What’s happening in 40509? See Hamburg Journal’s sampling of things to do and places to go around town for the month of June.

Thursday May 31

The Great American Brass Band Festival is May 31 through June 3 in Danville, KY.

The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Country Fair is May 31 through June 3.

American Truck Historical Society Annual Convention and Truck Show is May 31 through June 3 at the Kentucky Horse Park. They are exhibiting 1,000+ large and 50+ small vintage/antique trucks, 100+ vendors of all types, lots of food options, and children’s area with pony rides.

Lafayette High School Graduation is at 4 pm at Rupp Arena on May 31

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Graduation is at 7:30 pm at Rupp Arena on May 31

Friday June 1

Tates Creek High School Graduation is at 9 am at Rupp Arena on June 1

Bryan Station High School Graduation is at 12:30 pm at Rupp Arena on June 1

Frederick Douglass High School Graduation is at 4 pm at Rupp Arena on June 1

Henry Clay High School Graduation is at 7:30 pm at Rupp Arena on June 1

The North Lime Donut Dash 5K is June 1 at 6:30 pm at Lexington Christian Academy.

The Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing Team is making a visit to Man O’ War Harley-Davidson on June 1. From 6:30 to 8 pm, come meet members of the team and get pictures and autographs before they compete at the American Flat Track on June 2.

On June 1, Trolls is playing at Friday Flicks in Jacobson Park. Pre-movie activities include children’s games and a petting zoo, the movie starts at 7 pm.

Saturday June 2

Bike Lexington Family Fun Ride presented by Pedal Power & Republic Bank takes place Saturday, June 2. Activities and registration start at 8 am at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza.

Kentucky for Kentucky’s Totally Tubular Tube-A-Thon is June 2 at Still Waters Campground near Frankfort, KY. Enjoy a day packed with live music, food, and drinks on the water. Participants are required by Fish and Wildlife to have a personal flotation device on board for the float.

Bluegrass Greensource hosts GreenFest 2018 on June 2 from 11 am to 3 pm at YMCA of Central Kentucky. Learn about sustainable living in the Bluegrass at workshops, enjoy food, shop amongst an array of eco-friendly vendors, partake in a plant exchange and sale, and other activities.

The American Cancer Society’s Lexington Relay for Life is June 2 at 4 pm at the Transylvania University Athletic Complex. Come together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. There will be live entertainment, a luminary ceremony, and a survivor dinner.

Indian Motorcycle of Lexington hosts Round 8 of the American Flat Track series, the world’s longest running and most competitive dirt track motorcycle racing championship, 6 pm at Red Mile on June 2.

Lexington Bourbon Society presents Commonwealth Bash on June 2 at The Livery to benefit the Lexington History Museum. The event features small plates paired with signature cocktails, bourbon tastings, music by David Napier, art from Enrique Gonzalez, and much more.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are coming to Rupp Arena on June 2 at 7:30 pm

Sunday June 3

Lexington VA Medical Center hosts a Car Show to benefit Camp Nelson Honor Guard on June 3 from 11 am to 4 pm.

Monday June 4

YMCA hosts Teacher and School Employee Appreciation Week June 4-11. Bring your school name badge and photo ID to any YMCA location and enjoy a week of exercise on the Y.

Tuesday June 5

On Tuesday, June 5 Lexington Bourbon Society Social Sipper is at J. Alexander’s in The Summit at 6:30 pm.

Thursday June 7

The 45th Annual Festival of the Bluegrass, a traditional Bluegrass Music Festival established in 1974, is at the Kentucky Horse Park June 7 through June 10.

Man O’ War Harley-Davidson hosts their first bike night of the summer on June 7 from 6 to 9 pm. Enjoy pizza, music, and door prizes.

At 7 pm on June 7, Multi-grammy winner Jerry Douglas plays at the Kentucky Castle as part of the Bluegrass Concerts at the Castle.

Author Jim Butcher is discussing and signing Brief Cases: Short Stories from the Dresden Files at Joseph Beth on June 7 at 7 pm.

Carlos Mencia is coming to Comedy off Broadway on June 7 at 7:15 pm. Carlos Mencia hosted “Mind of Mencia” on Comedy Central from 2005-2008.

