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 and Ecton Park. Picnics are encouraged and patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

Lexington Parks & Recreation is taking precautions to make sure everyone can have fun and stay safe. Audience members must sit at least 6′ away from those outside of their group. 

Plan to wear your mask when you are on the move such as entering, exiting, and using the restroom.


Tuesdays, May 11 – June 29, 2021 at Moondance Amphitheater
Tuesdays, July 6 – Aug. 17, 2021 at Ecton Park
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Moondance Amphitheater​
1152 Monarch St.
Lexington, Ky.

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

Big Band & Jazz 2021 schedule

Moondance Amphitheater

  • May 11 – Uncle Sam’s Bait Shop
  • May 18 – Brett Evans Trombone Jazz Ensemble
  • May 25 – Dixieland South Jazz Band
  • June 1 – DiMartino, Osland Little Big Band
  • June 8 – Marlin McKay Quintet
  • June 15 – Tim Lake and the Jazz Blues Persuaders
  • June 22 – Ross Whitaker Jazz Trio
  • June 29 – Lexington Summer Concert Band *patriotic concert
  • July 2 – The Metrognomes *patriotic concert, special Friday show 

Ecton Park

  • July 6 – Dan Brock & Friends
  • July 13 – Walnut Street Ramblers
  • July 20 – Osland/Dailey Jazztet
  • July 27 – Ozone
  • Aug. 3 – Brass Impact
  • Aug. 10 – DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO)
  • Aug. 17 – Young at Heart Big Band

Thursday Night Live at Cheapside Park FREE

Get downtown every Thursday for live music, local food and beverage vendors, and the hottest party in town. Central Bank Thursday Night Live will return to Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Downtown Lexington on July 1 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm for beverages, tasty food, and of course, great music by live bands soon!

Kicks off July 1, 2021

July 1 – Nightflyer: the Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band
July 8 – Sixtyfourwest
July 15 – Tim Talbert Project
July 22 – Lauren Mink
July 29 – Paul Childers
August 5 – The Big Maracas
August 12 – The Ranahans
August 19 – Honeychild
August 26 – Kenny Owens & Group Therapy
September 2 – Mercy Men
September 9 – Five Below Band
September 16 – The Twiggenburys
September 23 – The Johnson Brothers
September 30 – Rebel Without A Cause
October 7 – Kimberly Carter & Carrying On

Southland Jamboree at Moondance Amphitheater

Southland Jamboree in Lexington, Kentucky –7:00 PM on some Thursday nights. Free to the public!

First show June 17, 2021

6/17/21 Kenny and Amanda Smith
6/24/21 Ida Clare
7/08/21 Alan Bibey and Grasstowne
7/15/21 Blind Ricky
7/22/21 Hammertowne
8/19/21 Custom Made Bluegrass
8/26/21 Blue Eagle Band
9/16/21 Fenced In
9/23/21 Kentucky Wild Horse

Northside Nights at Castlewood/Douglas Parks

Our newest outdoor concert series brings live music to the northside! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for seating and enjoy a fun evening of great R&B, soul, funk and dance music. June concerts are held at Castlewood Park and then the shows move to Douglass Park for July. 

Northside Nights 2021 schedule

Castlewood Park

  • June 3 – Seven Shades of Soul
  • June 10 – Rae Camp Band
  • June 17 – Band New
  • June 24 – Miss Tina Fondren & Big Chill

Douglass Park

  • July 1 – Tim Talbert Project
  • July 8 – Honeychild
  • July 15 – Positive Movement
  • July 22 – Benny J & Friends 
  • July 29 – One Sound Band

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! Registration will be required in 2021 for each of the concerts and will open the week before each concert.

About Summer Nights in Suburbia

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 28 – Sept. 24, 2021
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Show: 7 – 9 p.m.

Lexington Parks & Recreation is taking precautions to make sure everyone can have fun and stay safe. Plan to wear your mask when you are on the move such as entering, exiting, and using the restroom. Registration will be required in 2021 for each of the concerts.

Note: Registration will open at noon two weeks prior to the concerts. 


Performance schedule

2021 schedule

  • May 28 – Brother Smith
  • June 25 – Second Hand News
  • July 23 – The Other Brothers
  • Aug. 27 – Honeychild
  • Sept. 24 – C the Beat

First Friday Berea

The 2021 concerts will take place between July and September and will feature a lineup of all Kentucky-based performers. 

In-person events are planned for Berea City Park Expansion (aka Berea Skate Park​). The grassy field will allow space for social distancing. Video live streaming and radio broadcasting will be available so folks don’t have to gather in person to participate. Together we will make it a great and safe experience for all! 

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

Enjoy music at the fountain!

Special Festivals!

Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville June 10 – 13, 2021

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.

Crave Food + Music Festival August 14 – 15, 2021

Who’s hungry? Crave is back in action this August! 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 8 bucks to get in. Kids under 10 are free. Located at the Bluegrass Fairgrounds at Masterson Station Park.

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.

Canceled for 2021


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