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Featured Events

Oct2

34th Annual Festival of the Horse

Exhibits, concessions, parades, carnival, arts and crafts and 5K run. ... more
Oct3

Keeneland Fall Race Meet

No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. See live Thoroughbred racing at the most elegant race... more
Oct4

Perryville Battlefield Commemoration

Battle re-enactments, living history, parade, food and crafts.... more
Oct10

The Bourbon Chase

An overnight relay adventure.  Teams of runners cover 200 miles of scenic byways... more
Oct11

Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair

The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen’s Fall Fair is an event you cannot... more
Oct11

Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show

Featuring Celebrity Chef Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.  Now in its sixth year,... more
Oct18

Waveland Art Fair

Featuring Kentucky Artists offering fine handmade crafts in a uniquely historic setting... more
Oct24

Haunted Train Ride

Haunted Halloween Train Ride!  Enjoy an 11 mile, 90 minute round trip train... more
Oct28

Alltech National Horse Show

The National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established... more
Oct29

The Kentucky Experience

A partnership of the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, Phelps Media Group, Rood... more
Nov20

Comedy Mania

Fun for the entire family! An incredible lineup includes comedians Sinbad, Bill Engvall,... more
Nov21

21st. Annual Southern Lights

The 21st. Annual Southern Lights includes a self-guided 4-mile journey through a... more
Nov29

The Blessing of the Hounds

Join Shaker Village and the Woodford Hounds fox hunters for their annual Blessing of the... more
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Paso Finos and More

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES The Paso Fino Annual Grand National Championship Show returns to the Kentucky Horse Park September 28-October 4.This show brings Paso Fino owners and riders from across the country and ...

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CRAVE Highlights

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

CRAVE is one of Lexington's biggest culinary events of the year. Rolling into it's second year, CRAVE hosted over 50 local restaurants, food trucks, and caterers alongside local Kentucky vendors. ...

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Secretariat Festival

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Even though it's been so many years since Secretariat triumphed in winning Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes in ...

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Let's Brunch

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

Brunch is my favorite meal of the day and weekend brunch, my favorite of the week! And no, not just because of Mimosa's...okay, maybe partly because of Mimosa's. 

Lexington has come a long ...

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Farm to Table

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

"Farm to Table" is a hot food trend around the US and it is a movement I can fully get behind. The trend is focused around knowing that your food is fresh and not processed from a facility 900+ mils ...

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Beyond Grits

Lexingtonians tend to see things a little differently. We are confident in our traditions; confident enough to add a dash of irreverence. Our cuisine scene reflects our passion for the land and for the hand-crafted, time tested traditions of past generations. But we also embrace innovation and cutting edge trends enliven in all things culinary in Lexington. Sure, we do all the Southern staples, and do them well. But in Lexington, Southern goes way beyond grits!

For a taste of what we are talking about, browse our list of over 100 independent restaurants representing our diverse and robust cuisine scene.

If you are fan of Food Trucks, you'll see them scattered around town. The trucks and the locations rotate, but every Friday from 11 am to 3 pm, you'll find plenty of food trucks corralled at the corner of Main and Vine.

Our food culture involves a lot more than going out to eat. The craft beer scene is exploding in Lexington. Bourbon finds its way into every aspect of our cuisine. Local wineries are gaining nation-wide respect. We are passionate about locally sourced foods and the farm to table movement. We even care about traditional food preservation methods such as smoking, curing, canning and pickling. Our chefs and artisan entrepreneurs are constantly exploring and redefining Southern cuisine.

If you are visiting during the last week of July, you are just in time for Restaurant Week!

Looking for something a little more participatory than simply dining out? Check out these unique opportunities during your visit to Lexington:

Wild Thyme Cooking School
Want to try your hand at culinary excellence? Led by Kentucky native and respected chef Allison Davis, Wild Thyme provides hands-on cooking classes for all skill levels. With new class themes and meals featured each day, from "Cooking with Kentucky Bourbon" to "Risotto Workshop," it's one of Lexington's most fun and rewarding dining experiences.
1060 Chinoe Road, Lexington, KY (859) 523 2665 www.wildthymecooking.com

Phil Dunn's Kitchen
Local chef and restaurant owner Phil Dunn was chosen as Queen Elizabeth's personal chef on her first trip to Kentucky. In his class, learn tips and techniques for crafting gourmet meals in a state-of-the-art showroom kitchen. Part educational, part social and fully delicious, Chef Dunn's class is always a recipe for a good time.
345 Lafayette Avenue, Lexington, KY (859) 533-3553

Blue Plate Tours
Try a walking tour of downtown's most popular eateries. With three different guided weekend tours, this is a great way to get a taste of Lexington's greatest eats, all while soaking in the culture, history and atmosphere of the city. Tours cover a little of everything from upscale to casual comfort food and some of Lexington's hidden gems.
(800) 979-3370 www.blueplatetours.com

Kitchen Concepts Kentucky
Known for designing beautiful custom kitchens, Kitchen Concepts invites you to "The Chef's Table" in their own kitchen for an educational and inspirational cooking demonstration. Every Wednesday, classes meet and prepare a five-course tapas style menu with local ingredients and Bluegrass flair.
4001 Mall Road, Lexington, KY (859) 881-1766 www.kitchenconceptsky.com