On June 1, Kentucky celebrates its 225th anniversary. Celebrate in Lexington May 31 through June 2. Learn more about this milestone for Kentucky, and check out events from around the state at www.ky225.com.
1792 Commonwealth Bash
7 p.m.-11 p.m.
The Livery, 238 E Main St., Lexington
*Music by Ben Lacey & David Napier
*Bourbon Barrel assembly demonstration by Independent Stave Company
*Lexington Bartender Cocktail Competition
*"My Old Kentucky Home" vocal contest
*Samplings from Barrel House, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Knob Creek, Maker's Mark, Rabbit Hole and more
*Bourbon Barrel Guitar Company
*Kitschy Candles Made in KY
*Catering by Donna Potter
*Door prizes and more
*Proceeds benefit the Lexington History Center
Tickets: $65, $50 for LBS members
Thursday Night Live
5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park, 251 W. Main St.
A special Thursday Night Live is planned with live music from Charlie Shuck & The Trendells.
Local food and beverage vendors
225 Years of Kentucky
Gainesway Farm, 3750 Paris Pike
A Garden & Gun Event: Dinner & A Show Celebrating the Bluegrass
Enjoy a locally inspired meal from award-winning chef Ouita Michel and entertainment with The Watson Twins featuring performances by Ben Sollee and Freakwater. There is a 10-day cancellation policy, and all guests must be 21 years or older.