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Attractions

Several restaurants, cocktail lounges, stores and entertainment venues are nearby – some within walking distance, and our location gives you easy access to Louisville's top attractions.

You can explore:

Louisville Zoo

The Louisville Zoo features more than 1,300 exotic animals including gorillas, lions, tigers, polar bears, penguins, and birds in their natural indoor and outdoor habitats. The zoo is spread out over 134 acres, with creative and award winning exhibits.

Address: 1100 Trevilian Way

Louisville Slugger Museum

The Louisville Slugger Museum is located at the manufacturing plant and headquarters of this famous company. A 120-foot steel baseball bat rests against the wall of the building. Visitors can watch bats being produced on the guided tour.

Address: 800 West Main Street

Rubbertown

Rubbertown is a neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, located along the Ohio River. During World War II, it became the home of many industrial plants which remained after the war and led to its name. Its largest businesses include American Synthetic Rubber, Borden Chemical, DuPont Dow Elastomers, Noveon, Rohm and Haas, and Zeon Chemicals.

Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center provides an international education and cultural center that is inspired by the ideals of its founder Muhammad Ali. The Ali Center features captivating exhibits and multi-media presentations, a five-screen orientation theater film, historic Civil Rights era media footage, video-on-demand of Ali's fights, interactive boxing fun, two changing exhibit galleries, the Children's Hope and Dream wall, meeting and event space, a retail store and more.

Address: 144 North 6th Street

Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby has been held annually since 1875 on the first Saturday in May, in the exclusive suburb of Churchill Downs. This horse race is one of the most famous and has one of the highest purses in the world. To learn more about this race visit the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Kentucky Derby Museum

Exhibits at the Kentucky Derby Museum include racing artifacts, interactive displays and fine art. Trophies, photographs, riding silks and commemorative Derby glasses are also on display. The museum highlights Thoroughbred racing and the Kentucky Derby.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

If you're looking for a truly spooky experience, check out Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a former tuberculosis hospital nestled among the wooded hills of Pleasure Ridge park. This historic gothic sanatorium is considered to be the most haunted place in the world. Waverly Hills has been the subject of many haunted shows such as Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Challenge – the spiritual energy readings are off the charts! It offers tours, ghost-hunting expeditions and a full-scale haunted attraction every fall.

Address: 4400 Paralee Lane

Louisville Mega Cavern

One hundred acres of man-made underground caverns, originally intended as a civil defence shelter with provisions for 50,000 people to live underground for an extended period of time. The attraction now offers various adventures and boasts the world's only underground zip tours. Safe in the event of nuclear fallout!

Address: 1841 Taylor Avenue

Fourth Street Live

Fourth Street Live! is a 350,000-square-foot entertainment and retail complex located on 4th Street, between Liberty and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Restaurants and entertainment venues in the complex include Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Hard Rock Cafe, T.G.I. Friday's, Sully's Irish Pub, The Sports & Social Club (bowling alley and restaurant),tavern on 4th street, The Fudgery, and the first-ever Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge.

Fourth Street Live! also has a wide variety of bars and nightclubs including The Marquee Bar, Mosaic, Sully's Saloon, The Sports & Social Club, Howl at the Moon, PBR Louisville and Tengo Sed Cantina.

A mall-style food court is also located in the complex with restaurants like Wendy's, Taco Bell, Subway and Philly Station. There are also several retail stores including CVS Pharmacy, Footlocker and T-Mobile.

Traffic on 4th Street through the complex is often open, but closed for large public gatherings such as music concerts and other events.

Bardstown Rd

Known as the hottest "neighborhood" spo in town, Bardstown Road is located right in the middle of the Highlands and is also home to a large number of eclectic eateries offering most every kind of culinary delight. Indian, Italian, Argentine, Brewpub, Irish Pub, and all types of fine dining are just some of choices you will have to make. Many of the restaurants offer al fresco dining or you can take a gourmet picnic to beautiful Cherokee Park that borders the Highlands on the East.

