Summer is in the air and with it comes a few of our favorite things. From summer movie classics and blockbusters, to the return of our favorite television shows and amazing live music.
The 1990s make a comeback in Louisville on June 7th, when New Kids On The Block, Nelly, and TLC bring their hits to the KFC Yum! stage. The Festival of The Bluegrass kicks off its 41st year of celebrating bluegrass music at the Kentucky Horse Park on June 11th. If you are a movie buff, you will love The Kentucky Theatre’s annual Summer Classics series, which will feature iconic films like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With The Wind” among other unforgettable motion pictures. Also on the big screen, “Jurassic World” reboots after 22 years on June 12th, starring movie man of the moment, Chris Pratt. June is also the month we celebrate Dads. And what better way than a scenic train ride with family? No matter what your idea of warm weather fun is, we have a little something for everyone. Check out some of our favorite activities and start planning your summer!
Summer Classics Movie Series | June 3rd - September 12th
Every summer, the Kentucky Theatre holds a series of classic films each Wednesday night from late May to mid-September. This year’s list is full of film favorites you won’t want to miss. We get to watch Judy Garland follow the yellow brick road and Scarlett O’Hara save Tara and fall in love with Rhett Butler, all on the big screen. You can’t beat the elegance and charm of the Kentucky Theatre, which makes it the perfect place for seeing your all-time favorite films. For a full list of dates and titles please visit kentuckytheater.com
New Kids On the Block, Nelly and TLC | June 7th
Take a trip back to the beloved 90s with this not to be missed tour featuring three of the most memorable artists. New Kids On The Block headlines the tour, crooning their well known hits like “The Right Stuff”, joined by “Country Grammer” rapper Nelly, and “Waterfalls” girl group TLC. If you missed the opportunity to see any of these performers back in the day, now is your chance to embrace that era again. The show will be held at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville at 7 pm. Tickets are still available at ticketmaster.com.
The Tony Awards | June 7th
The 69th annual award show celebrating excellence on Broadway takes place on June 7th in New York City. This year’s nominees include well-known stars like Bradley Cooper for “The Elephant Man”, Helen Mirren for “The Audience”, and Carey Mulligan for “Skylight”, plus many more. There will also be live performances and appearances from your favorite shows and stage favorites. Theatre greats (as well as past Tony award winners themselves) Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth host the show which airs Sunday, June 7th from 8 pm to 11 pm on CBS.
Festival of the Bluegrass | June 11th - June 14th
The Festival of the Bluegrass is a traditional Bluegrass Music Festival in the heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Established in 1974, it continues to operate as a family-run festival. The event offers a little something for everyone from camping, live music, shopping booths, kids activities, and much more. The festival takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground in Lexington the 2nd weekend of June. For a full list of performers, ticketing info, as well as camping information please visit festivalofthebluegrass.com.
Jurassic World | June 12th
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a dinosaur adventure park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. The Patel Corporation owns this new park. Owen (Chris Pratt), a member of Jurassic World’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on the Velociraptors. Jurassic World’s attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires. If you were a fan of the first film back in 1993, you won’t want to miss this one.
Downtown Poker Stroll | June 20th
The no-skill-needed poker stroll is a walk or run event with proceeds and awareness benefiting the Surgery on Sunday organization. When the time starts, you will have a list of clues and one hour to get to as many ‘stops’ as possible, drawing a card, and making it back to the starting point before time is up. Whichever participant can make the best hand — wins. There is a $1,000 cash prize for 1st place, and other great prizes for 2nd through 5th. Includes live music, food trucks, adult beverages, and more! The event will be held 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm (registration 4:30 pm) at the Fifth Third Pavilion. Tickets include participation in the run only. Must be 21+ to participate. For more information and tickets please visit lexeffectky.com.
Special Father’s Day Train Ride | June 21st
If you can’t think of a way to treat your Dad on Father’s Day, how about a scenic train ride across the Bluegrass? Dads ride for half price! Enjoy an 11 mile, 90 minute round trip train excursion through the horse farms of Central Kentucky. The train takes off at 2 pm (plan on arriving around 1:30 pm) at the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum. Admission is $14. Visit bgrm.org for tickets and information.
Lexington Pride Festival | June 27th
The Lexington Pride Festival is the second largest free community event in the area, thanks to the support of the city, individuals, and local businesses. Celebrating its 8th year, the festival will once again have a full day of entertainment downtown, 90+ vendors, and fun for the entire family. Come out and show your pride! The festival features local and national vendors, kids activities, free entertainment all day, food, drinks, and so much more. The event is for all ages and admission is free. It takes place 11 am to 9 pm on 120 N. Limestone St. For more information please visit lexpridefest.org or call (859) 253-3233.
Susan G. Komen Golf Classic | June 29th
Join in on the 2nd Annual Susan G. Komen Golf Classic presented by Community Trust Bank. Wear pink, play golf, and raise money for a great organization. The cost to participate is $600 per foursome, which includes food & drink, golf, & tee prizes. Lunch & registration starts at 11 am, shotgun start at 12:30 pm, and closing ceremony and awards at 5:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at lexington.info-komen.org
For questions or more information, contact Billie Dollins at [email protected] or call 859-433-2096.