January Plan Ahead: Your Lexington events calendar

Kick off the new year with some fun this January | Photo by Jeff Rogers

Happy January, Lexington. If you’re anything like us, you’re looking forward to days growing longer, taking time to reset, and focusing on New Year’s resolutions — and with all that excitement, you’re also looking for fun local events to attend. Read on for all the top events happening this month in the Horse Capital of the WorldNote: COVID-19 protocols are changing rapidly to curb the spread of the Omicron variant in Lexington. Please make sure to check event listing pages + venue websites for the most up-to-date information.

Saturday, January 1-Sunday, January 9

Saturday, Jan. 1

  • Frozen Rails 5k | Sat. Jan., 1 | Time TBD | 101 E. Main St., Midway | Prices vary | Kick off the new year in a healthy way — partial proceeds benefit the Midway Food Pantry.
  • Institute 193 Fundraiser | Sat., Jan. 1 | 11 a.m. | The Green lantern Bar | Price of purchase | Food from Smokeshow BBQ + music from DJ Best Western with 10% of food sales benefitting Institute 193

Sunday, Jan. 2

  • An Old Rodeo: A Tribute to the Life + Songs of John Prine | Sun., Jan. 2 | 5 p.m. | The Burl | $12 | Dozens of artists come together in a tribute show to John Prine — net proceeds benefit The Hello in There Foundation and Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center.
  • Mayfield Strong | Sun., Jan. 2 | 12-8 p.m. | Frank & Dino’s | Free, donations encouraged | Lexington’s newest Italian spot is offering complimentary food + drink in exchange for a donation to Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.

Monday, Jan. 3

  • UK vs. Mississippi St. | Mon., Jan. 3 | 7  p.m. | Memorial Coliseum | Prices vary | The Lady Cats are taking on Mississippi State at home. 
  • Beer + Board Games | Mon., Jan. 3 | 6 p.m. | West Sixth | Price of purchase | Gather your crew, or join in to meet new people at West Sixth’s board game night. 

Tuesday, Jan. 4

  • UK vs. LSU | Tues., Jan. 4 | 7 p.m. | Pete Maravich Assembly Center | Prices vary | The Cats are on the road taking on LSU, but you can watch the game on ESPN.

Wednesday, Jan. 5

  • Paint Your Pet | Wed., Jan 5 | 6 p.m. | Painting with a Twist | $58 | Paint your own portrait on canvas of your furry friend at this in-studio event. 
  • What Makes Tiktok Tick? | Wed., Jan. 5 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Copper Roux, 861 South Broadway | $30 | Learn about new marketing tactics, how to keep your brand relevant + how to get your business started on Tiktok.

Thursday, Jan. 6

  • UK vs. Georgia | Thurs., Jan. 6 | 7 p.m. | Memorial Coliseum | Prices vary | The lady Cats are taking on the Bulldogs at home. 
  • Kentucky Chamber Day Dinner | Thurs., Jan. 6 | 5 p.m. | Central Bank Center | $199+ | Join business leaders from across the state + the governor as he shares his vision for Kentucky’s economy for the year ahead.

Friday, Jan. 7

  • Kenny Boyd Music | Fri., Jan. 7 | Time TBD | Chevy Chase Inn | Price of purchase | Local music at Lexington’s oldest tavern
  • Crafts on Tap: Basket Weaving | Fri., Jan. 7 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Living Arts & Science Center | $40 | Grab a friend, sip a bevvie and get ready to learn, because art classes aren’t just for kids any more.

Saturday, Jan. 8

  • UK vs. Georgia | Sat., Jan. 8 | 6 p.m. | Rupp Arena | Prices vary | The Cats are taking on the Georgia Bulldogs at home. 
  • Concert with the Stars | Sat., Jan 8 | 8 p.m. | Lexington Opera House | Prices vary | The Lexington Theatre Company is bringing together Broadway stars to demonstrate its mission of creating professional theatre in Lexington. 
  • Mama Said String Band | Sat., Jan 8 | 8 p.m. | The Burl | $10 | This Louisville-based band brings a refreshing take of bluegrass music + the high energy groove and soul music from guests Hot Brown Smackdown.
  • Owl Prowl | Sat., Jan. 8 | 7-9 p.m. | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary | $5 | A live owl presentation followed by an evening stroll through nature.
  • Kentucky Mystical Market | Sat., Jan. 8-Sun., Jan. 9 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Clarion Hotel Conference Center, 1950 Newtown Pk. | $3 | Metaphysical vendors, mediums + psychics will be gathering at this unique market featuring local vendors + merchants.
  • Athens Schoolhouse Antique Show | Sat., Jan. 8 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Athens Schoolhouse, 6270 Athens Walnut Hill Pk. | $2 | Explore a large collection  of unique vintage home decor. 

