• Hannah Grenda, Guest Blogger

10 Things to Do in Murray this Summer

Staying in Murray this summer? No problem! With this helpful list of “10 things to do in Murray this summer,” you will be fully equipped for a summer of fun.

1. Visit the Downtown Murray Farmers Market

Every Saturday (7:00am-noon) the Downtown Murray Farmers Market will open up and greet you with the freshest produce, cutest homemade gifts, and delicious baked goods. Start your Saturday morning off right by venturing to downtown, and supporting your local farmers! To stay up to date on what’s happening with the Farmers Market, be sure to follow Downtown Murray Kentucky on Facebook!

2. Follow the Calloway County Barn Quilt Trail

Did you know that spread throughout Calloway County is a trail of gorgeous barn quilts? With our easy to follow map, you will be able to venture through the countryside and explore our county, while finding each barn quilt! Trail Guides are available at the Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau, 206 South 4th St. Grab a friend, pack a snack, and go on your journey!

3. Attend a Maple Street Market Cooking Class

Maple Street Market in Downtown Murray offers cooking classes for all ages! The owner, Shanna Smith, features three different courses: the lil’ chef series (ages 5-7 with an adult), junior chef series (ages 8-14), and the adult classes! Check out her website to view dates of when each class is available!

4. Enjoy a Playhouse in the Park Performance

This summer, Playhouse in the Park will be showing three different plays: James and the Giant Peach, American Idiot, and Aladdin! If you have never been to a Playhouse in the Park performance, this summer is the perfect chance to do so! To stay in-the-know about showtimes and dates, please visit their website, here.

5. Take a Group Bike Ride with Gear Up Cycles

Enjoy the fresh air by going for a group cycle through Murray! Gear Up Cycles plans group bike rides every Saturday morning, but features weekday trips, too! Visit their Facebook page to be aware of all their group cycling trips!

6. Visit Downtown Murray for their "Movies on the Square" Series

This year is an exciting one for Downtown Murray! Various Saturdays throughout the summer, Murray Main Street will host a different movie featuring a giant movie screen right on the court square! Here is the lineup:

June 1- Angels in the Outfield

June 8- Jurassic Park

June 22- Shrek 1

July 13- The Santa Claus

July 27- Jaws

Make sure to follow Murray Main Street on Facebook for more details about Movies on the Square!

7. Spend your Fourth of July at Freedom Fest

Freedom Fest is Murray’s way of celebrating Independence Day! This is a full day deal- start your morning with the Boy Scout Troop 45 Memorial Breakfast, head to Main Street for the parade, and end the night while watching the firework show! There are many events sprinkled throughout the day as well, so be sure to follow the Freedom Fest Facebook page to catch a full schedule of the day!

8. Get Creative with a Murray Art Guild Workshop

The Murray Art Guild takes pride in their various summer workshops! All throughout the summer, each week will entail a different art medium to create something beautiful. To see a full lineup of their summer workshops, please visit their website!

9. Get Active While Playing Foot Golf or Disc Golf

Itching to get outside and get active? Lucky for you, Murray has multiple ways you can do so, like playing Foot Golf or Disc Golf! The Foot Golf course is located in Chestnut Park, and the Disc Golf Course is in Central Park! Grab your team, and get golfing!

10. Enjoy the Town and Gown Community Band

This year, the Murray Town and Gown Community Band will be hosting a FREE concert at the Rotary Amphitheater in Central Park! This concert will take place on June 4th at 7 pm. Can’t make it? They will also be doing another FREE concert during Freedom Fest at Lovett Auditorium! Mark your calendars, these concerts are something you don’t want to miss! Follow them on Facebook, here.