What’s happening in Lexington? See Hamburg Journal’s sampling of things to do and places to go around town for the month of May 2019.


Wednesday May 1

Bring a mat and a friends to Grassroots Pharmacy for “Yoga on the Patio,” start- ing May 1st. Yoga is every Wednesday at 9 am and Friday at 5:30 pm.


Thursday May 2

Author Lenny Shulman of Justify: 111 Days to Triple Crown Glory signs his book at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, May 2 at 6 pm.

The Sound of Music is Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 pm at the EKU Center for the Arts.

The Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala at Donamire Farm is on Thursday, May 2 at 6 pm.

Master Distiller of Town Branch Distilling, Mark Coffman, is at Total Wine and More in Hamburg for a bottle signing on May 2nd from 4 pm until 6 pm.


Friday May 3

Graduation for the University of Kentucky is at 10 am and 2 pm at Rupp Arena on May 3.

Oaks Day with Whiskey Business at Proud Mary BBQ is on Friday, May 3 at 7 pm.

Steel Magnolias is playing at Leeds Center for the Arts in Winchester on Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm.

The Legacy Ball is held at Kroger Field and benefits diverse student scholarship for in-state Universities. The gala is on Friday, May 3 starting at 8 pm.

A Derby Eve Soiree at Hyatt Regency Lexington is on Friday, may 3 at 7 pm.


Saturday May 4

Lexington: jockey racing a horse
Justify winning the 2018 Kentucky Derby on the way to winning the Triple Crown. (Photo by Austin Johnson)

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Post time is set for 6:50 pm and Derby coverage starts at 2:30 pm on NBC.

Celebrate Derby Day with pony rides, entertainment, and a glimpse into Anita Madden’s famous Derby Eve parties start- ing at noon at Hamburg Pavilion.

Derby Brunch at the EKU Center for the Arts is Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 am. Enjoy music, fashion, and food.

The Eastside Library is hosting a “Skin Care Saturday” to learn how to make Derby style sugar scrub as a gift for Mom on Saturday, May 4 at 11 am.

The 23rd Annual Multicultural Festival at Breeden Insurance Amphitheater is on Saturday, May 4 starting at 10 am.


Sunday May 5

Graduation for the University of Kentucky is at 10 am and 2 pm at Rupp Arena on May 5.

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, celebrates the 15th annual Homecoming Event on Sunday, May 5 from 1 to 5 pm. Guests will enjoy silent and live auctions of horse racing memorabilia, collectible halters, equine art, tours and more.

Riders are given the opportunity to school their horses at the Kentucky Horse Park cross-country course on Sunday, May 5 at 8 am.


Monday May 6

Scholastic Book Fairs Big Warehouse Sale is at the Lexington Convention Center on Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9.


Tuesday May 7

Leeds Center for the Arts in Winchester hosts auditions for Mamma Mia! On Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm. They ask to prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of the show that demonstrates your acting and vocal ability.

The Lexington Senior Center invites the public to learn about a new type of senior housing with Accessory Dwelling units on Tuesday, May 7 at 2 pm.


Thursday May 9

P!nk is coming to Rupp Arena on May 9 at 7:30 pm and is part of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour with Special Guest Julia Michaels.

Leeds Center for the Arts in Winchester hosts auditions for Mamma Mia! On Thursday, May 9 at 7 pm. They ask to prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of the show that demonstrates your acting and vocal ability.

Lexington author Christopher Kelder is reading and signing his latest book, Blessed by the Light at Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning on Thursday, May 9 at 6 pm.


Friday May 10

J&H Lanmark hosts a Kayak Demo at Jacobson Park on Friday, May 10 at 4 pm.

Lexington Craft Beer week begins on Friday, May 10 and runs until May 19 at participating craft breweries.


Saturday May 11

PJ MASKS LIVE! is coming to Rupp Arena on May 11 at 3 pm, with an all new super-heroic, live musical show, PJ MASKS LIVE! SAVE THE DAY, featuring the heroic trio from the children’s series: The PJ MASKS!

The 2019 Run for the Son Ride is on Saturday, May 11 at 9:30 am. The day begins at Man O War Harley with donuts and prizes, then at 11:30 am kickstands are up on the way to Red River Gorge.

This annual Mother’s Day weekend treasure, Mayfest at Gratz Park, begins on Saturday, May 11 and ends on Sunday, May 12.

