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Nothing says the first day like the smell of pencil shavings. | Photo via Pexels

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On Wednesday, Aug. 16, thousands of kids around town will return to school with their backpacks and new-year jitters in tow. But before hopping on the sylla-bus, we’ve rounded up a few ways to get your kids excited for the Fall 2023 semester.


Back to School “Sneaker Ball” | Saturday, Aug. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Main Street Gym, 1321 W. Main St. | Join the African American Arts Association as they come together for a night of dancing, music, food, and more.

Poetry Under the Stars | Saturday, Aug. 12 | 6:30 p.m. | Gratz Park, 250 W. Third St. | Grab a blanket for this poetry open mic night hosted by the Lexington Youth Poetry Laureate Cohort.

Back to School Bash | Sunday, Aug. 13 | 11 a.m.-5p.m. | Jacobson Park, 4001 Athens Boonesboro Rd. | LGBTQIA+ youth and their parents are invited for a day of face painting, food, and meeting new friends.

Back to School Makers Market | Saturday, Sept. 9 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Central Bank Center, 430 W. Vine St. | Students can come out to browse local goods, gifts for teachers, and gear for themselves.

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It’s easy to spend hours exploring everything Joseph-Beth has to offer. | Photo courtesy of @bookish.bones


Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Cir. # B | Browse two floors of books, school supplies like notebooks, planners, and more.

Parent-Teacher Store, 3320 Partner Pl. Ste 104 | Parents and teachers can access a huge variety of school supplies, including arts + crafts, educational games, and books.

Six & Main, Online | Show some 859 pride by shopping all things Lexington, including t-shirts, hats, stickers, accessories, and more.

sQecial Media, 371 S. Limestone, Ste 220 | This is more than just a bookstore — it’s a lifestyle. Sort through tons of room decor, artsy school supplies, and more to ensure the best year yet.