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Matt Wallace's Guide to Louisville

Discover Matt Wallace’s favorite Louisville attractions, festivals, and restaurants.

Matt Wallace stands on stage in front of a large crowd in Louisville

I’ve been the Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare since 2013. I met my wife, Tina Jo Wallace, when we were actors with Kentucky Shakespeare. She’s now an actor and producer of children’s theatre at Derby Dinner Playhouse. We’ve lived here since 2001 and have two daughters.

Louisville is a resilient, creative, and eclectic city. It feels like a big city but has small town warmth and charm, making it feel like home. My favorite things about Louisville are the arts scene, the arts community, loyal audiences, and the generous arts supporters. The arts in Louisville are growing, getting even better – becoming more inclusive, more collaborative and more accessible. We’ve still got a lot of work ahead of us, but it’s certainly an exciting time for the arts in Louisville.

Don't miss these amazing things to do, annual events, and places to eat throughout Louisville.

hundreds of people fill Waterfront Park in Louisville

Must-See Attractions

Louisville's Park System

From parks and playgrounds to the ongoing creation of the Louisville Loop, there are abundant places to enjoy the outdoors throughout the city.

Big Four Bridge

Big Four Bridge is a great spot for a walk. Stroll across the Ohio River and stop for photo.

Louisville Zoo

Bring your kids to the Louisville Zoo for an afternoon full of exciting animal experiences, including close-up views of tigers.

Kentucky Science Center

Visit the Kentucky Science Center for family-friendly, hands-on learning activities, traveling exhibits, and special workshops.

21c Museum

The 21c Museum hosts thought-provoking art exhibitions made-up of works from 21st Century artists. Open 24/7, this is a great date night stop.

Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs is an important part of Louisville history. Watch thrilling horse races, explore the Kentucky Derby Museum, or take a guided tour of the racetrack.

Old Forester Distillery

Go to the Old Forester Distillery and take a tour of the distillery or learn how to mix a creative cocktail during your visit.

Kentucky Shakespeare actors perform a play at Central Park in Louisville

Favorite Festivals & Events

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

Every summer Kentucky Shakespeare puts together the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, a series of plays performed on the stage in Central Park.

Kentucky Derby Festival

The Kentucky Derby Festival features over 70 special events in the two weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby. There is an exciting fireworks display and many free, family-friendly events.

Cherokee Triangle Art Fair

Explore the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, a juried art show that brings over 200 artists together annually, to admire high-quality art, enjoy live entertainment, and cheer on the Children’s Parade.

St. James Art Show

Held the first full weekend of October, the St. James Court Art Show is one of the largest art shows in the country. Walk through the art show and admire impressive fine art displays crafted by over 700 artisans.

Actors Theatre's Humana Festival of New Plays

The Humana Festival of New American Plays is an annual celebration of theatre. Held at the Actors Theatre, attendees have the opportunity to view new plays.

outdoor seating at Heine Brothers in Louisville

Top Restaurants for Every Occasion


Jump start your morning with a hot cup of coffee or your favorite latte from Heine Bros. in Downtown Louisville.

Family Dinner

Check out these family-friendly spots that kids and adults will love. If you're in the mood for New York style pizza and a noteworthy rotating draft beer selection, head to The Post. For an extensive variety of slider's and a full bar, have dinner at Oskar's.

Date Night Spots

For a memorable fine dining experience, reserve a table at Buck’s or Volare, a restaurant specializing in authentic Italian dishes. Book a reservation at Hell or High Water on a Thursday to enjoy live jazz while sipping cocktails and enjoying each other's company.

Post-Show Drinks

With an intimate and quirky atmosphere, locally-sourced bites, and thoughtfully crafted cocktails, Proof is the go-to spot for post-performance drinks.

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