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Featured Events

Jul26

The Red Mile 2015 Standardbred Meet

The First part of the racing meet features the Kentucky Sire Stakes racing series... 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
Mar21

Bluegrass Farmers' Market, Inc.

The Bluegrass Farmers' Market is the largest 100% homegrown/produced farmers' market... 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

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
Sep3

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Mercy Men!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Sep4

7th Annual Lexington Fest-of-Ales

The 7th Annual Lexington Fest of Ales will feature 200 craft beers from around the US and... more
Sep6

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  D Jay Rice!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends... more
Sep10

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Big Black Cadillac!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Sep11

Kentucky Cork & Tap

Premier Wine and Beer Festival featuring local products.... more
Sep11

Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival

Honoring the Past.  Celebrating the Present.  Embracing the future.  Enjoy... more
Sep11

Roots and Heritage Festival

The Roots and Heritage Festival showcases the regions most diverse vendors from food,... more
Sep12

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Gene Watson!  Enjoy great classic country, southern... more
Sep13

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Jeff Barnes Duo!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your... more
Sep14

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

This sale attracts buyers from all over the world.  Spectators welcome!... more
Sep17

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Girls Guns & Glory!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Sep18

Festival Latino de Lexington

Friday night is tropical night and will include authentic Latino foods, fireworks... more
Sep19

Jim Belushi & the Board of Comedy

An alumnus of Saturday Night Live and Chicago’s famed Second City, Jim Belushi... more
Sep19

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guests, Joey and Rory!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Sep20

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Beyond Apple!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your... more
Sep24

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Barrows!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Sep25

Anderson County Burgoo Festival

Lots of burgoo, music, entertainment and vendors of all kinds.    Held in... more
Sep26

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Mickey Gilley!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Sep27

Troubadour Concert Series - Exile in The

Enjoy Kentucky's legendary rock and country heroes, EXILE, for a full concert inside the... more
Sep27

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  The Habit!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your friends... more
Sep30

The Red Mile 2015 Grand Circuit

The Grand Circuit is the elite in Standardbred Racing such as the Kentucky Futurity,... more
Oct1

35th Annual Festival of the Horse

Exhibits, concessions, parades, carnival, arts and crafts and 5K run. ... more
Oct1

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Five Below Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Oct2

Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing

No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. See live Thoroughbred racing at the most elegant race... more
Oct2

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Jimmy Fortune!  Enjoy great classic country,... more
Oct3

Perryville Battlefield Commemoration

Battle re-enactments, living history, parade, food and crafts.... more
Oct3

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

Featuring:  Special Guest, Bobby Bare!  Enjoy great classic country, southern... more
Oct4

Tunes in the Vines

Featuring:  Midlife Harmony!  Bring excitement to your Sunday and meet your... more
Colorful and unique
Colorful and unique

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Activist Laura Clay

by Stuart, History Blogger

Among the many innovators, reformers, and activists buried in the Lexington Cemetery is Laura Clay, a noted suffragist who spent her life vigorously fighting for women's rights.

Clay was born on ...

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David A. Sayre

by Stuart, History Blogger

One of Lexington's most generous residents was David A. Sayre, a silversmith-turned-banker whose fortune funded a variety of public projects during the 19th century. Today, Sayre is best remembered ...

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East Meets West

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES East meets West this week at the Kentucky Horse Park.Both of these special equine events are included with general HorsePark admission.

Representing western riding is the Clayton ...

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Coles 735 Main

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

Coles 735 Main is a delightful restaurant located on the corner of Main Street and North Ashland. An upscale restaurant without all the fuss, Coles prides itself on passion, artistry, and ...

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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.

Perhaps you've heard of the Donut Trail? The New York Times published an article about this delicious concept.  It includes several Lexington establishments. Read the full article here.

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

Boone Creek Creamery
One of a handful of urban cheese makers in the United States., Cheese Master Ed Puterbaugh hand-makes artisan cheese the old-fashioned, old world way. Check their website for their next cheese making class. They are offered once a month from October to March. Tour groups are welcome by special arrangement.
2416 Palumbo Drive, Lexington, KY 40509 (859) 402-2364 www.boonecreekcreamery.com

Bluegrass Chevre
Churning out delicious and authentic farmstead goat cheese, Bluegrass Chevre has the proud honor of being the first goat dairy and goat cheese plant in Kentucky. The farm is located on the glorious banks of Boone Creek and home to small herds of Nubian, Saanen, Alpine and Lamancha goats. They operate on a schedule that follows the natural cycles of their animals, but you can call to tour their farm outside of peak seasons.
1175 Grimes Mill Road, Lexington, KY 40515 (859) 421-6983 www.bleugrasschevre.com