Sunday, Jan. 9

  • Lexington Wedding Expo | Sun., Jan. 9 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Central Bank Center | $10 | This wedding show makes wedding planning easy at the newly renovated Central Bank Center
  • Jay Pharoah | Sun., Jan. 9 | 7:15 p.m. | Comedy Off Broadway | $30 | See the actor + stand-up comedian who has starred in Netflix, ABC, and FOX television shows. 
  • Sunday Trivia | Sun., Jan. 9 | 6 p.m. | Blue Stallion Brewing Co. | Price of purchase | Classic trivia + cold pints.
  • Athens Schoolhouse Antique Show | Sun., Jan. 9 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Athens Schoolhouse, 6270 Athens Walnut Hill Pk. | $2 | Explore a large collection of unique vintage home decor. 
  • New You Health and Beauty Expo | Sun., Jan. 9 | 12-5 p.m. | Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pk. | Registration required | An expo designed to empower women + promote self care.

Monday, January 10-Sunday, January 16

Monday, Jan. 10

  • Stained Glass Snow | Mon., Jan. 10 | 6:30 p.m. | Pinot’s Palette | $27 | Bring some color to the winter season by learning to paint a winter landscape.

Tuesday, Jan. 11

  • UK vs. Vanderbilt | Tues., Jan. 11 | 7 p.m. | Memorial Gymnasium | Prices vary | The Cats are on the road taking on Vandy, but you can watch the game on ESPN or ESPN 2.
  • Momix | Tues., Jan. 11 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Norton Center for the Arts, Danville | $19-$49 | A company of dancer-illusionists will transport you to a fantasy world through lighting + imagery
  • Beekeeping for Beginners | Tues., Jan. 11 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 668 New Lair Rd. Cynthiana | Free | Learn about the hierarchy of the hive and colony pests. 

Wednesday, Jan. 12

  • Nate Bargatze: The Raincheck Tour | Wed., Jan. 12 | 7 p.m. | Singletary Concert Hall | $39.95+ | The Comedian is touring fresh off the release of his second Netflix special — “The Greatest Average American.”

Thursday, Jan. 13

Friday, Jan. 14

  • Heather McMahon | Fri., Jan. 14 | 8 p.m. | Lexington Opera House | Prices vary | The high-functioning hot mess of a comedian is coming to town for her first comedy tour. 
  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram | Fri., Jan 14 | 8 p.m. | Manchester Music Hall | $25 | The GRAMMY-nominated blues artist is bringing his sound to Lexington. 
  • The Kentucky Hoss Cats | Fri., Jan 14 | 8 p.m. | The Burl | $10 | The country-rock-honky tonk band will be joined by guests Otto and the Harvestmen + Wayne Graham
  • Warehouse Block Wellness Hop | Fri., Jan. 14 | 5-8 p.m. | The Warehouse Block | Price TBD | An evening filled with wellness featuring a variety of special classes, workshops, and open house hours at participating businesses.⁠
  • Wellness Block Party | Fri., Jan. 14 | All day | Greyline Station | Free, donations encouraged | A full day of free or donation-based classes including yoga + circuit training followed by an evening of live music and vendors

Saturday, Jan. 15

  • UK vs. Tennessee | Sat., Jan. 15 | 1 p.m. | Rupp Arena | Prices vary | The Cats take on the Volunteers at home for an SEC rivalry game. 
  • Freeze for Freedom 5k | Sat., Jan. 15 | 10 a.m. | Coldstream | $30 | A 5k race with proceeds benefiting Un-Shackled by Love which supports victims of human trafficking.
  • Kentucky Kaiseki | Sat., Jan. 15 | 6-9 p.m. | Holly Hill Inn | TBD | Enjoy a traditional Kaiseki-style Japanese meal made with Kentucky ingredients.