Galleries, boutiques, specialty shops, and antique stores dot Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road. If you are Bookstorelooking for that one-of-a-kind item, this is the place to find it. Wandering through the Highlands takes you back in time with a great many preserved Victorian homes, turn-ofthe-century architecture, and a taste of Louisville's local charm.

Nightlife flourishes in these neighborhoods as well. Live local music and artists are featured among the coffee shops, cafés, and pubs. Have an Irish brew at O'Sheas Irish Pub or catch a foreign film at Baxter Avenue Theaters. Dance the night away or enjoy the company of friends at the numerous nightclubs and hotspots. The Highlands and all of the options they offer are just minutes from downtown

Whiskey Row

Whiskey Row refers to a block-long stretch from 101–133 W. Main Street that once served as home to the bourbon industry in Louisville, Kentucky. The collection of Revivalist and Chicago School-style buildings with cast-iron storefronts were built between 1852 and 1905. On a list of Louisville Most Endangered Historic Places, the buildings were slated for demolition in 2011, but an agreement between the city, local developers, and preservationists saved Whiskey Row.

Main Street

Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC)

Is a large multi-use facility in Louisville, Kentucky. It is overseen by the Kentucky State Fair Board, and is one of the ten largest facilities of its type in the U.S., with over 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2) of indoor space. KEC hosts a number of events, including the Kentucky State Fair, the North American International Livestock Exposition and the National Farm Machinery Show. It is located adjacent to I-65 and the Henry Watterson Expressway, as well as the Louisville International Airport.

Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay

Kentucky Kingdom (formerly known as Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom) is an amusement park in Louisville, Kentucky. The 63-acre park includes a collection of amusement rides and a water park named Hurricane Bay

Watch it, hear it, feel it, see it, sense it, laugh at it, cry at it - but most of all - be in the heart of it. Welcome to Possibility City, where playtime's your time.

The Arts

The Arts are Alive in Louisville

Louisville's dynamic and diverse arts & culture communities make the city come alive with creative energy, new ideas, and world-class talent. With intersecting cultures and traditions meeting and mingling, Louisville is a crossroads where the American South and Midwest meets the world.

Art Museums & Galleries

As a city built on America's first frontier, Louisville is home to a proud tradition of artisanal crafts including glass and ceramic arts, wood and metal work, and decorative domestic crafting with an original Louisville twist. Explore the arts in Lousiville's Art Museums & Galleries.

For the art lover, no visit to Louisville would be complete without a day spent at the Speed Art Museum, Lousiville's premier destination for the visual arts. With a collection spanning 6,000 years and ongoing family programming that puts you in the center of art itself, the Speed Art Museum is not to be missed. (The museum is currently closed until Spring 2016 due to grand remodeling)

Theatre & Performing Arts

Home to more than a dozen venues and performance companies, Louisville's stages (indoor and outdoor) fill the city with the life and energy of drama and musical comedy, ballet and modern dance, and even dinner theatre! Explore how Louisville does Theatre & Performing Arts.

As home to the Kentucky Shakespeare Festiva, the oldest ongoing celebration of the Bard's work in the country, it's no surprise Louisville is a hotbed of the performing arts.

Cultural Attractions

It's not just classic and contemporary art that makes up Louisville's Cultural Attractions. The city's vibrant history and multicultural heritage is kept alive through many fine regional institutions that preserve and celebrate the richness of Louisville and its people. Many of Louisville's cultural attractions immerse you in an experience you can get nowhere else.

Recall Louisville's origins as a riverboat city by taking a cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville and the Spirit of Jefferson . Explore Kentucky's natural wonders in Jefferson Memorial Forest or commune with some animal friends at the Louisville Zoo. Get to know more about Louisville's most famous son and master of the pugilistic arts at the Muhammed Ali Cente.

