In the biggest affirmation that 1980s pop culture has firmly established itself as part of our civic life, the annual “Thriller” parade takes to the streets of downtown Lexington in celebration of Halloween, Sunday. Related events include the Wicked Wonders Market at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza at Main Street and North Limestone from 2 to 8 p.m., a Halloween variety show at the plaza starting at 6:30 and the Halloween parade starting at 8, followed by the re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s iconic 1983 “Thriller” video starting at 8:30 p.m. on Main Street. For more detailed information, visit lexingtonky.gov/thriller-and-halloween-parade. The rain date is Monday.
Lyric Theatre anniversary
The Lyric Theatre, 300 East Third Street, celebrates its 70th anniversary Saturday with a gala dinner and show featuring Tee Dee Young and the Rae Camp Band. While the theater has only been reopened eight years, after decades of decay and neglect, it did indeed originally open in 1948 and was a hotbed of East End activity for more than a decade. Tickets are $70 a piece, $135 couples, $250 for a group of four and $500 for a table of eight. Call 859-280-2218 or visit lexingtonlyric.tix.com.
You’ve seen him on TV ...
You know him from “Live with Lee & Hayley,” “Hey Kentucky!” other WLEX-TV appearances. But Lee Cruse brings his standup show to Comedy Off Broadway in Lexington Green, 161 Lexington Green Circle, at 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday ($10) and Saturday ($12). Call 859-271-5653 or visit comedyoffbroadway.com.
New venue, familiar face
Former Houndmouth member Katie Toupin inaugurates the Green Room at The Burl, 375 Thompson Road, with a 7 p.m. performance Friday. Toupin will be offering up material from her new solo album “Moroccan Ballroom” and more. Tickets are $25 through katietoupinmusic.com.
Music for young minds
If you want to get your kids’ minds off Halloween and trick-or-treating for a while, the Lexington Philharmonic presents one of its PB&J concerts at 10 and 11 a.m. Saturday at ArtsPlace, 161 North Mill Street. The event, in collaboration with the Yoga Meditation & Therapy Center, is called Music Builds Mindfulness. Tickets are $5 and available at lexphil.com.