Your guide to outdoor live music in Lexington

Grab the chairs and blankets for a fun summer night of music under the stars.

A group of people sitting in lawn chairs at a concert.

Kick back + relax with some live outdoor music this summer. | Photo provided by Lexington Parks & Recreation

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Thursday Night Live returns to Fifth Third Pavilion in downtown this Thursday, April 4, which can only mean one thing — it’s outdoor concert season. If you’re looking to have a musical + fun-filled spring and summer, then allow us to introduce you to our outdoor live music guide.


Thursday Night Live
In the heart of downtown, this fan-favorite is the perfect post-work wind down with easy access to restaurants, food trucks, and beverage booths.

  • Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.
  • April 4-October 10 at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Tandy Park

Big Band & Jazz
Organized by Lexington Parks & Recreation, this is one of Lexington’s longest-running weekly concert series, going strong for 40+ years.

Southland Jamboree
Well-behaved dogs are allowed to attend and don’t forget to bring your own instrument for a post-concert jam session with bluegrass jam bands.

  • Thursdays, 7 p.m.
  • 2024 dates TBD at Moondance Amphitheater

Eastside Evenings
Lexington Parks & Recreation’s newest outdoor concert series — taking over for the former Northside Nights — is bringing live funk, soul, and R&B music to the East End. Performances will be held on the showmobile stage, so don’t forget to grab a blanket, some chairs + get ready to boogie down.

  • Fridays, 6-8 p.m.
  • July 13, August 10, and September 7 at Charles Young Park

Summer Nights in Suburbia
The concert series runs the musical gamut + brings a surprise to each show featuring indie rock, blues, folk artists, and more. Gates open as early as 5:30 p.m.

  • Every other Friday, 7-9 p.m.
  • May 24-September 13 at Moondance Amphitheater

This series aims to recognize + elevate local talent by bringing to its stage the neighborhood’s musical acts.

  • Fourth Sunday every month, 6 p.m.
  • April 28-September 22 at Oleika Temple Great Lawn

Music on the Lawn
Sip specialty cocktails + snack on farm-fresh fare while listening to live music by the fire.

  • Every Friday + Saturday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • May 3-October 26 at Shaker Village


Springhouse Music Series
A night of live music with local food trucks + specialty cocktails on the lawn of this picturesque Frankfort distillery.

  • First Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
  • May 3-September 6 at Castle & Key Distillery

The Burl
This local venue will bring shows outside during the warmer months + hosts a variety of acts including folk, Americana, indie rock, and more. Pro tip: Stop by Lucy’s across the parking lot for some late-night snacks.

  • Shows dates + times vary
  • 375 Thompson Rd.
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