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9 Things to do in Louisville this August

Craft beer, music festivals, amazing food & international athletes all invade Louisville this August.

52nd Annual Street Rod Nationals | August 4-7

The 52nd annual Street Rod Nationals will be rolling into the Kentucky Exposition Center the first full week in August. Over 10,000 vehicles from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's will be on display, ranging from classic street rods, to custom builds, muscle cars and other special interest vehicles. Commercial exhibitors, a builders showcase, a vintage auto parts swap and an arts and crafts fair are highlights of the event along with the thousands of vehicles on display. Military personnel with proper ID as well as those 60 years of age and older can find discounted tickets at local O'Reilly Auto Parts stores.

EGGFest 2021 | August 6 & 7

One of the city's most savory celebrations returns for its 12th year this August 6 & 7. The Big Green EGGFest spans two days which include a "Chopped" competition, Best Beef or Pork Contest, Big Green Egg Classes, and of course, tons of incredible food to sample, cooked to perfection by local competing chefs. Tickets to each day are sold separately so be sure to check the website for which day's lineup interests you most. EGGFest is an annual fundraiser with proceeds going to local food-related charities.

Summer Beer Fest at Frazier | August 7

Celebrating the rich history of brewing in the Bluegrass State, the Frazier History museum is hosting its inaugural beer festival this August. Over 200 specialty beers will be on tap at the festival along with food trucks and live music which will take place in a pop-up Beer Garden located behind the museum, occupying sections of Ninth and Washington streets. VIP tickets to the festival are available and include perks such entry to the museum, early festival access, admission into the Gateway Garden, and dozens of additional beers.

Concerts & Festivals

From free outdoor performances to arena filling concerts by musical legends, Louisville's August lineup of acts is music to our ears. Nelly takes the stage Live on the Lawn on August 6, with Shinedown performing the following night on August 7. Iroquois Amphitheater is back in action with Moon Taxi (August 7), Louis the Child (August 11), The String Cheese Incident (August 13), Old Crow Medicine Show (August 19) and the Louisville Jazz Festival (August 21 & 22). WFPK's Waterfront Wednesday is back with not one, but two free shows on the Big Four Lawn on Wednesday's August 11 & 25. The Louisville Funk Fest also takes place at Waterfront Park with good times and good music coming August 14. James Taylor and his All-Star Band may take top bill for the month with a highly anticipated concert at the KFC Yum! Center with special guest Jackson Browne on August 13.

The Women’s Cup | August 18 & 21

Louisville’s newest professional sports team, Racing Louisville FC, will have the chance to take on global soccer powerhouses FC Bayern Munich or Paris-Saint Germain during the International Women’s Cup this summer at Lynn Family Stadium. The Chicago Red Stars will round out the tournament as an additional National Women’s Soccer League team in the four-team, four-game tournament. The tournament will be played in two doubleheader sessions. First, on Wednesday August 18th, Racing Louisville will take on the Chicago Red Stars, and Bayern will play against PSG. Then on Saturday August 21, the winners of each match will play head to head as they compete for The Women’s Cup trophy. A third-place game match will also take place. Tickets are now on sale.

Kentucky State Fair | August 19 – 29

Held annually at the Kentucky Exposition Center, the Kentucky State Fair is a centuries old tradition celebrating Kentucky’s culture, art, agriculture, music and more. Travel the entire Commonwealth and discover everything Kentucky has to offer without ever having to leave the room at the Pride of the Counties exhibit, or explore Agland, more than an acre of agriculture exhibits highlighting Kentucky’s farm and field heritage. Plus, you won't want to miss the daily entertainment with concerts by artists such as Josh Turner, Ginuwine, the Oak Ridge Boys along with free shows ranging from comedy reviews to magic acts.

Louisville Greek Fest | August 20 & 21

Celebrate Grecian hospitality and culture with Louisville's Greek community at the annual Louisville Greek Fest. Food vendors will be offering up popular Greek items like gyros, souvlake sandwiches, tiropitas, along with an assortment of pastries and desserts. Live music and traditional Greek dancing will also be performed from a number of local groups. Weather permitting the event will be held outside of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Lyndon off of Ormsby Lane.

Old Lou Brew | August 27

Held at Frederick Law Olmsted designed Central Park in Old Louisville, Old Lou Brew Craft Beer Festival combines live music, food trucks, craft beer and summertime outdoor entertainment all within the confines of the nation's largest collection of Victorian-era homes. Some of the cities top breweries along with some of Kentucky's finest indie brewers will be in attendance. The Friday night festival runs from 6-10pm and is only $15. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash throughout the park.

Back to the Brew at the Louisville Zoo | August 28

One of Louisville's most popular beer festivals, Back to the Brew 2021 will be a modified version of the annual Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too. This Zoo fundraiser will take place Saturday August 28 from 5 - 9:30pm and attendees will enjoy tastings from craft breweries and wineries, accompanied by local restaurant samples and live music. Each ticket includes catered heavy appetizers and specialty pours throughout the night, access to all event areas throughout the Zoo, a Back to the Brew swag bag, non-alcoholic beverages and up to 40 oz. of beer and wine tastings. Funds raised from Back to Brew will benefit Friends of the Louisville Zoo and their mission to support animal care and Zoo special projects.

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