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May 2015
$10

Split Rock Jumping Tour Music Festival

May 23
Split Rock Farm,
4845 Bryan Station Rd, Lexington, KY

Split Rock Jumping Tour, a world-class equestrian show jumping competition will host this inaugural music festival in addition to family fun activities, shopping, food trucks and more. Tickets are $10 for a one-day pass; tickets ordered online at splitrockjumpingtour.com come with a $5.00 food truck voucher. Artists and schedule are as follows:  Saturday, May 2310 a.m. – Native Dawn Flute Gathering11 a.m. - Barefoot Sally1 p.m. – Jeremy Pinnell and the 55s4 p.m. – Sam Wooden Sunday, May 2410 a.m. – Justin Watts11:30 a.m. – Small Batch1 p.m. – Kool Keith…

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GreenFest Sustainability Fair at Bluegrass Greensource

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bluegrass Greensource,
835v National Avenue, Lexington,
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This event will focus on recycling, energy efficiency, and water quality.  Bluegrass Greensource is presenting the free festival at the Bluegrass Greensource office building. GreenFest will feature local non-profits and artisans. GreenFest has offerings for the whole family, including green activities, crafts, shopping, live music, kids activities, and more.  Throughout the day, GreenFest attendees can get hands-on experience through demonstrations on an array of green activities.  They can participate in demonstrations on outdoor composting, rain barrel use, solar energy, bee…

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Free

Harry Dean Stanton Fest: “Two Lane Blacktop” drive-in screening at Break Room

May 29 @ 7:00 pm
The Break Room,
1178 Manchester St., Lexington, KY United States
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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”…

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Free

Free Friday Flicks at Jacobson Park

May 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jacobson Park,
4001 Athens Boonesboro Rd, Lexington , KY United States
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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. Movies: 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)

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$8

Harry Dean Stanton Fest: “Twin Peaks Homecoming Dance” at

May 30 @ 9:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Green Lantern,
497 W. Third St., Lexington, KY United States
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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.

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June 2015

Great American Brass Band Festival

June 4
Various venues, Danville, Ky,
Danville , KY United States
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The 26th annual Great American Brass Band Festival is continuing its push for education and preservation of brass history and innovation for the new generations of players. Headlining the weekend this year is Airmen of Note, a Glenn-Miller-style military ensemble. Festivities will include a New Orleans-style block party, a parade, a hot air balloon race, a daylong picnic concert, yoga in the park, an instrument petting zoo for the kids, swing dancing, and more. www.gabbf.org Highlights:   June 4  …

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$10

LASC Annual Bike Prom

June 6 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Living Arts and Science Center,
362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lexington, KY 40508 United States

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.  

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Playthink Festival at HomeGrown HideAways

June 11
HomeGrown HideAways,
500 Floyd Branch Rd. , Berea, KY United States
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PlayThink is a celebration of art, sustainability, music, performance,  arts, and life itself. An inclusive, participatory, community and family oriented culture of vitality, fun, and well-being, the event features a weekend full of inspiring playshops, presentations, and discussions led by some of the best known flow arts regional instructors; as well as live music, dancing, camping and “play.” www.playthinkfest.com

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Paddle + Yoga Weekend Series at Shaker Village

June 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill,
3501 Lexington Road , Harrodsburg, KY United States
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Shaker Village’s popular Paddle + Yoga Weekends will return this year on May 15-16, June 12-13, July 10-11 and August 21-22. Guests are invited to take part in candlelit yoga in a historic building, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), SUP yoga on the pond and a “glow paddle” on the Kentucky River. The events will be led by Canoe Kentucky and Possum Yoga. Times to be announced. Visit www.shakervillageky.org for more info.

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Free

Kentucky Cork & Tap Wine and Beer Series at Cheapside Pavillion

June 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,
Lexington, KY
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  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.   www.downtownlex.com/kentucky-cork-tap/  

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$85 per person

Pappy for your Pappy Father’s Day Event at Buffalo Trace

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Buffalo Trace Distillery,
113 Great Buffalo Trace , Frankfort, KY

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. www.buffalotracedistillery.com/events

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2015 Lexington Pride Festival

June 27 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Courthouse Plaza,
150 N. Limestone, Lexington, KY United States

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.

