Visitor's Guide to Lexington Kentucky

Pre Fourth of July To-Dos That Don’t Disappoint

Story by Ashley Alt

Since the fourth of July is smack in the middle of the workweek, we are giving you some pre July 4th activities to gear you up for America’s birthday.

From pageants to films to festivals, this weekend contains all of those summer vibes we love. Here are five events happening this weekend guaranteed to ooh-and-ahh adventure-seekers.

Miss Kentucky Pageant
Looking for some entertainment that supports an amazing initiative? The Miss Kentucky Pageant, the official preliminary of the Miss America Scholarship Organization, is so much more than dressing up and winning an award. This program empowers young women to develop leadership skills and confidence to achieve their life goals and dreams.

Contestants from around the state will compete for the Miss Kentucky title at the Singletary Center through three rounds at the SCFA Concert Hall, with preliminary rounds Thursday and Friday at 7 pm, and finals Saturday at 6 pm. Tickets range from $35-$50.

Free Friday Flicks
It’s Free Friday Flicks at Jacobson Park again! This weekend’s film? The Greatest Showman, the 2017 musical starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams. Bring your lawn chairs, your beverages and your movie buff pals to kick back and enjoy the outdoor film event as this is the last of the season.

As always, pre-movie activities of children’s games, a petting zoo and food trucks will be available before the flick begins.

Summer Nights in Suburbia
Another free outdoor activity? Don’t mind if we do. The series of free outdoor concerts continues at 7 pm Friday at Moondance Amphitheater.

Coralee and the Townies will be playing for your open-air concert pleasure, a local band who has proudly labeled themselves as “Honky Tonk Soul.”

Per usual, come hungry as food will be available for purchase, and don’t forget your comfiest lawn chairs and blankets.

Lexington Pride Festival
Show your support for the LGBTQ+ community on Saturday at the Lexington Pride Festival. There will be choice food trucks and other vendors, two drag shows showcasing Lexington’s talented drag queens and much more performance-based entertainment, even kids activities.

Happening at 11 am sharp Saturday at the Fayette Circuit Courthouse, be there to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community the way they know best, in seriously fun and outrageous fashion.

Cup of Commonwealth Block Party
Happy 5th birthday, Cup of Commonwealth! If you’re a fan of Cup of Commonwealth (who isn’t?) come give your salutations to the downtown coffee shop at their block party this Sunday.

Starting bright and early at 7 am (hey, they’ve got caffeine on hand), this street fair will have breakfast, coffee and games for all to enjoy, while supporting local vendors, businesses and nonprofits.

Have a safe and happy prelude to the fourth weekend, everyone!

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