Things to do in Central Kentucky for Memorial Day

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, many Kentuckians are researching activities and planning their itinerary.

When it comes to Central Kentucky, there is a wide range of activities to enjoy over the holiday weekend.

Pools and lakes

FOX 56’s weather team predicts a warm and gorgeous weekend, making this the perfect time to experience your favorite waterway, whether it’s a private or public pool or lake.

Lexington Pools

Saturday, May 28 marks the opening day for public aquatic centers in Lexington. This includes Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek and Woodland. Neighborhood pools will not be open for Memorial Day but will open the following weekend, June 4.

For more information on hours and entry fees for Lexington Pools,

lake life

Although lakes are somewhat difficult to find in central Kentucky, there are a few such bodies of water to choose from.

Lake Herrington is about 25 miles southwest of Lexington and is the deepest reservoir in the state. Herrington is thirty five miles long and with 325 miles of shoreline which offers a plethora of swimming and fishing opportunities. The lake has more than a dozen marinas that offer boat ramps, rentals, food, bait, and fuel.

Lake Taylorsville, located about 45 miles west of Lexington, also offers plenty of boating and fishing opportunities. The lake offers 3,000 acres of water with 78 miles of shoreline, accompanied by a state park that has campgrounds, power hookups, bathhouses, and laundry facilities.

FOX 56 wants to remind you to be safe if you choose to go boating this Memorial Day weekend.

Concerts and Shows

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The Burl, an indoor/outdoor venue in Lexington, will host several live music events over Memorial Day weekend. This includes performances by The Weeks with Transistor, Seahags and TLP, and mewithoutYou.

The Bash at Gwinn Island

This Memorial Day weekend camping event, taking place at Gwinn Island Marina in Danville, will feature music from Taylor Road, the band John Thomas Moore and DJ Casanova. The event is free and allows outdoor coolers, food and tents in its entirety.

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Lex Laughing at the Fishtank

This event welcomes people from all walks of life for an evening of laughter. It starts at 9 p.m. on May 30 at the Fishtank Bar in Lexington. Tickets are $10. More information is available at


From watching a sporting event to getting active, there are plenty of opportunities in the Central Kentucky region.

Legends of Lexington

The Lexington Legends are set to take on the Wild Health Genomes in a Memorial Day showdown at Wild Health Field. The game will start at 4:30 p.m., visit this link to buy tickets.

Holiday Run

Frontrunners Lexington is hosting a Memorial Day run in order to stay active over the holidays. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. on May 30 at the A Cup of Commonwealth Cafe. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Louisville Bats

The Louisville Bats will host the Omaha Storm Chasers at Louisville Slugger Field on May 29. The game will feature live performances from the Chicago Boyz stunt team and Mad Chad the Chainsaw Juggler, as well as a Memorial Day Eve fireworks display. Visit this link to purchase tickets.


Although Memorial Day weekend is known for enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends, it’s important to remember what it truly represents.

Ceremonies are held throughout the state where citizens can come to pay their respects and remember the sacrifices the U.S. service members have made and are making every day.

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Kentucky National Guard Memorial located at 100 Minuteman Parkway in Frankfort. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will include an artillery battery salute and a C-130 flyover. Following the ceremony, Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Haldane B. Lamberton will host an open house for veterans, retirees, and veterans of the Kentucky Guard.

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