Family Weekend Schedule - Sunday, October 8, 2017

 

Dawn to Dusk  Arboretum

(Alumni Drive east of Kroger Field) Take a stroll on the 2.1 mile paved walkway meandering through Kentucky’s official state botanical garden. The path includes “Walk across Kentucky,” an educational exploration of the various specimens of trees, shrubs, grasses, and other plant life native to one of the seven physiographic regions of Kentucky. Kids of all ages will love the Kentucky Children’s Garden. For more information, visit www.ca.uky.edu/arboretum/

 

8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.Tour of the Bluegrass & a Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail - SOLD OUT!

(Bus will pick up in the Scott Street parking lot across from the Taylor Education Building and Dickey Hall) Take a driving tour with your family through the Kentucky Bluegrass and stop to visit some of Lexington’s most iconic locations including a behind-the-scenes tour of Keeneland (www.keeneland.com), a tour of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm (www.oldfriendsequine.org), a driving tour of horse country, and a driving tour of historic downtown Lexington. Can’t decide between the Tour of the Bluegrass and A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail? You don’t have to! While you are touring, enjoy samples of doughnuts from bakeries around Lexington and vote on your favorite. The tour will pick up passengers in the Scott Street parking lot across from the Taylor Education Building and Dickey Hall at 8:45 a.m. and will drop off passengers in the same location at 12 p.m. Parking will also be available in the Scott Street parking lot. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online at www.uky.edu/familyweekendtix. Tickets must be purchased in advance by 4 p.m. on September 15 (pending availability); no refunds will be issued after this date. Tickets will not be available for sale at the event.

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kentucky Horse Park

(4089 Iron Works Pike) The Kentucky Horse Park lives up to its reputation as the place to get close to horses! Home to many different breeds, large and small, the park introduces you to the world of the horse. Experience the behind-the-scenes sights and sounds of a real working horse farm as you explore the grounds. Kentucky Horse Park tickets include admission to the world-renowned International Museum of the Horse, the American Saddlebred Museum, a Horse-Drawn Tour, and equine presentations throughout the day. For ticket prices and visitor information, visit http://kyhorsepark.com

 

10 a.m. – 12 noon A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail - SOLD OUT!

(Boone Center, corner of Rose St. and Columbia Ave.) In 2012, The New York Times article “Twists and Turns along a Kentucky Doughnut Trail” brought well-deserved publicity to many of the region’s fine doughnut purveyors and introduced the country to one of Kentucky’s sweetest secrets. Now we are bringing the Kentucky Doughnut Trail to you! Join us and the AcoustiKats, UK’s men acapella group (www.youtube.com/user/acoustikatsofficial) to sample doughnuts from some of our favorite local bakeries, including North Lime Coffee & Donuts, Spalding’s Bakery, Magee’s Bakery, Donut Days Bakery, and Doughdaddy’s Doughnuts; then vote for your favorite!

Tickets to A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail are $12 per person. Tickets will be available online at www.uky.edu/familyweekendtix starting Friday, August 18. Tickets must be purchased in advance by 4 p.m. on September 15 (pending availability); no refunds will be issued after this date. Tickets will not be available for sale at the event.

 

10 a.m. – 12 noon See the Sun!

(Outside the Boone Center, corner of Rose St. and Columbia Ave.) The sun is mostly hydrogen. When you look at the sun exclusively in the color of ionized hydrogen, you see things that cannot be seen with simple white-light filters. You are invited to join the Department of Physics and Astronomy and see the sun, weather permitting, using a special telescope that is designed to do one thing only: to safely observe the sun in a single color. This event will be cancelled in the event of rain.

 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Lexington Farmers Market 

(Southland Drive) Enjoy a morning visit to check out fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers, jams and jellies, honey, Kentucky specialties, and more. For more information, visit www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.   

 

11 a.m. – 12 midnight  Johnson Student Recreation Center

(South Campus, Complex Drive) Families are welcome to tour UK’s state-of-the-art recreation facility. Families are invited to work out with their students (valid UK student ID required; guests must be at least 14 years old and show a photo ID). 

 

11 a.m.  Live Horse Racing at Historic Keeneland

(Keeneland is located off Versailles Road across from Blue Grass Airport.) Attending races at Keeneland is a favorite pastime in Lexington! Bring the whole family to enjoy the horses, pageantry, and tradition! Gates open at 11 a.m., and post time for the first race is 1:05 p.m. Races run throughout the day approximately every half hour. General admission is $5 per person; children 12 and under are admitted free. Other seating options are available. For more information on planning your Keeneland day, visit www.keeneland.com.

 

12 noon – 2 p.m.  Sunday Lunch at Historic Spindletop Hall - SOLD OUT!

(Spindletop Hall, 3414 Ironworks Pike) Join UK administrators and faculty for a delicious Sunday lunch at historic Spindletop, UK’s private club for faculty, staff, and alumni. An adult meal is $22. Children 12 and under dine for $14. Tickets will be available online at www.uky.edu/familyweekendtix starting Friday, August 18. Tickets must be purchased in advance by 4 p.m. on September 15 (pending availability); no refunds will be issued after this date. Tickets will not be available for sale at the event. Business casual dress is appropriate; no denim please. Lunch will be served from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. Tickets will not be available for sale at the event. For more information on Spindletop, visit www.spindletophall.org.   

 

12 noon – 5 p.m. ● The Art Museum at UK

(Located in the Singletary Center for the Arts) Visit the Art Museum to see the museum’s permanent collection – works of art from a rich variety of times and places are on view at all times. The collection includes significant examples of painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography. Visitors can also enjoy our sculpture garden, directly outside the museum’s entrance. Call 859-257-5716 or visit http://finearts.uky.edu/art-museum.

 

2 p.m.  UK Volleyball vs. Auburn

(Memorial Coliseum) Cheer on the volleyball team as they take on Auburn! As a special treat for Family Weekend guests, any UK student wishing to bring their family to the game can get four guests in for free in addition to the regular free student admission (with a valid UK student ID). Additional tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Tickets are general admission and may be purchased by calling the Wildcat Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287 or at the ticket office prior to, or on the day of, the game. Visit www.ukathletics.com for more information. 

 

2 p.m.  UK Men’s Soccer vs. South Carolina

(The Bell Soccer Complex) Cheer on the men’s soccer team as they take on South Carolina! As a special treat for Family Weekend guests, any UK student wishing to bring their family to the game can get four guests in for free in addition to the regular free student admission (with a valid UK student ID). Additional tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Tickets are general admission and may be purchased by calling the Wildcat Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287 or at the ticket office prior to, or on the day of, the game. Visit www.ukathletics.com for more information. 

 

7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) ● UK Opera Theatre presents La Traviata

(Singletary Center for the Arts) La Traviata is one of the cornerstones of the operatic repertory. The score is littered with fantastic tunes that are now wildly famous (even those who aren’t at all operatically versed will know many of the arias from countless TV ads) but beyond that it is the coherence of the whole piece that makes it a masterpiece. Individual tickets are available at www.etix.com or by calling the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929. For more information, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center.