Join in the magic at Woodland Park as ‘Ballet Under the Stars’ celebrates its 30th year

Lexington Parks & Recreation is celebrating the 30th year of Ballet Under the Stars with an enchanting evening filled with performances and activities for dance lovers of all ages.

This annual summer event will run Aug. 1 – 4 (rain date Aug. 5) in Woodland Park, 601 E. High St. The main show, featuring the Kentucky Ballet Theatre, will begin at 9 p.m. each evening. The preshow will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $8 and children under the age of three are free.

Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating at the amphitheater. Patrons may pack a picnic dinner or buy from local food trucks on site.

This year’s preshow theme is ‘Princess Vignettes,’ and will feature young ballet dancers from studios across central Kentucky performing a series of princess tales in different acts. Some familiar faces in the preshow performance will include Belle, Jasmine and Snow White, along with island and Folklorico princesses.

Princess tea parties
To coincide with the preshow theme, children ages 3 – 8 are invited to a Princess Tea Party featuring fancy foods, party favors, face painting and a special live performance by a ‘real princess’. The kids are encouraged to don their finest tutus and tiaras for the magical, fun-filled event. 

The tea parties will take place before from 6 – 7 p.m., before each Ballet Under the Stars performance Aug. 2 – 4. Ticket prices are $15 per child, with no charge for parents or guardians. The ticket cost also includes admission to Ballet Under the Stars. 

To attend the tea party, children must be registered in advance at