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Comics, girls night at the mall, a beer party and 7 other events on tap this weekend

Swaptember: Another step in making Lexington the geek capital of Kentucky

LexCon Swaptember is a one-day event on Sept. 9 that allowed vendors to buy, sell and trade comics, toys and other pop culture items.
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LexCon Swaptember is a one-day event on Sept. 9 that allowed vendors to buy, sell and trade comics, toys and other pop culture items.

Girls Night Out

Fayette Mall will celebrate girls night out with an exclusive shopping event on Sept. 6th from 4-8 p.m. The night includes special in-store discounts, VIP experiences, beauty tutorials, complimentary swag bags, raffles, live music from Honeychild, free valet service all night and more. The event is free to attend. 3401 Nicholasville Road. shopfayette-mall.com

Stave Fest

The inaugural Stave Fest in downtown Lawrenceburg will take place on Sept. 7 beginning at 10 a.m. The gathering features live music from 11 bands including Fleetwood Mac cover band Second Hand News, 17 food and beverage vendors and artisan craft vendors. The festival is free to attend. Visitlawrenceburgky.com/event/the-stave-fest/

LCTC Fall FanFest

Formerly, “Swaptember”, the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention’s Fall Fan Fest will take place at Lexington Center’s Heritage Hall, 430 West Vine Street, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. According to LexCon, this comic and toy swamp meet promises that “old school” comic con feel. $20, kids 10 and under free. Lexingtoncomiccon.com

Charity Horse Show

New Vocations, a retired racehorse adoption program, will hold the All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show and The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships from Sept. 6-8 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hunter/Jumped Complex. The event is the largest all-Thoroughbred hunter/jumper and dressage show ever to take place at the Kentucky Horse Park with over 400 retired racehorses from 23 countries expected to participate. 4089 Iron Works Parkway. NewVocations.org/Kentucky-Charity-Thoroughbred-Show

Waveland Art Fair

The 6th annual Waveland Art Fair will take place Sept. 7-8 at Waveland State Historic Site with narrative and old-time music performances, children’s activities, walks through the historic home and more. The fair will be open Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. 225 Waveland Museum Lane. parks.ky.gov/calendar/details/waveland-art-fair-2019/77145/

Highlights from the annual Roots and Heritage Festival in Downtown Lexington, including the parade featuring floats and local marching bands.

Roots & Heritage Festival

The 31st annual Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival will continue through Sept. 8 with a variety of events including music from Eric Nolan Grant of the O’Jays and others, an African American Marketplace, literary readings and more at the Lyric Theatre, Kentucky Theatre and outside along Elm Tree Lane. Activities begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6, 11 a.m. on Sept. 7 and 10 a.m. on Sept. 8. The event is free to attend. 300 East Third Street and 214 East Main Street. RootsFestKY.com

Kentucky State BBQ Festival

The 8th ever Kentucky State BBQ Festival will come to the grounds of Wilderness Trail Distillery in Danville from Sept. 6-8 with a collection of music, beer, bourbon and mouth-watering barbecue from vendors and seven celebrity pitmasters. Also on tap are a variety of seminars including Bourbon 101, Story of Rye and Bourbon and BBQ, among others. Tickets start at $5 and stretch to $150 plus fees for VIP packages. 4095 Lebanon Rd, Danville. KYBBQFestival.com

Fest-Of-Ales
Forty local and regional craft breweries will be represented at Friday’s Fest-of-Ales. Rob Bolson 2016 file photo

Fest of Ales

The Lexington Fest of Ales returns for the 10th year on Sept. 6 at the Cheapside Pavilion in the heart of downtown. Presented by VisitLex and Brewgrass Trail, the event will feature 40 local and regional craft breweries to sample. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a VIP pre-party followed by the main event from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $35-70 plus fees and include 20 draught tastings, a commemorative tasting cup, live music, and more. You must be 21 or older to attend. 251 West Main Street. LexFestOfAles.com

Nature Hop

The 2019 Lexington Nature Hop will take place on Sept. 8 at green spaces throughout Fayette County featuring 24 unique events, ranging from Geocaching, gaming outdoors and learning about the Preston’s Cave Springs Park. The event is designed to raise awareness of nature in our urban environment. Activities will begin at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by a wrap-up session at 5 p.m. at the Lexington Public Library’s downtown branch. 140 East Main Street. LexingtonKY.gov/NatureHop

Kentucky Proud Festival

Cumulus Media and C worth Superstore will present the first annual Kentucky Proud Festival on Sept. 8 from 1-5 p.m. at the Bluegrass Stockyards. Over 25 vendors will be on hand including Wise Bird Cider, Spotz Gelato and Rocky Ridge Hemp Co. The event is free to attend. 4561 Iron Works Pike. nashfm929.com/2019/08/08/kentucky-proud-festival/

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