Located in Bluegrass Country, Lexington is known as the Horse Capital of the World. The horse industry has had a major impact on the scenic beauty of the area, and several universities in the city give a college-town atmosphere. But there’s more to this city than horse racing and exciting nightlife. Lexington is also a city of culture, and holds many events throughout the year that reflect this fact. Provided below is a list that highlights just a few of the many things to do in Lexington.
Lexington’s Holiday Celebrations
Beginning with a Tree Lighting Ceremony in late November that marks the beginning of the holiday season, the city puts on a great show for people living in Lexington. The ceremony is from 2pm – 7pm and includes an arts and craft market and food vendors that return every Saturday until the middle of December. There is also an ice rink that is open from the middle of November to the middle of January, as well as live music performances. Lexington has the largest Christmas Parade in Kentucky in early December. It begins at 7pm at Main and Midland and slowly travels along Main Street to Broadway. The Southern Lights Spectacular is truly a spectacular show of lights and animation. Visitors drive a four mile section that is decorated with tens of thousands of glistening lights. There is a small fee that varies according to the size of the vehicle.
The Fourth of July Festival
Lexington celebrates the Fourth of July in a big way. It has a two-day celebration that begins on July 3rd with a live music show that starts at 5:30. This celebration takes place at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park and showcases a local, regional, or national rock or pop band. At 8pm on Morrison Lawn at Transylvania University there is a patriotic music concert performed by the local philharmonic orchestra. On July 4th starting at 7am, the Bluegrass 10K run starts, and the Street Festival is from 9am – 6pm. You can expect food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and street entertainment. There’s a Fourth of July Parade at 2pm and more live music from 7:30pm– 9:30pm at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park. The fireworks start at 10pm.
The Woodland Art Fair
The Woodland Art Fair is an annual fair in Lexington that showcases local artists and artisans. It’s an award-winning art fair considered a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. Along with the tents where the art is displayed, there are food vendors, live music performances, and special activities for children in the Kid Zone, where children can create their own art. Admission to the fair is free and it takes place in the Woodland Park grounds in the middle of August. You can expect to see metalwork, photography, ceramics, drawing and painting, leather work, glass work, and jewelry. People visit this fair from all over the state and country because of the high-quality art that is offered. It takes place from 10am to 6pm.
Festival of the Bluegrass
The Festival of the Bluegrass takes place in the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park for four days in the middle of June. It’s an outdoor music festival that offers Bluegrass legends as well as the latest local, regional, and national musical talents. It’s a family-friendly event that offers workshops for guitar or banjo lessons for all ages, as well as many food vendors and arts and craft vendors for some excellent shopping.
People living in Lexington are fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural environment in the country. They take advantage of this by supporting the many great outdoor festivals throughout the year that welcome people of all ages.