Music & Festivals

Louisville's arts and culture heritage also has a place in America's homegrown musical traditions of blues, bluegrass, and rock & roll. At venues large and small, indoors and out, Louisville hosts national touring acts and nurtures hometown talent. Explore downtown venues and upcoming Music & Festivals features in Louisville.

One of Louisville's most anticipated events, the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Festival celebrates one of the greatest American folk traditions over three days each September.

Louisville Tours and Itineraries

Take a good look at Louisville! With so many options to explore, planning a tour of Louisville has never been easier!

We have put together these helpful tour itineraries which include all the must-see and one-of-a-kind places you can only find in Louisville. From family friendly fun to couples only, foodie favorites to gaming excitement, you will find the theme that is just right for you!

So take a good look at Louisville and plan your next adventure with us!

Bourbon Country & Urban Bourbon Trail

In case you haven't heard, Kentucky is the birthplace of Bourbon and a tour of Louisville's Urban Bourbon Trail is a great way to get acquainted with the local maltsters.

Derby Week

Tour Louisville as it comes alive for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby. From the Derby Museum and Churchill Downs, to the daily festivities of food and music, right up to the Run for the Roses itself.

Education & History

This Louisville tour takes you from prehistoric fossil beds through the settlement of Kentucky and all the way to the modern day with visits to natural history sites, art museums, historic neighborhoods and even a working river steamboat!

Family & Children

Your kids will love this tour of Louisville! It's got everything—the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum, Kentucky Science Center, bike rides through venturous parks, and plenty of kid-friendly food.

Festivals & Arts

Experience the vibrant arts, crafts, and culture of Louisville on this tour of performing arts theatres, craftsmen workshops and artist studios, galleries and museums. The ballet, the orchestra, the opera—find it all in Louisville!

First Timers Tour

Follow Louisville Magazine editor Josh Moss as he immerses himself in local traditions – one Hot Brown, Ali fight and shot of bourbon at a time.

Food & Culinary

Indulge your inner foodie on this savory and sweet tour of Louisville's gustatory delights. You'll be amazed at the variety and quality of Louisville's local chefs, bakers, cheese artisans, and of course Bourbon distilleries.

Gaming

Packed full of excitement, this two-day tour of Louisville takes you from Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, to the nearby Horseshoe Casino. Experience high stakes without breaking the bank!

Haunted Louisville

Get spooked on this dark and scary tour of some of Louisville's most myserious places. From possessed churches to haunted hotels, history is alive in Louisville in more ways than one!

Honoring Our Military Heroes

Take a solemn tour of Louisville's memorials and monuments to the brave sons and daughters of Kentucky who sacrificed to serve their country.

Kentucky Traditions

Want to know what makes Louisvlle truly original? Find out on this tour of those Kentucky traditions and personalities that make this place so unique.

Sports

Experience Louisville's contributions to the sporting world with this tour of famous sites including the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Kentucky Derby Museum. Depending on the season, you can take in a game at the University of Louisville, home of the Cardinals.

African American Heritage Louisville

Always a center of culture and a hub of transportation, Louisville is a multicultural city with deep cosmopolitan roots stretching back centuries. From the African American experience that predates the history of the United States to the arrival of Asian and Jewish communities in the early Twentieth Century, to the most recent immigration of Hispanic and Latino communities, Louisville's unique character continues to be remade by each influx of new people.

The African American Community

Louisville has been a center of African American cultural life for generations. From the enslaved builders who constructed Locust Grove to the abolitionists who risked their lives ferrying escaped slaves along the Underground Railroad that ran through Louisville, African Americans have had an immeasurable impact on the birth and growth of Louisville.

Evidence of this history is collected in the many historical markers that dot the traditionally African-American communities of Louisville like Berrytown, Parkland, Russell, and Smoketown. Visitors will find Louisville's soulful roots on display throughout the year at annual events like The Corn Island Storytelling Festival and the West Louisville Appreciation Celebration and Family Reunion.

