Lexington has many thriving arts organizations including a professional orchestra, two ballet companies, a professional theatre, several museums including a basketball museum. There is an opera program at the University of Kentucky. Many festivals are held throughout the year including the Festival of the Blue Grass and the Roots and Heritage Festival. The University of Kentucky Art Museum is the leading art museum of the region.
The University of Kentucky isn't the only institution of higher learning. Transylvania University (Transy), located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Ky., is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by The Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through 38 majors and 37 minors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, with nearly 1,100 students. Various concerts and plays are performed on its campus throughout the year.
The Red Mile is the second oldest harness track in the world and is known for its red clay, one-mile track. For 140 years, harness racing’s elite have converged on Red Mile to stage some of the greatest equine battles in history. In addition to each year’s showcase horse racing, Red Mile simulcasts 364 days a year and hosts numerous horse sales. In 2015, the Red Mile completed a $42 million renovation. This renovation also included the addition of a gambling venue, entertainment attrium and new restaurant. In addition to racing and gambling the Red Mile now host various live performances throughout the year.
As for the restaurant scene, Lexingtonians love restaurants. The city boasts an array of comfort food choices and a large selection of locally owned upscale establishments. There is even the Downtown Lexington Walking Food Tour where you can sample the offerings of many of the downtown resturants. Downtown Lexington Food Tours.