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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...

College Football and Labor...

College Football and Labor Day Weekend In Lexington

Labor Day Weekend To-Do’s in Lexington By Kelly Heitz It’s Labor Day Weekend, folks! The official end to summer, this long weekend brings tons of fun things to do for Lexingtonians looking for music, sports or just good ol’ Kentucky family fun. Red, White & Boom What started as a small 4th of July concert at Whitaker Bank Ballpark has involved into one of the areas largest country music festivals. In fact, it’s gotten so big that the fest will now be held at Rupp Arena, giving fans a chance to see their favorite country artists rain or shine. Over the course of three days there will be 15 artists and five headliners including Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Chris Young and Toby Keith. For the full lineup and to purchase tickets head to rupparena.com.   The 45th Annual Kentucky Bash Kick off the Cats’ football season right with the 45th Kentucky Bash. The event is held the night before the first opening football game of the season and features tailgate food, an open bar, on-field activities and entertainment by the UK Steel Drum Band. Proceeds from the 2018 event will support the programming at Easter Seals Cardinal Hill. For more information visit cardinalhill.org/events/kentucky-bash.   Wildcat Football Home Opener It’s finally football season in the BBN! Cheer on your Cats as they take on Central Michigan this Saturday at Kroger Field. The game starts at 3:30 p.m., but as you know, tailgating festivities begin bright and early! Don’t miss the Pregame Concert outside Gate 12. Immediately following the Catwalk, Brother Smith will take the stage and perform until 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Don’t miss any other football festivities! Head to ukathletics.com for more info.   Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival Take a scenic 30-minute drive from Lexington to Winchester, Kentucky for the 40th Annual Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival. The much-anticipated event starts with dancing in the streets of Downtown Winchester Friday, August, 31, continues Saturday morning with a 5K Run/Walk, Arts and Crafts at College Park, and a local talent contest. The festivities commence Sunday evening with the Kitty Strode Concert Series at Lykins Park. Don’t miss this classic Kentucky...

A Taste of What’s Happening...

A Taste of What’s Happening This Weekend in Lexington

By Kelly Vaughan Heitz School may be in session, but you can live for the weekends as summer festivals are still in full swing in Lexington. Whether you’re in the mood to try an exotic new dish or jam to some local tunes, you’ll find something buzzing around the Bluegrass region this weekend. Chevy Chase Street Fair Now in its 14th year, the Chevy Chase Street Fair is set to be bigger and better than ever. This Saturday, August 25, the 800 block of Euclid Avenue will be bumpin’ block-party style with live music, street food, drinks, local vendors and activities for the whole family. Oh, and it’s dog friendly, so no need to leave the pup at home! The event is from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., but if you’re not ready to shut down the party, hop into one of the many bars along Euclid for drink specials after the block shuts down. The World Street and Wine Festival For an upscale festival experience, grab your date and head to Chrisman Mill Vineyards for The World Street Food & Wine Festival on Saturday, August 25. Tickets are $64 per person and benefit “A Villager’s Hand,” a true fair trade organization that sends 100 percent of all donations back to the people in the villages they work with around the world. You’ll be given a boarding pass and passport and meander your way through the vineyard to six different chef stations. At each location you’ll meet people from each country who will immerse you in their culture and introduce you to unique wine and food pairings. Head to chrismanmill.com to purchase tickets and select your boarding time. Passport to Flavor For more around-the world foodie fun, head to Passport to Flavor this Saturday, August 25, at the Distillery Square Event Center. The event, which benefits the Kentucky Refugee Ministries, will feature international food booths from KRM client’s home countries, world music and dance, a silent auction, art displays, henna and so much more. Tickets are $50 at the door (free for children under 5). Visit kyrm.org/passport-to-flavor to learn more. Lexington Jewish Food Festival Back for its third year,...

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