Multicultural Experience Itinerary

Louisville enjoys a deep and rich African American heritage that includes prominent people, places and events. Feel the rhythm of our city as you stroll through the memories, achievements and contributions of an important culture within American history.

Covering all aspects of the African American story, Multicultural Louisville includes visits to Locust Grove, a historic home built by enslaved African Americans, a stop at the nearby National Underground Railroad Freedom Center that charts the history of heroism during the abolition movement, as well as a tour of Division Street School, one of earliest schools for African Americans that remains today. At the Muhammad Ali Center you'll be inspired to find the “Greatness Within,” as you learn about the life of Louisville's most famous native son, his importance in the world of sports, and his impact on American culture.

Annual Events in Louisville KY

If you're a fan of fun, Louisville's the place for you.

No matter what the season or time of year, there are umpteen-million things you can do in this city. Louisville is home to a veritable plethora of high-profile festivals that celebrate the arts and culture, reflecting the joy of conversation and community in the city. Louisville is a superstar when it comes to putting on festivals and events.

Annually the city's events have been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 and Kentucky Travel Industry Association Top 10 for their cultural and historical significance.

In 2010, Louisville joined Sydney, Australia, as the only two cities to receive the inaugural World Festival & Event City designation by the International Festivals & Events Association. Louisville was judged #1 in its class and named the Top North American City for populations of over one million.

Louisville offers the opportunity to experience both cultural identity and diversity through many attractions and historic sites as well as festivals and events. Look around and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the array of events representing a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds that make up the fabric of our community. Check out a few of the city's multicultural events signified by this fleur de lis logo.

Below is a robust list of our annual events and festival. Visit the websites listed for specifics on this year's event, or check out our searchable calendar to the left.

JANUARY
Dinnerworks
The Louisville Visual Art Association's annual exhibition of handmade dinnerware coupled with unique table designs.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration
Greater Louisville & Jefferson County, (502) 583-3682

FEBRUARY
Black History Month Activities
Greater Louisville & Jefferson County, (502) 583-3682

National Farm Machinery Show
Start your year out right with row after row of brand name products and services, hands-on demonstrations of the latest technology advancements, and a selection of free seminars that are both practical and informative.

MARCH
Dining at the Mansions
This one-night event begins at the JB Speed Mansion (built in 1883) with hors d'oeuvres, wine and silent auction. Private residences in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood participate with homeowners giving diners a rare glimpse of their elaborately decorated homes. Guests dine on a three-course dinner before returning to the JB Speed Mansion for dessert.

Humana Festival of New American Plays
Held at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Humana Festival celebrates the genius and diversity of contemporary playwrights by presenting a rotating repertory of up to seven new works that incorporate a wide spectrum of themes, theatrical forms, and styles of dramatic literature.

Mid-America Trucking Show
Equipment and services of every conceivable description, representing the most innovative technology and advanced developments in the industry will be on display!

APRIL
Kentucky Derby Festival
The nation's largest civic celebration with over 70 accessible events including the nation's largest annual fireworks show Thunder Over Louisville, the Great Balloon Race, the Great Steamboat Race, Marathon/Mini Marathon, and Pegasus Parade.

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/Mini Marathon
The marathon is 26. 2 miles and the mini marathon is 13.1 miles. The marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifying event and is a sanctioned course and event by United States Track and Field.

The Cherokee Triangle Art Fair
The juried art fair, held on Cherokee Parkway the weekend before Derby, got its start in 1972 when area residents started a garden plant exchange. Since then, it has gained acclaim for the quality of the arts and crafts displayed by the exhibitors. There's plenty of great live music, entertainment, food and is a family-friendly event.

Spring Race Meet
Churchill Downs offers live Thoroughbred horse racing action in the spring – late-April through early-July – including Friday night racing under the lights.

