It’s summertime in Central Kentucky, and you know what that means – festival season! Whether you’re a local or just visiting, there’s no shortage of events to keep you busy, entertained and well-fed. From music festivals to art fairs to community gatherings, this region has it all. So grab your friends, put on your dancing shoes, and get ready to have some fun.

Here are our top 4 best festivals and events happening in Central Kentucky this summer.

First up on the list is the Lakeside Live at Lexington Green.

If you can’t wait for the weekend to start, kick it off on Thursday nights from May to August, where local bands play on a waterfront stage between 6 pm and 10 AM. Good food, drinks, and great vibes are guaranteed. And if you’re not feeling the live music, soak up the serene view of the lake. It’s the perfect way to get into the weekend groove. For more information, please take a look at their Facebook page.

Next on the list is the Fourth of July Festival & Market. (July 4th)

Every year on the 4th of July, downtown Lexington is transformed into a paradise of entertainment for the entire family. You can expect parades, food, live music, and activities to keep kids of all ages entertained. Grab a beer and watch the fireworks light up the sky, and feel your patriotism soar as you share this moment with your fellow Americans.

Beaumont Craft Beer Festival (July 15th)

For those of you who are craft brew enthusiasts, the Beaumont Craft Beer Festival is not to be missed. The festival happens in September and has over 70 different craft beers from local and afar breweries for you to taste. Coupled with food trucks and great music, it’s sure to be a great time. Get there early to avoid the lines and sip your day away. This event runs between 2 PM and 7 PM.

Riverfest (July 16th)

Featuring the second-to-none great eats at Proud Mary’s Barbecue and situated on the beautiful Kentucky River, KY Riverfest is both a fun and educational event whose mission is to “connect communities to local waterways, water quality education, and resources while enjoying some outdoor summer fun on the water with friends and community members of all ages.”

Central Kentucky has a lot to offer when it comes to festivals and events. Whether you’re a jazz aficionado, a craft brew enthusiast, or want to experience the local culture, there is something for everyone. These events provide the perfect opportunity to socialize with friends, meet new people, and get out of the house and enjoy the great weather.

So mark your calendars and gear up for some summer fun!