Here is a Lexington list and guide of the best weekend events around Central Kentucky on Friday, Saturday and Sunday if you are bored and need things to do from live music concerts, festivals featuring games, rides and food, comedy shows, local concerts, arts and crafts fairs, kid-friendly events, book signings, musical theatre plays, opera performances, fall festivals and bourbon sampling events.
Alley Fest Music Festival in Paintsville
“American Idol” winner Noah Thompson, Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame inductees Crystal Gayle and John Michael Montgomery, North Carolina’s American Aquarium and others will perform at the second annual Alley Fest in Paintsville taking place through Oct. 1. Friday and Saturday passes are $40 each and multi-day passes are $70. 241 Main St, Paintsville. AlleyFest2022.com.
Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival in Middlesboro
Town Mountain, Arlo McKinley, Mike & The Moonpies, Bella White and others will perform during the free-to-attend Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival in downtown Middlesboro taking place through Oct. 1. Other activities include a car show, cornhole tournament, craft and food vendors and more. CumberlandMountainFallFestival.net.
Oktoberfest in downtown Harrodsburg
It’s time for Oktoberfest in Harrodsburg, with thousands of people flocking to Main Street for free concerts, arts and crafts, adult games, kids activities and of course beer and food. The festival runs Sept 30 4 p.m.-midnight, Oct. 1 10 a.m.- midnight and Oct. 2 noon-6 p.m. oktoberfestharrodsburg.com
Festival Latino de Lexington
Celebrate Latin American art and culture during Festival Latino de Lexington Sept. 30 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and Oct. 1 4 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, 120 N Limestone. There will be live music, dance, visual arts and food. facebook.com/festivallatinolexington.
Musical: ‘The Grunch’ at The Spotlight Playhouse in Berea
Inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” Berea’s Spotlight Playhouse will host three performances of “The Grunch” this weekend at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 2. Tickets are $6-16. 214 Richmond Rd N, Berea. TheSpotlightPlayhouse.com.
Woodford Theatre: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
Woodford Theatre will present the musical play “Little Shop of Horrors” three times this weekend at the Falling Springs Recreation Center, 275 Beasley Rd. Versailles. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2 p.m. Oct. 2. Tickets are $25 for an adult, $18 for student. woodfordtheatre.com
Comedian Greg Warren at Comedy Off Broadway
Comedian Greg Warren will perform at Comedy Off Broadway on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 6:30 and 9 p.m., with both Oct. 1 shows being taped. Tickets are $15-18. 161 Lexington Green Cir #C4. ComedyOffBroadway.com.
UK Opera Theatre: ‘The Magic Flute’ at the Lexington Opera House
The UK Opera Theatre will perform Mozart’s classic “The Magic Flute” during a series of performances this weekend at the Lexington Opera House. Show times are on Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $47. 401 W Short St. LexingtonOperaHouse.com.
Bruce Springsteen ‘Nebraska’ tribute concert at The Fishtank
Willie Eames, Rhyan Sinclair, Lance Rogers and other Central Kentucky based musicians will celebrate the 40 year anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s album “Nebraska” during a tribute concert at The Fishtank on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. 500 Euclid Ave. facebook.com/events/1660846630953290.
Vinyl Richie concert at The Burl
Vinyl Richie will be cranking out all of your favorite 90’s hits during a concert at The Burl on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. 375 Thompson Rd. TheBurlKy.com.
Justin Wells, Sydney Adams concert at The Virginia in Somerset
Two of Kentucky’s brightest and most contrasting country music talents, Justin Wells and Sydney Adams, will team up for a concert at The Virginia in Somerset on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. 214 E Mt. Vernon St, Somerset. TheVirginiaKy.com.
Wilmore Arts And Crafts Festival
Wilmore’s 24th annual arts and crafts festival will take place on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Available will be everything from knitted and crocheted items to candles, soap, shaker boxes, wreaths, farmhouse signs, jewelry, baskets, woven items, body care products, dog treats, wrought iron furniture, pottery, food trucks, pony rides, live music and more. The event is free to attend. 335 E Main St, Wilmore. facebook.com/events/360701569401022.
Fallin Into Fun Festival at Jack Kain Ford in Versailles
Fall into fun at the free-to-attend Fallin Into Fun Festival at Jack Kain Ford in Versailles on Oct. 1 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The event includes art and craft vendors, food trucks, a classic car cruise-in, kids’ zone and live music from Ben Lacy and others. 3405 Lexington Rd, Versailles. facebook.com/events/1244079939738489.
Millstone Festival in Richmond
Dreaming Creek Brewery and the City of Richmond will host the second annual Millstone Festival on the streets of downtown Richmond on Oct. 1 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The event will include craft, food and alcohol/liquor vendors along with a kid’s area, petting zoo, car cruise and live music from Grayson Jenkins and others. The event is free to attend. facebook.com/events/614940560065697.
Grasstober Music Festival in Winchester
Restless Leg String Band, Driftwood Gypsy, Matt Fassass and others will perform during the free-to-attend Grasstober Music Festival in downtown Winchester on Oct. 1 from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 21 E Broadway St, Winchester. Facebook.com/grasstoberfest.
Oktoberfest at West Sixth Brewing
West Sixth Brewing is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration at its original Lexington location on Oct. 1 at noon. Tickets are $160 per table (seating 6-12 people) and includes six West Sixth steins to keep, 10 beer tickets, a big bag of spicy snack mix, four soft pretzels, containers of beer cheese, local veggie spread and local hummus, and more in addition to Smithtown Seafood serving up Bavarian specials all day, traditional live music, a stein hoisting competition and more. 506 W Sixth St #100. westsixth.com.
Breeders’ Cup Fashion Show & Tea with Polly Singer
The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall, 3414 Iron Works Pike, is offering an elegant afternoon tea featuring Polly Singer’s artisan teas and her Fall 2022 Collection of Couture Hats. 2 p.m. Oct. 2, $45 plus tax and tip, reservations required, 859-255-2777.
Harvest Market at Wildside Winery in Versailles
Wildside Winery in Versailles will host farmers, growers, makers, artists, merchants and food vendors at its fall market on Oct. 1 from noon-7 p.m. and Oct. 2 from noon-5 p.m. The event is free to attend, but parking is $10. 5500 Troy Pike, Versailles. facebook.com/events/4885836364853491.
‘Authors In The Bluegrass’ at Kroger Field
Over 60 best selling authors will gather for book signings at Kroger Field for “Authors In The Bluegrass” on Oct. 1 at noon. Tickets are $30. 1540 University Dr. facebook.com/events/294735189415570.
Bourbon On The Banks Festival in Frankfort
Over 50 distilleries will be on site for sampling during the Bourbon On the Banks Festival at River View Park in Frankfort on Oct. 1 from 2-6 p.m. General admission tickets are $65. 404 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort. BourbonOnTheBanks.org.
Comedian Jo Koy at Rupp Arena
Comedian Jo Koy will bring his “Funny Is Funny” world tour to Rupp Arena on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45.50. 430 W Vine St. RuppArena.com.
Them Vibes concert at The Burl
Nashville based rock group Them Vibes will perform at The Burl on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. with support from Lexington area acts Sour Cream and Champs Of The Sun. Tickets are $15. 375 Thompson Rd. TheBurlKy.com.