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: August 21 - 27, 2018
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All About Audubon Gallery Tour

John James Audubon State Park

August 22, 2018, 1:30 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Join Join museum staff for a fascinating tour of the John James Audubon State Park Museum. The tour highlights the remarkable life and works of America’s first great artist. Visitors will see and learn about one of the world’s largest collections of original Audubon art and artifacts, including the museum’s very rare Birds of America folios. Tour begins at 1:30 pm every Wednesday, now through October, and is free with ...
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Kenlake's Neighborhood Night 2018 Hardin, KY

Kenlake State Resort Park

August 23, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Thursday night lineup will be on the lawn of Kenlake State Park Lodge. It starts out at 6 PM and it’s FREE! Bring your lawn chairs for Lew Jetton & 61 South and Friends as some of the top musicians and singers in the region join Lew and the guys for an old time Blues Jam!
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Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival Hardin, KY

Kenlake State Resort Park

August 23 - 25, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival has been a tradition for almost 30 years, bringing the best in blues to the Lakes area of Western Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee, the weekend before Labor Day Weekend.
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Concert in the Park with Waddy Mo Dee Band

Rough River Dam State Resort Park

August 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m. central - 9:30 p.m. central

Summer fun continues with the music of Waddy Mo Dee Band from Louisville.  The family will enjoy the rock n' roll sounds of this established group.  Make plans for the evening or plan a weekend stay at the lodge while summer weather is still with us.  Dine in the Grayson's Landing Restaurant or enjoy the special patio menu and take in the relaxing views of Rough River Lake.  The Summer ...

Friday's After Five on the Patio

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

August 24, 2018, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at Fridays After Five on the Patio! Happy Hour from 5:00pm-7:00pm with drink and appetizer specials Music will start at 6:00pm!
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Hands On History: Gourd Art at Wickliffe Mounds

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site

August 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wickliffe Mounds presents Hands On History Saturdays with programs that focus on Native Americans of the Mississippian culture and the archaeological history of the site.  These are great family activities for all ages!  Programs are from 10:00am to 3:00pm. There is a different program each Saturday from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.
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Hawaiin Luau Pineville, KY

Pine Mountain State Resort Park

August 25, 2018, 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Did you know the temperatures in Honolulu and Pine Mountain in August are incredibly similar?  Join us at Laurel Cove for our Hawaiian themed party, complete with a pig roast, leis, games, tropical music, and drinks with an umbrella.  More information to come soon!
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Kingdom Come State Park: Rock Painting Contest Cumberland, KY

Kingdom Come State Park

August 25, 2018, 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Calling all artist..beginners and professionals. Show us what you got. Join us for a fun rock painting contest. Bring your imagination and show us your skills. Children and adult categories welcome. Paint and rocks will be supplied by the park. Several painting categories to choose from. Enter one or all. Help us decorate the park. All rocks painted will be put on display around our miniature golf course for visitors ...
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Pennyrile Forest: Moonlight Canoe Trips

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

August 25, 2018, 7:30 PM -

We will use the almost full moon to guide us over the water to see what creatures are using the lake. Trips will last about 2 hours on the water. Bring water, bug spray, and flashlight. Fee: $25/canoe. Participants must be 10+ years. Must register 1 week before the canoe trip. Six canoes are available. Groups may schedule their own personal trip on other dates close to the full moon....
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Yoga Classes @ Barren River Lake State Park

Barren River Lake State Resort Park

August 25, 2018, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Take a breath, stretch your body, and rest your soul. This 1 hour yoga class will rove the park, finding a new beautiful view every week to help you find you balance.
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