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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

"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

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 ...


Driving & Walking Tours

cherryfencerowThere is no better way to discover the legendary landscape of the Bluegrass Region than driving or cycling the country roads around the Horse Capital of the World. Lush pastures, mile after mile of plank and stone fencing, horses grazing, magnificent homes and barns: all this and more is there for your viewing pleasure!

Love to walk? A variety of tour companies offer guided tours of downtown Lexington on foot. See the Biking and Cycling Thru the Centuries links to the left to learn more about cycling in the Bluegrass.

Here is a great suggestion for enjoying the area by car, by foot, or both:

The Lexington Walk and Bluegrass Country Driving Tour.

This large format annotated paper map is one of our most frequently requested publications, second only to our colorful Visitor Planning Guide, and it's free. We will mail one to you, usually on the same day you make your request! Call (800) 845-3959 or order online. If you are already in Lexington, stop by the Visitors Center and pick one up. Many hotels keep this map on hand for guests. One side is a driving tour of the countryside surrounding our city. The other side is a walking tour of downtown Lexington.

Bluegrass Country Driving Tour: This popular route is divided into three parts. Take a morning or an afternoon and do the whole thing, or just pick the circuit that interests you the most. There's easy access back to town after each circuit. You'll learn about the history and geography of the area and -of course- you'll also learn about our world-renowned horse industry. 

The Lexington Walk: On the reverse side is a walking tour of historic downtown Lexington. There are 33 points of interest along the way. It is best enjoyed on foot, but it can also be driven. There are plenty of places to stop and rest, or eat, along the route. You'll see first hand the charming mix of old and new building that comprise the compact downtown core of Kentucky's second largest city.

Want to know about gas prices in Lexington? Click here.

Organized Guided Walking Tours

Bleu Plate Tours

  • 4008 Boone Creek Road, Lexington
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  • (855) 563-6464

Historic Downtown Walking Tours

  • 220 Market Street, Lexington
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  • (859) 321-5897

Lexington History Walks

  • 2650 Bowman Mill Road, Lexington
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  • (859) 321-4728

Lexington Walking Tours

  • 217 Barberry Lane, Lexington
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  • (859) 825-8702

Old Lexington Tour Company

  • 3376 Blackford Parkway, Lexington
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  • (859) 806-5001

The Inquisitive Walker's Architectural Tour of Lexington

Available through the App Store and Google Play, this walking tour focuses on the area around Lexington's Old Fayette County Courthouse. For more than 200 years, downtown commerce has been conducted in buildings designed by talented architects and constructed by skilled craftsmen. A free app offers a walking tour with in-depth information and photos. Search for 'LexArch Tour'. Download the app, pop in your earbuds, and enjoy listening to cultural geographer Karl Raitz talk about a fascinating selection of historical buildings. Photography by Richard Greissman.