What to do in Lexington, KY for the month of January 2019? Here’s a sampling of events happening in and around East Lexington during January.

Events may require tickets or prior registration.


January 1

Kentucky football travels to Orlando, Florida to take on Penn State in the Citrus Bowl at 1 pm on New Year’s Day.


From January 1 through January 15 Man O’War Harley-Davidson is hosting a coat drive. Drop off a gently used coat that will be taken to the VA Displacement Center.


The 3rd annual Frozen Rails 5k and 10k is on Tuesday, January 1 at 2 pm in downtown Midway, Kentucky.


Backstretch Sports Bar and Grill is having a “Wildcat Breakfast” in honor of the UK Football team making it to the Citrus Bowl.


January 2

The downtown Library is showcasing 50 original artworks created by Caldecott Award winner Maurice Sendak. These drawings will be from his famous book, Where The Wild Things Are. Exhibit is open from January 2 through January 27.


January 3

Fayette County Public Schools resume classes.


The Kentucky Invitational Truck & Tractor Pull is happening Thursday, January 3 to Saturday, January 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park.


January 5

The Man O’ War Harley-Davidson H.O.G. chapter will be holding a pancake brunch on January 5. Open to members and non-members.


Cars and Coffee at Bluegrass Stockyards is Saturday, January  5.


The Lexington Public Library: Eastside Branch is having a Toolbox Challenge on Saturday, January 5 from 2:30 pm until 4 pm.


January 6

The Mayoral and Council Member Inauguration is on Sunday, January 6 at 2 pm at the UK Gatton Student Center.


More than a 100 local wedding professionals will be at the Bridal Bliss Winter Classic on Sunday, January 6 at the Hilton downtown.


Join Christ Church Cathedral for “Epiphany Spectacular with Camels” on Sunday, January 6.


January 8

The UK Men’s basketball team is playing the Aggies of Texas A&M on Tuesday, January 8 at Rupp Arena.


January 11

Eastside Library hosts “Friday Films” on January 11 at 2 pm. Families are invited to watch Smoke Signals, a movie about a Native American youth’s search for his family.


January 12

Man O’War Harley-Davidson hosts a Heated Gear Donut Social & Workshop on Saturday, January 12 at 9 am.


The University of Kentucky Men’s basketball host Vanderbilt on Saturday, January 12 at Rupp Arena.


Athens Schoolhouse Antiques is having their New Year’s Show on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13.


The annual Lexington Gun Show is at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13.


Talon Winery 5th annual Chili Challenge is Saturday, January 12 from noon until 3 pm. Each guest will receive 1 voting ticket .


Half Price Books in Hamburg is hosting author Todd D. Moberly has he signs his latest book, Notes on Cracker Barrel Napkins on Saturday, January 12 at noon.


January 13

WWE Live is coming to Rupp Arena on Sunday, January 13 at 7 pm.


January 14

The Barn at Summit at Fritz Farm is hosting “Big Blind Bourbon Taste-Off.” This event runs from Monday, January 14 until Saturday, January 19. There is an entrance fee and prizes.


January 16

Hamburg Farms Apartments unveils the 2019 Run the Bluegrass Finisher Medals honoring WinStar Farm’s Triple Crown Champion, Justify on Wednesday, January 16.


January 18

Excite Night for the University of Kentucky Women’s gymnastics is January 18 at 6 pm at Rupp Arena.


The January Ball is a fundraising event for the AthensWest Theater Company. The 3rd annual ball is at Limestone Hall.


January 19

Two-time national champion Tim Tebow is speaking at Immanuel Baptist Church on Saturday, January 19.


Devin Zimmer is presenting Dog Training Tips at Eastside Library on January 19 at 11 am. This is a demonstration, not a class, so please leave pets at home.


January 20

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Rupp Arena on Sunday, January 20 at 3 pm.


Transylvania University is having their 3rd annual MLK Central Kentucky Disciple Youth event. Taking place at the campus center on Sunday, January 2.


January 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day


LFCUG and University of Kentucky will co-sponsor the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commemoration on January 21, 2019 at Lexington Center Heritage Hall.


Fayette County Public Schools and Government Offices will be closed on January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.


January 22

The University of Kentucky Men’s basketball team is hosting the Bulldogs of Mississippi State on Tuesday, January 22 at 7 pm.


January 23

The 100 Women organization is having a check presentation event for all 10 agencies they support on Wednesday, January 23 at 6 pm. Event is at the Bear & The Butcher.


January 24

GLAA is having a Meet and Greet on Thursday, January 24 at DoubleTree Suites on Richmond Road.

Lexington Bourbon Society is doing a Distillery Series: Wilderness Trail at Base 110. Meet Brand Ambassador Jerod Smith on Thursday, January 24 at 6 pm.



January 26

The University of Kentucky Men’s basketball host the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, January 26 at Rupp Arena.


LexPhilharmonic’s PB&J Series: Music Builds Exploration performance is January 26 at Hummel Planetarium in Richmond, KY. Enjoy a concert, followed by time for play and discovery at the Instrument Petting Zoo. Ticketed event.


Tom Leach and Cameron Mills are the guest speakers for the Legends Breakfast at Liberty Road Faith Fellowship on Saturday, January 26 at 9 am.

American Journalist April Ryan is speaking at Memorial Hall on Friday, January 25 at 6:30 pm. She will share her experience and commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


January 29

SHEN YUN is at EKU Center for the Arts on Jan 29. The show features classical Chinese dance and scenographic effects and orchestral works depicting the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.


January 30

The 2019 Bluegrass Sports Awards are on Wednesday, January 30 from 5:30 pm to 10 pm at the Lexington Convention Center. The event will honor Sydney McLaughlin, Verne Lundquist, Tom Leach, WinStar Farms, and more.

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning is having their 2019 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, January 30 at 7 pm.


Events may require tickets or prior registration.


This article also appears on page 18 of the January 2019 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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