Ballet Under the Stars kicks off busy month for Fayette parks

Photo courtesy: Parry Barrows

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Parks & Recreation is kicking off a busy August with

Ballet Under the Stars pre-show at Woodland Park. Aug. 5, 2017. Photo by Parry Barrows.

the return of favorite city traditions, and the addition of fun new programs.

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“We’re excited to offer a variety of events and activities,” said Amber Luallen, Superintendent of Cultural Arts & Events at Lexington Parks & Recreation. “We’re especially proud to bring back annual favorites, like Ballet Under the Stars and the Woodland Art Fair, which have become generational traditions for Lexingtonians. In addition, we’re offering some amazing new learning opportunities at Artworks at the Carver School, and in our natural areas, McConnell Springs and Raven Run. And we have seen our community centers come roaring back with camps and expanded hours.”

Dancers will take the stage at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 5, through Sunday, August 8, at Woodland Park for Ballet Under the Stars.

The Woodland Art Fair is scheduled for Aug. 21-22 in Woodland Park, the Big Band & Jazz concert series is set for Aug. 10 and Aug. 17 at Ecton Park, and Summer Nights in Suburbia continues Aug. 27, at Moondance Amphitheater.

“We’ve really taken to heart our role in the community and are constantly striving to offer new and exciting opportunities for residents to learn, experience nature, compete in sports, and enjoy live events,” said Monica Conrad, Director of Lexington Parks & Recreation. “We know the last year and a half has brought a lot of change to people’s lives and hope the arrival of some welcomed favorites as well as new engagements can help us all return to a sense of normalcy and community building, which we all long to achieve.”

This is a great year to spend August with Lexington Parks & Recreation:

  • Ballet Under the Stars – Aug. 5-8, Woodland Park
  • Beginners Nature Photography Class – Aug. 7, McConnell Springs
  • Sunrise Archery – Aug. 14, Hisle Farm Park
  • Wildflower Walk – Aug. 15, McConnell Springs
  • Big Band & Jazz – Aug. 10 & 17, Ecton Park
  • Woodland Art Fair – Aug. 21 & 22, Woodland Park
  • Summer Nights in Suburbia – Aug. 27, Moondance Amphitheater
  • Fall registration opening for Kiddie Kapers dance class – Aug. 25, Artworks at Carver
  • Canoeing on the Kentucky – Aug. 28, Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
  • Mid-Am Championship – Aug. 28 & 29, Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome
  • Fall registration opening for Equestrian classes – Aug. 30, Masterson Station Park
  • To view a full event schedule and find out more information about upcoming events, residents are encouraged to visit

Parks & Recreation, a division of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, oversees the programing, maintenance, and development of over 100 city parks and natural areas, six pools, five golf courses, community centers, and three arts venues.