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Entertainment & Culture

You’ll never lack for something to do during the week or on weekends at KU. Concerts, museums, forums on political and social issues, and other events provide ample opportunity for intellectual and cultural experiences.

Lawrence has long been known for its active and diverse music scene, hosting a number of up-and-coming artists before they were big names. A number of venues offer live music to suit almost any taste. A summer family favorite is the Lawrence City Band outdoor concert series at the South Park Gazebo, where Lawrence residents of all ages bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the music.

Lied Center

As a catalyst for the arts, creativity, engagement, and experiential learning opportunities, the Lied Center hosts world-class performing arts and speaking events, and serves as a communal gathering space for shared experience, connection, conversation, and the celebration of achievement.

Dole Institute of Politics

Unique and stately in its architecture, with a 29-foot stained-glass American flag window which greets visitors, the nonpartisan Dole Institute celebrates the life and work of Kansas senator and presidential candidate Robert J. Dole. The facility houses Dole’s papers and hosts political events.

Theatre Lawrence

In 2013, Theatre Lawrence began a new chapter in its nearly 40-year history when it moved into a new building. The community theater features local and regional actors displaying extraordinary talent. Each season’s line-up includes a mix of plays and musicals, with many opportunities to act, work behind the scenes, or simply enjoy the shows in the audience. Theatre Lawrence also offers classes and workshops for kids and adults.

Lawrence Arts Center

Visual arts, drama, dance, music—the Lawrence Arts Center is a regional center for visual and performing arts, contemporary exhibitions, film, and lectures. More than 120 teaching artists lead workshops and classes for adults and kids, ranging from ballet to hip-hop dancing, from ceramics to painting, screenwriting, and more.

Lawrence Public Library

It’s not just about books. The Lawrence Public Library is a hub of activity, learning, and creativity. The library offers workshops and programs for people of all ages, DIY and genealogy resources, public computers, a project recording studio, ice skating (winter), and more.

Lawrence Farmers Market

Open from April to November on Saturdays, and May to October on Tuesdays, the Lawrence Farmers Market isn’t just a place to buy fresh produce and local products, it’s a community experience.