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 is being expanded in 2015 to include other free performing and visual arts events in many different Lincoln parks throughout the summer months.





All programs are free to the public.

 "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."

Play in the Parks!

Explore, Experience and Enjoy FREE Activities in the Parks

The Play in the Parks events initiated in the summer of 2016 to provide free community events focused on wellness throughout Lincoln. It's sister program, Party in the Parks, started in 2013.

Check out out the free activities, classes and programs like Water Fitness, Canoeing at Holmes Lake, and Yoga in the Park. 

Play in the Parks

Art in the Garden

Noyes Art Gallery 8th Annual Art in the Garden!

Please come by for a great day of art and flowers!

Attend this free event and visit over 50 artists selling their work, enjoy live music and dance, food vendors, free parking, and the beautiful garden.

“We’re all in this together” describes the essential role patrons play in allowing live events to reopen safely. Because COVID-19 is highly contagious, everyone – patrons as well as workers – must do their part. This section focuses on ways to educate patrons to maximize health and safety compliance and minimize disruption of the event.

Rain or shine event - artist discretion to participate, no rain location this year. We will hold the event at the gardens in the rain.

Hosted by Noyes Art Gallery 

Concerts in the Parks 

Stransky Park Summer Concert Series 

KZUM’s summer concert series runs July 1through August at Lincoln’s Stransky Park (17th & Harrison) with a summer full of performers from across the state and region. There will be no concert on July 4. KZUM is entering its seventh year operating the concert series. This summer will mark the 18th consecutive year of live music at Stransky Park.  

Dates: Thursdays, July 1-Aug. 5, 2021

Time: 7 p.m. — weather permitting

Band schedule: booking decisions will be made in June by the organizer. Visit KZUM for more details.  

Lincoln Municipal Band Summer Concert Series

Beginning in 1911, the Lincoln Municipal Band (LMB) has presented an annual series of free Sunday evening summer concerts during July and August in Antelope Park.  These free concerts are the most popular events of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation summer performance series and boast regular crowds of over 1500 citizens from Lincoln and its surrounding communities.

 Lincoln Municipal Band

Come and join the Lincoln Municipal Band as it continues one of Lincoln’s oldest traditions at over one hundred years.

Dates: Sundays, July 11-Aug.29

Time: 7 PM

Location: Antelope Park Bandshell, Garfield St. & Memorial Dr.

Hub & Soul

A couple enjoying activities, food, and drink at Hub & Soul Music Series 2020.Crowd gathers and socially distances during Hub & Soul Music Series 2020.

 Dates: Thursdays, August 26, 2021– September 30, 2021

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Location: Union Plaza Amphitheatre – 21st and "Q" Streets

Raindate: October 7

Hub & Soul is a free community event designed for people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate music, local food, and Lincoln’s parks. Presented by Cornhusker Bank, Hub & Soul is a community music series for the entire family that celebrates local music, craft beer, and local food in one of Lincoln’s most beautiful parks, Union Plaza. For more information and schedule details visit Hub & Soul.

Supporting sponsors include Lincoln Parks Foundation, Cornhusker Bank, Hub Cafe, Cycle Works and Moose's Tooth, Coldwell Banker- NHS Rich Rodenburg and Kim Soucie, Assurity, Ameritas, David Darlington, CFP Wealth Management Advisor - Northwestern Mutual, Innovative Pain and Spine Specialists, Roper and Sons, Eagle Printing and Sign, KZUM, Great Plains Trails Network, Lincoln Parks & Recreation, and Eleanor Creative.

Movies in the Park

Bring lawn chairs, blankets. Movies will begin around 8:45-9:00 p.m. depending on sunset.

In the case of inclement weather the movies will be moved inside the Recreation Center.  Social distancing between groups is to be maintained.

Sponsored by Lincoln Parks and Recreation and the Lincoln Parks Foundation.

2021 Schedule

Friday, June 11:   “Moana” at Antelope Park Bandshell (1650 Memorial Drive)

Friday, June 18:  “Harry and the Henderson’s” at Irving Recreation Center Greenspace (2010 Van Dorn)

Friday, June 25: “The Croods: A New Age” at  Air Park Recreation Center Greenspace (3720 NW 46th)

Friday, July 9:  “Tom and Jerry” at Antelope Park Bandshell (1650 Memorial Drive)

Friday, July 23:  “Raya and the Last Dragon” at Belmont Recreation Center Playground (1234 Judson)

Tuesday, August 3:  “Dolittle” at Calvert Recreation Center Greenspace (4500 Stockwell)

Friday, August 6:  "Coco” at F Street Community Center Turf (1225 F Street) 

Friday, August 13: “Little Giants” at Antelope Park Bandshell (1650 Memorial Drive)

Theater in the Park

Flatwater Shakespeare Performances

Flatwater Shakespeare Performances

Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for other locations. Performances begin at 7 PM.

"Twelfth Night"

June 23:  Trago Park

June 24:  Henry Park

June 25:  Cooper Park

June 26:  Havelock Park

Lincoln Community Playhouse

The family friendly play lasting 30 minutes is called a Toby Show, which is an old tent show style of play. Visit for more information.


Time: 7 p.m.

July 20:  Havelock Park

July 22:  Peter Pan Park

July 27:  Trago Park

July 29:  Hazel Abel Park

*July 31:  Rain date, Lincoln Community Playhouse Parking Lot

Uncle Sam Jam!

Streets Alive

Streets Alive! is an outdoor movement festival celebrated in cities across America and the world that cordons off a section of a city to let people literally play in the streets.

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln brought the Streets Alive! concept to Lincoln starting in 2010 as an annual event. Streets Alive! is a FREE community festival that promotes active living and healthy nutrition in a fun and interactive way.