Summer is full of great music events all around Central KY!  Many are FREE and great for all ages.

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Big Band and Jazz at Moondance Amphitheater and Ecton Park  FREE

The return of spring means the return of one of Lexington’s longest-running and most beloved concert series – Big Band & Jazz. With a full schedule of live music planned, concert-goers can enjoy weekly big band or jazz music at Moondance Amphitheater and Ecton Park. Picnics are encouraged and patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.


Tuesdays, May 14 – July 2, 2024 at Moondance Amphitheater
Tuesdays, July 9 – Aug. 13, 2024 at Ecton Park
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Big Band & Jazz 2024 schedule

Moondance Amphitheater​
1152 Monarch St.
Lexington, Ky. 

Moondance Amphitheater Schedule

May 14: The Metrognomes Big Band
May 21: Young at Heart Big Band
May 28: Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors
June 4: Keith McAlily Quartet with Kirby Davis
June 11: Miles Osland Little Big Band​​​​​​​
June 18: Lee Carroll’s C the Beat ​​​​​​​
June 25: Walnut Street Ramblers​​​​​​​
July 2: Lexington Summer Concert Band- Big Band BOOM

Ecton Park
956 Turkey Foot Rd.
Lexington, Ky. ​​​​​​

Ecton Park Schedule

July 9: Tim Lake and the Blue Jazz Persuaders​​​​​​​
July 16: DOJO – DiMartino Osland Jazz Orchestra
July 23: Brett Evans Trombone Orchestra​​​​​​​
July 30: Mark Gardner
August 6: Marlin McKay Quintet​​​​​​​
August 13: RPM QuintetFacebookXEmailShare

Thursday Night Live at Cheapside Park FREE

Central Bank Thursday Night Live takes place every Thursday at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Tandy Park from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Join us in Downtown Lexington for beverages, food, art, and of course, great music by live bands!

May 16 – Kimberly Carter & Carryin’ On
May 23 – Honeychild
May 30 – Lexie and the Chillbillies
Jun 6 – 64West
Jun 13 – Five Below Band
Jun 20 – Positive Movement Band
Jun 27 – Lauren Mink
Jul 11 – Bedford Band
Jul 18 – The BANDj Experience
Jul 25 – Brett Higgins and the Family
Aug 1 – The Twiggenburys
Aug 8 – The Ranahans
Aug 15 – The Tim Talbert Project
Aug 22 – Kenny Owens & Group Therapy
Aug 29 – Blacktop Rodeo
Sep 5 – Mercy Men
Sep 12 – Big Maracas
Sep 19 – Witness Protection
Sep 26 – Rewind Band
Oct 3 – Rebel Without A Cause
Oct 10 – Vinyl Richie

Southland Jamboree at Moondance Amphitheater

All Concerts 7pm at Moondance Amphitheater in Beaumont Center, Lexington KY. All of our concerts at Moondance are free.

5/26/2024Southland Jamboree kickoff at Tahlsound on Southland Drive.
East Nash Grass (7pm) and Kentucky Wild Horse (6pm)
also Hot Brown Smackdown (9pm)
(note: tickets are donation based)
5/30/2024Throwdown Thursdaytbd
6/06/2024Ida Claretbd
6/13/2024Fast Tracktbd
6/20/2024Custom Made Bluegrasstbd
6/27/2024Rounder’s Stationtbd
7/04/2024Mash Grasstbd
7/18/2024West Liberty Mountain Boystbd
7/25/2024Fenced Intbd
8/01/2024Cane Run Bluegrasstbd
8/08/2024Bibelhauser Brotherstbd
8/15/2024Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblerstbd
8/22/2024Coaltown Dixietbd
8/29/2024String Roots Triotbd
9/05/2024TBD/Rain Datetbd

Eastside Evenings at Charles Young Park

Our newest outdoor concert series brings live music to the Eastside! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for seating and enjoy a fun evening of great R&B, soul, funk and dance music. All concerts held on the showmobile stage in Charles Young Park.

6 pm – 8 pm

Eastside Evenings 2024 schedule

  • July 13: The Positive Movement Band
  • August 10: Tee Dee Young
  • September 7: Honeychild

Summer Nights in Suburbia at Moondance Amphitheater  FREE

What better way to unwind after a long week than at an open-air concert with friends. Especially when the concert is free!

Moondance Amphitheater will once again offer a summer concert series featuring genres to include jazz, bluegrass, indie rock, blues and folk, just to name a few. In addition to the live music, there will also be food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs/blankets and come enjoy the music.

Fridays, May 24 – Sept. 13, 2024
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Show: 7 – 9 p.m.

Performance schedule

May 24: Americana Night sponsored by The Hound 96.1 FM (Bands TBA)

June 7: Born Cross Eyed

June 21: The New Developments

July 5: Red, White, & Blues with T.D. Young

July 19: NVRMND

August 2: The Minks

August 16: Honeychild

August 30: Vinyl Richie

Moondance Foundation Festival Fundraiser – Friday, Sept. 13, 2024

Food trucks | costume contest | children’s activities
Admission is $8 or pay what you can (children 12 & under free)
Proceeds benefit the Moondance Foundation

First Friday Berea

We are delighted to announce the return of the Levitt AMP Berea Music Series.

Music on the Lawn at Shaker Village

May 3 – October 26, 2024
Click HERE for a list of performers

The greatest combination of live music, amazing food and a farm-fresh setting you could ever imagine! Join us for an evening on the lawn between the historic 1839 Trustees’ Office and the Shaker Village garden.

Music on the Lawn features live music, outdoor dining, drinks and specialty cocktails around the fire pit.

No admission is required, and music begins at 6:30 p.m.

* Outdoor dining is limited, and weather dependent.
* Seating on the lawn is limited. Please bring your own lawn chair.
* Admission only required if attending tours or indoor exhibits.
*Outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Call 859.734.5411 or email for more information.

Special Festivals!

Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville May 30 – June 1, 2024

The 2024 Great American Brass Band Festival will be celebrated over three days instead of four this year. While it was a difficult decision to make, Sunday will not be included again until further notice. The GABBF Team made that decision with the best intentions and we can reassure you that there will still be plenty of music to enjoy over three days. Please check back here and on our social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram) for more updates as we release them!

We are beyond grateful for all of the sponsors, donors, patrons, and fans of this beloved event and we are excited about all the improvements that we are making to keep the tradition alive, year after year.

Crave Food + Music Festival July 27 – 28, 2024

Who’s hungry? An epic festival of food and live music right here in good ol’ Lexington, Kentucky. Seriously, y’all; it’s epic. There are over 50 food restaurants, chefs, food trucks, craft beer & cocktails, kids stuff, a car show and 13 musical acts performing over two days. Parking is free and it’s only 10 bucks to get in. Kids under 10 are free. Located at Moondance Amphitheatre for 2024!


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