Every local will attest to the fact that Lexington, KY, is a vibrant and fun city that keeps its old Southern hospitality and charm. Lexington living means that there are always fantastic things to do with family and friends, especially in the arts and culture department. It also means living in a city that honors its heritage of bourbon and horses. Here are just a few of the arts and culture things to do in Lexington.
Concert in the Park: Big Band & Jazz
If you want a place to go to tap your feet and snap your fingers, the Big Band & Jazz event is a fantastic location to do so during the warmer months. It is one of the longest-running concert series in all of Lexington and features local big band and jazz music every week on Tuesday. The concert is held during July and August at Ecton Park, so bring your blankets and lawn chairs and get ready to sit comfortably, relax, and enjoy some jazzy tunes. The best part is that admission is free.
Fine and Folk Art: Ann Tower Gallery
The Ann Tower Gallery displays stunning pieces of folk and fine art. This contemporary gallery showcases the talents of 30 regionally, nationally, and even internationally recognized artists. Take a relaxing stroll through the various art mediums to get your dose of artistic ability. The gallery offers a range of different mediums such as ceramics, photography, paintings, and sculptures.
Time Hop Boat Ride: The Dixie Belle Riverboat
Sit back and watch the gorgeous scenery go by on a historic 115-passenger riverboat on Shaker Village’s riverboat, which will take you through the natural beauty of sky-high limestone cliffs on an hour-long journey. Listen in to the tour guide who will go into detail about the significance of the river, and peer up at the High Bridge built in 1877 as an engineering wonder. Tours go from April until November and admission cost $5 to $10 depending on the season.
Historic Theater Experience: Kentucky Theater
The Kentucky Theater is a historic Romanesque-designed theater built in 1922. In 1992, it was restored to its former glory and now shows foreign, classic, and modern films. This is a great place to take your kids for some exposure to older films while still enjoying the theater experience. This venue also hosts a range of concerts throughout the year, as well as the recording of ‘WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour’ during the week.
Classic Opera: Lexington Opera House
Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to experience a classic opera in his or her hometown. The Lexington Opera House affords you this privilege within a carefully restored building that presents an old grandeur. On top of Opera shows, it is home to many ‘Broadway Live’ shows, as well as local arts groups. This beautiful opera house was built in 1886 and seats 1,000 people. You have the option of sitting in one of two balconies overlooking the show or gilded box seating to the side if you want a better view.