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Events

Aug16

Bluegrass Festival Horse Show

This 6-day hunter/jumper show is a part of the Kentucky Horse Show 2017 series. This... more
Apr6

Thursday Night Live

Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands! Every Thursday... more
Apr21

Ghost Walk

Haunted Tales and Historic Trails. Join Patti Starr, Certified Ghost Hunter, as she takes... more
Jun16

Summer Nights In Suburbia

A summer concert series featuring genres to include jazz, bluegrass, indie rock, blues... more
Jun17

Lexington Farmers' Market

The Lexington Farmers' Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
Aug19

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Academy

Join Master Distiller Chris Morris and/or Master Taster Elizabeth McCall and spend a... more
Aug19

Woodland Art Fair

Shop over 200 artists, enjoy live music, Kentucky food, beer gardens, and create your... more
Aug21

Old Time Music Jam

Weekly jam session for enthusiasts of old time tunes and songs. Bring your instrument... more
May29

Southland Jamboree

Enjoy a free Bluegrass music concert, bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen to some... more
Jan23

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
Jul4

Big Band & Jazz 2017

Big Band & Jazz, one of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert... more
Jul26

Lexington Farmers' Market

The Lexington Farmers' Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
Aug26

MoonTower Music Festival

This year's line-up includes:  JJ Grey and Mofro, Cherub, Todd Snider & Great... more
Aug29

Lexington Legends vs Augusta Greenjackets

The Lexington Legends are a proud Single-A Affiliate of the Kansas City... more
Aug31

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

Five days of all-breed conformation and obedience competition sponsored by the Lexington... more
Sep1

Lexington Fest-of-Ales

Come out to the 9th Annual Lexington Fest of Ales - Lexington's premier beer tasting... more
May5

Night Market

A monthly pop-up open air-market/street festival held on the first Friday of every month... more
Sep9

Waveland Art Fair

Come browse, shop and meet some of Kentucky's top artists and their work. Enjoy the tour... more
Sep10

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Sep11

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

This sale attracts buyers from all over the world. Spectators welcome. ... more
Sep13

Jefferson Street Soiree

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

Women Writers Conference

The longest running annual festival of women writers in the nation, showcasing the... more
Sep18

Old Time Music Jam

Weekly jam session for enthusiasts of old time tunes and songs. Bring your instrument... more
Sep20

Kentucky National Hunter Jumper Show

Alltech Arena, Rolex Stadium, HJ Complex, Covered Arena, Walnut Ring.  ... more
Sep24

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Sep29

Anderson County Burgoo Festival

 Lots of burgoo, music, and entertainment, and vendors of all kinds.... more
Oct3

Tea Tuesday at Waveland

Tea is served at 2 in the mansion on fine china. All tea's include a program, savory... more
Oct4

Backstretch Tour

 Begin your day with a scenic walk through Keeneland's barn area. Guests will... more
Oct6

Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing

No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. See live Thoroughbred racing at the most elegant race... more
Oct8

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Oct11

The Bourbon Social

Bourbon lovers will not want to miss this annual event that takes place over four days.... more
Oct13

The Bourbon Chase

An overnight relay adventure.  Teams of runners cover 200 miles of scenic byways... more
Oct13

Woodsongs Gathering of SongFarmers

The WoodSongs Front Porch Association presents the third annual WoodSongs Gathering of... more
Oct14

Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair

The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen’s Fall Fair is an event you cannot... more
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History

While we don't claim that Bourbon was invented in Lexington, we do claim that it was born of Kentucky's natural bounty and the skill of our early settlers. Plan a trip to explore the birthplace of Bourbon with Lexington as your home base. Experience our Bourbon distilleries, Bourbon bars and regional cuisine, and you'll gain an appreciation of America's native spirit and our connection to a product whose popularity is booming around the world.

Lexington was home to 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, a popular venue for live music concerts. 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 to develop a Distillery District utilizing these historic buildings for shopping, restaurants, housing and entertainment venues.

Today, in the heart of Lexington's revitalized Distillery District, Barrel House Distilling Company is crafting its very own small batch Bourbon. Rockcastle Straight Kentucky Whiskey is distilled using the highest quality locally sourced corn and wheat ground by nearby Weisenburger Mills, and mountain spring water from King Springs in Rockcastle county.  The James E. Pepper Distillery will soon be distilling on the site of Pepper's original 1879 distillery. Just around the corner, the first new distillery to be built in Lexington is producing Town Branch Bourbon.

Bourbon AdvertisementWhat do we know about the origins of Bourbon? We know that people have been turning grain into distilled spirits for centuries, and we know that early Kentucky settlers brought their techniques, and probably their stills, with them. Corn was abundant in this region, and a popular choice as a major ingredient when distilling whiskey.

Time spent in charred oak barrels gives this whiskey a distinctive color and flavor. But how did it come to be named Bourbon? Some historians say Kentucky whiskey was shipped down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers in barrels stamped "Bourbon", its county of origin. Others contend much of it ended up in the area of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Kentuckians like to debate this topic, preferably over a fine example of America's Native Spirit.

Click here for additional resources on the earliest distilleries in Lexington.