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$50

Hike for Beer at Shaker Village

June 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill,
3501 Lexington Road , Harrodsburg, KY United States

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. www.shakervillageky.org

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Ashland Lawn Party

June 27 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Henry Clay Estate,
120 Sycamore Road, Lexington , KY United States
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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. www.henryclay.org  

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July 2015

Fourth of July Festival

July 3 @ 12:00 pm - July 4 @ 10:00 pm
Various Venues,
Lexington , KY United States
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Schedule of Events July 3  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 July 4 Bluegrass 10K, 7 a.m.  Street Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Parade, 2 p.m. Fireworks, 10 p.m.   www.downtownlex.com 

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Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair at Masterson Station Park

July 9 - September 19
Masterson Station Park,
Leestown Road, Lexington , KY United States
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This annual, regional fair sets up a variety of rides and other attractions, such as a petting zoo/pony rides for kids, beauty pageants, carnival food concessions, a Fiesta Latina, and more.   

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Whipoorwill Festival at HomeGrown HideAways

July 9 - July 12
HomeGrown HideAways,
500 Floyd Branch Rd. , Berea, KY United States
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This is a festival of “Skills for Earth-Friendly Living.” Workshop topics include Tracking, Making Cheese, Worm Composting, Healing Illness Through the Gut with Food and Herbs, Intro to Vegan Permaculture, Primitive Longbows, Cooking with Solar Ovens, and many more. Music from Sam Gleaves, The Carmonas, Kentucky Clodhoppers, Tennessee Turkeys, Kevin Howard. 

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$5-6

Berea Craft Festival

July 10 - July 12
Indian Fort Theatre,
Big Hill Road Hwy. 21 East, Berea, KY United States
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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.  www.bereacraftfestival.com

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$110

Dinner On The Grounds: A James Farmer Party at Shaker Village

July 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill,
3501 Lexington Road , Harrodsburg, KY United States

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…

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LexEffect presents Chew Dinner Series with Chef Mark Wombles

July 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Gratz Park,
Lexington, KY United States

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.

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WUKY presents Phoenix Fridays: AJ Ghent/ Kopecky/ The Wags

July 17 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phoenix Park,
1 East Main Street, Lexington, KY United States

A summer concert series in the heart of downtown Lexington. All four shows take place the 3rd Friday of May through August in Phoenix Park at the corner of Main & Limestone. “Gates open” at 5PM with live music from 5:30 to 9:30. Each night begins with one of the area’s best bands… followed by two acts from around the country.  The AJ Ghent Band is an American band that spans the genres of southern rock, blues, soul and funk…

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Lexington Restaurant Week

July 23 @ 8:00 am - August 1 @ 5:00 pm
Various Venues,
Lexington , KY United States
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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…

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August 2015

Well Crafted Festival at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

August 8
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill,
3501 Lexington Road , Harrodsburg, KY United States
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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…

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AFB Woodland Art Fair at Woodland Park

August 15 - August 16
Woodland Park,
Lexington, KY United States
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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,…

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WUKY presents Phoenix Fridays: Turbo Fruits / The Vespers / Coralee and The Townies

August 21 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phoenix Park,
1 East Main Street, Lexington, KY United States

A summer concert series in the heart of downtown Lexington. All four shows take place the 3rd Friday of May through August in Phoenix Park at the corner of Main & Limestone. “Gates open” at 5PM with live music from 5:30 to 9:30. Each night begins with one of the area’s best bands… followed by two acts from around the country.  The final installment will feature two Nashville acts – garage rock band Turbo Fruits and Southern folk pop band The…

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FREE

Crave Lexington Food + Music Festival

August 22 - August 23
Masterson Station Park,
Leestown Road, Lexington , KY United States

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!  

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Crave Lexington at Masterson Station Park

August 22 - August 23
Masterson Station Park,
Leestown Road, Lexington , KY United States
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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,…

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Chevy Chase Inn Street Fair

August 25 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Chevy Chase,
800 euclid ave, lexington, KY United States
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Held by the Chevy Chase Business Owners Association, this annual street fair blocks off traffic along the quintessential Chevy Chase shopping district for shopping, music, beer tents, food and family activities.   

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September 2015

Fest of Ales at Cheapside Pavillion

September 4 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cheapside Bar & Grill,
131 Cheapside St., Lexington, KY United States
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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…

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Shaker Village presents WaterFest

September 5
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill,
3501 Lexington Road , Harrodsburg, KY United States
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WaterFest, a new event at Shaker Village this year, will be a day of exploration, fun and learning about water. Held in conjunction with this family-friendly festival will be the Kentucky Palisades Paddle SUP (stand-up paddleboarding) race, presented by the Southern Stroke Paddle Series, at Shaker Landing. Professional, adult recreational and youth recreational races will take place on the Kentucky River. Time to be announced. Visit www.shakervillageky.org for more info.

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