The Best (new) Summer Events in Lexington

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In lieu of our usual summer entertainment spread — which has traditionally focused on providing exhaustive listings for as many summer series, festivals, fairs and other seasonal events as possible — this year we have opted to put a deeper emphasis on a handful of events that are new to Lexington’s summer lineup, many of which are entering their inaugural season in 2014. Though some of the events featured have been around for a bit longer, we have chosen to highlight them because we either feel they aren’t as present on the public radar as maybe they deserve to be or because they are doing something new or noteworthy this season.

For those completists out there, we have also provided an “at a glance” comprehensive calendar that includes dates and basic details for dozens more of the annual “usual suspect” summer events. You’ll find the most comprehensive events listings on our online arts and culture calendar,, which is updated daily.

Lots of new developments are taking place all over Lexington, and those developments are echoed in the city’s growing cultural landscape — maybe this guide will even help you discover your new favorite event.

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Summer Programming at MoonDance at Midnight Pass

Summerfest, Big Band & Jazz and a new live music series, Summer Nights in Suburbia

Best of Bluegrass

Second annual multi-venue celebration of bluegrass music (much of it free), leading up to the 41st annual Festival of the Bluegrass

PlayThink Movement & Flow Festival

An inclusive and dynamic celebration of creativity, art and movement

Harry Dean Stanton Festival

This year featuring Stanton himself!

WUKY’s Phoenix Fridays

New downtown music series provides curated by WUKY

Moontower Music Festival

Inaugural music festival featuring Moon Taxi, Sundy Best and more

Well Crafted Festival

Inaugural music festival celebrating Lexington’s craft beer and music cultures against the idyllic background of Shaker Village

Crave Lexington

Second annual family-friendly, free food + music festival, produced by Smiley Pete Publishing

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