Each year in late October, as many as 160,000 visitors experience Lexington first hand during the signature annual Barbecue Festival. As cited by Wikipedia, "the annual event is listed in the book 1000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before-You-Die, a part of the series based on the best-selling 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. In 2012, the US News and World Report ranked Lexington as #4 on its list of the best cities for barbecue."
The festival consists of hundreds of exhibitors, multiple stages of entertainment showcasing local and national artists, and of course the world famous Lexington style barbecue! Make plans to attend this renowned event on October 26, 2013!
The 29th Annual Festival held on October 27, 2012 once again demonstrated why the Barbecue Festival has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Food Festivals in the U.S. by Travel and Leisure Magazine and as one of the Top Twenty Events for the month of October by the Southeast Tourism Society! The following photos from the 2012 festival were shared courtesy of Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch.
BBQ Capital Cook-off
Held annually in April, the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned BBQ Capital Cook-Off is a two day event that has attracted more than 45,000 visitors to Uptown Lexington, serving as the ideal complement to Lexington's signature annual Barbecue Festival in October. The competition is stiff with as many as 77 teams competing for a $15,900 prize purse, with the recent addition of the Old North State Series. Previous events have brought competitors from as far away as Australia. The BBQ Capital Cook-off is a fund raising event held by Uptown Lexington, Inc. and sponsored by the Bank of the Carolinas. The event includes live music, activities for children, food vendors, and the Southern Gateway Wine Festival, showcasing wine from area vineyards. Make plans to experience this event April 25-26, 2014!
Congratulations to all 2013 winners! "Two Old Men and a Grill", a local team from Cherryville, North Carolina, was named the Grand Champion of the Third Annual BBQ Capital Cook-off. Hats off to all participants for their hard work!
View video highlights of the 3rd Annual BBQ Cook-off. Photographs and video courtesy of Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch.
Multicultural Festival and Fantastic 4th of July Festival
Lexington presents the Multicultural Festival the first weekend in May. The festival day is packed full of history, culture, art, music, food and dance the whole family will enjoy. Then on July 4th, energizing sounds and spectacular colors fill the night sky as the annual Fantastic 4th Festival comes to Finch Park. In addition to the evening’s firework display, the day offers special amusements and activities for all ages.
Golf and Recreation
The City of Lexington provides an extensive list of fun recreational alternatives. Facilities include parks, tennis courts, athletic fields, walking trails, pools, and basketball courts conveniently located around Lexington.
Completely renovated in 2004, the City’s municipally owned 18-hole championship golf course, Lexington Golf Club was voted "Top 5 Public Renovations of the Year for 2004" by Golf Inc. Magazine. Book your tee time today!
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