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Party in the Parks

The Party in the Parks events were initiated in the summer of 2013 to provide free community arts events in Union Plaza Park. Party in the Parks was expanded in 2015 to include other free performing and visual arts events in many different Lincoln parks throughout the summer months. In the fall of 2015, the City of Lincoln received the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association Arts and Humanities Award for the Party in the Parks on Union Plaza events. This award recognizes communities that offer an outstanding program in the arts & humanities.

"We want to thank the many community partners who come together to make Party in the Parks events happen," said Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson. "Party in the Parks are cooperative efforts that make Lincoln a fun place for residents and visitors."

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Public Art Scavenger Hunt in the Parks

Did you know that Lincoln has over 150 pieces of public art?
Art for all ages and Public Art Lincoln kicks off a summer-long Public Art Scavenger Hunt for kids and families. There are a handful of special pieces that have been recently added to the new phone app. We hope you take some time and visit some of the pieces with the help of the Otocast app.

How to play:
Download the Otocast app for free: Google Play (Android) or App Store (Apple)
Download and print the Scavenger Hunt Worksheets

Use the worksheets and the new Otocast app to exlore Lincoln’s public art spaces. After completing the questions, turn the page over and draw your own work of art! When you are done, turn in your worksheet at a Lincoln Parks and Recreation Center for a prize. You will also be entered into a contest to win one of three grand prizes. Drawings will be displayed and winners announced at First Friday on August 3rd from 5:30-6:30 at the F Street Community Center, 1225 F Street.

  • Air Park West Recreation Center, 3720 N.W. 46th St.
  • Belmont Recreation Center, 1234 Judson St.
  • Calvert Recreation Center, 4500 Stockwell St.
  • Easterday Recreation Center, 6130 Adams St.
  • "F" Street Community Center, 1225 F St.
  • Irving Recreation Center, 2010 Van Dorn St.
  • Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave.

Where to visit:
  • Centennial Mall, Centennial Mall from K-R Streets.
  • Downtown/Haymarket, Canopy & R Street, 13th & P Street
  • Sheldon Sculpture Gardens, 12th & R Street
  • Sunken Gardens/ Hamann Rose Gardens, 27th & Capitol Parkway
  • Union Plaza, 21st & P Street
  • Woods Park, 33rd & J Street

What is the Otocast app?
Discover artwork in parks, on campus and in streetscapes. It’s Lincoln’s biggest museum. It’s free. And it’s open 365 days a year. Whether you have the whole day to explore or five minutes to spare, plan your visit using the Otocast app. See walking maps, images, artist bios and your own personal guide in one easy-to-use app. Visit the app store and download the Otocast app today for free! Google Play (Android) or App Store (Apple)

Pollinators on the Plaza

May 20, 2018
Time: 4-6pm
Union Plaza, 21st & “O” Street
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with the family by learning all about the wonderful world of pollinators. This free event will have lots of fun and creative activities for all ages. Kids of all ages will enjoy: Mud Sculpting, Life Size Kaleidoscope, Art in the Park Scavenger Hunt, LIVE pollinators, pollinator yoga, and more! Little ones will enjoy various crafts, face painting, and balloon twisting.

Lincoln Play Day!

Walk the woods park loop and play on the way!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Time: 5-7pm
Woods Park, 33rd & “O” Street

We have a wide variety of fun activities for kids of ALL ages, from 2 to 92! All activities at the park are free!

Attendees are encouraged to walk, run and ride to this wellness event. Bike racks are available throughout the park, tennis and pool areas. Parking available in near 32nd and O Streets next to the Health and Parks Administration Buildings as well as Woods Pool and Tennis center parking lots off J Street as well as the Kiwanis baseball field south of Woods Park. Attendees should plan on wearing attire appropriate for physical activity.

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Stransky Park Summer Concert Series

Thursday Nights, 7:00pm
Stransky Park, 17th & Harrison Street
Stransky Park concerts will continue to be free and family friendly. Performers are supported by tips from the audience. Blankets and/or lawn chairs are encouraged. More information about the concerts can be found throughout the season on Facebook ( and the KZUM website ( Community Partner<1strong>: KZUM

Flatwater Shakespeare Performances in the Parks

"The Taming of the Shrew": Adult Production
Dates: To be announced.
Time:All performances begin at 7:00pm.
Chairs will be provided at the performances held at Wyuka Cemetery and the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the other locations.
Community partner: Flatwater Shakespeare Company

Lincoln Municipal Band Summer Concert Series

Dates and Times TBD
Shildneck Bandshell, Antelope Park, Garfield Street & Memorial Drive
Dates are to be announced.

Uncle Sam Jam

Tuesday , July 3, 2018
Oak Lake Park, 1st & Charleston Street
Visit for more info: (keyword: uncle sam jam).

Art in the Garden

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sunken Gardens, Capitol Parkway and South 27th Street

Free admission, food vendors, dancers, music, and original art all within the beautiful Sunken Gardens. Partial proceeds go to the Sunken Gardens.
Rain location: Auld Pavilion, Antelope Park.
Community partners: Noyes Art Gallery