January 2020 | Lexington Area Events

Weekly Events

Trivia | Country Boy Brewing Georgetown Tap Room | January 6, 13, 20, 27

Yoga | Country Boy Brewing Georgetown Tap Room | January 7, 14, 21, 28

Get your zen on at the Georgetown taproom! Weekly yoga is FREE every Tuesday starting at 6:30.

Trivia |Galvin’s on Main | Wednesdays at 7pm

Check their Facebook page for special themes on the first Wednesday of each month. Reservations are recommended as each week is typically sold out.

Thursday Night Trivia + Paprika Hungarian Eats |Wisebird Cider | January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Clear your Thursday night plans and bring your friends (and their brains) to Wise Bird Cider. We’ll also have Paprika Hungarian Eats in the house from 6PM onwards! Trivia kicks off at 7 PM every Monday with cash prizes available

Special Events

Tyler Halsey – Live Music | Country Boy Brewing Georgetown Tap Room | January 3, 7 – 10pm

Kayla Massie – Live Music | Country Boy Brewing Georgetown Tap Room | January 4, 7 – 10pm

Cider & Savasana: Yoga with Brooke Williams | Wisebird Cider | January 4 & 18

Join us for donation-based yoga at Wise Bird Cider with Brooke Williams at 10 AM. Follow your flow with cidermosas, sangria, hot mulled cider + Great Bagel bagels.

Lunchtime Train | My Old Kentucky Dinner Train – Bardstown | January 4th and 25th – 11am

All aboard My Old Kentucky Dinner Train for a lunch excursion. For more information, click here. Read about our adventure aboard the train here.

Murder Mystery | My Old Kentucky Dinner Train – Bardstown | January 4th and 25th – 4pm

Murder mystery show along with dinner aboard My Old Kentucky Dinner Train. For more information, click here.

Kentucky Wildcats Men’s Basketball vs. Missouri Tigers | Rupp Arena | January 4

First Sunday Guided Nature Tour: 2020 Phenology Wheel |Josephine Sculpture Park | January 5

1-2 pm. $5 per person suggested donation. All ages welcome; children accompanied by adults. For more information, click here.

Get outside and create in the new year! During this First Sunday Guided Nature Tour, JSP staff will introduce a nature journal template that serves as an easy, motivating way to get you and your family exploring nature and art together each month. We will use a phenology wheel template to “fill in” the month of January together, based on a special thing or moment that happens during the guided park tour. The walking tour will last approximately 30 minutes and explore JSP habitat and art, followed by the approximate 30 minute phenology wheel creation.

Fairytale Tour with Castle Princesses | KY Castle – Versailles | January 5

Join our Castle Princesses on an interactive tour! Explore the various rooms and enjoy singing, dancing, storytime, and crafts. Finish with a celebration and delicious snacks in the Grand Ballroom. Event is scheduled from 1PM-2:15PM

Tickets for children and adults: $25 each. Children 2 and under are free. For more information, click here.

Lunchtime Lecture | KY Horse Park | January 9

We invite you to pack a lunch and join us Thursday, January 9 at 12:30 PM for a Lunchtime Lecture with Lenny Shulman at the International Museum of the Horse!

Lenny has just completed a 20-year run as Features Editor of Bloodhorse magazine, covering the Thoroughbred industry. He is the author of “Justify: 111 Days to Triple Crown Glory” and “Ride of Their Lives,” which examined the troubled lives of Thoroughbred jockeys. For more information click here.

UK Gymnastics Excite Night | Rupp Arena | January 10

The Kentucky gymnastics team will kick off its 2020 home campaign when it hosts its annual “Excite Night” at Rupp Arena for the third consecutive season on Jan. 10, 2020. Click here for more information.

