Here’s a Lexington list and guide to the best weekend events in Central Kentucky on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when you’re bored and need things from live music to ballet performances, festivals, craft fairs, summer markets, and more.
Sam Morril Comedy Show
Comedian Sam Morril, a regular on Comedy Central’s “This Week at the Comedy Cellar,” will perform at Comedy Off Broadway August 5-7. Tickets are $ 25. 161 Lexington Green Cir, # C4. ComedyOffBroadway.com.
Ballet under the stars
Lexington’s popular summer tradition returns to Woodland Park August 5-8. The pre-show youth production “Sleeping Beauty’s Dream” starts at 8:00 pm. Professional dancers from the Kentucky Ballet Theater begin the main show at 9:00 PM. Bring lounge chairs or blankets to sit on. Discounts on purchase or a picnic pack. Admission: $ 8, children 3 and under are free. lexingtonky.gov/ballet-under-stars
Brother Smith in concert
Wes and Aaron Smith’s cross-genre musical act Brother Smith will perform at Slainte Public House in Georgetown on August 6th at 8pm. Participation in the event is free. 320 E Main Street, Georgetown. facebook.com/events/502310537864410.
Elkhorn Creek Float Fest
The third annual Elkhorn Creek Float Fest takes place on August 7th, 11 am-5pm at Peninsula Park in Georgetown. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tubes and sunscreen to the event, which also includes music, food, prizes, and a chance to learn about local waterways. Tickets are $ 10 for adults and $ 8 for children under 12. 104 Payne Avenue, Georgetown. Eventbrite.com.
Kre8Marktmesse & Expo
Browse for goods from local artists and manufacturers during Kre8Now Makerspace’s Kre8Market Fair & Expo on August 7th from 12pm to 5pm. Vendors include Soap Made Simply, Hooligan’s Forge, HillBilly Jams & Jellies, and more. Pivot Brewery, Nathan’s Taqueria and Daughters Southern will also be on site serving food and drink. Participation in the event is free. 305 Codell Dr. facebook.com/events/946032409576775.
Shaker Village craft fair
The 24th Shaker Village Craft Fair returns to Harrodsburg on August 7th and 8th from 10am to 5pm and more. Food trucks with live music, special demonstrations, exhibitions, hay rides and giveaways are offered throughout the day. Tickets are $ 10 for adults 13 and older, $ 5 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6. 3501 Lexington Street, Harrodsburg. ShakerVillageKy.org/Events/Craft-Fair-3/.
Kentucky reptile show
From 10 am to 4 pm on August 7th at the newly renovated Central Bank Center, the Kentucky Reptile Expo will showcase captive-bred reptiles and supplies from some of the best breeders in the country. Buy and learn about reptiles, amphibians, spiders, insects and more from the experts in their care. Animals and pet products can be sold at wholesale prices that could be more than 50% lower than pet store prices quoted by the promoters. Entry is $ 7. kentuckyreptileexpo.com
Tacos on two wheels in Gardenside
The Greater Gardenside Association is hosting a bike tour on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m., followed by a three-taco meal from local taco vendors. The 5-mile tour is suitable for all ages and passes through the Gardenside, West Gardenside, Garden Springs, and Beaumont Park neighborhoods. Pre-registration is required. 11. $. greatgardenside.org/tacosontwowheels
Blue grass Cuban sandwich cook-off
The very first Bluegrass Cuban Sandwich Cook-Off will take place on August 7th at 6:30 p.m. at Rock House Brewing to be determined by the participants. Attendees include Big Kahuna Hawaiian BBQ, The Cuban Corner, Phat & Happy, Kismet, and IP&J Cuban Food. Tickets to try sandwiches and vote are $ 4. 119 Luigart Ct. facebook.com/events/572455840376630.
Big maracas in concert
Big Maracas will perform at Al’s Bar on August 7th at 8pm. Tickets are $ 10. 601 N limestone. facebook.com/events/190474802923827.
Bourbon N ‘Toulouse and Lady Remoulade are hosting a drag brunch at the Chevy Chase Inn on August 8 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Only six tables are left for each brunch, priced at $ 300 each. The tickets include a three-course menu with beignet, etouffée and a starter of your choice. 833 E Euclid Avenue Eventbrite.com.
Viennese dog races on the Red Mile
The Red Mile dog races in Vienna begin on August 8th with registration at 11:30 a.m., after the post office at 1:00 p.m. Pre-registration online, but the day of registration may be allowed if space permits. Participation in the event is free. There will be tents for shade and mister and water bowls to keep your dogs cool. Two dollar corn dogs and two dollar beers are available. 1200 Red Mile Road. RedMileKy.com.
Jeremy Pinnell in concert
Singer-songwriters Jeremy Pinnell and Eric Bolander will perform at the Elixir Downtown on August 8th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $ 15 upfront or $ 20 on the day of the show. 249 W Short St. Eventbrite.com.