For the first time, the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be held at Keeneland Race Track on Oct. 30-31, 2015. Whether you have tickets or not for the Breeder’s Cup at Keeneland, there will be plenty of exciting events throughout the Bluegrass in and around Lexington KY for you to enjoy and make you feel like part of the action. Here is a list of exciting events that will take place from Saturday, October 24, 2015 all through the festival to Saturday, October 31, 2015:
- October 24, 3:00pm at Whitaker Bank Ballpark: The Feeders’ Cup Invitational is an Inaugural event to find the best food trucks in Kentucky and the Tri-state area. The Feeders’ Cup is the first event of the week-long Breeder’s Cup Festival Week. Winning Trucks will be selected by a panel of judges and by the crowds. The judges will do a blind tasting earlier in the day to count for 50% of the vote and then the public will vote for their favorite trucks in the categories: Best Sweet, Best Southern Classic, Best World Fusion, Best Farm to Table, and Best Overall. Your ticket includes a sample from each truck, a voting guide and a cute little golf pencil! [For more information and see a list of Food Trucks: http://feederscup.com/]
- October 24, 7pm, The Lyric Theatre: I Dedicate this Ride, The Life and Times of Isaac Murphy. Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker’s play about Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Isaac Murphy, will be presented at the Lyric Theatre, along with a discussion by Pellom McDaniels, author of The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.
- October 25, 2:00pm at Kentucky Horse Park: Kentucky for Kentucky 5K Fun Run and Walk. Dress like your favorite Kentuckian (for $1,000 prize) or just come and run/walk the beautiful 25-furlong course (3.1 miles) at the Kentucky Horse Park. Enjoy the tree-lined trail leading through the heart of the park with friends and family.
- October 25, 8:00pm at Downtown Lexington: Thriller Parade. The world’s largest reenactment of the Michael Jackson’s epic video winds it way through downtown Lexington. Come and join 1,500 zombies and dancers at one of the country’s most unique events.
- October 26, 7:00-9:00am at Keeneland Race Track: Sunrise Trackside at Keeneland: Catch all the early morning action trackside at Keeneland as the Breeders’ Cup contenders put in final preparations for the World’s Championships. Free and open to the public, there will be breakfast and guest commentary all week as the horses workout on the track.
- October 28, 12-6pm, The Livery (238 E. Main Street): Kentucky Crafted. The Kentucky Arts Council presents an exceptional opportunity: a curated shopping experience at the Livery, conveniently located in downtown Lexington. This one-of-a-kind event features fine art and craft by top Kentucky artists, in a comfortable, rustic setting. Don’t miss the chance to take home a unique souvenir from your visit to the Kentucky Blue Grass!
- October 28, 6:00pm at The Livery (238 E. Main Street): Bourbon Backstretch – Master Distillers’ Night, presented by the Kentucky Bourbon Trail©: There’s nothing that says “Kentucky” more than fine Bourbon and fast horses. Join the members and Master Distillers of the world-renowned Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour and sample the best Bourbon that the Bluegrass has to offer. Join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail(R) tour and its member distilleries for a classic crop of curated Bourbons and cocktails at the Bourbon Backstretch—your best chance to enjoy a deep field of champion whiskies poured by the master distillers themselves and taste true Kentucky hospitality. Tickets are $100 per person and include a unique opportunity to experience the best of Kentucky Bourbon and Kentucky themed cuisine and live entertainment. Hours are 6 pm – 10 pm.
- October 28, 7:30pm, Newtown Pike Extended at Main Street: Oliver Lewis Way Bridge Lighting and Fireworks. Paying tribute to the great rider, join local officials and members of the Breeders’ Cup jockey colony as the public art display goes live for the first night on the Oliver Lewis Bridge. A firework show and celebration continues after in the burgeoning Distillery District.
- October 29, 11am, Keeneland Race Track: Prelude to the Cup at Keeneland. On Thursday, live Thoroughbred racing will be held at historic Keeneland Race Course. This special preview the day before the World Championships will give racing fans yet another chance to enjoy “racing as it was meant to be.”
- October 28-29, 7:15pm, Kentucky Theatre: Equestrian Films at The Kentucky Theatre. Enjoy special feature equestrian films at the historic Kentucky Theatre, located in downtown Lexington. Built in 1922, the Kentucky Theatre is a familiar landmark to generations of Lexingtonians. It’s richly ornamented walls and glowing stained glass fixtures have hosted gala events and entertained overflowing crowds. Patrons can take advantage of special admission price of $6.00 for all tickets for this exclusive feature.
- October 30, 7pm at Spindletop Hall: Guest Chef Nights. Celebrity Chefs Aaron Sanchez, Chef Matt Lambert and Chef Janine Booth will all take part in a Guest Chef Night at Spindletop Hall. Each chef will create one course of a delicious meal. This event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased by calling 859-255-2777. Spindletop Hall Members can purchase tickets at www.spindletophall.org
- October 30-31, 10am, Red Mile: Breeders’ Cup Bash: Watch, wager and celebrate at the biggest party in town at the newly renovated Red Mile. A full offering of food, music, drink — and wagering will be presented from the first to the last race during the week of Breeders’ Cup.
- October 30-31, Keeneland, Breeders Cup. And of course the Breeders’ Cup will be held at Keeneland, Lexington KY on October 30-31, 2015. Races start at 3:30pm on Friday and the last race on Saturday will be at 5:35pm. See the list of races: http://www.breederscup.com/races
Other Events happening throughout the week:
Kentucky Ale Stage: on Courthouse Plaza for six straight nights. Six straight nights of free national and local musicians will perform on the Kentucky Ale Stage downtown in Courthouse Plaza. Bands will play each evening beginning at dark and continue until 10pm. Don’t miss this incredible entertainment in the heart of the city each evening.
- October 25, 8pm: Here Come the Mummies, a Funk/Rock band that is based out of Nashville, Tennessee.
- October 26, 6:45pm: Ben Lacy and Tee Dee Young, Jazz and Funk guitarist Ben Lacy is a native of Lexington, Kentucky who has performed throughout Europe and North America. Tee Dee Young is a Blues singer and guitarist from Lexington, Kentucky.
- October 27, 6:45pm: The Suffers, a Soul band from Houston, Texas, that combines aspects from Classic American Soul and Rock & Roll to create a sound that is uniquely their own,
- October 28, 6:45pm: Travelin’ McCourys and Town Mountain, an Acoustic and Bluegrass band that originated in Asheville, North Carolina.
- October 29, 6:45pm: Stooges Brass Band, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, and combines the sounds of traditional New Orleans Brass with today’s contemporary Hip-Hop.
- October 30, 6:45pm: The Wags
Art Exhibits: running from October 25-October 31st. An unprecedented collaboration of Lexington’s art galleries presenting offerings of distinct art shows that will occur in October. Each locale will feature their own offering of diverse art showcases including local, national and international artists. Taking place at Downtown Arts Center, Headley-Whitney Museum, LexArts, Loudon House, Lyric Theatre, University of KY Art Museum, and the International Museum of the Horse.
**See all events and details at: www.breederscupfestival.com