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This Week in Parks

June 29 - July 5, 2015

Adult Tennis League Registration  

March 1 - June 30
Dunbar Community Center

These leagues are open to players 15 years old and over and include play for women's and men’s singles, women's and men’s doubles and mixed doubles. For more information, visit the Adult Tennis Page or call 288-2914.

Big Band & Jazz  

7–8:30 pm, Tuesday, May 12- August 18

Held every Tuesday evening from May 12 through August 18, Big Band & Jazz is one of Lexington’s longest running and most beloved concert series. The concerts scheduled for May 12 – June 30 will be held at the Moondance at Midnight Pass in Beaumont. The remaining concerts (July 7 – August 18) will take place at Ecton Park. As always, this weekly concert series will feature great jazz and/or Big Band music. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and pack a picnic dinner. Visit our Big Band & Jazz Page or call 288-2925 for additional information.

Summer Nights in Suburbia  

7-9 pm, Fridays, May 15-September 4
Moondance Amphitheatre

On Friday’s, MoonDance Amphitheater will be host to live music at 1152 Monarch Street in the Beaumont Centre. Patrons can spread blankets or set up their lawn chairs before the event to enjoy a picnic dinner or a local food trucks treats with family and friends on the amphitheater's expanse of lawn. This summer concert series will include jazz, bluegrass, indie rock, big band and folk genres. For detailed information, visit

Free Friday Flicks-
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary

7 pm, Fridays, May 29 June 5, 12, 19 & 26
Rain Date: July 10
Jacobson Park

Bring your family out to Jacobson Park and enjoy a free movie in the park at Free Friday Flicks. Activities, which begin at 7 pm, will include face painting, a petting zoo and special entertainment. The movie will start at dark. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets and pack a picnic dinner or visit one of the many vendors who will be selling concessions on-site. (Please note: Pets are not allowed in the event area for the safety of the patrons.) This event is brought to you by Lexington Parks & Recreation, ABC 36, Don Jacobs, and Kentucky American Water Company. Call 288-2900 for more information.

We Got 90 Golf Challenge-
1 month-5 courses-90 holes

June 1-30
Kearney Hill, Tates Creek, Gay Brewer Jr. course at Picadome,
Lakeside & Meadowbrook Golf Courses

Lexington Parks and Recreation wants to see what you're made of in our inaugural "We got 90" golf challenge. What is the challenge? Just drive, chip and putt your way down every hole we have during the month of June to earn a free round of golf and a chance at our grand prize: a set of Titleist Vokey sm5 Wedges (60 degree, 56 degree, and 48 degree). This is a $417 value! To enter, pick up a punch card at one of the 5 Parks and Recreation Golf Courses and get it punched at the pro shop before your 18-hole round at each course. After your 5th course, fill out the back of your card and the pro shop will keep it to be entered to win a grand prize. Each person completing the challenge will also receive one free round of golf at the city course of their choice. Reserve your tee time now at

Adult Fall Softball Sign-Ups

July 1 – August 7
Dunbar Community Center

Sign-up now for the adult fall softball leagues. Priority registration for returning 2014 fall teams is July 1–8. Any returning teams or new team may register on a first-come, first-served basis July 9 –August 7. For additional information, Visit the Adult Softball Page or contact the Athletics Office at 288-2917.

Youth Cheerleading & Tackle Football Registration

July 1 – July 31
Dunbar Community Center

Parks & Recreation is accepting registration for their youth cheerleading and football programs. Both programs are open to boys and girls. Cheerleading is offered to ages 5–12 and football is offered to ages 7–12. For more information, visit the Football or Cheerleading pages, or call 288-2914 or 288-2917.

