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While exploring the city, you can:
- Visit the Richmond Area Arts Center, situated at the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Water Street, housed in a historical church building, which offers children's programs, art displays, concerts and music workshops.
- Find out more about the Civil War by taking the Battle of Richmond Self Guided Tour, at the Richmond Visitor Center, on Lancaster Road, where you can explore the paths and the battlefields, and you can also purchase cassettes or CD's which reveals the story of the second largest Civil War Battle in Kentucky.
- Explore the downtown area of Richmond City and take advantage of the shopping and dining opportunities available.
Eastern Kentucky University has a long standing tradition of excellence in academics and sports, and the Eastern Kentucky Colonels bring excitement to the city every time they play.
One of the EKU traditions is the annual Diamond Legacy Dinner kept after the university's basketball season, at the Perkins Building. After the 2010 season, the guest speaker at the traditional event was the favorite former EKU player, Sam Holbrook.
The list of annual festivals and fairs that happen in Richmond, KY includes: the Battle of Richmond Reenactment, celebrated in the last week-end of August and held at Battlefield Park, the Free Summer Concerts Event, which takes place every Tuesday night of June and July, offering visitors a wide range of musical genres, including jazz and country, the popular Richmond Pottery Festival and Kids Fest, celebrated on Labor Day Weekend, featuring various fun activities for children, including a petting zoo, and the Halloween Hoedown, celebrated on Halloween, consisting of a beautiful parade on Main Street, an entertaining costume contest, hay rides and many other fun, family activities.
The nightlife scene of Richmond, KY mostly happens on First Street, which was originally used in the 1800's as a meeting place between court hearings, housing today a wide array of bars and pubs that are often packed with college students.
The list of the most popular nightspots in Richmond includes the Galaxy Bowling Alley, situated on Amberly Way, considered to be `the best family place in town`, according to previous visitors, the Player's Club, located on West Water Street, featuring live band performances on weekends, delicious food and a wide list of alcoholic beverages and refreshments, the Paddy Wagon Irish Pub, on East Main Street, offering live music and plenty of cold beer, recommended by travelers as the place to `experience the true Richmond`, as well as a wide range of restaurants and dance clubs, including English pubs and lounges.
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