Celebrate Bourbon, Pride and the lead up to Juneteenth this June in Louisville.
Old Fashioned Fortnight | June 1-14
Named the official cocktail of the city of Louisville in 2015, the Old Fashioned has a special place in the heart of Bourbon City. Every year during the first two weeks of June, Old Fashioned Fortnight shines the spotlight on this spirited bourbon concoction that was invented right here in Louisville. Participate in Bourbon themed events, find recipes, and even earn prizes along the city's Urban Bourbon Trail® the first fortnight in June.
National Bourbon Day | June 14
Plan to celebrate America’s only Native Spirit by visiting Bourbon City. Spend time on the Urban Bourbon Trail or quench your thirst for a taste of Kentucky at 10 Louisville distilleries that will transport you through generations of history, community, and passion. Can't make it to the city to celebrate? Find recipes on how to make some of our favorite local Bourbon concoctions, here.
BLACK HISTORY & HERITAGE
A powerful new ‘interactive’ monument that will tour across the U.S. this summer as a tribute to African American history and the ongoing fight for racial justice is coming to Louisville. The piece was designed by acclaimed Ghanaian artist Kwame Akoto-Bamfo, who may best known for his work on display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. The Blank Slate Monument will be available to the public for several days for observation, reflection, and participation at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.
Ali Festival | June 3-13
Commemorate the fifth anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s passing by celebrating his impactful legacy and love for Louisville. The Festival, taking place June 3-13, aims to provide inspiration, education and entertainment through a multitude of events over 10 days to generate a sense of unity, justice and a rebirth of Muhammad Ali’s Louisville hometown.
Roots 101 African American Museum | Grand Opening June 12
The primary mission of this new museum is to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans using exhibits, programs and activities to illustrate Black history, culture and art. Roots 101 will showcase local and national artifacts as a museum dedicated to telling the story of the African American journey from Africa to all ports in between.
Juneteenth | June 19
Support Louisville’s Black owned businesses and artists by visiting nearly 50 vendors showcasing their wares and services at Fourth Street Live! from 12pm-7pm. As Juneteenth is both a commemoration and a celebration, this event will feature live musical performances by a variety of national and Louisville based acts.
Juneteenth with the (Un) Known Project
Attend this public art installation unveiling to support learning, healing, reflection, reconciliation, and action by telling the stories of both known and unknown Black men, women and children that were enslaved and hidden figures in Louisville, Kentucky. The (Un) Known Project will incorporate Louisville’s history and heritage to create limestone benches, poetry, photography, and arts-based experiences along the Ohio River.
Head to Shawnee Park for a 13-mile ride to commemorate Juneteenth. Riding for health, fitness, and awareness of the Juneteenth holiday, all abilities are welcome at this community event. Helmets are required and masks must be worn while gathering at the starting line.
Unfiltered Truth Collection | Ongoing
This collection of seven local attractions invites visitors to journey back in time, look toward the future and explore the stories of some extraordinary people that built the Louisville experience as we know it today. These immersive experiences share perspectives and histories that most have never heard before at some of the city’s most iconic attractions. Watch reenactments about African American jockeys at the Kentucky Derby Museum, learn about the early African American baseball players at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, or meet Louisville native and renowned bartender, Tom Bullock – the first Black American to write and publish a cocktail book in 1917, among others.
Find more Black Heritage and History events, here.
LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH
Hop over to Mile Wide Beer Company (MWBC) on June 4th for the release of Dorothy’s Riot, a beer brewed in collaboration with Queer Kentucky (QKY). This all day Pride event will include various LGBTQ+ Vendors and Organizations, Queer DJs spinning throughout the day, a 7pm Drag Show Volunteers of America offering free & confidential HIV testing and COVID Vaccinations from 7pm-9pm courtesy of Louisville Public Health.
HEROES: A Live-Sung Pride Revue | June 12
Head to Play Louisville in Butchertown as Drag Daddy Productions present this musical revue celebrating the LGBTQIA heroes of the cast with nods to your favorite comic book heroes. With music ranging from rap to musical theater, the show stars Gilda Wabbit, Diana Rae, Uhstel H Valentine, Philip Clemons, William Nickles, Cortney Thompson and Shelby Brown will provide a night full of dance, singing and storytelling.
LouCity FC Pride Night | June 26
LouCity FC takes on rivals Indy Eleven during this special Pride night match up. Special merch, pitch board education and an official after party at Play Dance Bar will make for an eventful and exciting evening. LouCity FC has teamed up with the Louisville Pride Foundation to donate 10% of the proceeds of all Pride merchandise sold in June.
Learn more about Louisville'S LGBTQ scene, here.