Whiskey Bear teams with Marianne Eaves (Barnes), Kentucky’s first female bourbon Master Distiller since Prohibition, for a tasting event featuring Castle & Key London Dry Gin and Castle & Key Vodka. The tasting is June 7 at 7 pm at Whiskey Bear in The Summit.

Friday June 8

UK basketball and John Calipari host Father/Son Camps June 8-9, June 15-16, and June 22-23. Participants will be instructed by the Kentucky coaches and staff, along with current Wildcat players. The camp is open to all fathers and sons ages 6-17, regardless of basketball experience.

On June 8, Bluegrass Greensource hosts Tacos N’ Tequila at Limestone Hall. Festivities include local taco vendors’ themed food, tequila inspired drinks and live local entertainment by the Big Maracas.

Big Ass Bluegrass BBQ Fest is Friday June 8 from 5 – 11 pm and June 9 from 11 am to 11 pm. Located in downtown Lexington at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. The event is full of barbecue, beverages, vendors, and music.

The Fever plays at Rock the Block Summer Concert Series in Winchester, KY on June 8 at 7 pm. There will be giant Jenga, Party Tent USA food truck, a bouncy house and more.

On June 8, Peter Rabbit is playing at Friday Flicks in Jacobson Park. Pre-movie activities include children’s games and a petting zoo, the movie starts at 7 pm.

James Gregory is coming to Comedy off Broadway on June 8 at 7:15 pm and June 9 at 9:45 pm.

UK’s Grand Night for Singing returns for the 26th year. Enjoy the vocal talents of over 100 UK Opera Theatre and community performers at this musical revue featuring the best from Billboard to Broadway. At the Singletary Center on June 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7:30 pm and June 10 and 17 at 2 pm.

Saturday June 9

The Lexington Humane Society presents the Mutt Strut 2018 on June 9 at Keeneland. Grab your tennis shoes and your four-legged friend for a 1-mile Fun Walk or, new this year, the Mutt Strut 5K. Festivities kick off at 8 am, with the Mutt Strut 5K beginning at 9 am and the Fun Walk starting shortly after. There will be local vendors before and after the run/walk so come early and stay late to support the animals at LHS.

The Kentucky Beer Cheese Festival is June 9 in downtown Winchester, KY.  From 10 am to 5 pm enjoy music, food, crafts, shopping, children’s activities, and of course, beer cheese.

The Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cancer Survivor Picnic partners with Talon Winery for the 9th Annual Luau for Life on June 9. There is a silent auction and live concert from Matt Gerwin.

Monday June 11

Fayette County Public Schools have a School board planning meeting on June 11 at 5:30 pm.

Wednesday June 13

Author Karen Robards is discussing and singing The Moscow Deception at Joseph Beth on June 13 at 7 pm.

Thursday June 14

Flag Day

Bark your calendar to join other canines and their companions at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate to sniff and schmooze at Yappy Hour from 5 to 7 pm.  Leashed hounds enjoy libations and treats, while humans can mingle over a glass of wine or a brew.

Donnell Rawlings is coming to Comedy off Broadway on June 14 through June 17.

Friday June 15

Buffalo Trace Distillery hosts Pappy for Your Pappy on June 15 at 6 pm. This Father’s Day, take your dad to a one-of-a-kind dinner event where Julian and Preston Van Winkle guide you through a tasting of the various ages of Van Winkle Bourbons.

On June 15, Ferdinand is playing at Friday Flicks in Jacobson Park. Pre-movie activities include children’s games and a petting zoo, the movie starts at 7 pm.

The Lexington Rodeo is coming to the Kentucky Horse Park June 15-16 at 7:30 pm.

Saturday June 16

On Saturday, June 16, the city of Lexington is having a Kentucky River Clean Sweep at 9 am at Clays Ferry Boat Dock. Breakfast and Lunch is provided to all participants.

The Dads and Grads Car Show presented by Bluegrass Mustang Club is June 16 from 9 am to 4 pm at Valvoline Headquarters. The Bluegrass Mustang Club is a group of car enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of all makes and models.

