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Finlandia & the Northern Lights

Grammy-nominated composer Christopher Theofanidis blends score, film, and narration into... more

Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing

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

"House Divided" Cemetery Walking Tours

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

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

Lexington Christmas Parade

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

A Kentucky Christmas

The illumination begins at 5:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Enjoy... 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
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Restaurants: Beyond Grits!

Lexington has an amazing array of non-chain, independent restaurants. From time-honored recipes to the latest culinary trends, our restaurant scene is sure to impress. Southern staples? Of course..but so much more! Here's the inside scoop on more than 100 locally owned restaurants. It's a good idea to call ahead and confirm days and hours of operation.

Speaking of time-honored recipes, click here and try your hand at these delicious ideas.

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A.P. Suggins Bar & Grill

  • 345 Romany Road, Lexington
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  • (859) 268-0709

Al's Bar

  • 601 North Limestone Street, Lexington
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  • (859) 309-2901


  • 141 East Main Street Suite 190, Lexington
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  • (859) 253-0014

Asuka Grill

  • 267 E Brannon Road, Nicholasville
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  • (859) 272-0020

Athenian Grill

  • 313 South Ashland Avenue, Lexington
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  • (859) 303-5048

AZUR Restaurant & Patio

  • 3070 Lakecrest Circle Suite 550, Lexington
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  • (859) 296-1007

Bad Wolf Burgers

  • 1415 Leestown Road, Lexington
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  • (859) 258-2222

Bella Notte

  • 3715 Nicholasville Road, Lexington
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  • (859) 245-1789

Bigg Blue Martini

  • 369 W Vine Street, Lexington
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  • (858) 231-9000

Blue Door Smokehouse

  • 226 Walton Avenue, Lexington
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  • (859) 252-4227
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