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Featured Events


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 ...


Media Assistance

bourbon-stillsThe Horse Capital of the World...
The Birthplace of Bourbon...
The Heart of the Bluegrass...
The Home of the Kentucky Wildcats...
The Athens of the West...

Located at the heart of Central Kentucky's famed scenic Bluegrass Region, Lexington is home to downtown skyscrapers overlooking acres of lush pastures. It's where champion horses are bred, foaled, trained, bought, sold, raced and retired. It's where bourbon was born and our historic distilleries are still producing America's only native spirit. We also have suprising connections to the birth of the wine industry. Lexington and the Bluegrass Region is filled with not-your-typical story ideas, like those listed in the Idea Guide.

Visit our Press Room for updates on the lastest newsworthy happenings and special events, or register to receive a media kit plus our "25 Weird and Wonderful Facts" brochure.

See this page for links to recent coverage. Lexington is a favorite topic for many travel writers and bloggers. See what they have to say.

Media Guidelines

VisitLEX, Lexington's convention and visitors bureau, provides a variety of services to journalists working on projects to promote travel to Lexington's Bluegrass Region and to meeting planners organizing conventions in Lexington.

Media Assistance for Press trips:

VisitLEX services requests from qualified journalists worldwide. We coordinate individual and group media visits throughout the year. Requests are handled on a case by case basis. The level of support provided depends upon the journalist's story, advance notice provided, time of year, length of stay, and the ability of Lexington hotels and attractions to help. If you are a journalist planning a trip to Lexington's Bluegrass Region the following steps will help us to assist you:

  • Contact the Media Services department with as much lead time as possible. At least 30 days notice is appreciated.
  • Fill out and submit the Press Trip Assistance Request Form

Images for Media Professionals:

A selection of high resolution images is available for non-commercial use in promoting Lexington as a convention or leisure travel destination. These images may be used for editorial purposes to accompany a tourism article about Lexington's Bluegrass Region or to promote an upcoming meeting or convention in Lexington. Please click here to view available images and submit a useage request.

B-roll Footage:

Stock B-roll video footage featuring Lexington's Bluegrass Region is available for editorial use by broadcast media. The B-roll is free of charge for such use for a period of 30 days; however, a Video Use Contract must be submitted and approved. Once the Video Use Contract is approved, the tape will be mailed immediately for delivery within 3-5 business days. To download a PDF version of the contract, click here. Once the contract is complete, please submit by fax to 859-254-4555 (attn: Niki) or by email to

If you have questions or need assistance, call Niki Heichelbech at (800) 848-1224 or (859) 244-7707 or