On June 16 Man O’ War Harley-Davidson is hosting Kentucky Concerns of Police Survivors for their 15th Annual Benefit Ride on June 16. Registration is from 10-11 am at Man O’ War Harley Davidson.

Fido Fest is Saturday, June 16 at The Summit from 11 am to 3 pm. It is an evening that celebrates our fluffy friends and benefits Lexington Humane Society. Enjoy a pet selfie station, kids’ activities, food and drinks vendors, retailer pop up shops and live entertainment by Bent Penny Band and KISSFMLex.

The Crank & Boom Sprint for Scoops 3K and Kids Little Scoops 1K is June 16 at 7 pm at Wellington Park.

Sunday June 17

Happy Father’s Day

Wednesday June 20

Author Hannah Pittard is discussing and signing Visible Empire at Joseph Beth on June 20 at 7 pm

Thursday June 21

June 21 is the Summer Solstice, the ‘longest’ day of the year providing us with the most daylight.

On June 21, team up with the Alzheimer’s Association for “The Longest Day” to raise funds and awareness for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Select an activity, join a team, host an event, or register as an individual. On The Longest Day, you’re part of a global movement to help end Alzheimer’s disease. Share your photos, stories, and fundraising successes on social media by using the hashtags #TheLongestDay and #ENDALZ.

The Lexington Carriage Classic Pleasure Driving Show will be held June 21 through June 24 at The Kentucky Horse Park in the covered arena.

Wine & Pop-Tarts is partnering with Pivot Brewing to host a drive-in-style summer cinema double feature series every Thursday. On June 21 at 6 pm you can see Wall E and Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

Friday June 22

Kentucky Pro Football Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at the Lexington Opera House on June 22 at 7 pm.

On June 22, Paddington 2 is playing at Friday Flicks in Jacobson Park. Pre-movie activities include children’s games and a petting zoo, the movie starts at 7 pm.

Saturday June 23

Kentucky Men’s Health & Wellness Expo is on June 23 at Clarion Hotel from 10 am to 3 pm. The expo provides a comprehensive educational experience to educate men about prostate cancer and preventive supplements, alternative health sources, weight management, essential oils, juicing and mental health. Body Toxin assessments, blood pressure, and other vital testing will be available.

Stockyards Beef BBQ Fest amateur team cookoff is June 23 at 10 am at  Bluegrass Regional Marketplace on Iron Works Pike.

Dress for Success Lexington’s “Picnic with a Purpose” returns to MoonDance Amphitheater on June 23. The event will feature food and drinks, live music, inflatables, cornhole boards, Giant Jenga, raffle items and more. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the women served by Dress for Success Lexington.

The Ashland Lawn Party is June 23. The annual summer fundraiser features dinner on the lawn of the historic home where Henry Clay once lived, with live music, silent and live auctions, and more.

“Hopes, Dreams and Wishes” is the theme of Night of the Stars 2018, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope’s annual gala fundraiser that will be held June 23 at Keeneland’s Keene Barn & Entertainment Center.

Tuesday June 26

Melissa Etheridge performs at the Lexington Opera House June 26 at 7:30 pm.

Thursday June 28

Chad Daniels is coming to Comedy off Broadway on June 28 through June 30.

Wine & Pop-Tarts is partnering with Pivot Brewing to host a drive-in-style summer cinema double feature series every Thursday. On June 28 at 6 pm you can see Babe and Mad Max ‘79.

Friday June 29

On June 29, The Greatest Showman is playing at Friday Flicks in Jacobson Park. Pre-movie activities include children’s games and a petting zoo, the movie starts at 7 pm.

Saturday June 30

The Lexington Maternity, Baby, and Kids Expo is on June 30 from noon to 4 pm at DoubleTree Suites on Richmond Road. This expo offers product information, parent tips for Moms-To-Be, New Moms, their babies, toddlers and young children. Vendors will be set up ranging from kids attire, healthcare, kids activities, newest baby products, spas etc.

Wear pink and pink out the Lexington Legends park on June 30. Celebrate survivors and the memory of those who lost their battle with Breast Cancer. The first pitch is at 6:35 pm.


This article also appears on page 16 of the June 2018 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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