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Featured Events

Aug27

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum - Steam

Ride behind a working steam engine while enjoying an 11 mile, 90 minute train... more
Sep1

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

Four days of all-breed conformation, obedience & rally competition. ... more
Sep1

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Mercy Men!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Sep1

Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival

Graded as one of the top 10 festivals in Kentucky, Roots and Heritage Festival won't... more
Sep3

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad Civil War Train

Step back in time aboard our Civil War Train.  Don't be surprised if they run into a... more
Sep8

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Ralph Curtis and the Nashville Imposters!  Beverages, food from local... more
Sep9

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents

It's time for your family to be amazed by all the X-traordinary things you know and... more
Sep12

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

This sale attracts buyers from all over the world.  Spectators welcome!... more
Sep14

Jefferson Street Soiree

The Jefferson Street Soiree is back and is sure to be another exciting evening... more
Sep15

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Superfecta!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Sep16

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
Sep22

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Big Black Cadillac!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Sep22

Myths, Memories, and Mrs. Lincoln

Reservations required. This special evening guided tour will look at misinformation about... more
Sep24

Ronald McDonald Clown Train

Ronald will entertain as only he can do.  He will be passing out free Happy Meal... more
Sep29

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Blind Corn Liquor Pickers!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Sep30

Black Jacket Symphony

The Beatles "Revolver".  A unique concert experience which recreates... more
Oct6

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Mike Archer Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Oct7

Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing

No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. See live Thoroughbred racing at the most elegant race... more
Oct13

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Vinyl Richie!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Oct14

The Bourbon Chase

An overnight relay adventure.  Teams of runners cover 200 miles of scenic byways... more
Colorful and unique
Colorful and unique

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 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 a 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

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: ed2@kycheese.com.
2416 Palumbo Drive, Lexington, KY 40509 (859) 402-2364 or (866) 835-2135 www.boonecreekcreamery.com

Bleu Plate Tours
Learn a little history and a lot about Lexington's cuisine scene as you stroll through downtown Lexington, stopping at a variety of restaurants for a sampling of their offerings. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., April through October. Private tours for groups of 12 or more are offered by advance arrangement. (855) 563-6464.