Roots & Heritage Festival
The annual downtown Lexington celebration of diversity is from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, primarily along Elm Tree Lane between Short and Fourth streets. Attractions include the African American Marketplace, KidsFest, the Heritage Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, and music, including a Gospel Celebration at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, 300 East Third Street. To learn more, visit Rootsfestky.com.
BadMouth Theatre Company
BadMouth Theatre Company, a troupe made up of undergraduate theater students from Lexington, Louisville, Atlanta and Chicago, makes its debut this weekend with a production of Nick Payne’s “Constellations.” The play, which played on Broadway last year in a production starring Ruth Wilson and Jake Gyllenhaal, is a two-person drama that takes the meeting of a beekeeper and Cambridge academic and spins into alternative scenarios for the couple based on a variety of scientific principals. Of the Broadway production, The New York Times said, “Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible — and so emotionally devastating?” Show times at the Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street, are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; $10 students. Visit Facebook.com/BadMouthTheatreCompany to learn more.
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Kentucky Cork, Tap and Barrel
The Kentucky Cork, Tap and Barrel is a showcase of Kentucky-made beer, wine and bourbon at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, 251 West Main Street, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Visit Downtownlex.com/kentucky-cork-tap to learn more. Editor's note: The bed races, mentioned in the original post of this item, have been postponed until Oct. 13.
Lexington Chamber Orchestra
The second season for the Lexington Chamber Orchestra starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with Jan Pellant conducting a program that includes Bedrich Smetana’s “Moldau” for strings, Antonin Dvořák’s “Serenade for Strings in E Major,” and Gerald Finzi’s “Let Us Garlands Bring,” a song cycle based on texts from Shakespeare plays, with baritone André Campelo. Admission to the concert at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, 3900 Rapid Run Drive, is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. For more information, visit Lexingtonchamberorchestra.com.
CASA Superhero Run
Court Appointed Special Advocates presents its annual costumed dash for the family starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Ironworks Pike. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $20 for the 1K for ages 12 and younger in advance from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the CASA Office, 1155 Red Mile Place, and goes up $5 on site the day of the race. Visit Lexingtoncasa.com for more information.
All the Little Pieces album preview
Lexington-based All the Little Pieces will present a preview of its forthcoming album “The Legend of Lavinia Fisher” at 9 p.m. Friday at O’Neil’s, 2051 Richmond Road. The band will play the album in its entirety, then The Sway will perform and All the Little Pieces will return to play some of the band’s favorites. Visit Allthelittlepiecesband.com for more.