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🎂 They say it’s your birthday
Street art outside of Cup of Commonwealth.
Everyone deserves a little treat for their birthday. | Photo courtesy of @acupofcommonwealth
We love celebrating our birthdays by supporting local businesses, so we’re sharing some of our favorite spots to grab free goodies. Use our list below—a gift that keeps on giving — to find a spot to treat yourself. Pro tip: Always bring an ID or other form of birthday proof.

A Cup of Common Wealth, 105 Eastern Ave. | Sip on a free birthday coffee or tea.

Bella Notte, 3715 Nicholasville Rd. | Dive into a free panna cotta with the purchase of a pasta dish.

Bourbon n’ Toulouse, Various locations | Get a taste of Louisiana here in LEX with a BOGO entree or free dessert on your birthday.

Carson’s, Various locations | Finish up your elevated Appalachian dinner with a free ice cream dessert.

Chocolate Holler, 400 Old Vine St., Ste. 104 | Celebrate your big day with a free drink.

Countdown Games, 1872 Plaudit Pl. | Spend your birthday trying to break out of an escape room with one free game.

CRÚ Food & Wine Bar, 107 Summit At Fritz Farm | Free entree if you sign up for CRU Wine Club Benefits.

Drake’s, Various locations | Satisfy your birthday sweet tooth with a free cookie + ice cream topped with chocolate and caramel drizzle.

A plate of sopapillas from El Mariachi

Dive into El Mariachi’s sopapillas, a fried, cinnamon-sugar dusted dessert. | Photo by LEXtoday

El Mariachi, Multiple locations | Celebrate another year with free sopapillas for all ages or a tequila shot for those 21+.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, 118 Marion Ste. 110 | Sign up for rewards and ring in a new year with a free 16" pizza.

KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot, 2860 Richmond Rd. | Get a slice of cheesecake and a chorus of singers (or a robot for the introverts) wishing you a happy birthday.

North Lime Coffee & Donuts, Various locations | Donut panic — enjoy a free donut on your birthday.

Ramsey’s Diner, Various locations | Get a free slice of Missy’s Pie with your meal.
Thursday, May 9
  • Project Ricochet Presents Community Fit | Thursday, May 9 | 6-8 p.m. | ArtsPlace, 161 N. Mill St., Lexington | Free | Learn the art of Capoeira as you combine elements of acrobatics, dance, and spirituality — registration is required and the first class is free.
Friday, May 10
  • Food Truck Fridays | Friday, May 10 | 6-9 p.m. | Shillito Park, 300 W. Reynolds Rd., Lexington | Free, price of purchase | Connect with fellow Lexingtonians at this family-friendly event featuring dozens of food truck vendors serving up snacks, beer, and cider.
  • Nate Bargatze: “The Be Funny Tour” | Friday, May 10 | 7 p.m. | Rupp Arena, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington | $25 | See this Tennessee observational comedian who has been coined as “The Nicest Man in Stand-Up.”
  • Mother’s Day Friday Salsa Night | Friday, May 10 | 8-11 p.m. | Blue Stallion Brewing Company, 610 W. Third St., Lexington | Free | Cut a rug with the mother figure in your life while you sip on brews + groove to free dance lessons from The Salsa Center.
Saturday, May 11
  • Mayfest Arts Fair | Saturday, May 11-Sunday, May 12 | Times vary | Gratz Park, 250 W. Third St., Lexington | Free | Stroll through one of Lexington’s historic parks while browsing nearly 100 artist vendors, a full slate of live music, food trucks, and family-friendly fun.
Sunday, May 12
  • Candles & Cocktails: Mother’s Day | Sunday, May 12 | Times vary | Wick + Mortar Studio, 526 E. High St., Lexington | $38-$50 | Get crafty and sip on MOM-mosas as you sort through 50+ scents to create your own non-toxic candle.
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News Notes
  • Stay weather aware, LEX. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for this morning, meaning there is high chance of excessive rainfall. Be sure to brake early, drive slow through flood-prone areas, and contact 311 for any additional issues.
  • We know Lexington is an amazing place to live, but it looks like we’re getting some much-deserved national recognition. Livability recently ranked Lexington among the top 100 best places to live — thanks to our cost of living being lower than the national average, abundant job opportunities, and proximity to nature.
Try This
  • Bored of your board games? Head to the Lexington Public Library’s Beaumont Branch to be a part of its board game swap. Stop by to drop your game off and receive a ticket, then return to the library on Saturday, June 15 to trade + mingle with fellow gamers.
  • Delight in the flavors of Michelin Star Chef Michael Diaz de Leon at The Manchester’s first Courtyard Series. Here, you’ll enjoy locally inspired seasonal bites + learn about local food biodiversity. Tickets come with five courses and two cocktails.
  • While it may feel too soon to be thinking of basketball season, a new ESPN list caught our eye. UK women’s basketball was ranked No. 25 on the publication’s “Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2024-25" list, citing Coach Kenny Brooks’ arrival in the BBN.
  • It’s National Nurses Week, and there is no shortage of ways to say thank you to the nurse in your life. Find discounts on food + clothing, how to win them a vacation package, or donate to the American Nurses Association.
  • Stock up for every spring and summer special occasion during Pomegranate’s Warehouse Sale, happening today, May 9 through Saturday, May 11 at 527 Lagonda Ave. Shoppers will enjoy exclusive discounts + deals on everything from table linens and serveware to pajama sets and equestrian collections. Meet Pomegranate.*
Fun Fact
  • Harrodsburg, aka Kentucky’s oldest city, turns 250 this year. Celebrate the history, the heritage, and the future — centuries in the making — during a three-day festival from June 14-16. Explore all festivities and plan a trip to Harrodsburg.*
  • $4,000. That’s how much we’re looking to raise to support our staff and mission here at LEXtoday — and our fundraising ends tomorrow. If you love the free community resource you’re reading right now (we sure do), support us today with a one-time donation. See how close we are to our goal.
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🎓 Grads all, folks
An outside shot of the Kentucky Theatre at night in Lexington KY
If you ask us, there’s nothin’ quite like the glow of The Kentucky Theatre. | Photo by @herdlani
It’s graduation season, which means there are a lot of caps and gowns floating around town for photo ops.

If you’re still looking for that perfect backdrop for your graduation photos, we’ve rounded up some of the best spots around the city to take photos — no matter where you’re graduating from.

Pro tip: If you’re planning to take photos on business property, be sure to get permission before striking a pose.


Lexington Financial Center Parking Garage, 230 W. Main St.
We know this sounds odd, but hear us out. When you climb to the top of this parking garage, you’ll be greeted with sweeping views of the city, making for the perfect backdrop.

The Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St.
If you want a warm, city vibe, look no further than The Kentucky Theatre. Snag a couple of graduation photos under the marquee for that iconic Lexington look.
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It may seem odd that a Virgo would be doing a birthday roundup in May, but that’s because it’s my husband’s birthday (and I know he loves a freebie). Happy birthday, love. I hope it’s the best one yet!
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