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


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 (May & June concerts) or Ecton Park (July & August concerts). Picnics are encouraged and patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.


Tuesdays, May 19 – Aug. 25, 2020
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Note: May and June 2020 concerts have been canceled. 

May & June concerts – Moondance Amphitheater
July & Aug. concerts – Ecton Park


Moondance Amphitheater​
1152 Monarch St.
Lexington, Ky.

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

Big Band & Jazz 2020 schedule

Moondance Amphitheater

Performances TBA

Ecton Park

Performances TBA


Thursday Night Live at Cheapside Park FREE

Get downtown every Thursday, April 5 – October 11, 2019 for Central Bank Thursday Night Live! Join thousands of your closest friends for live music, local food and beverage vendors, and the hottest party in town. The event takes place each week at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park (251 W. Main St). This event is rain or shine! The party starts at 5:00pm, with live music from 5:30pm – 8:00pm! Don’t miss out!

No dates for 2020 yet

Southland Jamboree at Moondance Amphitheater

Southland Jamboree in Lexington, Kentucky – Schedule for the 2019 season – 7:00 PM each Thursday night. Free to the public!

5/5/20: All Moondance concerts are canceled for June, which includes our Southland Jamboree.  We are still hoping to have a partial season, but don’t know any details yet.


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!

Summer 2020 TBA

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.

Summer Concert Series at Richmond Center 
Fridays 7 pm – 10 pm  FREE

No dates for 2020 yet

Special Festivals!

Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville September 12, 2020

The Great American Brass Band Festival is a Festival that celebrates brass music and is in its 29th year. The Festival happens every June in beautiful downtown Danville, Kentucky and on the campus of Centre College. The Festival is a free, family friendly four day event. Bands come from all over the United States and Europe. Many fine soloists are also featured each year at the Great American Brass Band Festival.

Festival of the Bluegrass (Bluegrass Music)

The Festival of the Bluegrass is a traditional Bluegrass Music Festival in the heart of the beautiful Bluegrass region of Kentucky. Established in 1974, this family-run festival has a little something for everyone. Join us this June at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the June 11-14, 2020, Festival of the Bluegrass has been cancelled. For the past 46 years, our family has enjoyed spending a few magical days together at the Festival of the Bluegrass, and we know that is the case for many of you. It is for this reason – our love for you and our desire to keep you all safe and healthy – that we must make the difficult, but correct, decision to cancel.

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