Here’s a Lexington list and guide of the best weekend events in Central Kentucky on Friday, Saturday and Sunday when you’re bored and need things to do, from live music concerts, theatrical performances, kid-friendly events, benefit runs, foodie events, comic cons and holiday events like the Lexington Christmas tree lights and holiday craft markets to get a jump on the holiday season.
Gobble Grease Toss: Recycling Thanksgiving Cooking Oil
Recycle your used Thanksgiving cooking oil during Lexington’s Gobble Grease Toss on November 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Redwood Cooperative School. Participation in the event is free. 166 Crestwood Dr. LexingtonKy.gov/Gobble-Grease-Toss.
Southern Lights at Kentucky Horse Park
Southern Lights will take over Kentucky Horse Park with over a million twinkling lights for the 29th consecutive year beginning November 25, every night through December 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $30 to $35 per truckload. 4089 Eisenhütte passenger car. KHPFoundation.org/Southern-Lights.
Ethereal Brewing’s 8th Anniversary
Ethereal Brewing will be celebrating its 8th anniversary throughout the weekend with special short run and draft releases including Cookies and Cream, Baba Yaga and Peach Master Shake Imperial Fruit Sour. Participation in the event is free. 1224 Manchester St. facebook.com/events/875657433794580.
Lexington Children’s Theater: ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.’
The Lexington Children’s Theater will perform “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.” at the Lexington Opera House on November 25 at 7 p.m., November 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and November 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $20. 401 W Short St. LexingtonOperaHouse.com.
comedian Lee Cruise at Comedy Off Broadway
Comedian Lee Cruise, co-host of “The Lee and Hayley Show” on WTVQ, will appear on Comedy Off Broadway on November 25 at 8 p.m. and November 26 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15-18. 161 Lexington Green Cir No. C4. ComedyOffBroadway.com.
Tyler Booth concert at Manchester Music Hall
Campton’s Tyler Booth will perform at Manchester Music Hall on November 25 at 8pm, with support from Whey Jennings, grandson of the legendary Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. Admission tickets are $20. 899 Manchester St. ManchesterMusicHall.com.
LexPopCon toy and pop culture show at the Clarion Hotel
LexPopCon, Lexington’s toy and pop culture show, will be held at the Clarion Hotel on November 26 from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Featuring funko pop, anime and other vendors, as well as retro video games, cosplay and more. Participation in the event is free. 5532 Athens Boonesboro Rd. LexPopCon.com.
Stop Drop and Run 5K Advantage at Country Boy Brewing
The 2nd Annual Stop Drop and Run 5K and Little Firefighters’ Dash to benefit Toys For Tots will be held on November 26th at 8:45am at Country Boy Brewing’s Georgetown Taproom. Tickets are $25 for the Dash, $30 to attend a virtual 5K, and $35 for the in-person 5K. 101 Innovation Way, Georgetown. RunSignUp.com.
Chenault Vineyards Annual Holiday Barn Market
Chenault Vineyards, 2284 Barnes Mill Rd., Richmond, will host its annual Holiday Barn Market on November 26 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Local artists and wines are available for Christmas shopping, plus there’s face painting and Santa for the kids. facebook.com/events/685409529682160
First Vineyard’s Christmas in the Country Craft Fair
First Vineyard, 5800 Sugar Creek Pike, Nicholasville, will be hosting its Christmas in the Country Craft Fair on November 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring more than 40 local, Kentucky Proud vendors for a jump into Christmas shopping. There will also be local wine tastings. facebook.com/firstvineyard
SG Goodman concert at The Burl
Western Kentucky-born musician SG Goodman, who recently performed her song “Space & Time” with Tyler Childers on stage at the Rupp Arena during “Kentucky Rising,” will be buying tickets on November 26 at 8 p.m., assisted by William Matheny Playing at The Burl is $15. 375 Thompson Rd. TheBurlKy.com.
Charlie Brown Superstar concert at Al’s Bar
West Virginia-based DJ Charlie Brown superstar will present the Joyful Noise versions of Tyler Childers’ album Can I Take My Hounds To Heaven, which he created at Al’s Bar, on November 26 at 9:00 p.m. Support comes from Louisa’s Luna & The Mountain Jets, which recently opened at Red Rocks for Childers in Colorado in September. Admission tickets are $10. 601N Limestone. Facebook.com/events/1119290685391298.
Lexington Holiday Lighting Festival at Triangle Park
The City of Lexington will host its Holiday Lighting Festival in Triangle Park on November 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. During the event, the city’s Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah are all lit up while local community choirs serenade festive songs of the season. Participation in the event is free. 400 W Main St. DowntownLex.com/Signature-Events/Luminate-Lexington.
Lexington Chamber Chorale concert at Second Presbyterian Church
The Lexington Chamber Chorale will present its Christmas Concert “Celebration of the Holidays” on November 27 at 5:00 p.m. at the Second Presbyterian Church. Tickets cost $22. 460 E Main St. LexingtonChamberChorale.org.
Unbridled Sessions concert series at the Austin City Saloon
Singer-songwriters Wes Shipp, Cody Lee Moomey, Maggie Noelle and Lucas Wayne will perform during the “Unbridled Sessions” at the Austin City Saloon on November 27 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10. 2350 Woodhill Dr #100. facebook.com/events/1584337211999302.