Athens Schoolhouse Antiques May show begins on May 11 and runs until May 12 all day.

The 9th annual Dancing with the Lexington Stars at the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa on Saturday, May 11. Contestants will feature community leaders paired with professional dancers with proceeds going to a charity.

The 3rd Annual Bluegrass River Run at Fort Boonesborough State Park (Richmond) is Saturday, May 11 at 7 pm.


Sunday May 12

Lexington woman and three years old girl with painted faces, smiling and looking closely, in terrace of houseHAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

The Bluegrass Birding Festival at McConnell Springs Park is on Sunday, May 12 at 1 pm with Keynote speaker Nate Swick.

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Tuesday May 14

Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road hosts Say YES Lex Summit with ONE Lexington and Fayette County Public Schools on Tuesday, May 14 at 8:30 am or 5:30 pm. This summit is an effort to educate adults on youth mentoring opportunities in Lexington.


Friday May 17

Man O’War Harley hosts their annual KyHypnotiq’s 18 year anniversary event starting on Friday, May 17. There will be a cornhole tournament and a slow roll competition. Event lasts until Saturday, May 19.

Photo by Austin Johnson/ HJ

The Taste of the Bluegrass at Keeneland’s Keene Barn is on Friday, May 17 at 7 pm. Proceeds from the evening go towards God’s Pantry Food Bank.


Saturday May 18

The Lexington Philharmonic performs the music from Star Wars: A New Hope while the movie plays on Saturday, May 18 at 6 pm.

The Kentucky Ballet performs The Wizard of Oz at the Lexington Opera House on Saturday, May 18 at 2 pm and 7 pm.

The Lexington/Winchester Great Strides Walk at the Legends Ballpark is Saturday, May 18 at 9 am.


Sunday May 19

French ex-patriates, friends of Henry Clay, teachers of Mary Todd Lincoln, and namesakes of Lexington’s first suburb, Mentelle Park, Waldemar and Charlotte Mentelle were among early Lexington’s most colorful characters. Randolph Paul Runyon, historian, author of The Mentelles and a Mentelle descendant, will offer an engaging look at the couple that helped Lexington become a city in the early 19th century. 3 pm, Eastside Lexington Public Library.

Alltech’s ONE19 is an idea conference that transcends culture and industry, presenting technology-driven topics that impact agriculture, business, health and wellness, brewing and distilling, and everyday life. Conference is on Sunday, May 19 all day. (thru May 21)


Monday May 20

BIA hosts their Golf Outing at Spring Valley Golf Club on Monday, May 20 at 10:30 am.

Man O’ War Harley-Davidson hosts Bike Night Season with their first bike night of the year. On Monday, May 20 from 6 pm until 9 pm there will be live music by A Common Wealth Band, food truck, raffle, & more.


Tuesday May 21

The Brenda Cowan Elementary School community meeting is on Tuesday, May 21 at 5 pm at Crossroads Church.


Wednesday May 22

Women Leading Kentucky host their 20th Annual Business & Leadership Conference on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:30 am.


Saturday May 25

Kevin Gates is coming to Rupp Arena on Saturday, May 25 at 7 pm.

Local author Lauren Hudson is at Barnes & Noble for the signing of her book, The Ascension, on Saturday, May 25 at 10 am.

Art Festival at McConnell Springs is on Saturday, May 25 starting at noon.


Sunday May 26

Proud Mary BBQ hosts Blues Between the Bridges on Sunday, May 26 at noon.


Monday May 27


Enjoy the Memorial Day Rev Up at Man O’War Harley-Davidson on Monday, May 27 at 11 am. Food, live music by Hicktown romeo, bike games, dunk booth, test rides, and more.


Lexington: a guy posing for the cameraFriday May 31

Hunter Hayes performs at Manchester Hall on Friday, May 31 at 7 pm.



Saturday June 1

Paul McCartney has confirmed his re- turn to the U.S. with his new Freshen Up tour. He will return to Rupp Arena for the first time since 1990 On June 1 at 8 pm.

The Kentucky Summer Jam 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park is on Saturday, June 1. Musical artists Master P., Trick Daddy, Kid Capri, and more will be there.


Monday June 3

Graduation for Dunbar, Tates Creek, and Bryan Station are on June 3 at Rupp Arena.


Tuesday June 4

Graduation for Frederick Douglass, Henry Clay, Lafayette are on June 5 at Rupp Arena.


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