Breathe — summer is here. Well, officially it’s next Tuesday, but these hot temperatures say otherwise. ☀️
We asked for your summer must-dos in Lexington, and you answered. We’ve compiled 11top spots and activities straight from the planners of your fellow Lexingtonians. Introducing, your Summer Bucket List.
We’re challenging you to discover new spots + things to do while you soak up the sunin our favorite city.
Canoe KY even offers whitewater rafting + canoe excursions. | Photo by @canoeky
Walk to Papi’s for refreshing happy hour margaritas then stop by Greater’s next door for some black raspberry chip ice cream for a deliciously sweet summer evening. Pro tip:House margs are $4.99 all day Mondays.
Woodford Chamber Golf Scramble | Fri., June 17 | 8 a.m. | Woodford Club, 3495 McCowans Ferry Rd., Versailles | Prices vary | Sponsor or play with your own team for a golf scramble in Versailles. ⛳
Friday Flicks | Fri., June 17 | 7-10 p.m. | Jacobson Park, 4001 Athens-Boonesboro Rd. | Free | Catch “Sing 2” in the park with food from J&T Italian Ice + more. 📽️
Vintage Dad’s Day | Sat., June 18 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Shaker Village, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg | $10+ | Give dad a blast from the past with this 1860s-inspired spin on baseball.
Sunrise Archery | Sat., June 18 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Hisle Farm Park, 3551 Briar Hill Rd. | Free | Start your weekend off by learning basic archery skills from a certified instructor. 🏹
Couples Brunch + Painting Class | Sun., June 19 | 12 p.m. | Kre8Now Makerspace, 305 Codell Dr. | $50 | Bring your preferred beverage + work on a two-piece painting with your partner.
Cowboy Cooking Dinner | Sun., June 19 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | The Kentucky Castle | $65 | Join five-time Emmy Award-winning host of “Kentucky Afield” Tim Farmer for a meal. 🍽️
Independent Publishing Workshop | Mon., June 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Lexington Public Library Northside Branch, 1737 Russell Cave Rd. | Free | Learn from independent author David Barbur how to publish + market your own books. 📚
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
90º | Scattered thunderstorms | 45% chance of rain
On Mon., June 20, Mayor Linda Gorton + community leaders will launch a Digital Access Project to make Fayette County’s property history accessibleto all. This effort will focus on access to property records about enslaved people in Lexington as early as 1865. Stay up to date for further details.
If you’re looking to zip around town this weekend, keep on reading. Lex E-Bikes is giving riders 30% off bike rentalstoday through Sun., June 19 by using the code “HOLIDAY” at checkout. A family cruise along the Legacy Trail could be the perfect Father’s Day outing, just saying. 🚲
UK postdoctoral and graduate students Valeria Olivares + Arnab Sarkar will present their research studies regarding black holes and galaxy clusters at the American Astronomical Society’s meeting, in Pasadena, California. This is the largest astronomy conference in the nation and only around 30 works are highlighted from around the world.⭐ (UK NOW)
UK Volleyball season tickets are on sale now for the 2022 season. The nationally ranked team will play a 15-match home slate along with non-conference games against Nebraska, Louisville + Wisconsin. Prices start at $60 per ticket. 🏐 (UK Athletics)
Mayor Linda Gorton has appointed the first two civilians to the police disciplinary review board — Allison Connelly and Darlene Barber. The two were chosen out of 74 applicants + will each serve a two-year term. The board is tasked with considering complaints made against officers and making recommendations to the police chief. 🚔 (LEX18)
This Sunday is Juneteenth, which marks the end of institutional slavery in the US. It is a federal holiday, so expect closures. Celebrate at the Juneteenth Festival on Sun., June 19 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden, 577 East Third St. See all the events here.
Bowling Green chef Brian Leighhas been selected to appear on PBS’ “The Great American Recipe.” The cooking show debuts Fri., June 24 and has an emphasis on multiculturalism + how it has defined American cuisine. Brian sells his original recipe condiments, B.T. Leigh’s Sauces & Rubs, all over the world. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
On Thurs., June 23 the town of Versailles will be turning 230 years old. To join in on the celebrations, stop by the Woodford Historical Society, 121 Rose Hill Dr., from 5–7:30 p.m. for programming, light refreshments + a special visitor — Kentucky Derby winning trainer Eric Reed. 🐎
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In case you missed it, Lexington Parks has begun a new social media campaign called FridayFlora & Fauna. Every Friday check out their Instagram and Facebook pages to learn fun facts about local wildlife. To kick it off last week, all eyes were on this adorable baby white-tailed deer. Be sure to get the scoop on today’s edition.
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