Sunday, Jan. 16

  • Etiquette 101 Dining Experience | Sun., Jan. 16 | 12-2 p.m. | The Kentucky Castle | $110 | Geared towards middle + high school students — participants will learn the basics of introductions, conversation, and dining best practices.
  • All ages chess | Sun., Jan. 16 | 2-5 p.m. | Brevede Coffee | Free | Enjoy all ages community chess at this Distillery District coffee shop. 
  • Ben Lacy & Cory Cross | Sun., Jan. 16 | 1-4 p.m. | Wildside Winery | Free | Local wine, local musicians, matched with some charcuterie — the perfect cure for the Sunday scaries.

Monday, January 17-Sunday, January 23

Monday, Jan. 17

  • Harlem Globetrotters | Mon., Jan. 17 | 2 p.m. | Rupp Arena | $40+ | The famed basketball team is bringing its skills + jokes to Rupp Arena.
  • No School Days Art Classes | Mon., Jan. 17 | 9 a.m. | Living Arts & Science Center | Prices vary | LASC is opening its doors when school is out for age-appropriate classes for kids ages 3-5, in grades K-2, and 3rd-5th.

Tuesday, Jan. 18

  • Girls Night Out, The Show | Tues. Jan. 18 | 8 p.m. | Manchester Music Hall | $20 | Ladies, you deserve a night out — enjoy choreographed dancing at this interactive show. 

Wednesday, Jan. 19  

  • Elle King | Wed., Jan. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Lexington Opera House | Prices vary | CMA, ACM + GRAMMY nominee Elle King is coming to town with a few special friends. 

Thursday, Jan. 20

  • UK vs. Florida | Thurs., Jan. 20 | 7 p.m. | Memorial Coliseum | Prices vary | The Lady Cats are taking on the Gators at home. 
  • Curated Kick-Backs | Thurs., Jan. 20 | 9 p.m. | Creaux | Price of purchase | Come and vibe with good friends to some old school tunes.

Friday, Jan. 21

  • The Black Jacket Symphony | Fri., Jan 21 | 8 p.m. | Lexington Opera House | $35+ | The Black Jacket Symphony will be performing The Beatles’ White Album
  • John Paul White Acoustic Show | Fri., Jan 21 | 8 p.m. | The Burl | $16 | Enjoy the acoustic sounds of the former Civil Wars singer turned solo artist with guest Alexa Rose.
  • Omage to Southeast Asia | Fri. Jan. 21 | Times vary | The Apiary | $150 | Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with a unique multi-course dinner featuring the flavors from Southeast Asia

Saturday, Jan. 22

  • UK vs. Auburn | Sat., Jan. 22 | 1:30 p.m. | Auburn Arena | Prices vary | The Cats are on the road taking on Auburn, but you can watch the game on CBS. 
  • Sabbath | Sat., Jan. 22 | 8 p.m. | Manchester Music Hall | $12 | The Black Sabbath Experience is recreating some of the legendary rock band’s classic hits.
  • Cocktail Craftsmanship & Sipinar | Sat., Jan. 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Shaker Village | $75 | Venture out to historic Harrodsburg + learn how to craft four of Shaker Village’s most popular cocktails.
  • Matt Castle Live | Sat., Jan. 22 | 1-4 p.m. | Wildside Winery | Free | Local wine + live music is the perfect afternoon date.

Sunday, Jan. 23 

  • UK vs. Mississippi | Sun., Jan. 23 | 12 p.m. | Rupp Arena | Prices vary | The Lady Cats are taking on Mississippi at home inside Rupp Arena. 
  • All ages chess | Sun., Jan. 23 | 2-5 p.m. | Brevede Coffee | Price of purchase | Enjoy  all ages community chess at this Distillery District coffee shop. 
  • Creative Flea Market | Sun., Jan. 23 | 4-7 p.m. | Rockhouse Brewing | Price of purchase | Live music to entertain while you shop local vendors + crafts. 
  • Becky’s New Car | Sun., Jan. 23 | Singletary Center | $20 | A play about middle age — watch a woman overcome middle age, middle management + a middling marriage.

