- The Final Festival of the Bluegrass
- The Bluegrass Barbecue Fest
- The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
- The Waveland Art Fair
- Festival Latino de Lexington
- The Chamber Music Festival of Lexington
- Crave Lexington
Celebrations and festivals that happen every year are great for when you’re planning your itinerary ahead of time and will be in the area for just the right time to attend any of these festivals – or, you might be a local looking for the best list of yearly festivals around in Lexington, Kentucky instead.
Here are the best annual celebrations in Lexington where you’ll get to sample some of the best local music and food around.
The Final Festival of the Bluegrass
If you’re planning to be in Lexington for any festival at all, you can’t miss the Final Festival of the Bluegrass. It’s officially the oldest bluegrass music festival around, and it happens right in Lexington every year.
This festival (usually around June) promises to bring you the best in local music from both established and emerging artists of Kentucky – and both locals and visitors agree that the Final Festival of the Bluegrass is the essential festival that you’ve got to attend.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a bluegrass fan by the beginning of this festival, you just might have your mind changed by the end after three days of fantastic food and bluegrass combined.
The Bluegrass Barbecue Fest
The Bluegrass Barbecue Fest is one of the best-known festivals that happens right in Lexington, and you’ll find some of the best of local music and food at this festival – and there are many people that make their way to Lexington every year just to attend the Bluegrass Barbecue Festival for the year.
It’s the biggest barbecue get-together of the year that sees the country’s best barbecue experts and amateurs get right into some of the best food you’ll ever eat.
While it might horrify a select few people who consider themselves strict vegetarians, it’s great for people who love both music and barbecued meat – and if you do happen to be a vegetarian, there are some meat-free options still available for you to enjoy if you’re just there for the music.
The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Saint Patrick’s day is an event that’s celebrated almost all over the world, and if you happen to be in Lexington for the duration of the day, you’ll get to experience some of the best in local craft beers – and then the usual range of green-tinted alcohol to go with the theme of the day.
For the best experience during the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, plan your route ahead of time and check out what’s on at individual bars – most have their own version of a Saint Patrick’s day special, and it’s even a great opportunity to network with some bars and venues in the area.
If you aren’t sure what’s happening where on the day, just ask the locals to point out the best bars – or call some of the closest ones to where you’ll be staying and ask if they have anything special planned or are part of the year’s parade walk: They’ll be happy to help!
The Waveland Art Fair
The Waveland Art Fair happens every year at the Waveland Museum – and it’s one of the newer festivals on this list with 2019 marking year number six for the fair, but it’s also one of the fastest-growing. It’s a great festival to visit if you want to immerse yourself in the year’s best art – and experience the best that the museum has got to offer.
Some unique crafts are also available, and it’s a great way to connect with some local artists.
Festival Latino de Lexington
Lexington makes for a mash-up of fascinating people, and if you want to experience the best of Latino music, culture, art and food, this is the place you should be.
2019 will mark the 18 th year of the festival, and the program is always packed with something to do – and you’ll find something at this festival for you no matter what your individual tastes.
If you’d like to apply for a stall at this festival or book your ticket, it’s best to get your foot in the door early – this festival fills up fast!
The Chamber Music Festival of Lexington
Bluegrass isn’t the only genre of music that you can experience if you’re passing through Lexington for a one-of-a-kind festival experience – you can also experience some of the best in chamber music if you plan to attend the chamber music festival, usually held for a ten day stretch of food and music that you’ll definitely never forget.
Visiting just for the food?
Lexington is known for some of the best restaurants and unique food options – and if youwant to really experience the culture, you’ll have to taste the food!
Crave Lexington gives you the perfect opportunity to do just that, and you’ll get to experience a wide range of different food options that’ll give you some incredible inspiration for your food at home – and you might even discover some completely new tastes that you didn’t even know you loved yet!