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Events

May30

14th Annual Kitchens of the Bluegrass Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour featuring new and remodeled kitchens in some of Lexington's most... more
May30

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
Apr18

Bluegrass Farmers' Market, Inc.

The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is the largest 100% homegrown/produced farmers' market... more
Mar21

Bluegrass Farmers' Market, Inc.

The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is the largest 100% homegrown/produced farmers' market... more
May30

Family Day

Bring the kids and make your ideal model chair out of a variety of natural and industrial... more
Apr4

Lexington Farmers Market

The Lexington Farmers Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
May30

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Ronnie Milsap!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Apr2

The Dixie Belle Riverboat

Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard Shaker Village's 115-passenger riverboat, through high... more
Apr5

Lexington Farmers Market

The Lexington Farmers Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
May31

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Lauren Mink.  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends... more
Apr7

Lexington Farmers Market

The Lexington Farmers Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
May20

Lexington Farmers Market

The Lexington Farmers Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
Jun4

Great American Brass Band Festival

World-class bands come together in what has been called "the most prominent and... more
Apr9

Lexington Farmers Market

The Lexington Farmers Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
Jun4

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Trendells!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jun5

Great American Brass Band Festival Concert

Spend a lazy summer afternoon listening to the Household Troops Band of the Salvation... more
Jun6

Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour

The Lexington Council Garden Clubs offers a "Peek Behind the Garden Gate" on... more
Jun7

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
Jun7

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Yesteryear!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends... more
Jun11

42nd Annual Festival of the Bluegrass

Annual jamboree featuring the best Bluegrass bands in Kentucky and top national... more
Jun11

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Thumper Rewind!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jun12

Kentucky Cork & Tap

Premier Wine and Beer Festival featuring local products.... more
Jun12

Paddle & Yoga Weekend

Friday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Candlelight Yoga.  Practice yoga in a unique and... more
Jun12

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest Will Reynolds!  Enjoy great classic country, southern... more
Jun13

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest The Oak Ridge Boys!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Jun18

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Johnson Brothers!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jun19

Phoenix Fridays

Take it downtown to the heart of Lexington for another series of free outdoor... more
Jun19

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Mike Snider!  Enjoy great classic country, southern... more
Jun20

Antique Show and Sales

More than 50 of the nation’s top dealers will travel from across the U.S. to... more
Jun20

Dusk Hike

Explore The Preserve just before the sun sets, and learn about a variety of wildlife and... more
Jun20

Free Showing of Shrek

Enjoy a Free showing of Shrek with a donation of diapers, wipes or pull-ups!  Doors... more
Jun20

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guests, Asleep at The Wheel!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Jun21

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Lisa Raymond!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your... more
Jun25

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Rebel Without A Cause!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jun28

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Triage!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends at... more
Jul2

Old Joe Clark Bluegrass Festival

A New Beginning to an Old Tradition!  Live Bluegrass music, shopping, food and fun... more
Jul2

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Tim Talbert Project!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Jul4

4th of July Festival

The Bluegrass 10,000, in its 37th year: The crank wheelchair division starts at 7:20... more
Jul5

Red, White and Boom

The Red, White and Boom concert and fireworks display will be at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.... more
Jul5

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Big Fat Liars!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your... more
Jul6

79th Junior League Horse Show

The Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show is the first leg of the American... more
Jul9

Lexington Lions' Club Bluegrass Fair

Enjoy Carnival rides, grandstand shows, petting farm, games, food and much more!... more
Jul9

Thursday Night Live

Featuring SixtyFourWest!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jul10

Kentucky Cork & Tap

Premier Wine and Beer Festival featuring local products.... more
Jul11

Ronald McDonald Clown Train

Ronald will entertain as only he can do. He will be passing out free Happy... more
Jul12

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Soljam!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends at... more
Jul16

Keeneland Concours d' Elegance

The annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance will again be held at the beautiful Keeneland... more
Jul16

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Better Off Dead!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jul17

26th Annual Breyerfest

The weekend celebration is the intersection of the real horse world and the model horse... more
Jul17

Phoenix Fridays

Take it downtown to the heart of Lexington for another series of free outdoor... more
Jul17

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guests, Bill Anderson & Jeannie Seely!  Enjoy great... more
Jul18

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Earl Thomas Conley!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Jul19

Super Sunday

Come out to Douglass Park and enjoy outdoor basketball at its best. Started over thirty... more
Jul19

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Rock Steady!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends... more
Jul22

Troubadour Concert Series

His new album, “Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions,” is a departure, a... more
Jul23

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Prime Cut Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jul25

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Charley Pride!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Jul26

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  TDH4!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends at... more

Donuts of Lexington

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

National Donut Day is just around the corner, Friday June 5th. Never fear, I am here to help you plan for this joyous occasion and give you the details on some of the best local donut holes.  ...

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Spring Horse Shows

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES The weather has turned cool, reverting back to earlier spring,which should be nice for the horse shows this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park.

After April's major equine events, ...

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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."

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