Greg Fitzsimmons | Comedy Off Broadway | Lexington | January 9-11

Mixing an incisive wit with scathing sarcasm, Greg Fitzsimmons has achieved success as a stand-up, Emmy Award winning writer and host on both radio and TV. A regular with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jay Leno, Greg has made more than 50 visits to “The Howard Stern Show”. He also hosts “The Greg Fitzsimmons Show,” on Sirius XM’s “Howard 101” and twice a week puts out the hugely popular “FitzDog Radio” Podcast. For more information, click here.

Larah Helayne – Live Music | Country Boy Brewing Georgetown Tap Room | January 10, 7 – 10pm

Kevin Holm-Hudson – Live Music | Country Boy Brewing Georgetown Tap Room | January 11, 7 – 10pm

Super Saturday: Spintastic | Explorium of Lexington | January 11

Super Saturday: Spintastic. 11 a.m.-noon. Grades K-5. Imagination Station: Colorful Science. 12:30-2 p.m. Grades K-5. $9 general admission, $8 seniors and military. 440 W. Short St. Info: 258-3253.

Yoga with Christina + Casey | Wisebird Cider | January 11 & 25

Join us for donation-based yoga at Wise Bird Cider with Casey Sleeper and Christina Morales of Saj yoga at 10 AM. Follow your flow by sipping cider, sangria + Great Bagel bagels.

TriState MX | Alltech Arena | January 10 – 11

Motorcross racing at it’s finest. Held at the Alltech arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. 7pm each night. For more information click here.

Bourbon Sessions at the Ripy Mansion |Lawrenceburg |January 10

The Ripy Mansion is hosting a unique bourbon tasting, featuring mother-daughter duo Joyce and Autumn Nethery from Jeptha Creed in nearby Shelbyville.
Co-owner and Marketing Manager Autumn Nethery spent a year studying distilling in Scotland and traveling abroad with Semester at Sea. She is now one of the youngest distillery owners in the country. Joyce Nethery, co-owner of Jeptha Creed, attended the University of Louisville Speed School where she gained her Master’s degree in chemical engineering. She is flexing her engineering muscles as Jeptha Creed’s master distiller developing delicious spirit recipes with the help of her amazing family and staff
Join as the Ripy Mansion celebrates these two preeminent women of bourbon. As always, tastings and a tour of the mansion will be included.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Snowbird Dressage | Covered Arena – Kentucky Horse Park | January 11

Competition held during the winter months in the indoor arena at the KY Horse Park. Only pay for parking. Free admission. For more information click here.

Kentucky Wildcats Men’s Basketball vs. Alabama Crimson Tide | Rupp Arena | January 11, Noon

Dinner Excursion | My Old Kentucky Dinner Train – Bardstown | January 11 – 4pm

All aboard for a dinner excursion aboard My Old Kentucky Dinner Train. For more information, click here.

Troubadour Concert | The Kentucky Castle – Versailles | January 12

Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters,” Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two GRAMMY wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles like “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses”, and five gold albums (plus a platinum collection of her greatest hits).

Concert Only: $35. Dinner & Reserved Concert Ticket: $95 . For more information, click here.

WWE Presents: Monday Night RAW | Rupp Arena | January 13, 7:30 pm


Horses of All Ages Sale | Keeneland | January 13 – 17

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale is noted for high-quality broodmare prospects and short yearlings (horses born the previous year) and for being among the final opportunities for breeders to obtain stock as breeding season nears. The 2020 edition will be held Jan. 13-17. For more information, click here.

2020 Horsey Hundred Launch Party | Country Boy Brewing – Georgetown | January 15

Please come join us Wednesday, January 15 at Country Boy Brewing: Georgetown Taproom for our 2020 Horsey Hundred Launch Party. We will reveal our 2020 design, jerseys, t-shirts, and routes. We will also have brief remarks from some of our community partners.

The launch party will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with remarks starting at 6:30. As is our custom we will be giving a commemorative 2020 Horsey Hundred beer glass to the first 125 to check in (HINT: It’s really cool again this year). We will also be providing some light appetizers and sweet and unsweet tea. Country Boys delicious variety of beers will be on tap for you to purchase.