MAY
100 Black Men of Louisville Derby Gala
A black-tie fundraiser for the 100 Black Men of Louisville, the organization awards scholarships to selected 7th-grade African-American males.

Abbey Road on the River
Held Memorial Day Weekend on the Belvedere Festival Plaza overlooking the Ohio River in downtown Louisville, Abbey Road on the River is the largest Beatles tribute festival in America. This five-day art, music and food festival honors and celebrates The Fab Four by attracting more than 60 bands – on seven stages – from 12 countries and over 25,000 attendees.

Kentucky Derby
The most prestigious horse race in America and the first jewel of the Triple Crown is always the first Saturday in May.

Kentucky Oaks
The Kentucky Oaks is Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious race for three-year-old fillies.

Kentucky Reggae Festival
Enjoy live Reggae music, ethnic food and vendors of all types.

Mayor's Hike, Bike & Paddle
Explore the city's historic neighborhoods and parks with cyclists, walkers, runners, canoe paddlers and kayakers twice a year – Memorial Day and Labor Day – for a 5K walk (which is wheelchair-accessible), 15-mile bike course or 3-mile paddle along Beargrass Creek and the Ohio River.

The Fifty and Over Games
Formerly known as the Louisville Regional Senior Games this one-week, annual competition includes 13 different events for participants of all skills and abilities, from basketball and a road race to bowling, billiards and table tennis. Participants come from seven states and Canada.

JUNE
Americana World Festival
International food and entertainment are a major part of the festival. Past performances have ranged from African drumming to Latin music and Rwandan traditional dance to traditional Bosnian dance. The festival includes a kidzone, crafts, information, and exhibits showcasing the programs of the Americana Community Center. The area surrounding the Americana Community Center has become a vibrant mix of refugee and immigrant families and U.S. born families. An all day celebration of the sights, sounds, and tastes of the world that are right here in our own neighborhood!

FandomFest
In 2006 Fright Night Film Festival began with 400 attendees and has grown to the largest juried film festival in the regions, showing over 100 films, and combining all aspects of Fan interest as FandomFest. As the greatest gathering of pop culture fans, the three-day weekend event includes the Mid America Comic-Con, gaming, animee, literary, artist alley, nearly 30 celebrities, New York Times best sellers, filmmakers, seminars, family-friendly activities and over 200 vendor booths.

Flyover Film Festival
This three-day festival celebrates film by bringing together both industry professionals and audiences of all kinds for screenings, workshops, panels, forums and special events.

Greek Festival
Enjoy ethnic food and pastries, beer, dancing, live music, jewelry, art, groceries and books at this Friday-Saturday festival.

Hispanic/Latino Health Fair
The Annual Hispanic/Latino Health Fair provides information about the services and resources in Louisville and provides valuable health information to Hispanic/Latino families. More than 600 people attend the health fair, which includes information on prevention, health screenings, and educational workshops. Since 1998, the Hispanic/Latino Coalition has been involved in efforts focused on advocacy, outreach, and support to this growing community.

Kentucky Pride Festival
Held on Belvedere Plaza in downtown Louisville, the Kentuckiana Pride Festival is a place where the GLBTQI community and its supporters can meet and celebrate, enjoying a variety of food, entertainment, and showcases from local and regional businesses and organizations.

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
To be or not to be! Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, held in Old Louisville's Central Park has been presenting the Bard's works for more than half-century. It's the longest-running free summer festival of its kind in the country, attracting 20,000-25,000 patrons annually.

Louisville Hoopfest
Kentucky's largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament with all the proceeds benefiting charity.

JULY
Blues-n-Barbeque Festival
This festival has been heating up mid-summer since 1998, offering a chance to kick back and enjoy the intoxicating sounds of New Orleans and Memphis as well as some outstanding barbeque.
Forecastle Festival
Named one of the top 101 things to do in America by SPIN Magazine, the annual Forecastle Festival is held on the Belvedere, overlooking the scenic Ohio River. This Music, Art and Activism festival features more than 40 bands, 15 artists, and nearly 50 environmental organizations from five states.

