April 2019 | Lexington Area Events

Due to the changing nature of events, please contact the venue or organization before attending any event.


Bourbon Barons: Early Pioneers | Lexington | April 03

Stone Fences Tours presents their Bourbon Barons: The Early Pioneers, taking you back to the late 1700s to join the early settlers of Kentucky that were traveling the Wilderness Trail with hopes in their heart and stills on their back. Follow them on their journey into the untamed wilderness to stake their claim, grow their corn and introduce America to its Native spirit. The tour will concentrate on three of these brave men: Jacob Myers, Elijah Craig and Jacob Spears. You will hear their stories while also visiting three craft distilleries that are in close proximity to the original sites of these Early Pioneers: Wilderness Trail Distillery, Bourbon 30 and Hartfield & Co. This tour includes tours and tastings at all three distilleries, lunch, and water and snacks will be provided. They will pick you up at the Lexington Visitor Center. 

Keeneland Spring Meet 2017

Keeneland Spring Meet | Lexington | April 4 – 26

Keeneland’s 2019 Spring Race Meet opens Thursday, April 4, and continues through Friday, April 26. No racing will be held on Mondays or Tuesdays, or Easter Sunday, April 21. Gates open at 11 a.m. with first post at 1:05 p.m. daily.

Opening day is Thursday April 4th. First post at 3:00 pm. General admission is $5; kids 12 and under are free.


Historic 52nd Annual Antiques Show | Bardstown | April 5-6

A quality antique show of more than 60 dealers from multiple states. Friday, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission Friday early bird shopping $12 (admission good for both days). Saturday $6. Guthrie Opportunity Center, 900 Nutter Drive. 502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877. www.facebook.com/Historic-Bardstown-Antiques-Vintage-Show-Sale-597451226949331/


Central KY Home and Garden Show | Lexington | April 5 – 7

Solve all your projects in one place in one weekend at the 44th Annual Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show! You’ll find the latest products and services for your home and landscape: builders, remodelers, contractors, building materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage solutions, all kinds of plants, landscape displays, kitchenware, home accessories and so much more!

• Find Everything for your home and garden!
• Breathtaking Gardens, Landscapes & Water Features
• Latest Kitchen and Bath Trends
• Local Contractors & Remodelers
• Flooring & Window Treatments
• Outdoor Living, Pools & Spas
• Art, Gift, & Gourmet Center including KY Proud Products
• Interactive Kid’s Activities

More info at www.ckyhomeshow.com

Friday, Apr. 5 2:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday, Apr. 6 10:00am-7:00pm
Sunday, Apr. 7 11:00am-5:00pm


Kentucky Railway Museum’s Annual Train Show and Sale Plus Train Excursion | Bardstown | April 6

Before riding the train enjoy strolling through our train show and sale located just 2 blocks from the Museum at St. Catherine Gym. Enjoy model trains, operating layouts and displays, retail sales, train memorabilia, concessions and door prizes. Admission to train show is $3.00, children 12 and under are free. Bring you train show ticket to receive $3.00 off train fare, valid April 7th only. Show runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Train departs at 1 p.m. Fares for Train excursion $19 adults, $14 children for ages 2-12, under 2 is free. 136 S. Main St., New Haven. 502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152. www.kyrail.org

Sunrise Trackside | Keeneland | April 6, 13, 20

7:00 am – 10:00 am. A great time for the entire family to experience Keeneland. Enjoy Breakfast with the Works from 7 – 8:30 am in the Equestrian Room or grab a donut and coffee trackside, all while watching the horses train on the track. Free children’s activities from 7:30 – 9:30 am in the Kids Club Corner include face painting, photos in jockeys silks, games and meeting Buckles, the Kids Club mascot.

Kids Club Family Day | Keeneland | April 7

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. North Terrace. Kids Club members and their families will receive general admission and access to reserved grandstand seating. Visit the North Terrace for free children’s activities including face painting, cookie decorating and crafts.


Kentucky Railway Museum’s Train Robbery | Bardstown | April 13

Join us for a wild ride as your train gets robbed by a gang of train robbers! Train departs at 2 p.m. Train ride is approximately 2 hours. You will be robbed! Proceeds benefit the Crusade for Children. Adults: $21.00 Children $16.00 (ages 2-12) under 2 is free.136 S. Main St., New Haven. 502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152. www.kyrail.org

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s Murder Mystery | Bardstown | April 13

We invite you to join us on board for a memorable journey that’s sure to keep you guessing. While riding through Kentucky’s scenic countryside, guests will enjoy a four course meal and a live murder mystery show! The events lasts approximately two and a half hours and will thrill the young and young at heart. Tickets are $109.95 for adults and $69.95 for children (5-12). The excursion begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Train Depot. Reservations recommended. 602 N Third St., 502-348-7300 or 866-801-3463. www.kydinnertrain.com


Hands on Workshops | Berea | April 13 – 14

The HOW program gives visitors a chance to learn more from master craftspeople and artists such as glass blowing, jewelry making, fiber arts, sustainable living, blacksmithing and many more. For more information or to register, go to visitberea.com or call 800-598-5263.

