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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.

Updates to the event will be made on social media. If the event is cancelled due to inclement weather, announcmentes will be made on the following social media pages:

Movies in the Park

We are excited to introduce Movies in the Park in 2019! Grab your blanket or a few chairs and come out for a free family friendly movie in the park. All movies start at 8pm.
Schedule of Movies:
  • Friday, June 14: “Angels in the Outfields” (PG)
    Shildneck Bandshell in Antelope Park, Garfield Street & Memorial Drive
  • Thursday, June 20: “Space Jam” (PG)
    Air Park Recreation Center, 3720 NW 46th St.
  • Thursday, June 27: “Goonies” (PG)
    Irving Recreation Center, 2010 Van Dorn
  • Friday, July 12: “Wonder Park” (PG)
    Shildneck Bandshell in Antelope Park, Garfield Street & Memorial Drive
  • Wednesday, July 31: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (PG)
    Belmont Recreation Center, 1234 Judson St.
  • Tuesday, August 6: “A Dogs Way Home” (PG)
    Calvert Recreation Center, 4500 Stockwell
  • Friday, August 9: “Back to the Future” (PG)
    Shildneck Bandshell in Antelope Park, Garfield Street & Memorial Drive

Pollinators on the Plaza

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


Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 10 am - 3 pm
F Street Community Center, 1225 "F" Street
Stop by F Street for a fun, FREE summer block party. Food, prizes, entertainment, and more!

Uncle Sam Jam

Wednesday , July 3, 2019
4-9 pm
Oak Lake Park, 1st & Charleston Street
Come and enjoy our Independence Day celebration. Face painting, canoeing, archery, balloon twisting, relays, contests for all ages! Activities are free and food will be available for purchase. Music performance after 6pm and a fireworks show at 10pm. Visit for more info: (keyword: uncle sam jam).

Belmont in the Park

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
6-10 pm
Belmont Park, 1234 Judson
Located at Belmont Park and Pool. Join us for food, fun, and swimming followed by a family movie in the park! “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Movie in the Park starts at 8 PM.

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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
  • May 23: PANgea
  • May 30: The Hooten Hollers
  • June 6: Gerardo Meza & The Dead of Night + The Inbetweens
  • June 13: blét + Seasaw
  • June 20: The Wildwoods
  • June 27: Jaguar James + The House Band
  • July 11: Rascal Martinez + Andrea von Kampen
  • July 18: The Lightning Bugs
  • July 25: Emily Bass & The Near Miracle
  • August 1: Kris Lager Band

Flatwater Shakespeare Performances in the Parks

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
"The Two Gentlemen of Verona"
Time:All performances begin at 7:00pm.
  • June 20: Belmont Park
  • June 21 : Trago Park
  • June 22 : Cooper Park
  • June 23 : Havelock Park

Lincoln Municipal Band Summer Concert Series

Come and join the Lincoln Municipal Band as it continues one of Lincoln’s oldest traditions at over one hundred years. Admission is FREE. The series features a variety of themes to suit all musical tastes.
Sundays from July 7 - Aug. 18
Shildneck Bandshell, Antelope Park, Garfield Street & Memorial Drive
Time:All performances begin at 7:00pm.
  • July 7: Red, White, and Blue: Celebrating Our Country
    Conductor: Bob Krueger - Soloist: TBA 2019 John Shildneck Young Artist Competition Winner
  • July 14: Family Fun: Bring a Picnic
    Conductor: Bob Krueger - Soloist: Tim Anderson, Trumpet
  • July 21: Cool Cruising: Classic Tunes
    Conductor: Terry Rush - Soloist: Bob Snider, Percussion
  • July 28: Movie Magic: From the Big Screen
    Conductor: Carolyn Barber - Soloist: Ryan Beach, Trumpet
  • August 4: The Good Ol' Days: Favorites from the Past
    Conductor: Tony Falcone - Soloist: Louie Eckhardt, Trumpet
  • August 11: Music from Around the World: Travel with Us
    Conductor: Bob Krueger - Dean Haist, Trumpet
  • August 18: For Those Who Served: Veterans Tribute
    Conductor: Bob Krueger - Featuring the Offutt Brass

National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our communities safer, more caring places to live and work.
Tuesday, August 6, times vary by location
  • Henry Park, 44th & Prescott Ave, 8-10 pm
    Join us for a movie in the park and enjoy the evening with neighbors. Movies in the Park will play "A Dogs Way Home" (PG) at 8 PM. Rain Location: Calvert Rec. Center, 4500 Stockwell
  • F Street Community Center, 1225 "F" St.
    Help us promote neighborhood camaraderie and safety! Food, fun, games, and prizes! All Free! Time: 5 - 7 PM
  • Air Park Recreation Center, 3720 NW 46th St.
    Join us for food, games and martial arts! Plus a free swim at Arnold Pool form 6 - 8 PM! Time: 5 - 8 PM

Art in the Garden

Saturday, September 21, 2019
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


Thursdays from August 15-September 22, 2019
Union Plaza, 21st and "Q" St
Presented by Assurity, Hub & Soul is a new local music, craft beer, and local food event for the entire family. Supporting sponsors include the The Hub Café, Lincoln Parks Foundation, Lincoln Parks and Recreation, KZUM Radio, Eagle Printing and Sign, and Eleanor Creative.