The Crime Festival is organized by Horsens Public Library.
Several internationally known artists, such as Madonna, Iron Maiden, Joe Cocker, Elton John, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, Bryan Adams, David Bowie, José Carreras, Helmut Lotti, Westlife, R. M., Paul Mc Cartney, Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton, AC/DC, U2 and Snow Patrol have performed, or have performances planned in Horsens.
Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band Pretty Maids is from Horsens.
From 1853 to 2006 the city housed the Horsens Statsfængsel prison, which held prisoners serving longer sentences.
A notable prisoner included former minister of justice Peter Adler Alberti.
Industrialization started from the middle of the 19th century.