2017 LIVE on the RIVER Youth Night

Release Date:  May 30, 2017

Paducah Parks Services will hold the first LIVE on the RIVER event for 2017 this Saturday, June 3 in downtown Paducah.  The theme is Youth Night with family-friendly activities and performances by area youth on two stages from 6 until 9 p.m.  During LIVE on the RIVER, Broadway will be closed inside of 3rd Street to the riverfront with entertainment on Broadway and along Market Square and 2nd Street.  All of the entertainment is free.  Carriage rides are available for a small fee.

Special Events Coordinator Molly Johnson says, “Once a month in June, July and August, the community can experience free family friendly activities, live music, and performances, all by local area talent and businesses.  Each LIVE on the RIVER event is unique.  These special nights downtown highlight local restaurants and businesses and provide an opportunity for families, date night, kids, teens, and tourists to enjoy historic downtown Paducah and the riverfront--Paducah’s backyard.”   

Activities planned for Youth Night include the following:

  • William Carter Photography –free pictures
  • Animal Tales featuring nature’s Olympians
  • Twisty Balloons
  • Cornhole in the street
  • Carriage rides (for a small fee)
  • Hula hoops
  • Meet Crime Dog McGruff with the Paducah Police Department—check out the cruisers and sign up for the Law Enforcement Explorer Program and the Junior Citizens’ Police Academy
  • Adrenaline Mobile Laser Tag in the street
  • Paducah ROCKS! – Create a connection through art 

rock paintingNew this year is the Paducah ROCKS initiative organized by the Paducah Parks Services Department and Better Than Ever.  A booth will be downtown where folks can decorate small rocks using paint or permanent markers.  The Paducah ROCKS initiative involves taking painted rocks and hiding them in public spaces around the city.  The bottom of each rock should state Keep or hide, you decide! PaducahROCKS fb.  Share a picture of your painted rock and a clue of its location on the Paducah ROCKS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Paducah-ROCKS-410013649377076/).  If you find a rock while strolling through Paducah, share a picture of it on the Facebook page, too.  Then, you get to decide if you want to hide it or keep it. 

Johnson says, “The Paducah ROCKS initiative allows the entire community to get involved in painting rocks, hiding rocks, and/or searching for these little pieces of art.  Finding one of the special rocks will make someone’s day as they walk through a park or other public space.”    

Additional dates for LIVE on the RIVER are July 4 and August 5.  On July 4 enjoy the Independence Day Celebration which features extended hours, 4-10 p.m.  Activities will take place on the Wilson stage on the riverfront as well as on Broadway and 2nd Street.  Food vendors will be on site at 1 p.m.  There will be music, a community art project, children’s activities, and fireworks set to music at approximately 9:15 p.m.  

On August 5, once again the Parks Department is teaming up with the Big Brown Truck Pull and Special Olympics to provide a fun evening from 6 until 9 p.m. of music, the truck pull, and sporting demonstrations.  Broadway, 2nd Street and Water Street will host all the usual LIVE free events and activities.

Also, don’t forget about the Paducah Parks Services’ RIVERfront Concert Series on the following Thursdays:  June 8, June 22, July 13, July 27, August 3, August 17, and August 31.  On those dates enjoy free concerts at Wilson Stage on the riverfront from 6 until 8:30 p.m.  Local artists take the stage from 6 until 7 p.m. with nationally-known artists from 7 until 8:30 p.m.  For June 8, enjoy the music of  Evan Webb from 6 until 7 p.m. and Chris Cavanaugh from 7 until 8:30 p.m.  Community partners Dry Ground Brewing Company, Paducah Beer Werks, Maiden Alley Cinema, and Save the Columbia Theatre will be selling a variety of local craft brews as well as water and Pepsi products for your concert enjoyment.  

For more information about Parks Services programs, classes, and special events, call 270-444-8508 or visit www.paducahky.gov.Live on the River summary