May 29, 2015
Hosted by the Lexington Film League, the 5th annual celebration of Kentucky native actor Harry Dean Stanton and his work will take place May 29 – 31. Click here for a full schedule of the weekend’s events, which culminate with special guest, legendary director Monte Hellman, who will take part in a Q&A following the screening of his film “Ride in the Whirlwind” on Sunday, May 31.
The festival kicks off with a drive-in style screening of “Two Lane Blacktop” at dusk at the new Distillery District watering hole the Break Room, with the Pepper Distillery parking lot transformed into a drive-in theater, complete with food trucks.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this event offers a free evening of entertainment. Flicks screens newly released, family-friendly movies in an outdoor park setting. The event also features children’s games, a petting zoo, and food vendors. Guests are invited to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs, however, no pets are allowed.
May 29 “Paddington”
June 5 “Frozen Sing-a-Long”
June 12 “Big Hero 6”
June 19 “The Lego Movie”
June 26 “Boxtrolls”
July 10 (Rain date)
May 30, 2015
Wear your formal finest and/or Lynchian best and have your Homecoming photo snapped by Shooting Frenzy. There will be two sets of songs by “Who Killed Laura Palmer?”–an all-star band featuring members ofPalisades, Big Fresh, and The Nativity Singers-with guest appearances by Coralee, Robby Cosenza, MA Turner, Chris Dennison, Emily Hagihara, Joe Drury, Joshua Wright, and Erin Reynolds-Turner.
June 5, 2015
Another installment of the Night Market After Party presented by Lexington Lexington at Al’s Bar to celebrate another Night Market down the street.
9pm : DJ Lee Roy (all night except for Comedy hour) 11pm : Funny Flips’ Like2Laugh Standup Spectacular
1030pm : Cherry Crush 11:30pm : Vegan Death 12:30am : Taste DJs
June 6, 2015
Get all dolled up and bike through Downtown Lexington to numerous stops. You’ll be given a passport to stamp at each stop that will include activities, food, and drinks. Complete the event at The Break Room where an after party (with food trucks) will be hosted. Registration is only $10 and all ages are welcome.
Day-of registration starts at 5:30 PM. The big event starts at 6 PM!
For more information, please visit www.lasclex.org.
June 12, 2015
This series features tastings from local wineries and breweries. Featured wineries include Baker Bird, Echo Valley, Forest Edge, Redmans’ Farm, Talon Winery and Vineyard. Breweries include Kentucky Ale, Country Boy Brewing, West Sixth Brewing, Blue Stallion Brewing Company, and Ethereal Brewing.
June 19, 2015
A one-of-a-kind dinner event with Julian and Preston Van Winkle as they guide you through a tasting of the various ages of Van Winkle Bourbons. Participants are encouraged to bring your favorite Van Winkle item to have it signed at the end of the evening.
June 20, 2015
Featuring the release of Jason Sizemore’s new book ‘For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher’, and a reading from ‘For Exposure’ with a signing afterward. Door prizes throughout the evening, a Q&A with prominent Apex editors and authors, dinner with Apex from 6 to 8 p.m. with a special ‘Apex’ menu at Bronte’s Bistro, and A cocktail mixer with Apex from 8 to 10 p.m. with a special ‘Apex’ mixed drink.
June 27, 2015
In it’s 8th year, the Lexington Pride Festival will once again have a full day of entertainment, 90+ vendors and fun activities for all ages.
Evening headliner is Sick of Sarah and our afternoon headliner is Nhojj. Other entertainers include: Bridge 19, Alcatraz Shakedown. Activities for the kids will include: Bouncy House, Dunking Booth, Bubbles, Duck Pond, Face Painting and Carnival Games from 11am-4pm.
2015 Fresh Food Adventures: An adventurous monthly dining series celebrating Kentucky foods and spirits.
Gather around Shaker Village’s roving table for a culinary adventure that sets the stage for creative collaborations, great conversations and new friendships with celebrated guest chefs, talented mixologists and favorite local musicians. Each dining adventure has an all-inclusive fixed dinner and spirits menu, and special dietary accommodations may not be available.
The Ashland Lawn Party is an event raising funds for the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and its efforts to preserve Ashland Estate. New this year, the requested attire will be “cocktail summer whites.” Guests will enjoy mixed drinks and music, a dinner furnished by Dupree Catering, and the excitement of a live and silent auction. The event takes place on the Estate’s back lawn, with cocktails beginning at 5:30 p.m. and with dinner served at 7 p.m.
July 3, 2015 – July 4, 2015
Schedule of Events
Great American Pie and Ice Cream Social, 12 p.m.
Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park
Patriotic Music Concert, 8 p.m.
Morrison Lawn, Transylvania University
Bluegrass 10K, 7 a.m.
Street Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Parade, 2 p.m.
Fireworks, 10 p.m.
July 9, 2015 – September 20, 2015
July 10, 2015 – July 13, 2015
Berea Craft Festival is a highly ranked, juried show, attracting over 8,000 people each year. Held in an outdoor, sylvan setting, it incorporates folk and bluegrass music and food vendors in with the artists and craftsmen who demonstrate and sell their wares. All items are handmade by the vendors.
July 16, 2015
2015 Fresh Food Adventures An adventurous monthly dining series celebrating Kentucky foods and spirits.
Gather around Shaker Village’s roving table for a culinary adventure that sets the stage for creative collaborations, great conversations and new friendships with celebrated guest chefs, talented mixologists and favorite local musicians.
Each dining adventure has an all-inclusive fixed dinner and spirits menu, and special dietary accommodations may not be available.
