The Forward Kentucky Calendar

We share this calendar as a free service to progressives across Kentucky. It includes events from a wide range of organizations across the state. If you open the event details, you can share the event to social media directly from here.

It takes quite a bit of time to maintain, so if you would like to show your support for this work, you can “purchase” whatever amount of support you would like on our Donate page. Or, you can join the hundreds who have already become a Supporting or Sustaining member. And, if you have an event you would like added to the calendar, you can click the “Post Your Event” button, or send all the details to Thanks!

Happy Hour with Our Revolution CKY @ Lynagh's Irish Pub
Mar 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Happy Hour with Our Revolution CKY @ Lynagh's Irish Pub | Lexington | Kentucky | United States

Come enjoy a happy hour and music by Lexington’s own Eric Bolander Trio brought to you by Our Revolution Central Kentucky. The music is FREE and the event is open to everyone. Music starts at 6:00.

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Our Revolution Central Kentucky is the local affiliate of Our Revolution, the political organization that sprang out of the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign. Our goal is to transform democracy in KY’s 6th Congressional District by supporting and promoting Progressive issues and candidates at all levels, state, county and local. Join us to discover how you can become involved in the political Revolution!

Abolition Tuesdays @ Capitol Annex
Mar 27 @ 8:45 am – 2:00 pm

KCADP and its partner, the ACLU of Kentucky, are hosting ABOLITION Tuesday in Frankfort during the 2018 General Assembly to lobby for the Abolition of the Death Penalty.

We have an excellent opportunity to raise our collective voice and urge repeal of the death penalty. Throughout the month of February and through mid-March, we can stand together every Wednesday and urge lawmakers to support bills that will Abolish the Death Penalty in Kentucky.

On these Abolition Tuesday Lobby days, you would be teamed up with 3-4 supporters and meet with State Representatives and/or State Senators.

Participating in an Abolition Tuesday is an activity for seasoned advocates as well as first time lobbyists. If you have never lobbied before call George Eklund at the ACLU with any questions you may have at 502.581.9746 or email him at

Use the link to go to the sign-up form. After signing up, someone will be in touch with you to confirm your plans and to answer any questions about the day you volunteered for.

Here is a sample agenda for the day:

8:45- Meet at the Kentucky Capitol annex in the basement cafeteria
9:00- Briefing for the day with KCADP and/or ACLU staff
-Talking points, keys to effective lobbying, legislative targets, and meetings that you or we have set up. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO TRY AND GET AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR OWN SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE ALSO.
9:15 – Lobbying activities
11:45 – Break for lunch and report what was said in the meetings
12:30 -Lobbying activities
2:00 – Report back, record what was said in the meetings and then break for the day.

GA2018: Veto Days @ State Capitol
Mar 29 – Apr 9 all-day
GA2018: Veto Days @ State Capitol | Frankfort | Kentucky | United States

Days set aside for vetoes by the Governor to legislation passed during GA2018 Regular Session.

On the Table: Choice Pairings of Wine, Chocolates and Savories (KRCRC) @ First Unitarian Church (Louisville)
Apr 7 all-day
On the Table: Choice Pairings of Wine, Chocolates and Savories (KRCRC) @ First Unitarian Church (Louisville) | Louisville | Kentucky | United States

The Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice invites you to a very special evening: Tastings of specially selected wines and matching delectables, to benefit your palate and our work for reproductive justice.

Besides the tastings, the evening will include a raffle, a range of reproductive justice
“short takes,” and the presentation of the third Rev. Gil Schroerlucke Reproductive Justice Awards to Dona Wells and Anne Ahola.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
809 South Fourth Street
Louisville, Kentucky

To purchase tickets ($40; $25 student): make check out to KRCRC and send to:
P.O. Box 4065
Louisville, KY 40204

Kentucky Young Democrats 2018 State Convention @ Marriott Hotel
Apr 7 @ 8:00 am
Kentucky Young Democrats 2018 State Convention @ Marriott Hotel | Covington | Kentucky | United States

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Kentucky Young Democrats Convention will be April 7-8 in Covington, Kentucky at the downtown Covington Marriott! This is a perfect opportunity for you to meet other young Democrats from across the state, learn about important issues facing the commonwealth, and meet some party leaders and elected officials.

Early bird registration will open soon, on February 1, 2018!

Louisville Mayoral Candidate Forum @ Ekstrom Library, UofL
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

FORward Radio will be hosting and live-broadcasting on 106.5fm a moderated public Forum for all registered candidates for Louisville’s next Mayor. This will not be a typical candidate debate with antagonistic posturing designed to generate 30-second sound bites. Rather, FORward Radio will host a different kind of candidate forum, one expressly designed to stimulate, inform and uplift, rather than exhaust, confound and deflate.

The Forum will be a free, ticket-less event with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. It will be held on Monday, April 9th at 6pm in UofL’s main Ekstrom Library in the basement Chao Auditorium.

We want YOU to help shape this Forum. We are soliciting input from you, our listeners and supporters, about what you think are most important topics for discussion and what specific questions you want to ask of all our Mayoral Candidates? Fill out our brief survey.

The forum will be co-hosted by the University of Louisville Sustainability Council and other community partners to be determined.

GA2018 Concludes @ State Capitol
Apr 12 – Apr 13 all-day
GA2018 Concludes @ State Capitol | Frankfort | Kentucky | United States

Final two days of GA2018, during which vetoes can be overridden.

Paducah Iron Mom Half Marathon @ Paducah, KY
May 12 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Paducah Iron Mom Half Marathon @ Paducah, KY  | Paducah | Kentucky | United States

The course is a loop course with start and finish downtown Paducah. This year’s route has a Start/Finish on Jefferson between Water St. & 2nd St. at the spectacular “Wall to Wall” murals. The course offers an opportunity for runners to enjoy Paducah’s beautiful neighborhoods and showcases Paducah by running through Jefferson Street, The Greenway Trail, Bob Noble Park, and Historic Downtown and LowerTown.

Metropolitan Housing Coalition Annual Meeting and Dinner @ The Olmstead
May 31 @ 5:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Metropolitan Housing Coalition Annual Meeting and Dinner @ The Olmstead | Louisville | Kentucky | United States
MHC is excited once again to host our Annual Meeting at the Olmsted (3701 Frankfort Ave). Our 2018 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker is Richard Rothstein, author of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” and former education reporter for the New York Times. We will also be honoring Kentucky Representative Jim Wayne, who is retiring, for all of his work on advocating for affordable housing.
Individual tickets this year are $80. We always have free scholarship tickets for low income guests. To buy a ticket now, go here, then enter the amount of tickets you want to purchase, and enter 2018 Annual Meeting in the comments.
5:15 – Networking
6:15 – Dinner & Program