Monday, January 24-Monday January 31

Monday, Jan. 24

Tuesday, Jan. 25

  • UK vs. Mississippi State | Tues., Jan. 25 | 9 p.m. | Rupp Arena | Prices vary | The Cats are taking on Mississippi State at home for a late weeknight game. 
  • Picnic With Goats | Tues., Jan. 25 | All day | The Horse Lodge, 2156 Millstone Way | $59+ | Enjoy a private picnic lunch or dinner surrounded by goats + nature on a 12-acre farm.
  • Commerce Lexington Public Policy Forum | Tues., Jan. 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | The Campbell House | $49+ | Attendees will get to hear updates from Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Demetrus Liggins

Wednesday, Jan. 26

  • Live Trivia Action | Wed., Jan. 26 | 6 p.m. | O’Neill’s, 2051 Richmond Rd. | Free | Your host Don Willoughby will be calling all of the action.
  • Step Into Your Power | Wed., Jan. 26 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Epping’s | $45+ | Food + drinks provided during this evening of inspiration, motivation, and networking. 
  • Bourbon Tasting | Wed., Jan. 26 | 5 + 6:30 p.m. | The Elwood Hotel, | $75 | A bourbon tasting benefit for The Well of Lexington featuring live music, food pairings, with tastings at two different start times available.
  • Marvel Team Trivia | Wed., Jan. 26 | 7 p.m. | The Burl | Price of purchase | If your a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then now is the time to test your skills + potentially win some prizes.

Thursday, Jan. 27

  • Party for a Purpose! Pajama Party | Thurs., Jan. 27 | 6-9 p.m. | The Signature Club | $75 | The ultimate girls’ night out pajama party complete with food, drinks, and games with 100% of the proceeds going to Refuge for Women.
  • A Fleetwood Mac Tribute: Back 2 Mac | Thurs., Jan. 27 | 8 p.m. | The Burl | $10 | You don’t have to climb a mountain just to turn around to hear some of Fleetwood mac’s greatest hits.
  • Lunch & Learn: Propagation | Thurs., Jan. 27 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | The Kentucky Castle | $45 | Join on-site Agriculture Teacher Toni Myers to learn the art of propagation + take home your very own mini greenhouse

Friday, Jan. 28

  • An Officer and a Gentleman | Fri., Jan. 28-Sun., Jan. 30 | Times vary | Lexington Opera House | Prices vary | The touring Broadway show that’s based on the Oscar-winning film is coming to the Lexington Opera House. 
  • Todd Snider with Chicago Farmer | Fri., Jan. 28 | 8 p.m. | Manchester Music Hall | $30+ | Classic country sounds from singer + songwriter Todd Snider
  • Reba McEntire | Fri., Jan. 28 | 8 p.m. | Rupp Arena | $57+ | The famous country music singer is playing all the hits at Rupp Arena. 
  • Healthcare Job Fair | Fri., Jan. 28 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Online | Free | A free + efficient way to network and interview with 40+ local healthcare companies.

Saturday, Jan. 29

  • Latin Dance Social | Sat., Jan. 29 | 8 p.m. | El Patron, 1765 Alexandria Dr. | $8 | DJ Cortes is playing the hottest Latin tracks + mini salsa lessons will be given to help brush up on the basics. 
  • Fringe & Feathers Salsa Dancing | Sat., Jan. 29 | 6-9 p.m. | The Kentucky Castle | $65 | You’ll enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while watching live Salsa dancing performances before your own hour-long lesson.
  • Winter Jam | Sat., Jan. 29 | 6 p.m. | Rupp Arena | $10 | Experience the tradition of Christian radio’s favorite artists and bands in one epic show. 
  • Grateful Dead Night | Sat., Jan. 29 | 9 p.m. | The Burl | $15 | Calling all DeadHeads to this night with tribute band Born Cross Eyed for a night of classic rock. 
  • Murder Mystery Dinner | Sat., Jan. 29 | 7  p.m. | Wildside Winery | $50 | Indulge in a delicious meal as the Wildside Dinner Theatre leaves you wondering, “whodunnit?”

Sunday, Jan. 30

  • Cookie Decorating Class | Sun., Jan. 30 | 1-3 p.m. | Wildside Winery | $65 | This class will include all of the instructions, cookies, and supplies that you need to take home your own decorated cookie platter.
  • All ages chess | Sun., Jan. 30 | 2-5 p.m. | Brevede Coffee | Price of purchase | Enjoy all ages community chess at this Distillery District coffee shop. 
  • Mimosa Fest | Sun., Jan. 30 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Manchester Music Hall | $15 – $45 | Mellow out with some mimosas, good eats, and a live DJ at this Distillery District must-do.

Monday, Jan. 31

  • Brooks Giles | Mon., Jan. 31 | 7 p.m. | Base 249, 249 E. Main St. | $10 | Listen to Frankfort-based saxophonist Brooks Giles bring his big sound to Lexington.