Spend a summer evening with garden-to-table lifestyle expert and Southern Living editor-at-large, James Farmer. Enjoy a meal prepared from Farmer’s latest cookbook Dinner on the Grounds – Southern Suppers and Soirees, along with garden and design advice and drinks to sip on the lawn.
In this quarterly dinner series presented by LexEffect, the local menu will be presented by Chef Mark Wombles of Distilled and Heirloom featuring local craft beer. Partial proceeds from the event will go to the LexEffect Giving Fund,which accepts applications from local non-profit organizations to support special projects, operating costs, equipment, and more. $40 per person. Visit www.lexeffectky.com/chew.html for tickets and more information.
July 19, 2015
July 23, 2015 – August 1, 2015
Lexington Restaurant Week, which began in 2013, enlists over 60 favorite Lexington restaurants across town to offer a “prix-fixe” dining experience. Restaurants such as Tomo, Merrick Inn, Enoteca, The Julep Cup, Alfalfa’s, etc. will over complete meals at a fixed price for $25, while several more casual restaurants, such as Parkette, Athenian Grill, Wallace Station, Charlie Browns, etc. will offer a 2 for $25 shared deal. Those who aren’t as familiar can visit the event’s website to see which restaurants are categorized under “Uptown Ambience,” “New Hot Spots,” “Southern Comfort Food,” “World Cuisine,” “Patios, Porches & Sidewalk Cafes,” “Singular Sensations,” “Rise and Shine,” “Off the Beaten Track and Neighborhood Favorites,” “Pub Grub and Suds” or “Giddy Up and Go.”
August 8, 2015 – August 9, 2015
The second annual Well Crafted Festival is a celebration of the quality and diversity of Kentucky’s music and craft beer cultures, bringing together a flavorful mix of up-and-coming local breweries with favorite local musicians against the stunning and serene rural backdrop of Shaker Village.
Local music video creators Shaker Steps Productions, a reliable tastemaker for music audiences in Kentucky, has lined up an eclectic mix of Americana music that includes folk, bluegrass, alternative country, blues and indie rock.
Lineup includes Lera Lynn, Great Peacock, Margo & the Pricetags, R.L. Boyce (w/ the Northside Sheiks), Tyler Childers & the Foodstamps, Josh Nolan Band, Warren Byrom, Melissa “Tree” Jackson, DeBraun Thomas, Maggie Lander and Bryan Minks.
August 15, 2015 – August 17, 2015
The 40th annual American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair, produced by Lexington Art League and LFUCG’s Parks and Recreation, is Lexington’s largest (free) outdoor cultural event, with over 65,000 visitors coming to Woodland Park over the weekend. The event was named under Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events, and under Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s Top 10 festivals.
In addition to 200 of the nation’s finest juried artists and master craftsmen, the fair offers free live entertainment on the gazebo stages, hands-on activities for children in the KidZone, bike check and plenty of food and bar concessions.
Baby care is available, as well as a free shuttle service, which will run every 10 minutes.
August 22, 2015 – August 23, 2015
Crave Lexington Food + Music Festival returns to Lexington for the third year, this time in a new location of Masterson Station Park.
Produced by Smiley Pete Publishing (tadoo’s parent organization), this annual event features two days of free live music, dozens of local food vendors, craft beer and cocktails, family activities and lots more. Music line-up, vendors and more info will be revealed in the coming months – stay tuned!
August 22, 2015 – August 24, 2015
Now in year three, Crave Lexington Food + Music Festival will take place at a new location this year, Masterson Station Park. The festival celebrates “made from scratch,” with a special focus on local food and music. Produced by Smiley Pete Publishing (this website’s parent company), the free, all-ages and family-friendly event features dozens of food vendors, two days of live music, local beer and other librations, kids’ activities and more. This year’s music lineup includes Joe Pug, Bear Medicine, Chris Sullivan’s Western Movies, March Madness Marching Band and many more to be announced. Stay tuned for a list of food vendors and more details as the event draws near.
September 4, 2015
The Fest of Ales is back for its seventh year and will be held, as always, on the Friday of Labor Day weekend. Over 60 breweries will be on hand, from domestic darlings, such as Bells and Schlafly, and international institutions, such as Chimay and Unibroue, to local varieties, like Country Boy and West Sixth.
Tickets, which are limited to 1500, will go on sale August 1, and are expected to go quickly. They can be purchased at local Liquor Barn locations, Pazzo’s, the Beer Trappe and Central Bank Thursday Night Live, as well as by phone at (859) 425-2593.
October 4, 2015 – October 4, 2015
‘Jefferson Street’ Tour (2 pm): This guided walking tour explores the popular Jefferson Street corridor and its many offerings – from an eclectic smoked meats restaurant to a European-styled grocery and wine shop, this tour has it all. Experience Lexington while stopping at the city’s best eateries. Sample the fare that makes each place an iconic staple in Lexington restaurants. It’s a stroll through the park with a side dish of history, a dash of culture and a taste of the Bluegrass.
October 30, 2015
Start your evening off with the popular Ghost Tour, followed by dinner and spirits pairing in the Elmer T. Lee Clubhouse. During dinner, the antics of Bluegrass Mystery Theatre will begin in a ‘whodunnit’ mystery production.
November 18, 2015
In this quarterly dinner series presented by LexEffect, the local menu will be prepared by Chef Mark Jensen of Middle Fork featuring local bourbon cocktails. Partial proceeds from the event will go to the LexEffect Giving Fund,which accepts applications from local non-profit organizations to support special projects, operating costs, equipment, and more. $40 per person.
Visit www.lexeffectky.com/chew.html for tickets and more information.