Why Lexington, Kentucky?
Lexington has always been a cultural hotspot—there’s a reason we earned our nickname as the “Athens of the West” at the turn of the 19th century. Today, we’re the home of a thriving and diverse arts and culture scene, with something for every taste, style, and medium. So come see us and experience the creativity that continues to make Lexington the colorful, musical and inspirational place we know and love.
What Makes Us Unique
Arts & Culture in Lexington
From horses and aviation to history and anthropology to modern art and science for kids, Lexington and Central Kentucky have museums for just about everything.
Live music lovers have plenty to enjoy —including concerts at Rupp Arena, the Lexington Philharmonic, festivals like Railbird, and, of course, bluegrass at tapings of Red Barn Radio.
Our city is more colorful than most thanks in part to our annual mural festival, PRHBTN, which features artists from all over the world. Explore our street art with the Mural Art Challenge.
With multiple performance venues in and around downtown, there’s plenty of places to see work by our area theatre companies, including the Actor’s Guild of Lexington and Lexington Children’s Theater.
Lexington’s thriving visual art scene includes the 400-member Lexington Art League, headquartered in a 19th century villa, Loudoun House. See their work (and lots more) during our monthly Gallery Hop.
From Picnic with the Pops and Ballet Under the Stars to the Woodland Art Fair and Big Band & Jazz concert series, there’s always something fun to experience in Lexington’s arts and culture scene.
We love throwing a party—especially when it celebrates Lexington’s diversity. Our packed festival calendar includes our Roots and Heritage Festival, Festival Latino, Pride, and many, many more.
This is a city that loves to read. Among our many libraries are the 15 libraries at the University of Kentucky, giving UK the largest book endowment of all public institutions in the country.
Our notable structures include the Mary Todd Lincoln House, Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, the Hunt-Morgan House, and the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning—a repurposed Carnegie library.
“#9 among the Friendliest Cities in the U.S.”
- Conde Nast Traveler 2020
“One of the Best Weekend Getaways in the U.S.”
“Top 10 Bucket List Destination”
- USA Today
Featured Unique Venues
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This newly renovated downtown complex features 100,000 square feet of contemporary exhibit space, 16...
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Printers, sculptors, clay artists, jewelers and illustrators work in studios that are open to the...
Founded in 1938, Lexington Children's Theatre is one of the oldest continuously operating theatres...