The Special Events Division operates out of Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St. For questions regarding special events, contact Duane Peterson, Special Events supervisor, at (785) 832-7940.

Arts & Crafts Fairs
Fun Run Walks


  • Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza
    Ages: 3-12. Free to the public. LPRD invites your family to take part in the community’s annual Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 15. Children 3 years-old -12 years-old are eligible to participate. The “Hunt” will take place in historic South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St. Each participant is allowed to collect a total of five different colored eggs. There will be additional activities for children to participate in before and after the hunt.
  • Pooch Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza
    Ages: Any. Bring Fiddo to come hunt Egg’s in historic South Park Saturday morning Saturday, April 15. Each dog is allowed to hunt a limited number of eggs that are filled with dog treats. Once they find the egg and claim it with their nose, it goes in their basket to open later. Check in begins at 8 a.m.; the HUNT will begin at 9 a.m. sharp. Register each dog separately. Prizes available on site. Co-sponsored by the Lawrence Humane Society. Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is Monday, April 10.
    Pooch Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza
  • Confident, Capable Commuters
    Ages: 16 and Up. Enrollment Min 3 / Max 16. Do you want to take advantage of all the benefits of commuting by bicycle but aren’t sure how to get started? Have you been riding for years but never received any instruction on the rules of the road? This class, taught by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists, is designed to be beneficial to all levels of riders. Participants will learn how to ride safely in traffic and on the sidewalk, basic bike maintenance, and group riding skills. This course will have two class room sessions in the evenings and a Saturday morning outdoor session. Participants must provide their own bicycle and helmet. For more information, call (785) 832-7950.
  • Skyhoundz Frisbee Disc Championship
    Free and open to the public. Skyhoundz Frisbee Disc Throwing Contest held in South Park on Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m. This event will be held in conjunction with the Humane Society for your pet’s shopping needs and necessities. Additional information available at Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th Street, (785) 832-7940.
  • Kids Fishing Derby
    Ages: 5-13. Free to the public and open to children. Anglers 13 and younger are invited to test their fishing expertise at Mary’s Lake (31st & Haskell Streets) on Saturday, June 3, 8:30 a.m.-noon. A pre-derby meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. All anglers are asked to provide their own fishing poles and bait. Door prizes will be given throughout the morning. Supervision provided; however, parents are asked to help out. Co-sponsored by Wal-Mart and Kansas Wildscape.
    Kids Fishing Derby
  • Medical Forms for camp enrollments – NEEDED PRIOR TO ATTENDING FIRST DAY

    Arts & Crafts Fairs

    Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department hosts several arts and crafts fairs throughout the year for exhibitors to showcase and sell their work. The list below provides the dates/times of each of LPRD’s upcoming arts & crafts fairs. All Fairs are Free and Open to the Public.

    For Exhibitor Deadlines/Information, please click here.

    • Spring Arts & Crafts Festival – Saturday, March 11 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Summer Fest – Sunday, June 25
    • Fall Arts & Crafts Festival – Sunday, Sept. 10
    • Holiday Bazaar – Sunday, Nov. 19
    • Holiday Extravaganza – Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 2-3

    Fun Runs/Walks

  • Sports Pavilion Lawrence/Bobcat 5K
    Saturday, April 8
    Ages: 5 and up. This timed race will also be a family run with timed runners starting first with families beginning five minutes later. Individual participants will receive a T-shirt. Entries submitted after Friday, March 31, are not guaranteed a T-shirt the day of the race. No shirts or timed results will be provided for family entries, but remaining shirts will be available for purchase. Fees are nonrefundable and must accompany the entry form. Additional $5 added to fee day of race. Co-sponsored by Langston Hughes Bobcat Marathon Club. For more information, please contact Sports Pavilion Lawrence at (785) 330-7355.
    SPL Bobcat 5k