Big Band & Jazz
Tuesday, July 12, 19, & 26 | 7 – 9 p.m. | Ecton Park
One of Lexington’s longest running and most beloved concert series, Big Band & Jazz, will host Osland Dailey Jazztet (July 12), Colonels Choice (July 19), and Lexington Concert Band (July 26) at Ecton Park. Picnics are encouraged and patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
Free Friday Flicks (Rain date)
Friday, July 8 | 7 p.m. | Jacobson Park
Celebrating 21 years, Free Friday Flicks offers a great evening of entertainment for all ages, including pre-movie children’s games and a petting zoo, followed by a recently released movie in the park once it gets dark. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Food vendors will also be on site. For safety, pets are not permitted.
History to Chew On
Tuesday, July 12 | 6 p.m. | McConnell Springs
Presenter Jim Hoffmann will discuss the special artists and illustrated newspapers of the Civil War. Refreshments are provided, but guests are encouraged to bring a bag dinner.
AARP Driver Safety Course - Bell House Senior Adult Program
Wednesday, July 13 | 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s largest classroom and online driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. Learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.
Creatures of the Night
Friday, July 15 | 9 p.m. | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Learn about the habits and folklore of the wildlife that is most active at night during this night exploration program, which allows visitors to receive a guided introduction to the world of dusk and darkness in our Kentucky forests. Serendipity is the key as we encounter whatever the night brings us, often including large animals such as deer, turkey, nocturnal mammals, roosting birds, and, of course, a wide-range of insect species, many of which can only be experienced at night. Darkness forces us to rely on our hearing to identify and sort out the sounds of the night. Even our guides see things they have rarely seen in the park during these tours. Call 272-6105 to register for this program.
Friday, July 15 | 5 – 8 p.m. | Downtown Arts Center and City Gallery
Explore the visual arts in downtown Lexington at the LexArts HOP. During this self-guided tour, patrons can explore, enjoy, and buy original works of art in over 50 venues, including the Downtown Arts Center. Official Hop hours are 5 – 8 p.m., but many venues stay open later.
Saturday, July 16 | 10 a.m. | McConnell Springs
Junior Naturalist, Youth K – 5th grade
Elementary aged children will learn pioneer skills and complete an art craft. All equipment for the trail explorations, as well as all the art supplies needed to complete your project, will be provided. Parents or guardians are required to stay with young participants during the program. Please call the park at 225-4073 for more information.
Sunday, July 17 | 2 – 9 p.m. | Douglass Park
Enjoy entertainment and vendors while the summer basketball leagues showcase some great games on Super Sunday. This is a fun, family event at Douglass Park that will celebrate Douglass’ 100th Birthday this July.
S.T. Roach Basketball and Cheerleading Clinic
Sunday, July 18 – 29
Founded by legendary basketball coach and civic leader, Sanford T. Roach, these clinics offer youth ages 6 – 16 the opportunity to participate in a structured basketball and cheerleading clinic at no cost. Participants learn the basic fundamentals of the sport as well as teamwork and sportsmanship from former and current high school coaches and college players.
Session 1 – Co-Ed Basketball: July 18 – 22, 9 a.m. – noon, ages 11 – 16
Session 2 – Co-Ed Basketball: July 18-22, 1 – 4 p.m., ages 11 – 16
Session 3 – Cheerleading: July 25 – 29, 9 a.m. – noon, ages 7-14
Session 4 – Co-Ed Basketball: July 25 – 29, 1 – 4 p.m., ages 6-10
Horseshoe Casino - Bell House Senior Adult Day Trip
Thursday, July 21 | Cincinnati
Senior Adults 60 and over will take a trip to Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati. While there, they will enjoy a meal from one of the many restaurants and try their hand at the multiple gaming and slot machines.
Men’s City Championship/Men’s City Net Division
Friday, July 22 – 24 | Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome, Lakeside Golf Course, and Kearney Hill Golf Links
Entry Deadline: Friday, July 15
Registration Fee: $80 (Championship)/$70 (Net Division), includes green fees, range balls, Sunday lunch and tee gift. Cart is not included.
This Championship is one of Lexington’s favorite golf tournaments and includes golfers of all ages and handicaps. Played on multiple golf courses over the course of three days, this 72-hole tournament is for men who reside in Fayette County or hold a membership at a Fayette County golf club. Divisions offered include handicap and scratch.
Saturday, July 23 | 10 a.m. | McConnell Springs
Enjoy some time outdoors helping clean the park and maintaining the trails.
Little Explorers “Insect Search”
Saturday, July 23 | 10 a.m. | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Designed for elementary aged visitors (Youth K – 5th grade) who want to explore the park, learn about the wildlife of Kentucky, and get a chance to complete an art project. All equipment for the trail explorations, as well as all the art supplies needed to complete your project, will be provided. Parents or guardians are required to stay with young participants during the program. Call 272-6105 to register for this program.
Thursday, July 28 | 7 – 11 p.m. | Shillito Pool
Cost: $25 per person, ages 13 and over
Discover Scuba is a program designed to allow people to learn the basic principles and gear associated with the sport of scuba diving. In this course you’ll receive expert training that will allow you to safely explore scuba diving at a fraction of the cost of a full certification program. Our partnership with New Horizons Scuba Diving allows us to provide you with the equipment and expert staff that they have at their disposal to make this truly unique opportunity available to the public.
Bluegrass State Games
Friday, July 8 – August 13
The Bluegrass State Games is a non-profit program sponsored privately to promote amateur athletics across the Commonwealth. It is the signature event of the Bluegrass Sports Commission, designed to provide Kentuckians of all ages and skill levels a wholesome avenue for positive development through sports and physical activity, to promote and develop amateur athletics and to provide the amateur athlete an opportunity to showcase their talent and receive statewide recognition. Bluegrass State Games is a member of the National Congress of State Games which is a member of the United States Olympic Committee. For more information visit bgsg.org
Douglass and Picadome pools close for the season
Sunday, July 31 | 6 p.m.