Stay cool and have fun at free summertime events in Bowling Green. There’s plenty to do to keep busy and fun for all ages!

Celebrating its 18th anniversary this year, the Duncan Hines Festival returns to Chaney’s Dairy Barn on July 11. Named a Kentucky Travel Industry Association Top 10 Summer Event for 2015, this year’s festival will be a real treat. Bring the family for an afternoon and evening of free fun, running 4-8pm. Enjoy everyone’s favorite Adventures in Good Baking contest, Uncle Duncan’s Duck Derby, play on the jumping pillow at Chaney’s, take a free hayride from 6-7pm, and more. Please visit the Duncan Hines Festival website for more info.

Following the Duncan Hines Festival, be sure to catch the latest showing at Chaney’s Ice Cream & a Moovie! Also a free event, bring your picnic chairs and a blanket to watch “Paddington” on the side of the dairy barn. No outside food or drinks are allowed, but Chaney’s famous ice cream will be available for purchase. Ice Cream & a Moovie dates run twice a month during the summertime at Chaney’s and always feature family-friendly movies. Please visit the Chaney’s website here for the updated schedule of movies and dates.

Head downtown on Friday nights for free live music at the BB&T Concert in the Park music series. Enjoy live music at Circus Square Park on Friday nights 7-10pm with amazing talent in oldies, blues, rock and classic hits! Contact the Downtown Redevelopment Authority at 270-782-0222 for questions or visit the Concerts in the Park Facebook page here for a complete schedule and band lists.

Stay indoors and keep cool at the free shows at the Hardin Planetarium on WKU’s campus running three times a week! Catch an hour-long show every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7pm or Sunday afternoon at 2pm. The latest show is “New Horizons at Pluto” and runs through August! The Planetarium runs year-round and shows rotate every couple of months. For more info, please call 270-745-4044 or visit the Planetarium website.

Enjoy scenic views and fine art at the Downing Museum and Baker Arboretum as it blooms during summer season. Free admission gives you access to magnificent summer foliage and manicured beauty atop one of the highest hills in the city. Visit the Baker Arboretum website for more information.

Don’t forget our latest social media giveaway! Our #gearedforgiveaways July freebie runs July 2-9 and is a package celebrating the man behind the cake mix, Duncan Hines! Watch for the giveaway on our Facebook page and learn how to enter. This prize package includes a free 1-night stay at the Candlewood Suites, a $25 gift card to Lost River Pizza, the All Aboard Mini Series on DVD, a Duncan Hines spatula, a Duncan Hines Festival t-shirt, Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Bourbon Balls, and a Bowling Green Area Lodging Association water bottle to keep you cool! To enter to win, simply LIKE our Facebook page and follow instructions. The winners are always selected at random and announced via the page, plus notified within the post by tagging their name.