Visitor's Guide to Lexington Kentucky

Find Your Perfect Pumpkin...

Find Your Perfect Pumpkin this Weekend in Lexington

By Kelly Heitz It’s pumpkin season, y’all! Get in the spirit with some of Lexington’s favorite fall traditions. The weather will be perfect this weekend, and the leaves are just starting to change, setting the ideal mood for a whole lot of fall fun for the whole family (big and little kids alike)! Pumpkin Patch Train All aboard! Grab the family and hop aboard the Bluegrass Scenic Railway Museum’s Pumpkin Patch Train every Saturday and Sunday in October. Now that the leaves are finally beginning to turn, this weekend will be the picture-perfect time for this annual fall tradition. This adventure leaves from the Bluegrass Railroad Museum in Versailles, Kentucky and makes a stop of Life Adventure Center’s Abbott Station. Here, you’ll experience a roaring campfire and get to pick out your very own pumpkin. All proceeds from event ticket revenue and pumpkin sales go directly to the non-profit Life Adventure Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, head to bluegrassrailroad.com. Harvest Festival at Evan’s Orchard Cider Mill One of Central Kentucky’s favorite places to celebrate fall is at Evan’s Orchard Cider Mill in Georgetown. Each autumn, the 5th generation family farm hosts the community for Harvest Festival every weekend in October. The much-anticipated event features pumpkin picking, homemade apple cider, caramel apples, fried apple pies, pony rides and much more. Get your obligatory fall family pumpkin patch pic while enjoying Kentucky’s beautiful fall weather this weekend. For more information on the exciting stuff Evan’s Orchard has planned, head to evansorchard.com. Pumpkin Jamboree at Eckert’s Boyd Orchard Only a few minutes outside Lexington, Eckert’s Boyd Orchard is the perfect place for an afternoon of fall tradition. Hop on a hayride out to the patch to search for your perfect pumpkin. Boyd Orchard’s pumpkins range from a couple pounds to more than 150 pounds! The annual Pumpkin Jamboree features wagon rides, music, pony rides, and their famous apple cider donuts. We recommend taking a batch to-go. You can heat them up in the microwave for a melt-in-your mouth superior donut experience. For more information, visit https://www.eckerts.com/new-events/ljgnc47yrayf3nz9egleykrg68l288. Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular As much fun as fall in the Bluegrass Region can...

Keeneland Fall Meet Opening...

Keeneland Fall Meet Opening Weekend

By Kelly Heitz And they’re off! The horses are back in Lexington for Keeneland’s fall meet and opening weekend is a can’t-miss event for locals and visitors alike. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first post is at 1:05 each day. Sunrise Trackside Start your Saturday racing experience with Sunrise Trackside. This morning event starts at 7 a.m. and is a free, family-friendly affair. You’ll start with Breakfast With the Works (runs until 8:30 a.m.), which is a buffet breakfast with a side of thoroughbred training. You’ll get to see some of the world’s best horses go through their pre-race workouts. Trackside commentary will explain the history of Keeneland, as well as the training tactics for Thoroughbred racehorses. The whole family will enjoy activities in the Kids Club Corner, guided walking tours and live demonstrations in the Paddock. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both race-lovers and newbies to the sport. Tailgating on the Hill In Kentucky, there are only a few things we take seriously: horses, basketball, bourbon and tailgating. Keeneland’s The Hill is tailgating in all its glory. Here, thousands of racing fans gather each weekend to celebrate the season with food, drinks, games, and, of course, betting. There’s a jumbo screen for watching live racing, a betting tent for making those winning wagers, food trucks, a Keeneland Shop pop-up tent (because your attire is almost as important as your race picks), and tunes courtesy of the area’s best Bluegrass bands. Park your cars, pop up your tents and get those grills going because tailgating at The Hill is almost as fun and the atmosphere inside the track. Owner’s Experience Tour Ever wonder what it’s like to own one of those championship race horses? Or be in the winner’s circle? Now you can with Keeneland’s Owner’s Experience Tour. Taking place Sundays during the fall meet, the tour starts during the first race in the Saddling Paddock. You’ll experience the pageantry, “Riders Up,” the Paddock, the Walking Ring and even the Winner’s Circle from the eyes of an owner. Tickets are limited and may be purchased online at keeneland.com or at the Welcome Center for $60...

