One thing to note about Kentucky is that nothing is ever done in small doses. Events and festivals are practically part of the town’s national policy, so whatever festival you choose to take part in, remember, ‘more is always more’.
Kentucky Derby Festival
If you’re ever going to plan a trip to Kentucky, there could be no better time then during the Kentucky Derby Festival. Celebrate with local Kentuckians and travellers alike as the town literally puts on a show to celebrate its world famous Kentucky Derby. Held in Louisville, during the two weeks preceding the first Saturday in May, the town hosts a series of events which all seek to showcase the Southerners’ love of a good party.
One of America’s top-rated events and boasting the largest firework display in the US, this is one of Kentucky’s best loved occasions. Begin the day watching air show performances, taking you into the night when the Thunder starts to roll and the fireworks kick off to a dramatic soundtrack.
The oldest event of the Kentucky Derby Festival and held annually on the Thursday before the derby, this parade turns the city streets into, well a parade. Expect to see giant colorful floats, marching bands and equestrians, all marching to the beat of the Derby.
For one morning a year, the skies of Kentucky are blanketed by a sea of hot air balloons, changing the landscape of the city to one resembling a colourful patchwork canvas. Cheer on your favourite balloon as the contestants race against the morning sky, making this day in June one to wake up for.Read more
If you want to familiarise yourself with Kentucky’s national flavour, travel to Bardstown, Kentucky’s Bourbon capital and celebrate the nation’s drop with a six day festival. Hosting an array of events from Bourbon cocktail mixology where you’ll get to sample an array of different Bourbon based cocktails, to the ‘culinary art: bourbon style cooking class’ where yep you guessed it, you’ll get to try Bourbon infused cuisine. Expect to rub shoulders with master distillers as you tickle your taste buds with Kentucky’s famous fare.
Derby Film Festival
February 2013 will see the 5th annual Derby City Film Festival, held in Louisville. Celebrate the city’s budding filmmakers as they showcase their work at the region’s most renowned celebration of cinema. Expect to see true independent films as the ethos of this festival is quality and creativity without the million dollar budgets.