FRIDAY’S PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN MOVED TO OUR RAIN DATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 19! Gates will open at 5 p.m., show at 7:30. 


One of Lexington’s favorite summer traditions, Picnic with the Pops is an annual outdoor musical event held each August. Featuring a fun and light-hearted atmosphere with picnic dinners, a table decorating contest and an idyllic Kentucky setting, the event started in 1980 by a group that included Lexington’s mayor at the time, Jim Amato, and Thomas Minter, who served as the chairman of the event until 2012. The event is now run by a city-appointed commission of volunteers.

The event features live orchestra music by the Lexington Philharmonic and a special guest artist each year. Formerly taking place at The Kentucky Horse Park, the event moved into a new home at the beautiful Keene Meadow at Keeneland in 2010.

Picnic with the Pops is pleased to announce that both of our 2018 performances will feature The Music of the Rolling Stones, performed by the  Lexington Philharmonic with guest conductor Brent Havens and other special guests. This year’s event takes place Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, 2018.  Gates open at 6 p.m. each night; the show will start at dusk (a bit before 9 p.m.)

Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic dinners and beverage of their choice. Table seating is available, as well as general admission (blanket) seating.

New this year: NO FLAME CANDLES WILL BE ALLOWED THIS YEAR. LED candles are welcome. Click here for more helpful tips about the event!

For more information, email info@lexpops.com.