4 Labor Day Activities in Lexington, KY

August 11th, 2016 by

Labor Day in Lexington, KYLexington, Kentucky is known for two things: bluegrass and horses. It’s rightfully proud of both, but a city of over 300,000 souls can get up to quite a bit more than that during a major holiday like Labor Day. Here are just a few of the activities that the start of September holds in store.

The Southland Jamboree

Labor Day marks the final weekly concert in the bluegrass-based Southland Jamboree series, which starts every Memorial Day and ends every September. Like the other concerts, the Labor Day Southland Jamboree will take place at 7 p.m. in the MoonDance Amphitheater, and while attendance is free, you will need to pay for the concessions provided by Lexington Diner.

The Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on at a dog show, or if you’re already a fan or participant, you’ll be happy to hear that the Bluegrass Classic Dog Show kicks off at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 1, and runs through Labor Day. The show takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park up by the racetrack, so there’s plenty of parking, and vendors will be selling pet-related items while the events are underway. Dogs are welcome, and watching is free, but you’ll have to register well in advance if you want your thoroughbred to take part in the competition.

Red White and Boom Music Festival

Kentucky’s biggest three-day country music festival runs through September 2-4 at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark and features names like Eric Church, Maren Morris, Jason Aldean, and includes six of the top eleven touring country music acts. This is the Red White and Boom Festival’s biggest year yet, and a three-day pass will cost you $179. The concert starts each day at 9 a.m., and it doesn’t end until 15 minutes before midnight.

The Bluegrass Railroad Museum Civil War Train

Throughout the year, the Bluegrass Railroad and Museum over in Versailles offers 90-minute train tours on weekend afternoons, but every so often they pull out something extra special. For Labor Day weekend, they’re putting an old Civil War-era train on the tracks so that visitors can see how people traveled in style 150 years ago. Visitors might also happen upon a minor skirmish between Union and Confederate forces: both of them want to seize the train and the shipment of gold located in one of the cars.

Visiting the museum is free, but a ticket on the train costs between $12 for a child in coach to $19 for an adult in first class, or you can pay $35 for a ride in the locomotive cab. The train leaves the station at 2 p.m., but you’ll want to arrive half an hour earlier for boarding and to look at some of what the museum has to offer.

Despite its population, Lexington is a city that manages to stay true to its country roots. The list of things you can do over the Labor Day weekend is extensive, but you can stop by anytime to see what makes Lexington so unique.