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Party in the Parks

Party in the Parks

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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Wild Adventures

March 30, 2019
Time: 12-4pm
Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington
Come out to the Pioneers Park Nature Center and learn lots of fun and wild things about nature.

Party on the Plaza at Union Plaza

May 18, 2019
Time: 4-7pm
Union Plaza, 21st & “O” Street
It is also National “Kids to Parks Day!” Celebrate with the family by building, creating, and playing on the Plaza! This free event will have lots of fun and creative activities for all ages.

Movies in the Park

We are excited to introduce Movies in the Park in 2019!
  • Friday, June 14, 8-10pm | Shildneck Bandshell in Antelope Park, Garfield Street & Memorial Drive
  • Thursday, June 20, 8-10pm | Air Park Recreation Center, 3720 NW 46th St.
  • Thursday, June 27, 8-10pm | Irving Recreation Center, 2010 Van Dorn
  • Friday, July 12, 8-10pm | Shildneck Bandshell in Antelope Park, Garfield Street & Memorial Drive
  • Wednesday, July 31, 8-10pm | Belmont Recreation Center, 1234 Judson St.
  • Tuesday, August 6, 8-10pm | Calvert Recreation Center, 4500 Stockwell
  • Friday, August 9, 8-10pm | Shildneck Bandshell in Antelope Park, Garfield Street & Memorial Drive

Pollinators on the Plaza

June 19 2019
Time: TBD
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. This event hosted in partnership with the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, UNL Bee Lab. Learn more about the UNL Bee Lab.

Uncle Sam Jam

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

Belmont in the Park

July 31, 2019
Belmont Park, 21st & “O” Street

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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: KZUM

Flatwater Shakespeare Performances in the Parks

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.

Art in the Garden

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
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