The City of Lexington and Davidson County offer a wide variety of choices in entertainment, sightseeing, shopping and recreation. The mild climate lends itself to enjoying numerous outdoor activities by making use of the local golf course, High Rock Lake, parks and walking trails.
Historic Uptown Lexington is a vibrant, attractive central business district with a unique variety of shopping, restaurants and entertainment including cutting edge Free Outdoor Public WiFi! Surf your smartphone as you explore shops offering a wide variety of merchandise including a unique food market, a one-of-a-kind hardware store receiving nationally televised publicity, an absolute treasure trove candy store for all ages, women's clothing boutique and accessories, men's and women's outdoor clothing and shoes, local handmade pottery, books, antiques, art, jewelry, eclectic garden accessories and gifts, consignments and much, much more. With awesome lunch eateries, coffee and dessert options, take a break amidst your surfing and shopping uptown and make a day or overnight stay of your venture to Lexington!
For those new to Lexington, we have helped orient you with a day planner of a few of the many "must see" options on our Visiting page!
Also visit the Calendar of Events for upcoming attractions!
The Lexington Farmers Market is located in the Historic Southern Railway Freight Depot and is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to October offering fresh products from local farms, with special offseason markets viewable from the Calendar of Events. See the past unfold at the Davidson County Historical Museum and enjoy concerts, plays and other live entertainment at the 1,100 seat Edward C. Smith Civic Center. A fast growing popular nightlife spot offers exceptional live music. Enjoy great food with lots of variety at a host of restaurants.
Street festivals are abundant in Uptown Lexington with the granddaddy of them all, the Lexington Barbecue Festival, leading the way on the fourth Saturday in October. The Barbecue Festival is one of the largest one day food festivals in the southeast with attendance of 160,000 to see top name entertainment and crafts with the star of the show being Lexington style hickory-cooked pork barbecue. Uptown Lexington is also home to the officially sanctioned BBQ Capital Cook-off competition drawing over 50 professional teams and over 15,000 visitors the last weekend in April. The Uptown Lexington Christmas Open House, Summer Strolls, Alive After Five Concerts and parades celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Veterans and Christmas keep the streets rocking! The Lexington Police Department hosts National Night Out in August year and at beautiful central Finch Park, the City Parks and Recreation department sponsors the Lexington Multicultural Festival the first Saturday in May and the "Fantastic July 4th" Festival with an incredible fireworks display!
Two unique shopping and entertaining experiences involve two of Lexington's most famous celebrities - Bob Timberlake and Richard Childress. The Bob Timberlake Gallery is home to the art, furniture, accessories and memorabilia of the internationally known artist who was born and raised in Lexington. The Richard Childress Winery and Vineyards, owned by the NASCAR legend, is in the top 25 tasting rooms in the nation according to Wine Enthusiast magazine and offers wine tastings, great food, tours and live music every weekend. Additional information about local attractions can be found by perusing our visiting section!
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