Discover Matt Wallace’s favorite Louisville attractions, festivals, and restaurants.
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.
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 is a great spot for a walk. Stroll across the Ohio River and stop for photo.
Bring your kids to the Louisville Zoo for an afternoon full of exciting animal experiences, including close-up views of tigers.
Visit the Kentucky Science Center for family-friendly, hands-on learning activities, traveling exhibits, and special workshops.
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 is an important part of Louisville history. Watch thrilling horse races, explore the Kentucky Derby Museum, or take a guided tour of the racetrack.
Go to the Old Forester Distillery and take a tour of the distillery or learn how to mix a creative cocktail during your visit.
Every summer Kentucky Shakespeare puts together the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, a series of plays performed on the stage in Central Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jump start your morning with a hot cup of coffee or your favorite latte from Heine Bros. in Downtown Louisville.
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.
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.
With an intimate and quirky atmosphere, locally-sourced bites, and thoughtfully crafted cocktails, Proof is the go-to spot for post-performance drinks.