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Events

May26

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Encore of Lexington!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
May27

Kentucky High School Invitational Rodeo

The best high school athletes in the region compete over three days during this annual... more
May29

Tunes in the Vines

Entertainment:  RockSteady Band.  "Tunes in the Vines" music series... more
Jun2

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Trendells!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jun2

Great American Brass Band Festival

World-class bands come together in what has been called "the most prominent and... more
Jun9

43rd Annual Festival of the Bluegrass

Annual jamboree featuring the best Bluegrass bands in Kentucky and top national... more
Jun9

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Johnson Brothers!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jun16

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Tony and the Tan Lines!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Jun17

It's a Grand Night for Singing

Presented by UK Opera Theatre.  A Grand Night for Singing is a musical revue... more
Jun23

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Boogie G and the Titanics!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Jun25

Ronald McDonald Clown Train

Ronald will entertain as only he can do. He will be passing out free Happy... more
Jun30

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Flashback!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Jul1

4th of July Festival

Enjoy fireworks, food, music, dancing, vending and a parade! The annual 4th of July... more
Jul7

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Five Below Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jul14

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Better Off Dead!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jul14

Keeneland Concours d' Elegance

The annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance will again be held at the beautiful Keeneland... more
Jul14

Lexington Lions' Club Bluegrass Fair

Enjoy Carnival rides, grandstand shows, petting farm, games, food and much more!... more
Jul21

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Twiggenburys!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jul22

27th Annual Breyerfest

The weekend celebration is the intersection of the real horse world and the model horse... more

Rolex Ky Three Day Event

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Keeneland's Spring Racing Meet is almostto the finish line (Friday, April 29 is the final day),but another major Bluegrass equine event starts Thursday,April 28.

The Rolex Kentucky ...

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Time for Keeneland

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

Visiting Keeneland on a spring afternoon is a specialexperience. There are other racetracks and other tracks thatare attractive, but there is only one Keeneland.

Spring afternoons there are lazy warm ...

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Bourbon Country/Lexington

Explore the birthplace of Bourbon with Lexington as your home base!

Within 35 miles of Lexington, Kentucky, you can enjoy tours and tastings at nine working distilleries.  Stay in Lexington and explore the origins of the United States' only native spirit 

While we don't claim that Bourbon was invented in Lexington, we do claim the first registered distillery in Central Kentucky, the Ashland Distillery (R.D. #1) later known as "Old Tarr." Built in the mid-1800s on Manchester Street, one of its warehouses still stands and is home to Manchester Music Hall.

In the 19th century, this area at the west end of Lexington was a major hub for Kentucky's Bourbon industry. Exciting initiatives are underway in the Distillery District utilizing historic buildings for shopping, craft beer breweries, restaurants, coffee shops, housing and entertainment venues. And of course, for distilling!

Stay tuned. Another craft distillery is coming on line soon: Three Boys Farm Distillery in Frankfort.

Historic Distilleries

Buffalo Trace Distillery
(502) 696-5926
25 miles west of Lexington.
Free.
Tours on the hour. Open year-round 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday with the last tour at 4 p.m. Open Sundays from noon to 5:30 p.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m.

Four Roses Distillery
(502) 839-3436
24 miles west of Lexington.
$5.
Tours given on the hour Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.
The distillery stops Bourbon production in the summer months. Tour ticket also gives guests access to tour the Cox's Creek Warehouse and Bottling Facility on the same day, or within 60 days of ticket purchase.

Wild Turkey Distillery
(502) 839-2182
23 miles west of Lexington.
$10
Tours given on the hour, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours on Sundays March through October, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open year-round, except for major holidays.

Woodford Reserve Distillery
(859) 879-1812
21 miles from Lexington.
$14
Open year-round Monday through Saturday. Tours on the hour from 10 a.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. Tours on Sundays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. March through December only. Reservations suggested.  Reservations can be made online. By reservation only ($30): "Corn to Cork" tour at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or the "National Landmark" tour at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

New Craft Distilleries

Barrell House Distilling Company
(859) 259-0159
Downtown Lexington
Free
Tour/Tastings Wednesday through Friday noon to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tours and tastings available at 15 minutes past the hour. Their Bourbon, RockCastle, was released on July 24, 2015.

Hartfield & Co.
(formerly "The Gentlemen Distillery"
(859) 559-3494
Paris, Kentucky
18 miles northeast of Lexington
Free
Brief tours offered Tuesday through Friday with advance appointment. One hour tours offered on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. by appointment. This is the first bourbon to be produced in Bourbon County in almost a century. Their first Bourbon went on sale September 18, 2015. You can also taste a Rum and a wheated Vodka.

Town Branch Distillery
(859) 255-233
Downtown Lexington
$10 (free under 18)
Alltech's $9.2 million distillery downtown on the edge of the Distillery District is the first to be built in Lexington in nearly 100 years. This new Kentucky Bourbon is called Town Branch Bourbon. Tour includes the bourbon distillery plus the brewery on site.
Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 4 p.m.  Closed on Tuesdays in January and February.

Wilderness Trail Distillery
(859) 402-8707
35 miles southwest of Lexington
$7
Tours offered Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. Tours start on the hour. (Bourbon is currently aging in barrels.)

Bluegrass Distillers
(502) 551-3670
Downtown Lexington
Free
Tours and tastings offered with advance notice, Thursday through Saturday November through March, and Tuesday through Saturday April through October. Hear the story of the region's newest small batch craft distillery which opened in November of 2015. 

Bourbons of the Bluegrass Map

Read more about Bourbon in the Bluegrass Region.
Learn about the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Read an article on the secret to Kentucky Bourbon.
Check out this suggested Bourbon Tour Itinerary.

The National Geographic Traveler included the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in its "Drives of a Lifetime - The World's Greatest Scenic Routes."

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