Registration for the 2020 Horsey Hundred will go live at 7:00 pm Eastern. The 2020 Horsey Hundred will take place May 22 – 24 at Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY.

Spark Pub Theology | Spark Community Cafe | January 16

People have been gathering in pubs and public spaces for ages, talking about life, philosophy, faith, and deep questions of meaning. Increasingly, people all over are rediscovering the pub as a safe, open space where they can explore and express their own doubts and questions, learn from others, and engage people of varying religious traditions. In our increasingly fractured society, these spaces are not only welcome, but needed.

Join us at Spark Community Café to discuss with your friends and community, and pay-it-forward along the way! Each table will have a prompt of questions and ideals to discuss while enjoying a bistro style menu and drinks from our bar!

Reservations are encouraged, but not required, and can be placed by calling (859) 251-4107.

Harlem Globetrotters | Rupp Arena | January 17, 7pm

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band | Singletary Center | January 17

Catch Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band performing the music of the Beatles in bluegrass style, Friday January 17. Get your tickets now: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/8963079/sgtpeppers-lonely-bluegrass-band-presented-by-the-scfa-signature-series-in-the-scfa-recital-hall-lexington-singletary-center

Tyler Smith & Dakota Saylor – Live Music | Country Boy Brewing Georgetown Tap Room | January 17, 7 – 10pm

Chelsea Adams – Live Music | Country Boy Brewing Georgetown Tap Room | January 18, 7 – 10pm

Night Sky Tour: The International Space Station | Josephine Sculpture Park | January 18

Explore the night sky with expert guidance from Dan Price, NASA Solar System Ambassador, outside through our large telescopes. The Night Sky Tour includes multimedia presentations in the Art Barn that explores the sun, starting at 7pm. Observation begins at 8pm.

There’s no need to register, just come on out. Want to learn more about your own telescope, bring it out! All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. You may come and go anytime between 7-11pm. Suggested $10 donation per group or couple.


SpongeBob the Musical | Lexington Opera House | January 17 – 19

“Wonders pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention” (Time Out New York) as Broadway’s best creative minds re-imagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in a neon-sparkly “party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe – until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. For more information click here.

Superhero Training Day | KY Castle – Versailles | January 18

Wonder Woman and Spider-man will be leading an action-packed event. Guests can choose their Super Hero name and participate in a craft activity to make their own Super Hero mask. Followed with a Super Hero warm-up to prepare for the adventurous obstacle course ahead to save the day! A power snack will be provided with a good lesson about what it means to be a true hero. Wonder Woman and Spider-man will visit each table to talk with kids and be available for photos.

Children 2 and under are free. For more information, click here.

Kentucky Wildcats Men’s Basketball vs. Georgia Bulldogs | Rupp Arena | January 21

The Key to the Quarter Pole | Keeneland Library Series | January 21, 6:30 pm

Named Best Unpublished Novel by James River Writers and Richmond Magazine as a manuscript, this engaging story of racetrack characters struggling with moral dilemmas, large and small, revolves around free-spirited Louisa Ferncliff as she trains her last best horse, Alice’s Restaurant.

Robin Traywick Williams, former chair of the Virginia Racing Commission and past president of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, is an award-winning journalist, speaker, and horsewoman.

This is a free ticketed event with limited seating. Registered guests check in at the front doors. Doors open at 6:00 pm. To obtain tickets, click here.

Following the presentation, enjoy a reception and book signing with Robin Traywick Williams. A limited number of copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Dine Out for Derby Fundraiser | Moe’s Southwest Grill | January 23

Join Roller Derby of Central Kentucky at Moe’s Grill for lunch or dinner to benefit ROCK! RSVP on the Group Raise event page and come enjoy a meal! https://www.groupraise.com/events/126897-roller-derby-of-central-ky-at-moe-s-southwest-grill?fbclid=IwAR1Cr7QHZlltErfZMhVTs1eDztuZDO_EOnlSeVXZqFT1MHa9giMK6FVGXH4

Winter Wellness Workshop: Make & Take Fire Cider | Berea | January 23

Fire Cider is a folk remedy made with common kitchen ingredients and used as an immune-boosting tonic during the winter months. Traditionally, it’s made by infusing garlic, onions, horseradish and peppers in apple cider vinegar and honey, but you can add whatever you like to make it your own!

