St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 and Easter Sunday falls after the end of the month on April 1. Here is a sampling of Holiday events happening around Lexington, KY.

Friday March 2

Mark your calendars for the 1st annual Irish Soup Cook Off. The winner will go home with the coveted cook off trophy and bragging rights for the year. The cook off will be March 2 at Failte Irish Shop at 6:30 pm.


Saturday March 10

RaceRise hosts the inaugural Lucky Leprechaun Half Marathon, 10 miler & 5K on March 10 at 9 am in Versailles, KY. Run a scenic course through the heart of horse country. Partial proceeds benefit the Foster Care Council of Kentucky and the Woodford Humane Society.

At 2:00 am on March 11, Daylight Savings Time will go into effect and ‘Spring Forward.’ Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour the night before.


Monday March 12

Pet photos with the Easter Bunny will be taken on Mondays, March 12, 19, and 26 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier, and pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Enter through the mall entrance next to Talbots. Pets will not be allowed in any area of the mall other than the designated Easter Bunny photo area.


Saturday March 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

green beer in glass mugJoin everyone in downtown Lexington this St. Patrick’s Day. Lexington’s St. Patrick’s parade is the city’s longest-running annual civic event. The parade and festival are part of an all-day celebration that begins at 8 am with the 12th annual Shamrock Shuffle to benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity. At 11 am, the “Blessing of the Keg” at the Alltech tents in Cheapside Park kicks off the festival. The parade begins at 1 pm, rain or shine.

Join Man O’War Harley-Davidson on St. Patrick’s Day and ride out to the downtown St. Patty’s Day Parade. The day will start with donuts and coffee at 10:45 am with kickstands up at 11:30 am. Let Lexington hear your engines and roar downtown with as many motorcycles as possible.

Slainte Public House in Georgetown, KY is hosting a special “Kegs & Eggs Irish Breakfast” on March 17, catered by Local Feed. There will be three seatings, 9 am, 10 am, and 11 am.

Mirror Twin Brewing on National Ave. is hosting their St. Paddy’s Day Party. There will be drinks, music, a costume contest, and kid-friendly activities.

Join Whiskey Bear for a comparative tasting of premium Irish Whiskeys and Kentucky Bourbons on St. Patrick’s Day. Led by industry expert, Tim Knittel of Distilled Living, this is a unique tasting experience. Time spots are 1, 2, and 3 pm. Must be 21 years or older to attend.


Sunday March 18

Aiden’s Angels, a non-profit organization intended to help support families with children affected by Congenital Heart Disease, hosts the “Hunt for Hope” at Pleasant Ridge Park. There will be games, face painting, pictures with the Easter bunny, food, and refreshments from 1:30-2:10 pm and the hunt begins at 2:15 pm. To help raise money they are asking for a donation for each child participating. All donations are tax deductible.

At 9 am on March 18 head to Fayette Mall for Bunny Cares, a special sensory-friendly event for children with special needs and their families to enjoy a visit and photos with the Easter Bunny in a calming environment. Families will enjoy activity stations, beverages, and breakfast foods. Lights and music will be muted where possible.

young child with Easter basket

Take a trip to Headley-Whitney Museum of Art on March 18 at 1 pm for a family fun event featuring crafts, an egg hunt, and a petting zoo.


Sunday March 25

Have Easter with the family at Buffalo Trace Distillery on March 25 at 11 am. This will be an egg-citing event for children and parents. Search for thousands of treat-filled eggs and get pictures with the Easter Bunny. Advanced registration required to attend event.


Sunday April 1

Easter Sunday


This article also appears on page 8 & 9 of the March 2018 printed edition of the Hamburg Journal.

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