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Featured Events

Apr7

Keeneland Race Course Thoroughbred Racing

 Spring race meet. No racing on Mondays, Tuesdays or Easter.... more
Mar29

Man o' War at 100

The International Museum of the Horse is celebrating Man o’ War’s 100th... more
Jan23

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
Apr12

Day At The Races Tour

An all-day experience of Thoroughbred racing at its finest. Enjoy a trackside view of... more
Apr26

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! Featuring:... more
Apr27

A Garden Affair

Set outside amongst the museum's idyllic location in the heart of the bluegrass horse... more
Apr6

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands! Every Thursday... more
Apr27

Rolex Three Day Event

The only Four Star three-day equestrian event in the Western Hemisphere.... more
May2

Big Band & Jazz 2017

One of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert series, features great jazz... more
May3

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! ... more
May4

The Fox On The Fairway

A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English... more
May6

Derby Day Breakfast

This special, elegant Derby menu is a Kentucky exclusive and will be offered in the... more
May6

Kentucky Derby Party

Festivities include live music, pony rides, food and wagering! Known as the largest Derby... more
May7

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
May9

Evening Tea Tuesday at Waveland

Delicious tea and food served by period dressed interpreters on fine china. Once finished... more
May13

Mayfest Arts Fair 2017

Mayfest is a juried art fair with a focus on casual, family-friendly atmosphere. ... more
May13

Southland Street Fair

The whole family is invited out to one of Lexington's hottest and most eclectic... more
May14

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Mar17

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
May21

High Hope Steeplechase

Head out to the Kentucky Horse Park for the 49th running of the High Hope Steeplechase! A... more
May21

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
May27

Annual Kentucky High School Invitational Rodeo

 The best high school athletes in the region compete over three days.... more
May28

Tunes in the Vines

A bottle of wine, good friends and great music are the perfect blend for Sunday... more
Jun1

Great American Brass Band Festival

World-class bands come together in what has been called "the most prominent and... more
Jun4

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Jun4

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Jun8

Festival of the Bluegrass

This annual jamboree features the best Bluegrass bands in Kentucky and top national... more
Jun18

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
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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

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. This free app offers a walking tour with in-depth information and photos. 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.