Kentucky Music Weekend
The largest traditional and folk music festival in the region.

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
To be or not to be! Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, held in Old Louisville's Central Park has been presenting the Bard's works for more than half-century. It's the longest-running free summer festival of its kind in the country, attracting 20,000-25,000 patrons annually.

Lebowski Fest
The Lebowski Fest began in Louisville in 2002 and is a two-day celebration of all things related to the 1998 Coen brothers' cult comedy, “The Big Lebowski.” Fans of the film (aka “Achievers”) come from far and wide to drink white Russians, throw some rocks; and party with an array of Dudes, Walters, and Maudes (not to mention a nihilist or two).

Louisville Defender Newspaper's West Louisville Appreciation Celebration & Proud Family Reunion
The West Louisville Appreciation Celebration Festival & Family Reunion emphasizes the positive aspect of the African American Community and is held for two days in western Louisville's Shawnee Park. This community celebration started in 1980 and features activities for the entire family as well as arts, crafts and community agency exhibits.

Waterfront Independence Festival
Celebrate Independence Day downtown on the Great Lawn with music, food and fireworks during this two-day event.

World Championship of Dainty
In the 1850's, an influx of German immigrants settled in what is known today as the Germantown and Schnitzelburg neighborhoods. They brought with them a European children's game called Dainty. Since 1970, the World Championship of Dainty tournament has been held every year on the last Monday in July. Spectators are welcome at Hauck's Handy Store.

AUGUST
Brew at the Zoo
Held annually in August, Brew at the Zoo was established in 2004 by the Friends of the Zoo and is the organization's 2nd largest annual fundraiser. In 2011 it included 26 breweries, 3 wineries, 25 restaurants and 6 other beverages including water, coffee and sports drinks.

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
To be or not to be! Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, held in Old Louisville's Central Park has been presenting the Bard's works for more than half-century. It's the longest-running free summer festival of its kind in the country, attracting 20,000-25,000 patrons annually.

Kentucky State Fair
The "Pride of Kentucky" draws over 600,000 people with attractions from rooster crowing contests and pig racing and top name concerts.

NSRA Street Rod Nationals Plus
Recognized as the world's largest automotive participation event, more than 11,000 pre-1949 street rod's are showcased each year. In 2010, the event opened its doors to any vehicle 30 years-old and older-vehicles from the 50's, 60's, and 70's joined the street rods!

World Championship Horse Show
A showcase for American Saddlebred, Hackney Ponies, and Road Horses that crowns the world championship saddlebreds in different divisions.

SEPTEMBER
A Taste of Louisville
Since 1973, over 40 Louisville restaurants have presented some of the finest cuisine and libations in the area.

Captain's Quarters Regatta
The Captain's Quarters Regatta is one of the region's premier sailing events. Started in 1972 by Ennis Mahon, then owner of Captain's Quarters Restaurant, the regatta has become a fall tradition noted for warm camaraderie, good parties and hot competition.

Founder's Day
This free event, held September 1st is the Frazier History Museum's annual street party. It includes inflatables, educational crafts, games and activities, as well as food, music and live performances by the museum's costumed historic interpreters.

IdeaFestival
Founded in 2000, the IdeaFestival (IF) is a world-class event that attracts leading and highly diverse thinkers from across the nation and around the globe to explore and celebrate innovation, imagination and cutting-edge ideas.

Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival
What started as a small street party in 1969 has grown to become the 5th largest festival in the region and has taken its place as one of the top 20 in the Southeast. The nine-day festival includes a motorcycle rally & car show, a golf scramble, a 5K run/walk, a parade, balloon glow, children's playground, live entertainment and over 140 arts, crafts, and commercial booths. Held the 3rd weekend in September.

