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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

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

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 ...


What's New

New attractions, new initiatives, new ideas for ways to explore Lexington and the Bluegrass Region! In Lexington we are deeply rooted in our heritage and traditions, but we never stand still! If you are on the hunt for new restaurants to try, click here.

21c Museum Hotel rehabilitated the iconic Fayette National Bank Building in downtown Lexington.  Like its sister properties, 21c Lexington welcomes both visitors and members of the community to experience its rotating exhibits, participate in its programming and enjoy its culinary offerings. This is a multi-venue museum and hotel, with 7,000 square feet of gallery and event space.  The art galleries are open to the public, free of charge,  24/7.

21c Museum Hotel's on site restaurant Lockbox, is proud to have Jonathan Searle as executive chef. Lockbox showcases Searle's commitment to sourcing local, high-quality seasonal ingredients and thoughtful yet simple preparations and cooking techniques.

 21c What's New

The newest party bike in Lexington is the Thirsty Pedaler. What a way to do a pub crawl! They provide  a driver and the bike... you provide the party. This beautiful 15 passenger bike is equipped with a sound system and adjustable seats. Great for birthdays, bachelor or bachelorette parties, corporate events or just a night out with friends.

Do a two hour tour of downtown Lexington on one of two routes. About half your time will be spent pedaling, and the other half enjoying one of their partner bars along the route.

 Thirsty Pedaler What's New

The revitalization of National Avenue caught the attention of Andrew Simmons of the New York Times. Locals refer to this area as the Warehouse District. Check out this article from the Travel Section: A Trot, Not a Gallop, Toward Renewal in Lexington, KY.

Visitors can eat, drink and shop and get a feel for the contagious energy created by the dedicated and visionary small business owners in this corner of Lexington. French pastries, craft beer, high end home goods, vintage clothing, a display space for artists with disabilities...and more. Our food blogger, Mindy, has written about this area. Check out her blog here.

 Whats New Boulangerie

Join the fun aboard the "Big Blue Pedaler" featuring brewery tours, family day tours, historic tours and much more. Check out their routes and their schedule and book a tour at www.bigbluepedaler. It's a "bike", it's a trolley, it's a party bus, it's a spin class on wheels, it's a human-powered limo, it's a pedal-powered cruiser-- it's what ever you make it!

You can book several seats, or the whole bike. Take a pre-arranged tour or create your own itinerary. You can also secure the Big Blue Pedaler for special bookings such as sporting events, wedding events, corporate outings or promotional rides.

Big Blue Pedaler 

The Distillery District is a popular downtown area off Manchester Street. It features historic warehouses and other buildings related to Lexington's earliest forays in to Bourbon Distilling. Restaurants, bars, artists studios, a craft brewery, a distillery and special event spaces have sprung up along the Towne Branch.  Enjoy a view of the creek from the deck of The Break Room, or stop in the newly opened Crank and Boom Ice Cream Lounge.  There is always something new happening in the Distillery District. Southern Living named the Pepper Campus one of the 50 Best Places in the South Now!

Distillery District Logo

Legal graffiti? Street art shows up in unexpected places throughout Lexington.  Several organizations have sponsored local and internationally known artists to create murals both large and small.  Do our new Mural Challenge by visiting at least fifteen.  Find your favorite. Want a preview? Check out these resources:

Garage Art 

Bourbon is booming! Barrel House Distillery has released its long awaited RockCastle bourbon. This first limited release consists of 500 bottles. This is the first bourbon to be produced in Lexington's Distillery District in 60 years. Barrel House also produces rum, vodka and moonshine. They do tours and tastings.

Remember, Lexington is within a thirty minute drive of  seven bourbon distilleries and makes a perfect home base from which to explore the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Rockcastle Bourbon

A booming trend...Craft Breweries! Lexington is quickly becoming the center of Kentucky's craft beer industry. The "Brew"grass region now features eight Craft Breweries on the Brewgrass Trail. Pick up a Brewgrass Passport at any of the breweries. 

Complete the passport and VisitLEX will mail you a specially designed T-shirt! You can turn in your completed passport at any of the breweries, or mail it to VisitLEX. Be sure to include your mailing address and your T-shirt size.

 Brewgrass Trail What's New