Food & drink festivals, concerts, Broadway performances, and a film festival all set the stage for an entertaining and art-filled winter in Bourbon City.
Warm up table-side with a strong beverage and Bourbon-infused menu items on Louisville's Urban Bourbon Trail. This cocktail and culinary experience will lead you to some of the city's best Bourbon bars and restaurants, all stocked with at least 60 varieties of Bourbon. For the establishments that serve food, you can also eat your way through the trail with dishes that incorporate bourbon as an ingredient, such as Chicken & Waffles with maple bourbon butter or strawberry cheesecake with bourbon chocolate sauce. Make a purchase and check in at at least six different locations on the Urban Bourbon Trail digital passport to earn yourself a coveted UBT t-shirt.
Louisville Jewish Film Festival | Feb. 4-19
Celebrating 25 years in 2023, the Louisville Jewish Film Festival has a long history of presenting movies and short films, and speaking engagements by actors, writers, and producers featured throughout the event. This year's festival will showcase a hybrid season with 15 top-rated, thought-provoking films.
Trevor Noah: Off The Record | Feb. 10 & 11
Longtime host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, will take the stage of one of Louisville's most iconic music venues this February. For two nights, the Louisville Palace will feature shows by the Comedy Central veteran and multi-year GRAMMY Awards host.
Valentine's Day & Galentine's Day | Feb. 10-19
From culinary delights and bites to river cruises to candlelight strolls, there are plenty of opportunities to spend time with your loved ones this Valentine's and Galentine's Day.
PNC Broadway Louisville presents: ANNIE | Feb. 14-19
Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner. Now, the best-loved musical of all time is coming to the Kentucky Center in downtown Louisville. Directed by Jenn Thompson, revamped production will feature the iconic book and score, written by TonyAward® -winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.
Dinos Under Louisville at Louisville Mega Cavern | Feb. 17 - Apr. 30
Drive your own vehicle through the Louisville Mega Cavern as you explore to discover 80 life-size moving dinosaurs. This 20-minute adventure will take you through more than half a mile of underground passageways as visitors experience dinosaurs from the Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous time periods and the extinction event that ended their time on the planet. Highlights include a 35-foot high Brachiosaur, a 40-foot long T-Rex battling a Triceratops the size of a mail truck, and asteroids and lava from the volcanic eruptions.
Charlotte's Web at Derby Dinner Playhouse | Feb. 18 - Mar. 25
Known for its professional productions of Broadway musicals and lighthearted comedies, Derby Dinner Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest continually operating professional dinner theatres in the country. Before catching the live production of the E.B. White classic children's book, indulge in a freshly-prepared, home-style buffet featuring a full salad bar, a variety of vegetables, fish, fried chicken and/or turkey right at your theater seat.
The Gravy Cup | February 18
Pegged as "The World's Largest Biscuits & Gravy Competition," the Gravy Cup returns to the Mellwood Art Center in 2023 for its 10th delicious year. Chow down on delicious biscuits and gravy from more than 40 amateur and professional chefs who will present their best gravy recipe for a chance to win the grand champion title or People's Choice Award.
Bourbon Classic | Feb. 22-25
A premier Bourbon event, the Bourbon Classic is the holy trinity for experiencing the best in the culinary, cocktail, and Bourbon arts through a collection of rare, interactive events. Infused with exceptional tastings, workshops and unrivaled sips, these events are sure to thrill any Bourbon connoisseur and enthusiast.
Louisville Restaurant Week | Feb. 27 - Mar. 5
Presented by the Kentucky Restaurant Association, Louisville Restaurant Week features over a dozen local restaurants offering a three-course meal for a special discounted price. Look for a complete list of restaurants to be announced in early 2023. $1 from every meal purchased benefits AMPED Louisville, which provides a free music mentorship program for kids, a free technology training program for adults, and Louisville’s first and only Black business incubator.
Jeff Dunham: Still Not Canceled | March 1
Labeled as “America’s favorite comedian” by SLATE, Jeff Dunham will kick off the month of March with a Wednesday night show at the KFC Yum! Center. Dunham has nine record-breaking comedy specials to his credit along with a best-selling book and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Joining Dunham on his tour are his five notorious characters Achmed, Peanut, Walter, José, and Bubba J.
Tailspin Ale Fest | March 4
Celebrating 10 years in 2023, this annual end-of-winter beer festival is held outdoors at historic Bowman Field, one of the oldest continually operated airports in the US. With access to food trucks, a cigar lounge, a silent disco, and over 250 beers from local and regional breweries, this annual event has taken off as a favorite for locals and area beer connoisseurs.
Blake Shelton: Back to the Honky Tonk Tour | Mar. 9
Superstar entertainer and longtime host of the voice, Blake Shelton, will return to the road in 2023 for a nationwide arena tour. His Thursday night Louisville performance will take place downtown at the KFC Yum! Center and feature special guests Carly Pearce and Jackson Dean.
St. Patrick's Day Parade | March 11
Hosted by the Louisville Ancient Order of Hibernians, this annual celebration begins at 3pm and takes place in the eclectic and energetic Highlands neighborhood. Celebrating 50 years in 2023, you'll find parade floats, marching bands, and plenty of green beer as spectators line Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue. Get there early to stake out your spot at some of the area's best Irish bars - Molly Malone's, O'Shea's, and Flanagan's. Check out more local Irish bars and ways to celebrate St. Patrick's day in Louisville here.
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