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Commemorating Juneteenth
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Lexington has countless ways to commemorate Juneteenth this year. | Photo courtesy of SoulFeast Week
Wednesday, June 19 is Juneteenth. The holiday celebrates the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, which liberated + freed the remainder of enslaved peoples throughout the US. Also referred to as Emancipation Day, this is the fourth year Lexington will be officially recognizing it as a national holiday.

The city and organizers behind SoulFeast Week have created several opportunities to participate in both educational and celebratory events. Pull out those calendars so you can plan ahead.

Friday, June 14

Farm Dinner and Tour | Coleman Crest Farm, 3723 Royster Rd.
Tour Kentucky’s first African American-owned USDA Certified Organic Produce Farm, then try a curated meal from James Beard Award semifinalist, Chef Isaiah Screech, 6-8:30. p.m.

Saturday, June 15

SoulTeenth Fest | Moondance Amphitheatre, 1152 Monarch St.
Bring your lawn chairs + blankets, 12-6 p.m., for a day of live music, food, and vendors from Black-owned businesses in the area.

Juneteenth Jubilee | African Cemetery No. 2, 419 E. 7th St.
Honor + learn about the history of Black Civil War soldiers starting at 7 p.m.

Women dancing while holding glasses.

Hip-Hop Brunch is one of the many ways residents can gather for Juneteenth festivities. | Photo courtesy of SoulFeast Week

Sunday, June 16

Rabbit Hole Juneteenth Hip-Hop Brunch | Lost Palm, 941 Manchester St.
Join community members at noon to take in those LEX views and enjoy brunch bites made with ingredients sourced from Black Soil KY + sip cocktails from Rabbit Hole.

Juneteenth Freedom Day | Douglass Park, 726 Georgetown St.
Get together and recognize the contributions of the Black community at this family-friendly event, 2-8 p.m.

Monday, June 17

Lexington Black Restaurant Week | Locations vary
Kick off this week-long event featuring $12 meals from local Black-owned restaurants.

Wednesday, June 19

“A Sense of Place” | Cadentown Missionary Baptist Church, 2950 Cadentown Rd.
Starting at 11 a.m., hear about this organization that aims to preserve historical Black hamlets, such as Cadentown.
 
 
Events
 
Thursday, June 6
  • Nature in Your Neighborhood: Earthbenders | Thursday, June 6 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Northeastern Park, 140 Eastern Ave., Lexington | Free | Forage for pigments, mud, and other up-cycled materials to make your own unique work of art.
  • Neighborhood Carnival | Thursday, June 6 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Tates Creek Community Center, 3460 Campus Way, Lexington | Free | Bring the family for an evening of summer fun featuring carnival games, inflatables, food, and more.
Friday, June 7
  • Friday Flicks | Friday, June 7 | 7-10 p.m. | Jacobson Park, 4001 Athens Boonesboro Rd., Lexington | Free, price of purchase | Families are invited to bring your own picnic, check out local food and drink vendors, then kick back + relax for a showing of “Wonka.”
Saturday, June 8
  • Mutt Strut | Saturday, June 8 | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Coldstream Park, 850 Pisacano Dr., Lexington | $15-$40 | Lace up your shoes and grab Fido for this walk/run that raises money for the Lexington Humane Society.
  • Swinging Under the Stars | Saturday, June 8 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch St., Lexington | Free | Beginners are invited for free swing dance lessons to live 1950s rockabilly music from Terry Lee and the Million Dollar Band.
  • Truck-a-Palooza | Saturday, June 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Frederick Douglass High School, 2000 Winchester Rd., Lexington | Free | Enjoy games, activities, and bites, plus sit in the driver’s seat of 20+ city trucks as drivers answer questions and perform demonstrations — sensory hour starts at 9 a.m.*
Sunday, June 9
  • “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” | Sunday, June 9-Sunday, June 16 | Times vary | Singletary Concert Hall, 405 Rose St., Lexington | $20.59-$68.52 | See the UK Opera Theatre’s Emmy Award-winning singalong spectacular, featuring Broadway hits from yesterday and today.
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Matching ‘fits for Father’s Day (plus 30% off)
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Match your mini-me this Father’s Day. | Photos provided by Harlestons
Parents, is there anything cuter than matching your mini?

Harlestons is now offering matching polos and swimwear for dads and sons to share the same swag — just in time for Father’s Day. (Nope, it’s not too late to order his gift.)

Bonus: All swimmen and youth — is 30% off.

Shop the sets. What better way to celebrate than twinning?
 
News Notes
 
Opening
  • A few months ago, we reported on a new boutique spirits store bringing local + international flare to Rosemont Garden. Pop those bottles, because Cibon will officially open this Friday, June 7, 3-8 p.m., where you can explore its wine, beer, and spirit options and snack on house-made charcuterie boards.
Award
  • The team behind Lexington Black Prosperity Initiative will recognize community leaders at the 2024 Grassroots Black Leadership Awards. Here, three Lexingtonians will be awarded for their contributions to Lexington’s Black community. A reception will take place on Tuesday, June 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at DV8 Kitchen.
Festival
  • It’s baaaack. The Burl County Fair returns to the Distillery District on Friday, Sept. 6-Saturday, Sept. 7, where you can get small town fair vibes with big talent. Live music will include jam artist Keller Williams + Kentucky-bred Cole Chaney, plus stick around the grounds for classic themed games, rides, and food.
Environment
  • Does this float your goat? The Goat Project is back, which sees a crew of four-legged friends (with a seemingly endless appetite) cleaning up invasive plants at Vaughn’s Branch Creek on Oxford Circle. (LEX18)
Concert
  • Kentucky’s own Sturgill Simpson is coming back home — but with a new name. The Jackson-born singer will stop by Rupp Arena on Sept. 27 in support of his new album under the alias Johnny Blue Skies. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 14.
Drink Up
  • Own a local beverage business? Offer a drink deal to our readers during Drink Up Week from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26. Whether it’s BOGO smoothies or 20% off wine bottles, drop your deal into this form by Friday, June 28 and let’s get this party poppin’.
Number
  • 27,000: That’s the number of trees that are cut down each day to make toilet paper. This luxury three-ply bamboo toilet paper is changing that. It feels just like regular high-end TP, but doesn’t harm trees. Use code 6AM30 for 30% off through midnight. Learn more + shop.*
 
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This place has everything
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The original Lexington courthouse now serves as an event space, visitors center, and is home to Zim’s + the Thirsty Fox. | Photo courtesy of VisitLEX
We know how great of tourist destination Lexington is — and now we’ve got the numbers to prove it.

Last week, a report from the Kentucky Department of Tourism found that Fayette County travel + tourism generated $126.2 million in state and local tax revenue last year. Plus, we had an economic impact of $1.6 billion in 2023 — our best year yet — which translates to:
  • A 9.3% increase over 2022
  • 12% of the state’s overall economic impact of $13.8 billion
  • ~11,560 employees added to the industry
So, where did all this money go toward? According to the data, Kentucky visitors primarily spent money on:
  • Food + beverage
  • Lodging
  • Transportation
  • Retail
  • Recreation + entertainment
 
Asked
 
What percentage of state’s overall economic impact did Fayette County contribute?
A. 9.3%
B. 12%
C. 7.4%
D. 8.5%
 
The Buy
 
Six & Main is turning 2. Celebrate with us and enjoy 25% off sitewide. Use code BIRTHDAY25.
 
 
The Wrap
 
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Today, my sweet puppy Archie turns 6. Excuse me while I got on “do not disturb” so I can give him my undivided attention as we go through our dog-friendly businesses guide.
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