Lexington Visitors Guide


The official visitor guide for Lexington, Kentucky, Horse Capital of the World. Tourist and meeting planner information on planning a trip to Lexington, KY.

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C A L EN DA R 2019 Here's an overview of major events that recur annually. There's a lot more we'd like to share with you, so check out our frequently-updated online calendar at VisitLEX.com. It's packed with interesting events, from operas to roller derbies and everything in between. Pro-tip: confirm dates before you make travel plans. JANUARY – FEBRUARY Keeneland Horse Sales January 7-10 Keeneland Racecourse Horses of all ages go on sale. Spectators welcome. (800) 456-3412 Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show February 8-10 Rupp Arena Daily fishing demonstrations and more. (859) 233-4567 MARCH – APRIL Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show March 1-3 Kentucky Horse Park Featuring over 40 distinguished dealers and garden specialists. (859) 253-0362 Boys' Sweet Sixteen Tournament March 6-10 Rupp Arena Kentucky High School Athletic Association state basketball tournament. (859) 299-5472 Girls' Sweet Sixteen Tournament March 12-17 Rupp Arena Kentucky High School Athletic Association state basketball tournament. (859) 299-5472 Lexington St. Patrick's Parade and Festival March 16 Leprechauns and shamrocks will be spotted along Main Street. Entertainment all day. (859) 288-2925 Lexington Comic & Toy Convention March 21-24 Lexington Center The midwest's most awesome weekend of geekery. Comics, magazines, gaming, anime, celebrities and more. (606) 923-1664 Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show April 5-7 Lexington Center Jump start spring with fresh ideas from this annual show. (859) 233-4567 Keeneland Racecourse Thoroughbred Racing April 5-26 Spring race meet. No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays or Easter. (800) 456-3412 Kentucky Three-Day Event April 25-28 Kentucky Horse Park Presented by Land Rover. The only Five Star three- day equestrian event in the Western Hemisphere. (859) 254-8123 (January-April) MAY – JUNE Kentucky Derby Simulcast May 4 Keeneland Racecourse Festivities include live music, pony rides, free popcorn. (800) 456-3412 Mayfest Arts Fair May 11-12 Gratz Park Celebrating performing, visual and literary arts. (859) 425-2590 Split Rock Jumping Tour May 23-27 Split Rock Farm International CSI 3* show jumping. (859) 252-3247 Festival of the Bluegrass June 6-9 Kentucky Horse Park Annual jamboree featuring the best Bluegrass bands in Kentucky and top national performers. (859) 253-0806 Great American Brass Band Festival June 6-9 Danville, KY World-class bands come together in what has been called "the most prominent and unusual music festival in the country." (859) 319-8424 Lexington Lions' Club Bluegrass Fair June 6-16 Masterson Station Park Carnival rides, grandstand shows, petting farm, games and shows. (859) 327-8378 JULY – AUGUST Fourth of July Festival July 3-4 Downtown Lexington Fireworks, food, music, dancing, vendors, parade. (859) 335-8640 Junior League Horse Show July 8-13 Kentucky Horse Park The nation's largest outdoor Saddlebred horse show. (859) 252-8014 Breyerfest July 12-14 Kentucky Horse Park Discover the world of Breyer model horses. Competitions, clinics and a trade fair. (973) 633-5090 Keeneland Concours d'Elegance July 18-21 Keeneland Racecourse One hundred magnificent automobiles, fashion and art. (859) 422-3329 36 | Travel Inspiration Guide

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