Participants will learn about the fascinating history of this remedy and craft their own version of Fire Cider using vegetables and herbs from the Berea College Farm. All materials provided and you will leave with your own pint of fire cider. For more information, click here.

January Farm-to-Table Dinner | Spark Community Cafe | January 24

The first featured farm in our farm-to-table dinner series will be Farmer Joe’s. Come by to taste the difference in local ingredients, grab a drink at the bar, and listen to Farmer Joe tell his story.

Reservations are encouraged, but not required, and can be placed by calling (859) 251-4107.

This dinner is sponsored by Farmer Joes LLC and is a fundraising event for Spark Community Café.

January 2020 Opening Reception, Six Solo Exhibitions | Loudon House | January 24

Lexington Art League is launching 2020 with a FREE\ public reception for six simultaneous solo exhibitions by Kentucky artists. January 24th, 5-9pm. We will have music by D.J. Lee Roy and food and beverage by Athenian Grill, West Sixth Brewing, and Equus Run Winery.

Exhibitions include ‘Like’ by Lori Larusso , ‘Show Me The Way to Go Home’ by Sarah Madison Brown, ‘Dark Exposure’ by Christina Conroy, ‘New Life Doll Project’ by Holly Graham, ‘I Dreamed in Black and White’ by Josh Doss, and ‘Karst’ by Mark Williams.

Exhibition dates: January 17th – February 28th
Gallery Hours during exhibition dates are free to the public: Tuesday thru Friday 12-6pm, Saturday/Sunday 1-4pm. Closed Monday.

Lunch Excursion | My Old Kentucky Dinner Train – Bardstown | January 24 – 1pm

All aboard for the lunchtime excursion on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train. For more information, click here.

Cody Morgan – Live Music | Country Boy Brewing Georgetown Tap Room | January 24, 7 – 10pm

Wilderness Trail Distillery (Danville): Adventure Theatre! | January 24 7pm

Adventure Theatre Presents: Murder by Memory. A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre event!

Have you ever had a memory… or maybe a person… you wish you could forget? Then, join us, as Hugh Hofner and his long-time confidant Candy MacLane host their annual New Year’s Party: “Burning in the New Year!” It’s a chance for everyone to write off their regrets and burn them away… literally, but this year, things really heat up when Hugh announces the unexpected arranged marriage of his son, Trevor, to one of his lady friends, Trixie Hobert. Everything is going according to plan for Hugh until Trevor’s college sweetheart, Darlene Loveline, is mysteriously invited to the celebration.
By: Adam Sovkoplas

Tickets available at: https://www.adventuretheatreky.com/shows–tickets.html


Dinosaurs World Live | Lexington Opera House | January 25

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome interactive show for all the family. Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus! For more information click here.

Owl Prowl | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary | January 25

Join us as we hike around the park looking for nighttime birds. Bring binoculars and a flashlight or headlamp.

Please call 859-272-6105 to register. Some events may be weather dependent- please call prior to your arrival.

Barrel Head Painting | KY Castle – Versailles | January 25

A stunning Kentucky piece to have in your home, or to give as a special gift. Enjoy an afternoon at the Castle creating your masterpiece, with guidance from creative leaders, examples to choose from in advance, and all the materials provided (tray, stencils, paint, etc.). Class will be held in the Greenhouse at The Kentucky Castle. For more information, click here.

PBR: Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour | Rupp Arena | January 25

The Professional Bull Riders Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour is the top expansion series of the PBR. Featuring some of the best athletes of the sport going head to head with the fiercest bulls in the country. The PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour will bring all the high-energy sound, lighting, special effects and edge of your seat action that fans have come to expect from the World leader in the sport of bull riding.

