Kentucky Tourism


Kentucky State Parks put the “special” in special events, celebrating everything from wildflowers in the spring to spectacular fall colors in the mountain and lake areas.

From Elk viewing tours to ghost walks or reenactments and living history events, there are weekends full of fun, free entertainment to create special memories with your family and friends. Search KY state parks below by date range or by park name to view a list of each individual park’s events and read about each one. You and the kids can pick out which destinations and events you want to enjoy, then start building your itinerary.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR: February 22 - 28, 2018
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Oil Painting Weekend Dawson Springs, KY

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

February 23, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

If you've always wanted to learn how to paint, this is your weekend! We will have Bob Ross instructor, Bonita Mallory, here to teach classes over the weekend. Learn the wet-on-wet method of oil painting by creating your very own 16x20 landscape painting. Fees: $70 for one class or $130 for two classes and the Friday night program. Maximum of 20 participants per class, so sign-up early. Click here to download registration form....

Appalachian Elk Viewing Tour Prestonsburg, KY

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

February 24, 2018, 3:30 P.M.

Elk were reintroduced to Kentucky in 1997 as a restoration project by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.  From 1997 - 2003 approximately 1513 elk were transported into Kentucky.  Reproduction has been very high, with approximately 90% of the adult cows producing calves.  Currently, the estimated elk population in Kentucky is over 10,000 elk.  The best areas for elk habitat are on reclaimed surface mines in Eastern Kentucky.

March Madness Henderson, KY

John James Audubon State Park

February 28, 2018, 10:00 A.M.

March Madness has arrived at John James Audubon State Park Museum! This annual invitational exhibit showcases the work of tri-state artists. Many artists use this opportunity to show and sell their artwork, while competing for monetary prizes. Entries accepted included various mediums such as oil, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, pen & ink, and mixed media. Come and see the extraordinary talent of these local artists! The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10:00 A.M. to ...
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