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Events

Jul2

Life and Liberty Tour

Take an interactive tour of Liberty Hall that explores how the Brown family embodied the... 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
Jul3

Beef, Brats and Brews

They're firing up the grill at the first foodie series of the year.  Start the... more
Jul4

4th of July Festival

The Bluegrass 10,000, in its 37th year: The crank wheelchair division starts at 7:20... more
Jun7

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
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
Jul9

Traveling Vietnam Wall

Open 24 hours each day starting at 12 pm.  Admission and parking is free for all... 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
Jul18

Sweet Corn Festival

Join Evans Orchard for their annual Sweet Corn Festival!  Craft booths, pony... 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
Jul24

The Wizard of Oz

Over the rainbow Dorothy will fly, but beware when the Wicked Witch takes to the... more
Jul25

Kentucky Chautauqua Presents Mark Twain:

Twain was a gifted storyteller, novelist, humorist, lecturer, inventor and riverboat... more
Jul25

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

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

Red, White and Boom Music Festival 2015

The Red, White and Boom concert and fireworks display will be at Whitaker Bank... more
Jul26

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  TDH4!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends at... more
Jul30

26th Annual Ballet Under the Stars

This unique festival allows audiences to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of a professional... more
Jul30

Thursday Night Live

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

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

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

Carriages and Arabians

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Two fine equine events are on this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park. Both of these events are included with general Horse Park admission.

The Carriage Association of America is ...

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Tank the Fell Pony

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This handsome black horse is actually a pony. Tank isa Fell Pony and a member of the Breeds Barn at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Bred as pack ponies that could carry 250 pounds, Fell Ponies ...

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Triple Crown Winner?

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Is this the year that Thoroughbred racing will finally have anotherTriple Crown winner? While several horses have won both of the Triple Crown's first twolegs (the Kentucky Derby and ...

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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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Itinerary

A two night, two day bourbon itinerary discovering five BourbonsBGRegion bourbon distilleries, all within 25 miles of Lexington, Kentucky.

The Bluegrass Region's reputation for fine horses and fine bourbon whiskey is known world-wide. Magnificent horse farms and charming bourbon distilleries share a place in this extraordinary landscape of gently rolling hills. Here is a suggestion for discovering the heritage of America's only native spirit.

Night One

Arrive in Lexington in time for dinner. Start your bourbon tour at one of Lexington's downtown restaurants for some great regional cuisine. Be sure to stop off at Belle's Cocktail House at 156 Market Street, named after one of Lexington's most notorious citizens. Take a stroll through nearby Gratz Park or Triangle Park, then head for your hotel.

Restaurant suggestions:

Blue Heron Steakhouse on Jefferson Street
Atomic Cafe North Limestone
Dudley's on Short Street

Get more Lexington restaurant suggestions here.

Day One: Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace

For early risers, make your first stop Keeneland Race Course for the early morning workouts. Come around 7:30 a.m. to be sure you see horses out on the track. Then go over to the track kitchen and enjoy a hearty and inexpensive Southern breakfast. From Keeneland, continue out U.S. 60 to Woodford Reserve Distillery. A National Historic Landmark, this bourbon distillery is nestled between Thoroughbred horse farms.

Woodford Reserve is a premium small batch bourbon. Tours cover the process from cooking the grains in limestone water to the distillation process in copper stills made in Scotland. You'll also learn about the special barrels required for bourbon, and see the warehouses. Take advantage of Picnic on the Porch (April through October) before heading to your next stop. The adventurous should take the back roads to Buffalo Trace, past the fascinating remnants of two old distilleries: Old Crow Distillery and Old Taylor distillery. (Follow 1659 all the way to Main Street in Frankfort. Turn right on Main and left on US 60. Buffalo Trace will be on your right.)

Buffalo Trace, like all bourbon distilleries, carefully guards its unique mash bill--its own secret combination of corn, rye and malted barley. In addition to its flagship bourbon, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the distillery produces other finely crafted bourbons including Blanton's, W.L. Weller, Old Charter and Eagle Rare. A variety of bourbon tours cover the history of the distillery (there has been a working distillery on the grounds since 1787) and differences between whiskey and bourbon. You'll get to visit the hand bottling hall and a century old aging warehouse.

Take the scenic route back to Lexington. From US 60, take 1681, just after crossing under I 64. This is Old Frankfort Pike, one of Kentucky's best scenic byways. You'll pass farms and fences made of dry laid limestone, the same limestone that underlies the pastures of the Bluegrass Region, helping to build the strong bones of championship horses.

Bluegrass Note: Discover more bourbon distilleries near Lexington at www.kentuckybourbontrail.com, the site of the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Night Two

Dinner Suggestions:

Portofino for great Italian cuisine and a fine selection of bourbons at the bar
Ramsey's for comfort food, including a great Hot Brown
Malone's for fine steaks

For evening entertainment, take a carriage ride through downtown Lexington. Need something a little move lively? Check out the calendar at www.visitlex.com and see what's going on while you're in town.

Need to sample more bourbon?? These hot spots have more bourbons than you can possibly experience on one trip:

Winchell's
Bluegrass Tavern
Henry Clay's Public House

Day Two: Four Roses and Wild Turkey

Head out US 60 again. If you couldn't manage to rise early enough yesterday, here's a second chance to stop at Keeneland on your way to Lawrenceburg. Note the unusual castle just before you enter the Bluegrass Parkway. The small Bluegrass Region town of Lawrenceburg claims two distilleries.

Four Roses is not your typical Kentucky bourbon distillery. Situated on the banks of the Salt River, its Spanish Mission-style architecture of the early 1900s is unusual for Kentucky. For a time in the 30s, 40s and 50s, their bourbon was only produced for export in the European and Asian markets. It's now sold in 21 U.S. states as well as Spain, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Japan. Learn about the process that produces this mellow bourbon with its rich, fruity flavors on one of their distillery tours.

For a great lunch stop in Lawrenceburg, try Talk of the Town, on Broadway, for soups, sandwiches and Hot Browns.

The last stop on your tour will be Wild Turkey. Bourbon making at this site on the Kentucky River goes back to the mid 19th century. The tour you take today reveals an intriguing combination of tradition and modern mass production. For example, in the fermentation room, 70-year-old cypress tanks, still in use, stand next to modern stainless steel tanks.

Try to make it back to Lexington in time to tour the first Bourbon distillery to be built in Lexington in over 100 years: Town Branch Distillery.

Planning your trip

For hotels and B&Bs in the Lexington area see Where to Stay on www.visitlex.com.

For driving directions to any of the bourbon distilleries near Lexington, take advantage of the "Map It" button when you click on any of the distilleries mentioned in this bourbon itinerary.

During the summer, some distilleries will modify their tours. Call before settling on your travel dates. Most tours are free.

Discover more bourbon distilleries near Lexington at www.kentuckybourbontrail.com, the site of the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail.