UK baseball hosts U of L at Cliff Hagan Stadium on April 3 at 6:30 pm.



EKU Center for the Arts presents “Peter Pan: A 3D Stage Spectacular,” April 5-6. Based on the story by James M. Barrie, this performance features breathtaking flying sequences, holographic video effects, a cast of performers from the London stage, and former Cirque du Soleil acrobats.


On April 5 at 6 pm enjoy an evening in the Living Arts and Science Center planetarium as you journey to distant planets, explore galaxies and discover the night sky.



The Central Kentucky Home & Garden show is April 6 through April 8 at the Lexington Convention Center. See the latest home improvement trends and materials, see garden and landscapes you’ll want at home and enjoy a day of family fun.


On Friday, April 6, Keeneland opens for their 2018 Spring Meet, which will continue through April 27. In addition, April 6 is College Scholarship Day where full-time students receive admission with college ID and the opportunity to win prizes from local vendors and one of ten scholarships. (prior registration online required for chance to win scholarship)

UK Baseball hosts the University of South Carolina for a three game series starting on April 6 at 6:30 pm. UK will also play USC April 7 and 8 at Noon.

April 7

The Spring Kickoff of the Lexington Farmers Market will be April 7 at 7 am in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside. Come celebrate the beginning of the spring season.

April 8

The Southland Drive Lexington Farmers’ Market returns on April 8 at 10 am


EKU Center for the Arts presents “Million Dollar Quartet” on April 8 at 7:30 pm. “Million Dollar Quartet” is a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night.


On April 8, racing fans can meet jockeys currently participating at Keeneland as well as retired jockeys – from Hall of Famers to history makers and Keeneland favorites – and participate in an autograph signing to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.


April 10

The Eagles are coming to Rupp Arena April 10 at 8 pm.


Man O’War Harley-Davidson wants to invite Harley women to their Ladies Garage Party on April 12 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Meet other awesome rider ladies, and bring a non-rider friend that hasn’t yet been introduced into the motorcycle world. There will be food, beverages, prizes, workshops, and a fashion show. RSVP is required.



Keeneland hosts a Maker’s Mark Bottle Signing event on April 13 at 11 am. Since 1997, Maker’s Mark and Keeneland have collaborated on an annual commemorative bottle with special-edition labels.

Kentucky Wildcat Football holds their annual Blue-White Spring game on April 13 at 6:30 pm.



Help expand Lexington’s urban forest and protect local waterways by planting native trees at Reforest the Bluegrass at Veteran’s Park on April 14 from 9 am – 1 pm. Since 1999, more than 15,000 volunteers have restored 180 acres by planting 128,000 native tree seedlings. Volunteers will receive lunch, tree-planting training and a t-shirt (first come, first served).


The Lexington Ballet presents The Jungle Book, on April 14 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Based on a collection of stories by the English author Rudyard Kipling, see the jungle and its beloved creatures come to life through the eyes of Mowgli.


Basketball Fundraiser at Frederick Douglass High School Policemen vs Firemen with Frederick Douglass Basketball Players on both teams. At FDHS on April 14 at 11 am benefiting Bluegrass Crime Stoppers, non-profit organization comprised of diverse, active and dedicated community representatives that provide a method for local law enforcement to receive information on crimes. Funding relies completely on private donor contributions, sponsorships and fundraising events.



On April 15, Keeneland hosts Kids Club Family Day, where Kids Club members and their families receive general admission and access to reserved grandstand seating for the races. Activities will take place in the North Terrace from noon to 3 pm. The Keeneland Kids Club is the official club for Keeneland fans 12 and younger.



“News and Brews: Lexington: The next Silicon Valley?” hosted by Alltech will be on April 17 at 6 pm at the Town Branch Distillery. This month ask the questions: How can we attract the best of the best to Kentucky? and How can Lexington be seen on a global stage?


EKU Center for the Arts presents “Kinky Boots” on April 17 at 7:30 pm. With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this musical is inspired by true events, that takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Choreography.



Brantley Gilbert is coming to Rupp Arena on April 19 at 7 pm.


UK Baseball hosts the University of Florida for a three game series starting on April 19 at noon. UK will also play UF April 20 at noon and 21 at 1pm.



Head to MoonDance Amphitheater from noon to 7 pm for a one-of-a-kind, inaugural event celebrating community and intentional inclusion for individuals with disabilities through the universal language of music. This is a family-friendly event with activities, a petting zoo, food trucks, and live music from six local bands.


Singin’ in the Rain will be at the Lexington Opera House on April 21 at 2 pm. Singin’ in the Rain is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and tinsel town glamour of one of the world’s best-loved movies. It tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice.



Recognize the men and women who serve our country at Keeneland’s Military Day at the Races on April 22. All active-duty, reserve, veterans and military families receive general admission with a coordinating ID at any pass gate. The Military Family Zone in the North Terrace will offer food, live music and more from noon to 4 pm.


#LEXGIVEBACK is a week-long community service project, during which individuals and organizations will put compassion into action by engaging in acts of compassion toward their fellow Lexingtonians. Mowing a lawn, serving at a soup kitchen, lending a hand…no act of compassion is too small. LexGiveBack is April 22-28.


April 24

6th District wide meeting with Angela Evans



UK baseball hosts Morehead State on April 25 at 6:30 pm.



April 26 through April 28 the Kentucky Three-Day Event (formerly the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event) will be at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Kentucky Three-Day Event brings the toughest equestrian competitors from the U.S. and around the world to compete in the Triathlon of Equestrian Sports.



Broadway Live presents MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at the Lexington Opera House April 27-29. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

Cirque DU Soleil: Corteo is coming to Rupp Arena April 27 through April 29. Enjoy a show filled with a striking, dramatic mix of circus arts (without animals) and street performance featuring wild, outrageous costumes, magical lighting, and original music.



This article also appears on page 18 of the March 2018 printed edition of the Hamburg Journal.

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