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Events

Jul30

26th Annual Ballet Under the Stars

This unique festival allows audiences to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of a professional... more
Jul26

The Red Mile 2015 Standardbred Meet

The First part of the racing meet features the Kentucky Sire Stakes racing series... more
Jul30

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Bobby Perry Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Mar21

Bluegrass Farmers' Market, Inc.

The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is the largest 100% homegrown/produced farmers' market... more
Aug1

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  All Night Gospel Sing!  Enjoy great classic country, southern... more
Aug2

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Barry Frazee!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your... more
Aug6

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Big Maracas!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Aug7

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Kentucky’s good-humor man (who grew up in East Bernstadt!) has a show that has... more
Aug8

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, John Anderson!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Aug9

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Merle Haggard!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Aug9

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Lisa Allen!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends... more
Aug13

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Lauren Mink Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Aug14

Kentucky Cork & Tap

Premier Wine and Beer Festival featuring local products.... more
Aug15

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, John Conlee!  Enjoy great classic country, southern... more
Aug15

Woodland Art Fair

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Aug16

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Here for the Party!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your... more
Aug20

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Conch Republic!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Aug21

Phoenix Fridays

Take it downtown to the heart of Lexington for another series of free outdoor... more
Aug22

2015 Crave Lexington Food and Music Festival

From the farmers to the chef, Crave is a popular celebration of the cultural and... more
Aug22

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Jamey Johnson!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Aug23

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Dudley Roberts and Steve Gullette!  Bring excitement to your Sunday... more
Aug26

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

Five days of all-breed conformation, obedience & rally competition. ... more
Aug27

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Kenny Owens!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Aug29

Moontower Music Festival

Eighteen bands, 2 stages, 2 beer gardens featuring 5 different craft beers and Old 502... more
Aug30

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Alma Gitana!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends... more
Sep3

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Mercy Men!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Sep4

7th Annual Lexington Fest-of-Ales

The 7th Annual Lexington Fest of Ales will feature 200 craft beers from around the US and... more
Sep6

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  D Jay Rice!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends... more
Sep10

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Big Black Cadillac!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Sep11

Kentucky Cork & Tap

Premier Wine and Beer Festival featuring local products.... more
Sep11

Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival

Honoring the Past.  Celebrating the Present.  Embracing the future.  Enjoy... more
Sep11

Roots and Heritage Festival

The Roots and Heritage Festival showcases the regions most diverse vendors from food,... more
Sep12

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Gene Watson!  Enjoy great classic country, southern... more
Sep13

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Jeff Barnes Duo!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your... more
Sep14

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

This sale attracts buyers from all over the world.  Spectators welcome!... more
Sep17

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Girls Guns & Glory!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Sep18

Festival Latino de Lexington

Friday night is tropical night and will include authentic Latino foods, fireworks... more
Sep19

Jim Belushi & the Board of Comedy

An alumnus of Saturday Night Live and Chicago’s famed Second City, Jim Belushi... more
Sep19

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guests, Joey and Rory!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Sep20

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Beyond Apple!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your... more
Sep24

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Barrows!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Sep25

Anderson County Burgoo Festival

Lots of burgoo, music, entertainment and vendors of all kinds.    Held in... more
Sep26

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Mickey Gilley!  Enjoy great classic country,... more

David A. Sayre

by Stuart, History Blogger

One of Lexington's most generous residents was David A. Sayre, a silversmith-turned-banker whose fortune funded a variety of public projects during the 19th century. Today, Sayre is best remembered ...

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East Meets West

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES East meets West this week at the Kentucky Horse Park.Both of these special equine events are included with general HorsePark admission.

Representing western riding is the Clayton ...

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Coles 735 Main

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

Coles 735 Main is a delightful restaurant located on the corner of Main Street and North Ashland. An upscale restaurant without all the fuss, Coles prides itself on passion, artistry, and ...

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Young Riders & BreyerFest

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Two equine events at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekare designed for young people.

The FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships run fromearly morning through evening, ...

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Bourbons of the Bluegrass

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

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 an ever expanding number of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and more. 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 these historic buildings for shopping, restaurants, housing and entertainment venues.And of course, for distilling!

 

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

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 3 p.m. from April through October. Watch a LexTreks video about Bourbon.

Four Roses Distillery
(502) 839-3436
24 miles west of Lexington.
$5.
Tours given 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 Wareouse 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.
$5
Tours given on the hour, Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm. Tours on Sundays April through November, noon to 3 pm.
Open year-round, except for holidays, the first week of January and the last two weeks of July.

Woodford Reserve Distillery
(859) 879-1812
21 miles from Lexington.
$10
Open year-round Monday through Saturday. Tour times 10 a.m.,11a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Tours on Sundays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. March through December only.
By reservation only: "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.$30

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. (Bourbon is currently aging in barrels.)

The Gentleman Distillery
(859) 559-3494
Paris, Kentucky
18 miles northeast of Lexington
Free
Tours on Saturday or by appointment. You can currently taste a Rum and a wheated Vodka. This is the first bourbon to be produced in Bourbon County in almost a century. (Bourbon is currently aging in barrels.)

Town Branch Distillery
(859) 255-233
Downtown Lexington
$8.50 (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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 4 p.m.  

Wilderness Trail Distillery
(859) 402-8707
35 miles southwest of Lexington
Free
Tours offered Thursday and Friday 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm. Tours start on the hour. Saturday tours are seasonal. (Bourbon is currently aging in barrels.)  

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.
"Like" Bourbons of the Bluegrass on Facebook

The September 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler included the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in its "Drives of a Lifetime - The World's Greatest Scenic Routes."

bluegrass-tavern Bluegrass Tavern was recently named by Southern Living as one of the Best Bars in the South.