July 1-August 1 – Pioneer Playhouse Outdoor Theatre in Danville at 840 Stanford Road presents three dinners and shows: July 1-4 offers David Hirson’s award-winning La Bete (The Beast) set in 17th century France and presenting a farce about a rivalry between a royal actor and a street performer; July 7-18 is Chelsea Marcantal’s dramatic adaptation of an Angela Correll novel called Grounded, which follows a young Kentuckian whose jet-set city lifestyle suddenly crashes and forces her back to earth in her small Bluegrass hometown where she must confront her past and deal with her future; and July 21-August 1 presents Ed Lange’s back-by-popular-demand Sherlock’s Secret Life in which an aging Dr. Watson finally opens up about the fascinating life and work of his friend and colleague Sherlock Holmes. Dinner begins at 7:30 and the show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for both are $32 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under, and tickets for the show only are $18 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, visit pioneerplayhouse.com or call 859-236-2747.
July 2 – A unique group of seasoned veterans and newbies from Eastern Kentucky – Hammertowne – bring their music and songs to Natasha’s Bistro at 112 Esplanade for a 9 p.m. show. Their latest album reached #1 in April on the AirPlay Direct Top 50 Bluegrass/Folk Albums list. Cover charge is $12. For more information, visit
beetnik.com or call 859-259-2754.
July 3 – Big Fat Liars, a trio of musicians who cover rock, acoustic, country and hip hop hits, appear at Natasha’s Bistro at 112 Esplanade at 9 p.m. The trio – author/filmmaker Michael Crisp, fiddler Nathan Benge and international superstar Brad Elswick – are great musicians and truly funny guys. Cover charge is $8. For more information, visit beetnik.com or call 859-259-2754.
July 6, 13, 20 and 27 – Lexington Parks and Recreation present the Southland Jamboree at MoonDance Amphitheater in Beaumont at 1152 Monarch St. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the music of Blue Eagle Band (7/6), Michael Cleveland (7/13), Custom Made Bluegrass (7/20) and Dean Osborne (7/27). Concerts are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. on the 6th and 13th and at 7 p.m. on the 20th and 27th. For more information, see MoonDance Ampitheater on
July 7 – Natasha’s Bistro at 112 Esplanade hosts a unique performance of two international bands – Arstidir from Iceland and The Anatomy of Frank from Virginia at 8 p.m.
The two met in 2012 while playing at an event in Iceland, and have been friends since. Both have toured Europe and include guitars, piano, lush string arrangements and soaring vocals. Reserved seating is $12 per ticket. For more information, see www.beetnik.com or call 859-259-2754.
July 9-Aug 2 – The popular SummerFest of outdoor drama at Beaumont’s MoonDance Amphitheater starts and runs through the end of the month. Kentucky Conservatory Theatre puts on two popular plays: Monty Python’s Spamalot runs from July 9-12 and 23-26, and William Shakepeare’s The Comedy of Errors runs from July 16-19 and July 30-August 2. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. The show is ticketed. For price information,visit mykct.org or call 859-935-1564. The address is 1152 Monarch St.
July 10-12 – The 34th annual Berea Craft Festival is held at the Indian Fort Theater in Berea, about 30 miles south of Lexington on I-75. Take either Exit 77 or Exit 76 and follow the signs. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 12 and under. For more information, call 800-598-5263.
July 23-26 – The Lexington Theatre Company presents 42nd Street: The Musical with choreography from the 2001 Broadway revival which was Tony Award-nominated. It will use Broadway stars of today and Broadway hopefuls of tomorrow, and is exclusive to Lexington and not a touring production. The Lexington Opera House at the corner of Broadway and Vine Streets hosts this unique event. Tickets are $35-$76. Shows on Thursday and Friday are at 8 p.m., while they are both 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit lexingtontheatrecompany.org or call 859-233-3535.
July 25 – Rupp Arena at Lexington Center hosts the History of the EAGLES live tour at 8 p.m. in which the historically popular group sings songs that span their entire career and include some which have never before been performed live. The tour has been ongoing for two years. Tickets range from $49.50-$169.50. For more information, visit rupparena.com or call 859-233-3535.
July 30-August 2 – Lexington Parks and Recreation present the 26th year of Ballet Under the Stars at Woodland Park at the intersection of High Street and Kentucky Avenue. The preshow called Princess Vignettes II begins at 8 p.m. with the main production at 9. Admission is $5. For more information, call 859-288-2925.