Kentucky Conservatory Theatre's SUMMERFEST- Featuring Spamalot & The Comedy of Errors

MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheatre

MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheatre, 1152 Monarch Street, will play host to this year's SUMMERFEST, one of the region's oldest continually operating summer theatre experiences. This year's event will feature Monty Python’s Spamalot and William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. For detailed information, including dates, times, and ticket information, visit  

Bluegrass 10,000 Foot Race

Saturday, July 4
Downtown Lexington

Come out and cheer on the over 3,500 men, women and youth who have made it a Fourth of July tradition to participate in this race. The wheelchair division will begin at 7:25 a.m., followed by the 10K at 7:30 a.m. and the Fun Run at 8:15 a.m. After the race, stay downtown and enjoy special entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, children’s activities, Fourth of July parade, July Fourth Live and fireworks. For additional information on the Bluegrass 10,000, contact Lexington Parks & Recreation at 288-2900. For more information on the Fourth of July Festival, visit or

Upcoming Events

History to Chew On Series

6 pm, Tuesday, July 7
McConnell Springs

Pack your brown bag dinner and come out to McConnell Springs for their “History to Chew On” series. Held the second Tuesday of the month through October 13, these presentations will focus on aspects of Central Kentucky to include history, geology, archaeology and culture. The event is free but registration is requested as seating is limited. Soft drinks and water will be provided. For more information or to register, call McConnell Springs at 225-4073.

Wet & Wild Wednesdays

Noon- 4 pm, July 8
Castlewood Aquatic Center

Join Parks and Recreation for a splashing good time on Wednesday’s at the pool. This special event will have music, vendors and prize give-a-ways throughout the day.

Men's City Golf Championship & Net Division

Championship July 9–12
Registration through Thursday, June 4
Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome, Kearney Hill Golf Links, Lakeside and Tates Creek

The Men's City Golf Championship is definitely one of Lexington's favorite golf tournaments and includes golfers of all ages and handicaps. Played on four different courses over the course of four 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. The cost is $90 for the championship and $70 for the Net division and includes green fees, range balls, Sunday lunch and a tee gift. (Cart not included.) Registration forms are available for download or at any city-owned golf course. For additional information, call 288-2968.

Friday Night Gym Jam

7 - 11 pm, July 10
Dunbar Community Center

Youth in middle and high school are invited to join us the last three Friday’s in July for “Friday Night Gym Jam” at Dunbar Community Center (545 N. Upper St.). There will be youth games and activities such as basketball, video games, pool, food, fun and much more. For more information contact 288-2955. Friday Night Gym Jam is part of the “I Do” initiative and brought to you by the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Division of Parks and Recreation.

Night Hike

9 pm,  July 11
McConnell Springs Nature Sanctuary

Participants will take a short hike and enjoy all the sights and sounds that can be found as we explore the nature park at night. This program will be cancelled in the event of threatening weather. For more information on this free program, call (859) 225-4073.


Little Explorers

1 pm, July 12
Raven Run

Bring your children ages 3–7 years to Raven Run for this special children’s program. Activities include a short nature hike and art project with all supplies provided. These programs are held monthly and have a different theme so feel free to attend as many programs as you like. Registration is required and can be done by calling 272-6105.

Friday Night Gym Jam

7 - 11 pm, July 17
Dunbar Community Center

Youth in middle and high school are invited to join us the last three Friday’s in July for “Friday Night Gym Jam” at Dunbar Community Center (545 N. Upper St.). There will be youth games and activities such as basketball, video games, pool, food, fun and much more. For more information contact 288-2955. Friday Night Gym Jam is part of the “I Do” initiative and brought to you by the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Division of Parks and Recreation.

Free Football/Cheerleading Camp

7:30 a.m., Saturday, July 18
Bryan Station High School

Lexington Parks and Recreation is partnering with 16 Ways Foundation and Lexington PAL to present a free Wesley Woodyard football and cheerleading camp for youth. "Changing Lives One Play at a Time” is a one day free youth football camp for kids 8-14 years old, cheerleading 7-14 years old. The camp will feature basic offensive and defensive skills taught by professional football players, high school and little league coaches and collegiate athletes. The camp will consist of Q & A session with NFL players and certified fitness trainers; the camp will also highlight the importance of working together and taking a pledge against bullying. There is a pre camp event on Friday evening July 17. Call 288-2917 for more information.

Junior Naturalist Program–Insect Hotel

10 am, July 18
McConnell Springs Nature Sanctuary

Youth k-5th grade are invited to come out to McConnell Springs as they continue their quest to become a Junior Naturalist. Participants will learn and explore all about insects. Registration for this free program is required and can be done by calling 225-4073.


