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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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Lincoln Play Day!

Walk the woods park loop and play on the way!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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.

lincoln play day Play with the family!

  • Gaga Pit
  • Bocce Ball
  • Bubbles
  • Spray Chalk art
  • Frisbee golf mini course
  • Simon Says
  • Water balloon toss
  • Open play on playground
  • From 6-7pm spray park would be open no cost to public - swim suit must be worn!
Try your best with fun contests!
  • Volleyball Serving contest
  • Kickball
  • Hot Shots basketball
Splash around!
  • The Woods Pool's splash park will be open from 5-7pm for free splash time. Youth are required to wear a swimsuit to play within the Woods Splash park.
  • A hotdog meal combo will be available for purchase from the Woods Pool concession stand for only $1.00.

Party on the Plaza at Union Plaza: Get Fit in the Park

May 20, 2017
Time: 4-7pm
Union Plaza, 21st & “O” Street
Let’s Get Fit in the Park starting with a 1 mile fun run through Union Plaza at 4:30, followed by Zumba, Dynamic Movement, Boot Camp and Yoga. There will be something for everyone with Gaga, Golfzilla and the football toss. Little ones will enjoy bubbles, hula hoops, face painting and balloon twisting. A healthy snack will be provided by MedExpress.
  • 4:00-7:00 pm: We have a wide variety of fun activities for ALL ages from 4-7pm.
    Jane Snyder Trails Center - Rock Steady Boxing Demos and Information booths.
    21st Street - Gaga, Football Toss, Golfzilla, and Pickleball.
    Kids Zone (Ampitheatre) - Rubber Duck Decoration, Healthy Snack, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Tic-Tac-Toe, Chalk Drawing and Hula Hoops
  • 4:30 pm: Fun RUN!
    Register starting at 4pm under P Street bridge on trail. Fun run will go to Vine St and return to finish at the Kids Zone - (Ampitheatre).
  • 4:45 pm: Solar Bag Experience
  • 5:00 pm: Zumba at the Fitness Class Area
  • 5:30 pm: Dynamic Movement with Aging Partners at the Fitness Class Area
  • 5:45 pm: Rubber Ducky Race!
    Pick up your rubber ducky by 5:30pm in the Kids Zone - Ampitheatre. The ducks will start under the P Street bridge and move north to the Q Street bridge.
  • 6:00 pm: Bootcamp at the Fitness Class Area
  • 6:30 pm: Family Yoga at the Fitness Class Area

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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
Oak Lake Park, 1st & Charleston Street
Event details (will be updated soon).

Art in the Garden

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sunken Gardens, Capitol Parkway and South 27th Street

Partial proceeds go to the Sunken Gardens. Rain location: Auld Pavilion, Antelope Park.
Community partners: Noyes Art Gallery and Great Western Bank.