Memorial Day Campout (Campers only)
Come visit the Kentucky Horse Park Campground to enjoy the kick off of Summer. The junior-sized Olympic pool will open Friday May 26th at 10:00 a.m. During the five night stay, campers will be treated to an ice cream social, crafts for the kids, live music, a free lunch sponsored by Northside RV and much more!
The Festival of the Bluegrass is the oldest Bluegrass festival in the bluegrass region of Kentucky. This 4-day event provides numerous Bluegrass music performances as well as kids camps and activities for all ages. This year’s lineup features Lonesome River Band, Russel Moore & Illrd Tyme Out, Flat Lonesome, The Grascals, and more! The festival will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, and campsites are available for the event. For tickets and more information, visit www.festivalofthebluegrass.com or call (859) 253-0806.
4TH July Campout (Campers Only)
Come to the Kentucky Horse Park to cool off during the balmy days of summer. Over the five night Fourth of July holiday, we will offer lots of family fun to help you keep you cool, including swimming, ice cream, movies, Nascar races, pony rides and much, much more!
Labor Day Campout (Campers Only)
During the dog days of summer, the Kentucky Horse Park Campground will offer families many activities to appreciate. The Kentucky Horse Park will be hosting the annual Bluegrass Classic Dog Show and many of the participants (two legged and four legged) stay at the campground. If you love animals, the Labor Day Campout is for you. We will be offering family friendly activities such as movie nights, free pony rides, free lunch sponsored by Northside RV , Nascar races and much more.
Kentucky Horse Park Runwalk Club
The Kentucky Horse Park Run/Walk Club (#KHPRunWalkClub) will meet on Mondays from June 5 to September 25 (except Labor Day). Check-in is between 5-8pm. It all starts at the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center. Every week will feature a different variety of local craft beers, food trucks, music, vendors, yoga from 6:30pm-7:30pm, information tables and horse meet-and-greets. There will also be previews of some of the Kentucky Horse Park’s many attractions. This is a free event and participants can either run or walk at their own pace. Participants can also choose between a 2-mile loop and a 3.5-mile loop around the park. Kids, joggers/strollers and leashed dogs are welcome! For this particular date, we expect to offer pony rides, music by Living Proof Band, and outside vendors Rolling Oven and Bella Shaved Ice are scheduled to be here, as well.
*WHAT IS RUN/WALK CLUB?
Run/Walk Club is an open event for all to attend (for free!) at the Kentucky Horse Park! We have a 2 mile loop and 1.5 mile addition to walk or run at your own pace. Our goal is to bring those in the Lexington community together and explore the Kentucky Horse Park (which is only 10 minutes from downtown!)
*WHEN IS RUN/WALK CLUB?
The Kentucky Horse Park Run/Walk Club meets every Monday from June 5 through September 25 (except Labor Day) from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Guests will check in at the Visitor center and have a chance to stop and talk with the vendors and charities that are set up.
*WHO CAN COME TO RUN/WALK CLUB?
Everyone! Bring your family, friends, coworkers, children and dogs! We ask that kids do not ride bikes during this event (for safety reasons) but scooters and strollers are allowed! We are very dog friendly – please keep dogs on leashes at all times.
*DO YOU HAVE TO BE A MEMBER?
No! We do have a registration table where participants will sign in (name, location and age) so that the Kentucky Horse Park and keep track of our wonderful participants, but you do not have to be affiliated with the park to participate.
*ARE THERE HORSES AT RUN/WALK CLUB?
Of course! Each week at 5:30pm we will feature a different area of the park – Breeds Barn, Big Barn, Kids Barn, Hall of Champions, International Museum of the Horse and the Mounted Police!
*WANT TO BE A VENDOR AT RUN/WALK CLUB?
We would love to have you set up a table in front of the Visitor Center and tell folks about your company! A $50 seasonal fee will allow you to come out as often as you’d like! Email us at KHPrunclub@gmail.com for more information and the Vendor Application Form.
Questions? Email us at KHPrunclub@gmail.com.
Run For The Horses 5K
Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), a non-profit equine adoption organization hailed as the “Gold Standard of Thoroughbred Reschooling” located in the Kentucky Horse Park, will be hosting the Run for the Horses on Friday, October 6 at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit MMSC’s initiatives to find second careers and future homes for former racehorses.
The course will be set throughout the scenic Kentucky Horse Park beginning at the MMSC campus during the Thoroughbred Makeover, the Retired Racehorse Project’s annual showcase for off the track Thoroughbreds. The Run for the Horses 5K will be presented by RaceRise who will provide chip timing for each runner. Awards will be given for overall and specific age groups. In addition, a special prize will be awarded in a challenge to anyone who can “Catch Tik,” a remarkable horseman who won the 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover Freestyle and placed fourth in the hotly contested Rolex Kentucky 5K in April of 2016.
“Our hope is that all who care about horses will come out and participate by running or walking in the Run for the Horses,” said MMSC director Susanna Thomas. “Thoroughbreds have run their legs off for us. Indeed, in addition to providing enjoyment with the sport of racing, our local economy is dependent on them, and every one of us in Lexington owes our beautiful bucolic lifestyle totally to them. Let us now show our appreciation for all of this by striding out for them on Friday!” Register online here: www.RunForTheHorses5K.org
Packet pickup will be Friday, October 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center office.
Lexington Catholic Cross Country Invitational 1
The Lexington Catholic Cross Country Invitational is a high school cross country competition hosted by Lexington Catholic High School. A small fee will be charged to spectators that will benefit the high school. For more information about the Lexington Catholic Cross Country Invitational please call (859) 276-5086 or visit http://www.lexingtoncatholic.com/apps/pages/athleticnewsandupdates.
Vintage Market Days
Vintage Market Days® is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. Vintage Market Days® events are so much more than a flea market. Each Vintage Market Days® event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in creative venues.
KHSAA Cross Country Meet 1
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Cross Country Meet is a high school cross-country competition. A small fee will be charged to spectators of the event. For more information on the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Cross Country Meet please call 859-299-5472 or go to www.khsaa.org. Photo courtesy of KHSAA.
Southern Lights Stroll
This event features a 5k run along with mini train rides, refreshments, and prize drawings. A food drive will also take place for God’s Pantry and local animal shelters. A limited number of free souvenir t-shirts will be distributed to registered adults, while a limited number of registered kids will receive a free holiday souvenir. For more information on the Southern Lights Stroll please contact the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation at 859-255-5727.
KHSAA State Cheerleading Competition
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Competitive Cheer Championships is a high school cheerleading competition. Divisions will be split in size: small, medium, large, and super large. There will also be a coed division. For more information on the KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championship please call KHSAA at 859-299-5472 or go to www.KHSAA.org. Photo courtesy of KHSAA.org.