Round Out September with Fun...

Round Out September with Fun Family Activities this Weekend in Lexington

By Kelly Heitz The skies have finally cleared in Lexington, and there are plenty of events and festivals this weekend to get your family out of the house and into the fall sunshine. Here’s a list of the best things to do in Lexington this weekend. Anderson County Burgoo Festival Burgoo is Kentucky’s signature stew and deserves an entire festival to celebrate it. The annual Anderson County Burgoo Festival in downtown Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, certainly does it justice with oodles of burgoo, music and entertainment (including a Johnny Cash tribute), a motorcycle show, contests and tons of interesting vendors. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, and is perfect for the entire family—whether you’ve tasted burgoo or not! For more information, head to https://www.facebook.com/events/630732353941926. 2nd Annual Bourbon Country Burn After a successful first year, the Bourbon Country Burn Bike Ride is back! This three-day (September 28-30), fully-supported bicycle tour of the bourbon distilleries and horse farms of Central Kentucky traverses quiet country roads and beautiful rolling bluegrass hills, and welcomes cyclists from all over the country. Daily distance options range from 25 to 100 miles and make stops at up to seven different distilleries throughout the event. Back at Bourbon Base Camp at the Kentucky Horse Park, cyclists sip Kentucky bourbon from the same distilleries they biked to that day and enjoy live entertainment. For more information on the ride, head to bourboncountryburn.com. Shaker Village Harvest Fest Celebrate all things fall at the Shaker Village this weekend in Harrodsburg, Kentucky—just a short drive from Lexington. The festival includes hayrides, pumpkin painting, hay stack climbing and a bouncy house for the kids. You can also shop for local honey, breads and jams at the Harvest Market, tour the apple orchard, and meet the Village’s farm animals. Some of Central Kentucky’s best food trucks will be serving grub, along with live music from local stars. Admission to the festival is included in Village admission, which is $14 for ages 13-61, $7 for ages 6-12, $10 Ages 62 and older, and free for children five and under. For more information, head to shakervillageky.org/event/2018-harvestfest. UK vs. South Carolina Football Can...

Fall Begins in Lexington

Fall Begins in Lexington

By Kelly Heitz As fall begins this Saturday, September 22, so do the exciting fall festivities throughout the Bluegrass. From football to festivals, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Lexington during this season. Autumn seems to be the time where the Lexington area comes to life, which means it’s a time for you to get out and explore everything Central Kentucky has to offer! Here’s what’s going on this weekend near Lexington: Versailles Fall Festival Head to Versailles this Saturday for the 2nd Annual Versailles Fall Festival. Main Street will be blocked off, allowing for local artists and craftsmen to set up shop and show off their work. There will also be live music, food vendors and the ever-popular “Fear the Beer” Run, which is a 1-mile race where each participant must drink a full beer at the start of the race and at every quarter mile throughout. So, essentially, good times to be had by all. For more info on the festival, visit the Facebook event page or click here to sign up for Fear the Beer! Spoonbread Festival As the signature event of the Berea Chamber of Commerce, the annual Spoonbread Festival is a can’t-miss. Held September 21-23 at Memorial Park and Berea Community School in downtown Berea, Kentucky, this famous event is full of live music, family activities and, of course, all the Kentucky spoonbread you could possibly want! If you attend any event of this three-day festival, it should be the Hot Air Balloon Glow on Friday, September 21 on the Berea Community School lawn. Plop down your blankets and lawn chairs to watch the sky light up in a spectacular hot air balloon light show. You’ll also hear live music from The Jeff Richey Experience and enjoy an array of food trucks. For more information on the entire festival head to spoonbreadfestival.com. UK vs. Mississippi State Football Game Can you believe our UK Wildcats are 3-0? After wiping the field with Murray State last weekend and breaking a 31-year losing streak against Florida IN THE SWAMP, we are ready to cheer on the Cats as they take on No. 14-ranked Mississippi...

