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Events

Jul27

Lexington Legends vs Kannapolis Intimidators

The Lexington Legends are a proud Single A Affiliate of the Kansas City... more
Apr6

Thursday Night Live

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

Ghost Walk of Lexington - Haunted Tales and

Join Patti Starr, Certified Ghost Hunter, as she takes you on an unforgettable ghost walk... more
Jun16

Summer Nights In Suburbia

A summer concert series featuring genres to include jazz, bluegrass, indie rock, blues... more
Jul29

An Evening with Ben Sollee

Join for the signature event of the Summer Dinner Series at the Woodford Reserve... more
Jun17

Lexington Farmers' Market

The Lexington Farmers' Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
Jul30

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... 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
Aug1

Evening Tea Tuesday at Waveland

Delicious tea and food served by period dressed interpreters on fine china. Once finished... more
Jul26

Lexington Farmers' Market

The Lexington Farmers' Market has just about everything in season in Kentucky. Including... more
Aug2

Red Barn Radio

Featuring:  Al, Alice & Ruth!  Enjoy traditional Bluegrass and Bluegrass... more
Aug3

Ballet Under the Stars

Come see the 28th annual Ballet Under the Stars! Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening... more
Aug4

Fountain Films on Friday

Movie: Mean Girls. Triangle Park will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater on... more
May5

Night Market

A monthly pop-up open air-market/street festival held on the first Friday of every month... more
Aug6

Market Days

A community market of local producers. Get everything from veggies to handmade home... more
Aug9

Feed the Soul Lunch & Music Series

Feed the Soul will feature buffet style food Lexington's Dupree Catering & Events... more
Aug9

Red Barn Radio

Featuring:  Michael Moeller!  Enjoy traditional Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel... more
Aug12

Crave Lexington

Who's hungry? An epic festival of food and live music right here in good ol' Lexington,... more
Aug13

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Aug16

Bluegrass Festival Horse Show

This 6-day hunter/jumper show is a part of the Kentucky Horse Show 2017 series. This... more
Aug16

Red Barn Radio

Featuring:  Richard Lynch!  Enjoy traditional Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel... 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
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
Sep8

Martina McBride

The multiple Grammy® nominee has sold over 18 million albums to date, including 20... 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
Mar17

LexArts Gallery Hop

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