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Welcome to 2012. This calendar takes a look at some of the big events taking place this year in Central Kentucky. Obviously, it’s not all-inclusive, but it offers some great suggestions. Times and dates are subject to change. For more calendar information, go to Lexgo.com.

January

Monster Jam, above. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 2 p.m. Jan. 15. Rupp Arena. Ticketmaster.com, Rupparena.com.

19th annual African American Ball. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Embassy Suites. (859) 255-2653. AAFinc.tix.com.

Heard it Through the Grapevine. 7-10 p.m. Jan. 27. Hilton Downtown Lexington, WUKY.org/grapevine2012.

February

Garrison Keillor, above. 8 p.m. Feb. 14. EKU Arts Center, Richmond. (859) 622-7469. EKUcenter.com.

Kentucky Sport, Boat and Recreation Show. Feb. 9-12. Rupp Arena and Lexington Convention Center. (859) 233-4567. Rupparena.com.

Disney Live: Three Classic Fairy Tales. 1 and 4 p.m. Feb. 19, 11 a.m. Feb. 20. Rupp Arena. Disney.go.com/disneylive, Rupparena.com.

Art in Bloom, UK Art Museum. Exhibit: noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 24-26, reception: 7 p.m. Feb. 26. (859) 257-6218. www.uky.edu/artmuseum.

March

2012 Kentucky Crafted: The Market, above. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4. Lexington Convention Center. Artscouncil.ky.gov.

Bluegrass Trust Antique and Garden Show. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 16, 17; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 18. Kentucky Horse Park. (859) 253-0362. BGTantiquesandgardenshow.org.

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival. Festival: 1-9 p.m. March 17, CentrePointe lot; parade, 3 p.m. March 17, Main Street. Lexingtonstpatsparade.org.

Lexington Toy & Comic Con. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 24. Lexington Convention Center. Lexingtoncomiccon.com.

April

Georgetown International Kite Festival, above. 10 a.m-5 p.m. April 21, noon-5 p.m. April 22. Cardome Centre, Georgetown. Gtownkitefest@gmail.com or Georgetownky.com.

Central Kentucky Home and Garden Show. 5-9 p.m. April 12, 13; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. April 14; noon-6 p.m. April 15. Lexington Center. (859) 655-3080. CKYhomeshow.com.

Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. April 26-29. Kentucky Horse Park. (859) 233-2362. RK3DE.org.

May

Mayfest, above. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 12, 11 a.m-5 p.m. May 13. Gratz Park. (859) 425-2590. Downtownlex.com.

Goodnight Moon. By Lexington Children's Theatre. 2 and 7 p.m. May 12, 2 p.m. May 13. Lexington Children's Theatre, 418 W. Short St. (859) 254-4546. LCTonstage.org.

Annual Kentucky High School Invitational Rodeo. May 25-27. Kentucky Horse Park. (270) 395-4889. KYHSRA.com.

June

Great American Brass Band Festival, above. June 7-10. Danville. GABBF.org or (859) 319-8426.

Kentucky State HOG Rally. June 7-9. Lexington. Motorcycle rally details to be announced. (859) 935-1464. Kystatehogrally.com.

It's a Grand Night for Singing 20th anniversary. 7:30 June 8, 9; 2 and 7 p.m. June 10. Singletary Center. (859) 257-1706. www.uky.edu/scfa/calendar.php.

Francisco's Farm. June 23-24, Midway College, Midway. (859) 846-4049. Franciscosfarm.org.

July

Bluegrass 10K, above. July 4. Downtown Lexington. (859) 288-2946, (859) 288-2953.

Junior League Horse Show. July 9-14. The Red Mile. (859) 252-8014. Lexjrleague.com.

Miss Kentucky Pageant. July 12-14. Singletary Center for the Arts. (859) 420-6193 Misskentuckypageant.com.

August

Kentucky Reptile Expo, above. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 4. Lexington Center. (606)-547-6643. Kentuckyreptileexpo.com

Woodland Art Fair. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Aug. 19. Woodland Park. Lexingtonartleague.org

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 3. Kentucky Horse Park Campground. Kyhorsepark.com.

September

Bi-Water AutumnFest. Sept. 8-Oct. 31, Bi-Water Farm, Georgetown, (502) 863-3676. Biwaterfarm.com.

Evans Orchard Harvest Celebration, above. Sept. 15-Oct. 31. Evans Orchard, Georgetown. (502) 863-2255. Evansorchard.com.

Scarefest. Sept. 28-30. Lexington Convention Center. Ghosthuntershop.com/scarefest.html.

October

Alltech National Horse Show, above. Oct. 31-Nov.4, Kentucky Horse Park. Alltech.com.

Festival of the Horse. Noon-9 p.m. Oct.5, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7. Georgetown. (502) 863-2547. Festivalofthehorse.org.

Vice Presidential Debate. Oct. 11. Centre College, Danville. Centre.edu/centredebate2012.

November

Southern Lights, above. Nov. 16-Dec. 31. Kentucky Horse Park. (859) 255-5727. Kyhorsepark.com.

UK football: Wildcats play Tennessee. Knoxville. Nov. 24. Time TBA. UKathletics.com. 1-800-928-2287.

December

Lexington Christmas Parade, above: Date and time TBA. Downtown Lexington.

Messiah and Nutcracker performances. Dates and times TBA. Lexington.

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