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

When it comes to central Kentucky, there is a wide array of activities to partake in during the holiday weekend.

Pools and Lakes

FOX 56’s weather team predicts a warm and beautiful weekend ahead, making it the perfect time to experience your preferred waterway, whether that be a private or public pool, or a lake.

Lexington pools

Saturday, May 28 marks the opening day of 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, on June 4.

To learn more about hours and entry fees for Lexington’s pools, lexingtonky.gov/neighborhood-pools.

Lake life

Although lakes are somewhat hard to come by in the central Kentucky area, there are a few bodies of water of that sort to choose from.

Herrington Lake is approximately 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 that offers a plethora of swimming and fishing opportunities. The lake has more than a dozen marinas that offer boat launches, rental, food, bait, and fuel.

Taylorsville Lake, located approximately 45 miles west of Lexington, also offers ample opportunities for recreational boating and fishing. The lake offers 3,000 acres of water with 78 miles of shoreline, accompanied by a state park that has campgrounds, electric 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

The Burl

The Burl, an indoor/outdoor venue in Lexington, will be hosting multiple live music events over the course of 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, set at Gwinn Island Marina in Danville, will feature music by Taylor Road, John Thomas Moore band, and DJ Casanova. The event is free and allows outside coolers, food, and tents throughout its entirety.

For more information visit allevents.in/danville/the-bash.

Lex Laugh at the Fishtank

This event welcomes people from all walks of life for a night of laughs. It begins at 9 p.m. on May 30 at the Fishtank Bar in Lexington. Tickets are $10. More information is available at allevents.in/lexington/lex-laugh-the-fishtank.


Whether it’s watching a sporting event, or getting active yourself, there are plenty of opportunities in the central Kentucky area.

Lexington Legends

The Lexington Legends are scheduled to face off against the Wild Health Genomes in a Memorial Day showdown at Wild Health Field. The game will begin at 4:30 p.m., visit this link to purchase tickets.

Holiday Run

Frontrunners Lexington is hosting a Memorial Day run as a way to get active this holiday. The event will begin at 9 a.m. on May 30th at A Cup of Commonwealth coffee shop. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Louisville Bats

The Louisville Bats will be hosting the Omaha Storm Chasers at Louisville Slugger Field on May 29. The game will feature live performances by the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team and Mad Chad the Chainsaw Juggler, as well as a Memorial Day Eve fireworks show. Visit this link to purchase tickets.


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

Ceremonies are happening around the state where citizens can go to pay respects and remember the sacrifices U.S. service members made, and make every day.

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

A Memorial Day Ceremony will be 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 C-130 flyover. Following the ceremony, the Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Haldane B. Lamberton will host an open house for Kentucky Guard veterans, retirees, and alumni.

For more information, visit bestthingsky.com/memorialdayremembranceceremony.