Easter Bunny on the Square | Bardstown | April 13 & 20

The Easter Bunny is coming to downtown Bardstown from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to take pictures on the Court Square with you! Visit www.bardstownmainstreet.com for more information. Welcome Center Plaza, 1 Court Square.

Summer Camp & Activities Fair | Lexington | April 13

Lexington Family Magazine is bringing free family fun to Central Kentucky with their 17th annual Summer Camps & Activities Fair on Saturday April 13th from 10am – 2pm at Lexington Christian Academy located at 450 W. Reynolds Road. For more information visit their website.

Keeneland Spring Meet 2017

Military Day | Keeneland | April 14

Military Day Delivered by Marathon honors members of the military (active duty and veterans) and their families with free general admission and access to reserved grandstand seating. The Family Zone will offer free lunch and children’s activities for those families in the North Terrace 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

Mary Poppins at Lexington Opera House | Lexington |April 19 – 20

SCAPA Bluegrass presents Mary Poppins. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walk Disney film. 7 p.m. $19.50 adults, $14.50 students. Prices increase by $1 at the door. Lexington Opera House. 401 W. Short St. Info 381-3332.

Kite Fest | Masterson Station Park – Lexington | April 20

Celebrate National Kite Month and Parks & Recreation’s first major outdoor event of the season. We are excited about the NEW LOCATION for this event offering a beautiful field, closer parking, and better traffic flow so you can get to the event quicker and enjoy the fun. Free activities will include kite flying, children’s games, kite decorating and more. Free sunscreen will be available provided by Dermatology Associates of Kentucky.

Food vendors will be on-site throughout the day or families may pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the park.

12 – 4 pm. For more information visit lexington.ky.gov/kite-fest

Easter Egg Hunt | Blue Grass Stockyards | April 20

Join us for our second annual Easter Egg Hunt!
Easter Egg Hunts Every Hour – 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2pm

This is a fun day for the whole family to meet the Easter Bunny, have lunch at Hayden’s Stockyard Eatery and support March for Babies of Lexington.

An Old Kentucky Easter Egg Hunt | Bardstown | April 20

Join us for our Easter Egg Hunt at My Old Kentucky Home! The event is free! 5-7 p.m. My Old Kentucky Home State Park, 501 E. Stephen Foster Ave. 502-348-3502 www.visitmyoldkyhome.com

Kentucky Railway Museum’s Easter Eggspress | Bardstown | April 20

Enjoy a train ride through the countryside, ride last about 1.5 hours. The Easter Bunny will be on board to pass out treats to all the children. Adults $23, Children $18 for ages 2-12, under 2 is free. 1 p.m. 136 S. Main St., New Haven. 502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152. www.kyrail.org

Easter Egg-Citement at Eckert’s Orchard | April 20

Enjoy an egg hunt, baby farm animals, face painting, a giant slide and more. 10 am, Noon or 2pm. $12 per child. 1396 Pinkard Pike. Versailles. www.eckerts.com

Easter Bunny Train at Bluegrass Railway Museum | Versailles | April 20

Train ride with Easter Bunny. 2pm. $14 adults, $12 children. 175 Beasley Road, Versailles. Info 859-873-2476.

Flight Simulator Sunday at Aviation Museum of KY | Lexington | April 21

Try your hand at flight on one of the flight simulators at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. Offered the third Sunday of the month from 1:30 – 4:30. Included with the cost of admission.

Planetarium Pop-Up | Lexington | April 22

Living Arts & Science Center. Planetarium Pop-Up. “Fragile Planet: Earth’s Place in the Universe” 10am & 2 pm. $4 general admission. 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. Info 252-5222

“The Race Is On!” at My Old Kentucky Home | Bardstown | April 23-May 31

Kentucky horse racing traditions are alive at My Old Kentucky Home. This year, jockey silks will be on display from world-famous horse Secretariat and 2015’s Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah, fanciful ladies derby hats, a sparkling collection of original coin-silver family julep cups, and My Old Kentucky Home’s “Kentucky Bowl,” trophy. This exhibit highlighting Kentucky’s most famous fun-filled celebration known as the “fastest two-minutes in sports” isn’t one to be missed! 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Last Tour begins at 4 p.m.) 501 E. Stephen Foster, 502-348-3502. www.visitmyoldkyhome.com

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event | Kentucky Horse Park | April 25 – 28

The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event brings the toughest equestrian competitors from the U.S. and around the world to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington to compete for their share of $400,000 in prize money in the Triathlon of Equestrian Sports. Known as the ‘Best Weekend All Year,’ LRK3DE offers something for everyone: the highest-level of equestrian Eventing competitors, Show Jumping Grand Prix, tailgating, music, equestrian exhibitions and fantastic shopping.

