Parks fall events

Fall is here and we are ready for cooler weather, apple cider and pumpkins everywhere! Even with COVID-19 impacting our daily way of life, we have come up with a few events to celebrate the season and community that are safe, family fun, limited capacity and outdoors.

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our visitors, capacity is extremely limited. Visitors agree to follow our COVID-19 policies, which includes wearing a mask and maintaining at least six feet of social distance. For more information, read our COVID-19 protocols.

List of events

Halloween Printmaking Workshop (ages 8 & up)

Artworks, 522 Patterson Street
Friday, October 16, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Free
Saturday, October 17, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., Free

Make an original piece of art and Halloween keepsake to celebrate the season! Beginners receive a mini lesson that will introduce the printmaking basics while more experienced printmakers can utilize the studio for their creations. Participants can choose from several precut designs or may sign up for a longer session to create and print a custom design of their own. Registration is required to ensure limited capacities and socially distanced audiences in addition to strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines for performance and event venues. 

Register online

“Thriller” Zombie Dance Lessons

October 5 – 24
Mondays and Thursdays, 6 – 7 p.m. at Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch Street
Saturdays, 2 – 3 p.m. at Artworks, 522 Patterson St.

Celebrate the season by learning Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance, one of the most well-known dances of all time! Have fun and workout as we break down the choreography for this iconic song and makes it accessible to everyone of all levels. All of these lessons will take place outside in the open air and will allow for social distancing while dancing. There are no plans for a Thriller parade this year, but we are working on a couple of other performance options for those who learn the dance and also want to perform it this year.

Wicked Wonders Variety Show

Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch Street
Friday, October 23 | Saturday, October 24 | Sunday, October 25
Gates open at 5:30 p.m., Show at 7 p.m.

Reservation required in advance – Admission $5 at the gate (children 5 & under free)

Shortly after sunset, chills and thrills will descend upon Lexington for a wickedly fun celebration. This spooky spectacle will feature an array of spine-tingling Halloween themed performances by local artists and performance groups. Three performances will take place to accommodate limited capacity and socially distanced audiences for this fun-filled, family-friendly event!  Audience costumes encouraged. Registration is required to ensure limited capacities and socially distanced audiences in addition to strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines for performance and event venues. 

Register online

Jack-o-lantern Trail Pumpkin Pledge

McConnell Springs, 416 Rebmann Lane
Wednesday, October 28 | Thursday, October 29 | Friday, October 30
Three separate viewing sessions per night at 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.

Reservation required – limited number of reservations per time slot.

Suggested donation at door: $5 per person (children 12 & under free.) All proceeds from the trail benefit non-profit organizations supporting McConnell Springs and recreation programs.

Lexington Parks & Recreation needs your pumpkins! This fall Lexington Parks & Recreation will be hosting our first-ever jack-o-lantern trail at McConnell Springs. The public will enjoy an enchanting Halloween experience featuring hundreds of hand carved pumpkins as they light up the night. In addition to marveling at the glow of the pumpkins there will be campfires and s’mores, live owls from Critters in the Classroom and tasty fall food and beverages. Perfect for all ages, this night hike will be a great event for all.

That's where you come in! Show your pumpkin carving skills by making the Pumpkin Pledge to help build this exciting new community Halloween experience. We would like at least 1,000 carved pumpkins to make it all the way around the half-mile trail at McConnell Springs, but without you, we have no trail! If you donate the carved jack-o-lantern, Parks will take care of lighting them. People can donate a single pumpkin or groups can plan a special concept pumpkin grouping or sculpture. The sky is the limit for creativity and participation!

Pumpkins need to be carved and dropped off Monday, October 26 or Tuesday, October 27 to ensure freshness throughout the event.

Get double the exposure by taking a picture of your jack-o-lantern and sharing it with Transy, where it will be placed in a virtual PumpkinMania display on the steps of Old Morrison.

Follow us on Facebook to keep tabs on how many pumpkins have been pledged with our Track-o-lantern.

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Jack-o-lantern Trail

McConnell Springs
Wednesday, October 28 | Thursday, October 29 | Friday, October 30
Three separate sessions per night at 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Reservation required – limited number of reservations per time slot.

Pay what you can! Suggested donation: $5 (children 12 & under free.) All proceeds from the trail benefit non-profit organizations supporting McConnell Springs and recreation programs.

This fall, Lexington Parks & Recreation will be hosting our first-ever jack-o-lantern trail at McConnell Springs. Enjoy an enchanting Halloween experience featuring hundreds of hand carved pumpkins as they light up the night. In addition to marveling at the glow of the pumpkins there will be campfires and s’mores, live owls from Critters in the Classroom and tasty fall food and beverages. Perfect for all ages, this night hike will be a great event for all.

SOLD OUT

**You can still see the trail by donating a pumpkin through the pledge above! Everyone who donates a pumpkin gets to come walk the trail on a VIP tour on Oct 27.** 

Dia de los Muertos Performance Showcase

Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch Street
Sunday, Nov. 1
Evening Show - Gates open at 4 p.m., Show at 6 p.m. (Rain date, Monday, Nov. 2)

Reservation required in advance – Admission $5 at the gate (Children 5 & under free)

Join us for our first Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration! This spirited event will honor the traditional Mexican holiday of remembering loved ones who have passed and will feature inspired performances, food trucks and a community ofrenda (decorated altar of remembrance) that all are invited to bring offerings and enjoy. Registration is required to ensure limited capacities and socially distanced audiences in addition to strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines for performance and event venues.

Actuación del Día de los Muertos
Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch Street
Domingo, 1 de Noviembre
Actuación de la tarde – las puertas abren a las 4 p.m., actuación a las 6 p.m. (Fecha de lluvia, lunes, 2 de noviembre)
Se requiere reservaciones por adelantado, pero se pagará entrada en la puerta – $5 (niños menos de 5 años son gratis)

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.