Princess and The Peas | Lexington Children’s Theatre | January 25 – 26

Who is your favorite superhero? Princess loves strong characters that zip through space and jump buildings with a single bound – but one thing she can’t stand is her name – Princess. Princesses can’t be superheroes… can they? Vivian Hill Snipes, LCT Artistic Director, takes on this modern retelling of the classic tale all about what is means to be SUPER and what it means to be a princess. For more information, click here.

FrankfortCon4 | Capital Plaza Hotel – Frankfort | January 25

It’s a collectors mecca convention located in beautiful Capital City of Frankfort, Kentucky. The FrankfortCon strives to be Kentucky’s best and truest comic con featuring fandoms of multiple genres. As long-time fans of comic books, toys, pop-culture, manga/anime, wrestling, gaming, cosplay, animation, sci-fi and fantasy, the promoter wanted to bring that style event to Kentucky.

The show will have exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, gaming, video games, movies, records, wrestling, , television, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel plus much more. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals and fandom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. This will be one show not to miss!

Bourbon Basics | KY Castle – Versailles | January 26

We’ll start 2020 with an overview of what, exactly, Bourbon is plus take a brief look at Bourbon’s history and how it’s made today. We’ll also cover how to nose and taste Bourbon like a professional and will sample a variety of Bourbons and near-Bourbons to explore the differences among Bourbon styles. For more information, click here.

Painting with Amy Lewis at Bleubird Studio |Georgetown | January 26

Intuitive Painting Class for all levels. Participants will create a unique acrylic painting on canvas. All materials provided. No experience necessary. Refreshments provided. BYOB.

Participants will allow their intuition to guide the process as they create a unique Acrylic Painting on a 12 x 12 Canvas using a variety of painting techniques to layer color, shape and pattern onto their canvas. No experience necessary.

Amy Lewis is a visual artist living in Berea, KY. She paints vibrant, colorful, acrylic paintings which explore the natural world in intricate layers on stretched canvas. Her paintings can be seen at Gallery 103, the Kentucky Artisan Center, and Kentucky Guild Artist and Craftsmen. For more information or to make reservations, click here.

Shanghai Ballet | Norton Center for the Arts – Danville | January 26

For more than three decades, the Shanghai Ballet has dazzled audiences around the world with its unique repertoire of folk-infused Chinese ballet and classical Western masterworks. The Butterfly Lovers is a poignant love story that dates to the Tang Dynasty. Often considered the Chinese equivalent to Romeo & Juliet, the performance features elegant choreography, graceful dancers, magnificent costumes, and a touching story of love and loss. The Shanghai Ballet is one of the world’s predominant ballet companies, bringing the unique glamour of Chinese dance to the international stage.

Mystery Dinner Theatre in the Ballroom @ The Kentucky Castle | January 27

Enjoy an evening at The Kentucky Castle with an Interactive Mystery Dinner Theatre performance! With a buffet dinner prepared by our award-winning chef in the Grand Ballroom and social seating. One guest who solves the mystery will win a free night’s stay!

Mystery: It’s the final day of a Dance Marathon in 1935. The top prize is $500 and only three couples remain on the dance floor. Who will survive to claim the top prize money?

There is no dress code at The Kentucky Castle, however, the majority of mystery dinner guests wear business casual attire. This event is best suited for guests 16 years and over. Questions? mary@thekentuckycastle.com

Kentucky Wildcats Men’s Basketball vs. Vanderbilt Commodores | Rupp Arena | January 29

The Black Jacket Symphony | Lexington Opera House | January 31

The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience by recreating classic albums in a live performance setting with first-class lighting and video production. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of hand-picked musicians specifically selected for each album. With no sonic detail being overlooked, the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. Following the album and a brief intermission, the Black Jacket Symphony returns to the stage to perform a collection of greatest hits by the evening’s artist. For more information click here.

Luke Trimble – Live Music | Country Boy Brewing Georgetown Tap Room | January 31, 7 – 10pm

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