Stave & Thief Certified Bourbon Steward Class | Bardstown | April 26

Want to expand your knowledge about America’s Native Spirit? Come join the Kentucky Bourbon Festival for Stave & Thief Certified Bourbon Steward training. With help from our friends at Moonshine University®, we will lead you through an in-depth program to expand your knowledge and increase your confidence about all things Bourbon. Ticket price includes a Certified Bourbon Steward Handbook and the opportunity to earn a Stave & Thief Certified Bourbon Steward lapel pin. Light appetizers will be served. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. $75 per person. Registration required, must be 21. For more information call 502-275-8384 or email info@kybourbonfestival.com Kentucky Bourbon Festival, 114 N. Fifth Street (3rd Floor Penthouse)

Leapin Littles at Explorium | Lexington | April 26

Leapin’ Littles, “Find and Rhyme Treasure Hunt.” 10:30-11 a.m. Ages 2-5. 440 W. Short St. Info: 258-3253.


KY Distilled Weekend | Downtown Frankfort | April 26 – 28

Make plans to visit Frankfort the weekend of April 26-28th for great activities taking place all weekend! We’ve got bourbon events, shopping, and tours to entertain you while you explore the Capital City. For more information click here.

Kite Festival | Georgetown | April 27 – 28

The Georgetown Kite Festival takes place on April 27 and 28 from Noon to 5pm on the grounds of the historic Cardome Center. Sponsored by the Georgetown Rotary, the festival is a celebration of international cultures paired with exciting food, live music, cultural demonstrations and kite flying. The focus of the festival is on the fun and joy of children flying kites. Bounce games and small group performances will also take place, under the awning of the famous Black Barn. Admission is free. Parking is $10.

A Taste of Bardstown | April 27

Shop Local Bardstown and Downtown Main Street invite you to eat and drink your way through the local culinary scene. Join us for a day for foodies as our local eateries and distilleries line Main Street with sample size portions of their signature dishes from 1-5 p.m. Hot dog eating contest at Noon at the Farmers Market Pavilion. Stay for the nightlife as our downtown bars pair with local distilleries to create a signature cocktail from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Call 502-348-4877 or visit www.bardstownmainstreet.com for more information.

Whiskey City Cruisers | Bardstown | April 27

Stroll among classic cars from yesteryear. Fourth Saturday of the month April-October. Kentucky Home Square shopping center. 2 p.m. – dusk. 502-3486456 or 800-638-4877. www.visitbardstown.com

Healthy Kids Day | Paris | April 27

PThe Paris-Bourbon County YMCA hosts Healthy Kids Day. A day of fun activities, healthy snacks, inflatables, prizes and more. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free and open to the public. 917 Main St. Paris. Info: www.parisbourbonymca.org.

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s Murder Mystery, | Bardstown | April 27

We invite you to join us on board for a memorable journey that’s sure to keep you guessing. While riding through Kentucky’s scenic countryside, guests will enjoy a four course meal and a live murder mystery show! The events lasts approximately two and a half hours and will thrill the young and young at heart. Tickets are $109.95 for adults and $69.95 for children (5-12). The excursion begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Train Depot. Reservations recommended. 602 N Third St., 502-348-7300 or 866-801-3463. www.kydinnertrain.com

Berea Makers Market: Feather Your Nest Pop-Up | April 27

Berea Makers Market is popping up at Churchill’s on April 27th from 10am to 4pm for a springtime celebration of handmade! Shop fresh finds for home, and delightful gifts for all the special people on your spring gift list. There will also be local food trucks, coffee, and more – stay tuned on their Facebook Page for updates! For more information, visit bereamakersmarket.com.

Princess & Heroes Train Ride | New Haven | April 27 & 28

Ride the train and meet some favorite characters at the Kentucky Railway Museum. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. $23 per person. 136 S. Main St. New Haven. Info: (800) 272-0152.

H’artful of Fun | Living Arts & Science Center – Lexington | April 27

LH’Artful of Fun: A Garden Party at Living Arts & Science Center. Art auction, live music, dinner and more. 7-11 p.m. $100 per person. 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. Info: 252-5222 or www.lasclec.org.

20th Annual Maternity Fair | Lexington | April 27

Sunday April 27, 9am – 12:30pm, Marriott Griffin Gate. Come see MaKenzie Thomas from The Voice! Helpful demonstrations from maternity experts. Vendor and Exhibit booths. Giveaways and prizes. Physician panels will take place during the day, where doctors will answer questions and speak on a variety of subjects. Prize is a FREE delivery at the Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. Register online.