Kentucky Bluegrass Music Festival
Held at the Water Tower, this festival is one of Louisvill'e oldest and best known music events.

Louisville Irish Fest
Irish Fest features live Irish and Celtic music, Irish dancers, food & beverages, and Irish Tea Room, cultural exhibits, and Irish Marketplace, children's activities and much more.

Mayor's Hike, Bike & Paddle
Explore the city's historic neighborhoods and parks with cyclists, walkers, runners, canoe paddlers and kayakers twice a year – Memorial Day and Labor Day – for a 5K walk (which is wheelchair-accessible), 15-mile bike course or 3-mile paddle along Beargrass Creek and the Ohio River.

National Jug Band Jubilee
The National Jug Band Jubilee is a gathering of the nation's best jug bands bringing America's Happiest Music back to its old Kentucky home, in the city that started it all. The one-night Jubille is dedicated to preserving jug band music.

NuLu Festival
The NULU Festival features “all things local” and offers live music, micro-brewed beers, food and shopping by and from local vendors and participants. The festival takes place in the 700 block of East Market Street on the last night of the IdeaFestival with all festivities being free, family-friendly, and open to the public.

Rooftop Dance Party
Adelante Hispanic Achievers' annual rooftop dance party at the Glassworks brings together more than 500 people for an event of tapas, tequila tastings and dancing under the stars.

Salsa in the Infield
Salsa in the Infield includes “Salsa in the City” Best Salsa Contest featuring all the local competing Mexican, Caribbean, and Texan salsas and local groups perform fiesta music with salsa dancing. The Boy Scout Exposition includes demonstrations for families in Spanish. And, several local social service groups for refugees and immigrants present the “Know Your Rights” Seminar. All countries and cultures are welcome.

WorldFest
A three-day annual festival held Labor Day Weekend, WorldFest features international music, dance and food; a “Parade of Cultures;” free children's crafts and activities; and a Naturalization Ceremony.

Fall Race Meet
Churchill Downs offers live Thoroughbred horse racing action in the fall – late-October through late-November – including Friday night racing under the lights.


OCTOBER
Garvin Gate Blues Festival
The Garvin Gate Blues Festival is the largest free neighborhood street music festival in Louisville. A celebration of the blues, the two-day festival has been attracting a multi-racial, intergenerational audience to the cozy Old Louisville neighborhood of Garvin Place, between 4th & 6th Streets, since 1988.

Harvest Homecoming
Harvest Homecoming has been a family-oriented festival in New Albany, Indiana since 1967. What is now a week of events began as a three-day “Pumpkin Festival” and now draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to its parade featuring over 200 units, crafts and food booths, Farmer's Market, children's rides and riverfront activities.

Louisville's International Festival of Film
This four-day festival gives independent filmmakers a chance to showcase their artistic films not usually shown at commercial venues. The festival also includes a variety of seminars, events and parties.

Ironman Louisville Presented by Norton Sports Health
Ironman Louisville made its debut in 2007 and has quickly become one of North America's most popular Ironman races. The triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run within a 17-hour time frame. The event serves as a qualifier for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona Hawaii.

St. James Court Art Show
More than 750 artists from throughout North and South America will converge for the annual Saint James Court Art Show. Held the first weekend in October.

Taste of Louisville
Since 1973, the Taste of Louisville has featured 50 of the best food and beverage selections the city has to offer, benefitting Community Health Charities and sponsored by the Kentucky Restaurant Association Louisville Chapter.

The Spirit Ball
A one-night, masquerade ball has been annual event since 2006. The Spirit Ball is held in the heart of America's largest Victorian neighborhood. Gourmet fare and cocktails are served amidst the backdrop of costumed splendor at the 1890s Conrad-Caldwell House.

Victorian Ghost Walk
Tour Central Park, Floral Terrace, Fountain Court, Millionaire's Row and the Conrad-Caldwell House on St. James Court. The Victorian Ghost Walk, held since 2005, is a guided, evening tour taking place on the last Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the month.

