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Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing

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

Keeneland's Behind the Scenes Racing Tour

Experience an early morning tour featuring an insider's look at the Jockey's Quarters,... more

Disturbia at the Distillery

It's a night of dinner, drams and drama!  The night starts with the popular Ghost... more

Fourth Friday

The Lexington Art League is honored to participate in the city-wide celebration of artist... more

"House Divided" Cemetery Walking Tours

Offered by the Mary Todd Lincoln House, the tour features graves of both soldiers and... more

CP National Horse Show

A week-long championship event held indoors at the Alltech Arena, Featuring... more

Night Market

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

Big in the Bluegrass

This music concert features the blind Boys of Alabama, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and... more

Elf the Musical

The hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag... more

23rd Annual Southern Lights

The 23rd Annual Southern Lights includes a self-guided four mile journey through a... more

LexArts Gallery Hop

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

Holiday Live

Holiday Market, Holiday LIVE! and Lexington's Official Tree Lighting Festival all take... more

A Kentucky Christmas

The illumination begins at 5:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Enjoy... more

Lexington Christmas Parade

Love a Christmas parade? Wave to Santa and other celebrants at the Lexington Christmas... more

Handel's Messiah

Hear the holiday classic performed by The Lexington Singers and enjoy the 150-plus voice... more

The Nutcracker

Lexington Ballet's Nutcracker will be performed on December 10 and 17 at 2:00 pm and 8:00... more

Visit Santa at the Distillery

Have your children get their wish list ready for Santa as you celebrate the season... more

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

The ultimate holiday tradition, this has been one of America's favorite holiday tradition... more

James Burnie Beck

by Stuart, History Blogger

During the 19th century, the Scottish-born James B. Beck was a Lexington lawyer and a respected national politician.

Born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, on February 13, 1822, Beck received his early ...


Link, the Percheron

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This handsome horse is Link, who is new to theBreeds Barn at the Kentucky Horse Park this year.

Link, who stands about 18 hands tall, is a Percheron, whichis one of the breeds of the ...


Accident or Murder?

by Stuart, History Blogger

In 1854, a New York Times article described the death of Lexington resident James O. Frazer. Although Frazer's demise appeared to be accidental, both Frazer's wife and his overseer were later ...


Mission Statement

To market and promote Lexington's Bluegrass Region for the purpose of attracting visitors and growing the economy.

To serve visitors with genuine hospitality since Southern Starts HereTM

VisitLEX Brand Standards Manual

2012 H2R Travel Study

VisitLEX is a public service organization authorized by the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS 91A.350) and established in 1974 by a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) ordinance. VisitLEX's adopted budgets, financial statements and audit reports can be viewed on the Department of Local Government's website at  

The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau (VisitLEX) positively impacts the economic well-being of Lexington-Fayette County by marketing the Bluegrass Region as an outstanding destination for leisure travel, business travel, meetings and conventions, and by providing quality service to these visitors.

In Lexington, as in cities across the country, the Bureau has three prime responsibilities:

  • To encourage visitors to discover the historic, cultural and recreational opportunities available in the Lexington area.
  • To encourage groups to hold meetings, conventions and trade shows in Lexington.
  • To assist groups with meeting preparations and while their meeting is in progress.

A convention and visitors bureau does not organize meetings and conventions, but guides meeting planners and visitors to attractions and services that result in a positive Lexington experience.

Convention sales professionals at VisitLEX actively solicit meeting planners to host their meetings in Lexington.  We simplify the meeting planner's responsibilities by providing information on facilities, assisting with hotel room commitments and guiding the planner to make the best possible use of the services and attractions in the area.

For visitors, we provide a wealth of information (in advance of their arrival and while they are in town) about what to see and do in Lexington.  We produce a comprehensive visitor planning guide and provide vacation planning assistance.

VisitLEX is a member of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).  Founded in 1914, DMAI promotes sound professional practices in travel marketing and in the solicitation and servicing of meetings and conventions.

In 2008 the Bureau was awarded accreditation by the DMAI.  The DMAI accreditation program defines performance and compliance standards for destination marketing organizations, assuring that staff, leadership and external stakeholders follow proper practices and perform at an acceptable level for the industry.

VisitLEX is a public service organization authorized by the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS 91A.350) and established in 1974 by a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) ordinance. 

VisitLEX is not a membership organization.  Operating revenue is generated by occupied hotel/motel rooms in Lexington-Fayette County. By state statute, hotels collect a six percent occupancy tax from their guests. One-third of that revenue goes to the Lexington Convention Center for debt repayment and operations, and two-thirds goes to the Bureau.

VisitLEX is headed by a nine-member Commission appointed by the Mayor for three-year terms. Three commissioners are selected as representatives of the hotel and motel industry. One commissioner is selected as a representative of the restaurant industry. One commissioner is selected from a list submitted by Commerce Lexington. Four commissioners are selected at large by the Mayor and must be residents of Fayette County. In addition to the nine appointed members, there may be up to a seven-member non-voting ex-officio panel. 

The staff of the Bureau is the working arm of the Commission.

The travel and tourism industry is the nation's second largest retail industry.  As such, it is very competitive.  Every state, city and destination is actively vying for its share of the tourist and convention market.  A primary objective of VisitLEX is to secure Lexington's share of the industry.