9:30 pm, July 18
Raven Run

Enjoy an astronomy presentation and view the night sky through a variety of telescopes provided by the Bluegrass Amateur Astronomy Club. Far from the city lights, Raven Run is an excellent place to view planets, nebulae, galaxies and the Milky Way! The program is free and lasts two hours. Please call the center on event day if there is inclement weather in case of cancelation. To learn more call 271-6072 .

Super Sunday

2 p.m. Sunday, July 19
Douglass Park

Each year, thousands of people come out to Douglass Park and experience basketball action at its best. Held on Sunday, July 19, this event will highlight teams that play in the Lexington Parks & Recreation Dirt Bowl League. In addition to great basketball, there will be special entertainment, live music, concessions and vendors selling their wares. This event is brought to you by Lexington Parks & Recreation and the Georgetown Neighborhood Association. For additional information on Super Sunday, call 288-2955.

Friday Night Gym Jam

7 - 11 pm, July 24
Dunbar Community Center

Youth in middle and high school are invited to join us the last three Friday’s in July for “Friday Night Gym Jam” at Dunbar Community Center (545 N. Upper St.). There will be youth games and activities such as basketball, video games, pool, food, fun and much more. For more information contact 288-2955. Friday Night Gym Jam is part of the “I Do” initiative and brought to you by the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Division of Parks and Recreation.

Creatures of the Night

8:30 pm, July 24
Raven Run

Come out to Raven Run for their exploring the night program – Creatures of the Night. This free program will focus on the habits and folklore of insects active at dusk throughout the night. There will be a few flashlights available but please bring your own if you have them. Register for this free program by calling 272-6105.

Weekend Workout

10 am, July 25
McConnell Springs

McConnell Springs is looking for a few good volunteers! Individuals will be helping with garden upkeep, weed pulling, trail maintenance and more. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes and work gloves. Volunteers should come to the Education Center at 10 am and stay as long as your schedule permits. For more information, call 225-4073.

Ballet Under the Stars Teas

6 pm;  July 31, August 1 and August 2
Woodland Park Gazebo

In honor of the Ballet Under the Stars pre-show (Little Mermaid), Parks is hosting a series of tea parties for children. Friday-Sunday before the ballet, children can don their best tutu, princesses dress or tiara and join us for a fantastical, fun-filled event. All attendees will meet Aerial and friends, learn a special dance plus enjoy food, party favors and tattoos. Be sure to bring your camera so you can take your picture with Aerial and her friends. There are 75 spots available per Tea. Online registration will begin at noon on July 1 and will remain open until July 22 or until all Teas are full. If you plan to register online, you must have a User ID and password prior to the online registration dates. You must also provide an email address to use this system. The cost is $15 per child which covers the Tea activities, food for the child participant only and admission to the Ballet Under the Stars show. A parent or guardian is required to accompany the child to the Tea, but there is no charge for them. The Ballet Under the Stars preshow of the Little Mermaid has unlimited seating. Admission to the Ballet is $5 for adults, children 3 and under are free. All proceeds will benefit the Ballet Under the Stars program.

Ballet Under the Stars

Pre-show- 8 pm, Main Curtain- 9 pm
July 30, August 1 and August 2
Woodland Park

Ballet Under the Stars is one of Central Kentucky's most anticipated events of the summer. This unique festival allows audiences to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of a professional ballet in a relaxed, casual setting of the park. The event will begin with a pre-show youth production (The Little Mermaid) at 8 p.m. followed by the main show that will feature professional dancers from Kentucky Ballet Theatre. Lawn chairs and/or blankets should be brought for seating and patrons may pack a picnic dinner or purchase concessions onsite. Admission is $5 per person, children 3 & under are free. For more information, please call 288-2925. Ballet Under the Stars is presented by Lexington Parks & Recreation, the Ballet Under the Stars Volunteer Committee, and Don Jacobs Honda/BMW/Volkswagen.

Last updated: 6/29/2015 9:44:52 AM