Week in the Highlands
A week of family-friendly events from the unique blend of lifestyles that make the Highlands a special place. Events include The Highlands Cup 5K Run/Walk, Highlands-Douglass Big Rock Jazz Fest, Empty Bowls Soup Supper and Auction, Belknap Neighborhood Fall Festival, and the Farmington Harvest Festival.

World's Largest Halloween Party
Not-too-scary, Halloween fun for the entire family with larger-than-life costumed characters and fanciful storybook scenes throughout the Zoo, plus trick-or-treating and the Halloween Train Express!

NOVEMBER
Christmas at the Galt House Hotel
KaLightoscope Christmas is a multi-layered celebration of the holidays at the Galt House Hotel including the exhibit, Colors of the Season dinner show, Mistletoe Marketplace, the world's largest life-sized gingerbread village, breakfast with Santa, and more. The KaLightoscope exhibit is comprised of larger-than-life, lighted holiday sculptures handcrafted by more than 30 artisans from Zigong, China. Made of sheer, painted fabrics, each towering sculpture is enhanced by light, color, and an imaginative setting.

Day of the Dead Celebration
El Día de los Muertos blends indigenous and Catholic traditions to celebrate and honor the lives of deceased family members and friends who return each year in November to pay their loved ones a visit with flowers, candles, and food.

Festival of Faiths
Held annually since 1996, the Festival of Faiths is a weeklong festival featuring exhibits, music, film, art and more. This celebration allows attendees to learn about different faiths from one another and celebrates the diversity of religions in the Louisville area.

Festival of Trees and Lights
The indoor gallery of the Louisville Slugger Field becomes a winter wonderland of events for an estimated 10,000 attendees in support of the Kosair Children's Hospital Festival of Trees and Lights. Local businesses and individuals sponsor hundreds of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, and assorted greenery in which the most unique designs are awarded and all items are available for purchase to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital through the Children's Hospital Foundation. Visitors can enjoy ongoing attractions such as traditional Kwanza, Christian, and Jewish celebrations and festive displays, shop for holiday gifts and homemade delicacies, and attend fun family events such as Dickens Family Night.

Holidays Around the World
Holidays Around the World is a visually-stunning, multi-cultural tree display at the Frazier History Museum that celebrates holiday traditions found throughout Louisville's diverse communities. It ranges from trees decorated as they would be in countries that observe Christmas, to cultural displays showcasing other holidays observed around the globe throughout the year.

Light Up Louisville
Held the day after Thanksgiving, Light Up Louisville has been a holiday tradition since 1981. Events include Run Run Rudolph 5K, Workshop and Children's Crafts, entertainment, and a Winter Wonderland Parade – an evening parade of lights, Santa's arrival, and a fireworks show. In 2012, Light Up Louisville expanded moving to Fourth Street, creating a three-block festival of lights between the Galt House and Fourth Street Live.

North American Livestock Exposition
The North American International Livestock Exposition is the world's largest all-breed, purebred livestock exposition. Accompanying the event, the North American Quarter Horse Show is one of the largest shows in the nation and the North American Championship Rodeo features the Great Lakes Circuit finals for the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association.

DECEMBER
Christmas Gift and Décor Show
One of the nation's largest and finest free admission Christmas Shows! Over 700 booths of wonderful Christmas craft and gift-type items.

Lights Under Louisville
Seventeen miles of Louisville MEGA Cavern's passageways are transformed into an underground holiday light spectacular for the Christmas season. Drive your own vehicle inside the cavern on this 30-40 minute tour which features over 500 lit characters and over 2,000,000 points of light. It's the only underground light show of its kind on the planet.

Old Louisville Holiday House Tour
Visit historic Old Louisville's most beautiful homes all dressed up for the holidays.

 

 

 

 

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