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Events

Jul28

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Tim Talbert Project!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jul21

Lexington Restaurant Week 2016

Venture out and celebrate Lexington's explosive cuisine scene!  40+ of the best... more
Jul29

Jurassic Quest Dinosaur Expo

Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family.  A brand new... more
Jul12

Big Band & Jazz 2016

Tuesdays. One of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert series, features... more
Aug4

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Bobby Perry Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Aug5

Fountain Films on Friday

Movie: Bad News Bears! (40 year anniversary)  Triangle Park will be transformed into... more
Aug12

Kentucky Cork, Tap & Barrel

Kentucky Cork, Tap & Barrel celebrates Kentucky made wine, beer, and bourbon in a fun... more
Aug12

The Warehouse Block Party

The entire block of North Ashland Ave., from Aurora Ave. to National Ave. will be closed... more
Aug13

2016 Crave Lexington Food and Music Festival

From the farmers to the chef, Crave is a hugely popular celebration of the cultural and... more
Aug18

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Conch Republic!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Aug19

Phoenix Fridays

Take it downtown to the heart of Lexington for another series of free outdoor... more
Aug20

Woodland Art Fair

Every August for nearly four decades, Woodland Park has been transformed into a venue... more
Aug25

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Kenny Owens & Group Therapy!  Beverages, food from local restaurants... more
Aug27

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum - Steam

Ride behind a working steam engine while enjoying an 11 mile, 90 minute train... more
Aug27

MoonTower Music Festival

This year's line-up includes:  Manchester Orchestra, Drive-By Truckers, Trombone... more
Sep1

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

Four days of all-breed conformation, obedience & rally competition. ... more
Sep1

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Mercy Men!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Sep1

Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival

Graded as one of the top 10 festivals in Kentucky, Roots and Heritage Festival won't... more
Sep3

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad Civil War Train

Step back in time aboard our Civil War Train.  Don't be surprised if they run into a... more
Sep8

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Ralph Curtis and the Nashville Imposters!  Beverages, food from local... more
Sep9

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents

It's time for your family to be amazed by all the X-traordinary things you know and... more
Sep12

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

This sale attracts buyers from all over the world.  Spectators welcome!... more
Sep14

Jefferson Street Soiree

The Jefferson Street Soiree is back and is sure to be another exciting evening... more
Sep15

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Superfecta!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Sep16

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
Sep22

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Big Black Cadillac!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Sep24

Ronald McDonald Clown Train

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

Arabians and Much More

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES It's high season for horse events in the Bluegrass.Thereare many wonderful horses of different breeds to see and exciting equinecompetitions. Much of the action takes place at the ...

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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
$10
Thursday through Saturday November through March, and Tuesday through Saturday April through October. Reserve online. Hear the story of the region's newest small batch craft distillery which opened in November of 2015. Tours include a tasting and a cocktail glass.

Bourbon Country Lexington 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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