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Kentucky Tourism have shared all the latest news from attractions, arts & culture to culinary, horses and music - with of course some Bourbon thrown in too!

International Museum of the Horse debuts “African American Horse Stories” – The International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington has launched a new collaborative history website, Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry. Building upon the museum’s permanent exhibit Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf, the site is designed to increase awareness, education and access to African American history, specifically in relation to the horse industry. The Chronicle relies on archival materials as well as stories, photos and memorabilia. Read more...

New tour at Derby Museum focuses on African Americans in the racing industry – Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville on Saturday afternoons for a special 90 minute “African Americans in Thoroughbred Racing Tour.” From slavery to modern day times, learn about the African Americans who have made their mark on horse racing with stops at significant places at Churchill Downs. Read more...

Muhammad Ali Festival set for June 2021 – The fifth annual Muhammad Ali Festival is set for June 4-13, 2021, and has been expanded to provide inspiration, entertainment, education and activation through events that celebrate the anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s passing and his impactful legacy and love for Louisville. The festival will kick off with the annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards on June 4 and conclude with the Derby City Jazz Festival on June 11-13. Read more...

Bardstown Bourbon Company debuts 360 degree virtual tour – Bardstown Bourbon Company has an interactive 360 degree video tour available online. This enchanting, interactive and educational experience allows viewers anywhere in the world to visually adventure throughout the groundbreaking facilities. From the outdoor grain bins, to the fermentation rooms, to the award-winning Kitchen & Bar and new rickhouse lounge Pete's Place, bourbon lovers can watch every step in the whiskey-making process, while learning more about one of the most modern, technically advanced distilleries in the nation from the comfort of their own home. Read more...

Fresh Bourbon Company to open in early 2021 in Lexington – One of the state’s first African American-owned distilleries is expected to open its doors in early 2021 in Lexington. The 34,000-square-foot facility is expected to feature a music hall and retail space for a new, fresh bourbon experience to showcase a line of grass-to-grain spirits produced by what’s expected to be the state’s first African American Master Distiller. Read more...

Hermitage Farm’s Barn8 Restaurant & Bourbon Bar – 21c Museum Hotel co-founders Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown are the visionaries behind new agricultural dining and bourbon experience at Hermitage Farm, Barn8 Restaurant & Bourbon Bar, which opened in spring 2020. The Bourbon Bar & Lounge features an innovative cocktail program that utilizes ingredients from the surrounding farms, along with an extensive list of rare whiskeys and aged bourbons from Barn8’s small batch program. An impressive entrance of 100 bourbon barrels lines the main staircase leading up to the second floor Hayloft, which will be used for private dining for up to 200. Read more...

Wilderness Trail Distillery becomes 18th stop on Kentucky Bourbon Trail – The Wilderness Trail Distillery is now the 18th stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. This distillery is located on a 163-acre campus in Danville, and was one of the first destinations on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. Launched in 2012 as a premium craft distillery, Wilderness Trail has expanded its production and grown its distinctive visitor experience to meet the standards to become the first KBTCT distillery to graduate to the iconic Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour. Read more...

Greyline Station in Lexington becomes mixed-use space – The long vacant bus terminal, Greyline Station, in Lexington has been transformed into a year-round public marketplace featuring a farmer’s market, local restaurants, retail shops, office space and an outdoor entertainment venue. The $5 million-plus project involved a complete restoration of the 65,000-square-foot building. A special 23,000-square-foot section called the Julietta Market has stalls that entrepreneurs can rent during special events and other times to help serve as a stepping stone to a brick-and-mortar business. Read more...

New barbeque and soul food in downtown Louisville – The Sauce 502 opened August 2020 on the corner of West Market Street and Third Street in downtown Louisville. The soul food restaurants offers down home, Southern cuisine – pulled pork, ribs, wings, beef brisket, smoked turkey, collard greens, banana pudding and more! The Sauce 502 also features Deke’s Bar, with craft beers, cocktails and delicious wines. Read more...

Breeders’ Cup returning to Keeneland in 2022 – The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is set to return to the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington in 2022. The prestigious international horse racing event was held at Keeneland in November 2020, but no fans were in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 ticket holders will be granted first access to purchase the same or similar tickets for the 2022 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Read more...

Railbird Music Festival set to return to Keeneland – Returning August 20-21, 2021 after its successful debut in 2019, the Railbird Music Festival will be held at the Keeneland Racecourse and will feature Grammy Award-winning headliners, culinary demonstrations with Lexington’s top chefs, plus exclusive bourbon tastings. The festival takes its name from a “railbird,” a horse racing enthusiast known for hanging on to the rail as the horses come barreling down the track. Read more...

ROMP in Owensboro – Hosted by the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro, the annual ROMP Festival celebrates the roots and branches of bluegrass! ROMP is set to return to Owensboro’s Yellow Creek Park June 23-26, 2021. Artist-led instrument workshops and other educational forums, kids’ activities and performances from world renowned artists create the perfect bluegrass jam session. Read more...

Louisville's Waterfront Botanical Gardens now open to the public – The 23-acre urban botanical garden near the intersection of Frankfort Avenue and River Road has been in the works for years, and two portions are now open to the public. The Mary Lee Duthie Gardens extend to the west of the new Graeser Family Education Center and contain the Pollinator Garden and Kentucky Native Garden. Enjoy the beauty of native and non-native trees, shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses that contribute to local pollinator health and bird habitat. The new education center will also be available for event rental. Visiting the Waterfront Botanical Gardens is free to the public. Read more...

Zip line through the Kentucky Palisades – Visitors can hike and kayak within one of Kentucky’s most beautiful natural areas – the Kentucky River Palisades, a 450-million-year-old ecosystem – but now for extra adrenaline, visitors can soar 185 feet above the Palisades and the spectacular Boone Creek gorge with Boone Creek Outdoors’ Zipline Canopy Tours. Featuring six zip lines, three sky bridges, a rappel, a spiral and a floating staircase – it’s sure to be an adventure to remember! Read more...

 


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