By Kelly Heitz
Well Lexingtonians, we’ve had a dose of fall weather this week, so why not enjoy the weekend celebrating the best the season has to offer at a few exciting festivals? Whether you’re gearing up for Halloween and need a little fright in your night, or are looking for a few family-friendly activities, Lexington has you covered. Read on for the best things to do in Lexington this weekend.
Scarefest Horror & Paranormal Convention
Thinking of doing something crazy this weekend? Head to the 11th annual Scarefest, the nation’s largest horror and paranormal convention hosted by Ghost Chasers International. The three-day event takes place at the Lexington Convention Center September 14-16 and features terrifying exhibits, exciting seminars and meet and greets with celebrities from the horror, sci-fi and paranormal genres. This year’s special guests include Darren Lynn Bousman, director of Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV, actor Jeffrey Combs from Re-Animator and The Frighteners, and Elvira herself, Cassandra Peterson.
Visit thescarefest.com for the full line-up, schedule and to purchase your tickets.
Midway Fall Festival
For an event that’s a little less frightening, head to Midway for their annual Fall Festival this Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16. Now in its 44th year, this autumnal jubilee features local crafts and artists, incredible food vendors, children’s activities and some of the best in local music talent on the Country Boy Brewing Stage. Be ready to dance and explore the best in Kentucky culture at this family-friendly fest!
For more information on vendors and schedule of events, visit midwayfallfestival.com.
Fayette County Fair
Round out your weekend fun with a celebration of Kentucky proportions at Red Mile. This Sunday, September 16 is Kentucky Sire Stakes Day, which is the biggest day of harness racing in the state. To celebrate, there will be live music, kids’ attractions, an art fair, food trucks and more beer and bourbon than you’ll know what to do with. Admission is free, but be sure to bring cash to make a few race bets!
For more info, head to thefayettecountyfair.com.