Plus, restaurants Guy Fieri should try in LEX.
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75º | 6% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:14 a.m. | Sunset 9:00 p.m.

Dad jokes not included
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Nothing says “I love you, Dad” like hot dogs, beer, and fireworks after a Legends game. | Photo courtesy of The Lexington Legends
Father’s Day is just around the corner on Sunday, June 16 — and there’s no shortage of things you + the father figure in your life can experience together around town.

Pro tip: Send this article to your siblings to start the conversation. You can thank us later.

One person holds a baseball bat while another pitches a baseball in their direction.

See a baseball game like it would have been played in 1869 between the Bluegrass Barons and the Cincinnati Red Stockings. | Photo courtesy of Shaker Village

For the history buff

If your father figure is the type to start sentences with, “Back in my day...” — then this section is for you.

Venture out to Harrodsburg for Shaker Village’s Vintage Dad’s Day on Saturday, June 15. Here, you’ll take a step back in time with an 1860s era baseball game, vintage car + tractor show, and woodworking demonstrations.

Looking to stick around Lexington? Our guide to museums has all the details on how to tour our city’s historical hot spots, including the Mary Todd Lincoln House and Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate.

For the outdoorsy type

If your father figure is still chasing the adrenaline of yesteryear, sign them up for a ziplining adventure at Boone Creek Outdoors. From Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16, dads can zipline over Boone Creek for free with the purchase of one ticket.

If they prefer a more leisure outdoor experience, opt for one of these 10 hiking trails. Or catch a (modern) baseball game as the Lexington Legends take on the Gastonia Honey Hunters on Sunday, June 16 at 2 p.m.

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Try out rare and vintage bourbons at Justins’ House of Bourbon on West Main Street. | Photo by The LEXtoday

For the thirsty dad

If your father figure wants to wet their whistle, thank goodness we’re in bourbon country. Try out a beer and bourbon food pairing at Lyndon House Bed + Breakfast on Sunday, June 16, where local beverages will pair with summer-centric bites, like grilled herb-marinated steak.

Want a more laid back atmosphere? Download the Brewgrass Trail passport and let Dad choose from the 26 breweries + cideries Lexington has to offer or take them to a bourbon tasting at spots like Justins’ House of Bourbon.
Monday, June 10
  • Meal Distribution | Monday, June 10 | 4-6 p.m. | FoodChain, 501 W. 6th St., Ste. 105, Lexington | Free | Help the team at FoodChain distribute meals featuring local produce and recipes.
Tuesday, June 11
  • History to Chew On | Tuesday, June 11 | 6-7 p.m. | McConnell Springs Park, 416 Rebmann Ln., Lexington | Free | Tressa Brown’s presentation will address myths about Native Americans and educate attendees about Kentucky’s native people.
Wednesday, June 12
  • GWAR | Wednesday, June 12 | 7 p.m. | Manchester Music Hall, 899 Manchester St., Lexington | $30+ | Thrash to this internationally acclaimed heavy metal band known for their sci-fi and monstrous costumes.
Thursday, June 13
  • “Bridgerton” Style Tea + Watch Party | Thursday, June 13 | 6 p.m. | La Bonne Vie Personal Chef + Catering, 1060 Chinoe Rd., Ste. 108, Lexington | $65 | This “Bridgerton"-themed tea party complemented with pastries will be the object of all your desires — for adults only.
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News Notes
  • FEMA has opened its Disaster Recovery Center in Fayette County, where those impacted by the storms from April can learn more about disaster assistance programs + small business support. Head to 115 Cisco Rd. Monday-Friday, 10- a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m to learn more.
  • Ever wanted to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Horse Capital of the World? The Kentucky Horse Park is hiring an Event Coordinator who will help assist clients before, during, and after events. Learn more + apply.
  • Sometimes, it helps to talk about mental health struggles. That’s where Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance comes in. Every other Monday at Central Library, join this peer-led support group for a safe space to connect with others. The first session is June 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Local photographer Jeff Rogers is bringing his eye-catching images to your coffee table. “Peace, Be Still” is Rogers’ seventh book that pairs photos of the nature photos taken around the world with inspirational quotes.
  • Woman-owned business Royal Highnies uses airy, 400-thread count Pima cotton to create luxury loungewear for the whole family. It all began with boxer shorts, and now, trademarked Highnies are sold in over 500 retailers — but you can snag free hats for Father’s Day exclusively online with code ROYALDADDY24.*
  • What happens when you combine German engineering with the world’s most trusted name in hearing care? The biggest breakthrough in hearing technology in more than a decade: the Horizon hearing aid. (This is not your grandpa’s hearing device.) See if you qualify for a free trial.*
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🔥 Your Flavortown picks
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Guy Fieri would love the pizza-inspired Undeniable sandwich from Big Blue Deli, which features marinara, mozzerella, and pepperoni. | Photo by LEXtoday
A few weeks ago, we offered up the restaurants we think would make the perfect Lexington episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.” Then, we handed our readers the microphone to see where else Guy Fieri should try out. Here’s what y’all said:

Big Blue Deli! It’s very local, has lots of character, and local ingredients!” — Emily W.

Banners. In-house made sauces and rubs on the wings, fresh hand-pattied burgers, and lots of variety, and what would be my last meal request, the shrimp tacos that have fried Brussels sprouts and more on them.” — Alex S.

A.P. Suggins — Atmosphere, killer hot brown, great specials, fried banana peppers, and friendly people who have been coming there for years.” — Lisa B.

Tack House Pub — it’s small and cozy with great food and friendly staff.” — Tony F.

DV8 — I love the concept, and the staff are so appreciative.” — Pat V.
The Buy
Cool off on National Iced Tea Day with refreshing peach iced tea from Oliver Pluff & Co. Plus, you can purchase by the pound.
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Nothing says summer like the Bluegrass Fair, which I got to enjoy with my family over the weekend. Something about the smell of fried dough, the sounds of carnival games, and sunshine just takes me back.
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