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Events

Mar23

Road to the Horse/Ride the Remuda

Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Road To The Horse in 2017. Sarah Dawson,... more
Mar24

2017 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship

Championship games will be played at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY for the second time... more
Jan21

Keeneland Guided Tours

Let an experienced guide take you on a walking tour of Keeneland Race Course. Explore the... more
Mar25

Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test & Dressage

CKRH has grown into a multi-faceted program that is dedicated to enriching the community... more
Mar26

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Jan23

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
Mar29

Man o' War at 100

The International Museum of the Horse is celebrating Man o’ War’s 100th... more
Mar31

Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show

Jump start spring with fresh ideas from this annual show.... more
Apr1

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Academy

Spend a full day with Master Distiller Chris Morris or Master Taster Elizabeth O'Neill... more
Apr2

Byrne and Kelly Echoes

Come enjoy the sounds of the award-winning Irish duo Byrne and Kelly live at the Farish... more
Apr2

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Apr5

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! ... more
Apr6

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands!... more
Apr7

Keeneland Race Course Thoroughbred Racing

 Spring race meet. No racing on Mondays, Tuesdays or Easter.... more
Apr7

Woodford Reserve Keeneland Brunch & Distillery

Begin your race day with a tour and Kentucky brunch at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.... more
Apr9

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Apr9

Woodford Reserve Keeneland Brunch & Distillery

Begin your race day with a tour and Kentucky brunch at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.... more
Apr15

Cinderella

The Lexington Ballet brings the timeless tale of Cinderella to life in a production that... more
Apr17

Lexington Legends vs Greenville Drive

The Lexington Legends are a proud Single-A Affiliate of the Kansas City... more
Apr19

Magic Moments

Leonard, Coleman and Blunt lead singers of three of the most legendary vocal groups of... more
Apr21

Kentucky Crafted the Market

Experience 200 exhibitors of high quality art, literature, food, bluegrass and world... more
Apr22

Willy Wonka and The Lexington Dream Factory

Join Lexington Dream Factory for an evening of fun and Wonka-inspired mischief during... more
Apr23

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Apr27

Rolex Three Day Event

The only Four Star three-day equestrian event in the Western Hemisphere.... more
Apr28

A Garden Affair

Exhibitors from around the globe will feature the finest plants and garden accessories in... more
May2

Big Band & Jazz 2017

Big Band & Jazz, one of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert... more
May6

Kentucky Derby Party

Festivities include live music, pony rides, food and wagering!... more
May7

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
May13

Mayfest Arts Fair 2017

Mayfest is a juried art fair with a focus on casual, family-friendly atmosphere. ... more
May14

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Mar17

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
May21

High Hope Steeplechase

Sanctioned races over brush and timber.... more
May21

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 the proposed 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.  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.