug  
Owensboro Dragon Boat Festival Owensboro 2011 Free Aug  
 
Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival Grand Rivers 1975 $ Aug-Sep  
Barbecue on the River & Market Days Paducah 1994 Free Sep  
Dragon Boat Festival Paducah 2012 Free Sep  
Owensboro Air Show Owensboro 2012 Free Sep  
Trail of Tears Indian Pow Wow Hopkinsville 1987 $ Sep  
Aurora Country Festival Aurora 1977 Free Oct PLAN
HarvestFest Elkton 2000 $ Oct  
AQS QuiltWeek Paducah 1984 Free Apr & Sep