High school baseball teams seek state title
The Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament returns to Whitaker Bank Ballpark, with 16 region champions battling for the title. The first two rounds take place through Saturday and the semi-finals and finals play out the following week on Friday and Saturday. Scott County, the 11th Region winner, plays Caldwell County at 6 p.m. Friday.
Festival of the Bluegrass will have the Horsepark jammin’
44th annual Festival of the Bluegrass will feature 18 bands playing Bluegrass music over four days at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, 4089 Iron Works Pkwy. Tickets are $20-$100, free for ages 12 and younger. For a full schedule and tickets, go to Festivalofthebluegrass.com.
Bluegrass BBQ Fest
Local and regional barbecue faves, including Red State, Edley’s and Bradford, will serve up eats in downtown Lexington. The weekend will include live music. Hours are from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, 120 North Limestone. (Bluegrassbbqfest.com)
UK Opera Theatre: ‘It’s A Grand Night for Singing’
More than 100 University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and community performers will take part in the 25th anniversary production of the popular musical revue. This year’s event features tunes from Billboard to Broadway. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Singletary Center, 405 Rose Street. ($40 to $45; Finearts.ukyedu/singletary-center)
Unleash your pet-loving charitable side
Grab your tennis shoes and your four-legged friend for the 20th annual Mutt Strut. You may walk with your pup at Keeneland to benefit the nearly 5,000 animals the Lexington Humane Society cares for each year. Registration is $20 for adults, $15 ages 12 and younger in advance. Day-of registration is $30 and begins at 9 a.m. One-mile walk starts at 10. (Lhsmuttstrut.com)
Winchester’s Main Street turns into beer cheese boulevard
One of Central Kentucky’s favorite snacks enjoys its own special day at the Beer Cheese Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Winchester. Buy a $5 wristband to sample all the beer cheese you’d like. There also will be live music, a beer garden and arts and crafts. (Beercheesefestival.com)