Fall is In Full Swing this...

Fall is In Full Swing this Weekend in Lexington

By Kelly Heitz Well Lexingtonians, we’ve had a dose of fall weather this week, so why not enjoy the weekend celebrating the best the season has to offer at a few exciting festivals? Whether you’re gearing up for Halloween and need a little fright in your night, or are looking for a few family-friendly activities, Lexington has you covered. Read on for the best things to do in Lexington this weekend. Scarefest Horror & Paranormal Convention Thinking of doing something crazy this weekend? Head to the 11th annual Scarefest, the nation’s largest horror and paranormal convention hosted by Ghost Chasers International. The three-day event takes place at the Lexington Convention Center September 14-16 and features terrifying exhibits, exciting seminars and meet and greets with celebrities from the horror, sci-fi and paranormal genres. This year’s special guests include Darren Lynn Bousman, director of Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV, actor Jeffrey Combs from Re-Animator and The Frighteners, and Elvira herself, Cassandra Peterson. Visit thescarefest.com for the full line-up, schedule and to purchase your tickets. Midway Fall Festival For an event that’s a little less frightening, head to Midway for their annual Fall Festival this Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16. Now in its 44th year, this autumnal jubilee features local crafts and artists, incredible food vendors, children’s activities and some of the best in local music talent on the Country Boy Brewing Stage. Be ready to dance and explore the best in Kentucky culture at this family-friendly fest! For more information on vendors and schedule of events, visit midwayfallfestival.com. Fayette County Fair Round out your weekend fun with a celebration of Kentucky proportions at Red Mile. This Sunday, September 16 is Kentucky Sire Stakes Day, which is the biggest day of harness racing in the state. To celebrate, there will be live music, kids’ attractions, an art fair, food trucks and more beer and bourbon than you’ll know what to do with. Admission is free, but be sure to bring cash to make a few race bets! For more info, head to...

Festival Season has Begun in...

Festival Season has Begun in Lexington

By Kelly Heitz Now that September is here, fall festivals are gearing up in the Bluegrass. While the weather still thinks it’s August, we Kentuckians will brave the heat to celebrate good food, good music and our great community. Some of Lexington’s biggest festivals of the year take place this weekend, which means your hardest decision will be figuring out how you’ll make it to all of them! 30th Annual Roots & Heritage Festival Named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Roots & Heritage Festival celebrates regional diversity with entertainment and education for all ages. The festival will take place in downtown Lexington September 7 through 9 and is full of colorful pageantry, delicious food and nightly national musical acts that celebrate diversity. Vendors will be set up along Elm Tree Lane from 4th Street to Short Street for the African American Marketplace and flanked by two stages that will feature musical acts like Public Announcement, GapX The Band and Omar Cunningham. The event will also feature a KidsFest from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8 at the corner of Short and Elm Tree Lane. Kids will enjoy face painting, interactive workshops, science demos, arts and crafts and more. For more information, head to rootsfestky.com. Christ the King Oktoberfest In the last 30 years, Christ the King’s annual Oktoberfest has grown into one of the largest festival fundraisers in Central Kentucky. The event raises funds for CTK’s church, school and outreach programs, while showing the city of Lexington one good time! Festivities begin Friday, September 7 at 4 p.m. and continue through Saturday night. In addition to some incredible Oktoberfest beers on tap, look for delicious German foods, kids games and activities and even some gambling action for the adults. The music stage will also boast a variety of acts from The Wienerschnitzels’ German sound to Southern rock anthems by Georgia Satellites. Admission is free so bring a crowd! For more info head to ctkoktoberfest.com. Southland’s Tahlsound Music Festival This Saturday, September 8, the Southland neighborhood will be showing off some local sound at the much-anticipated Tahlsound Music...

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