Mint Julep Month, also known as April, is a time when Louisvillians begin to celebrate all things Kentucky leading up to the "most exciting two minutes in sports," the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby Festival leads the way with dozens of iconic events around the city. Sprinkle in art, music, sports, and of course, Kentucky Bourbon, to make for a well-rounded start to your Spring in Louisville.
Mint Julep Month | April 1-30
The Mint Julep is a fine Southern tradition dating back to the 18th Century and the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938. Since 2013, April has been designated as "Mint Julep Month®," celebrating the famous Bourbon cocktail along with the arrival of Spring in Kentucky. Enjoy Mint Julep and Kentucky Derby-inspired festivities all month long as we lead up to the first Saturday in May and “the most exciting two minutes in sports."
Dinos Under Louisville at Louisville Mega Cavern | Thru 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 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.
Racing Louisville FC Home Opener | April 1
Louisville's favorite professional sports team, Racing Louisville FC, will kick off its season at Butchertown's Lynn Family Stadium as they take on the Washington Spirit on the first day of April. The 3pm match will be the first of 11 games the team will host at home during its 2023 National Women’s Soccer League regular season.
Tequila Fest | April 1
Head to Galaxie Bar in the NuLu neighborhood for their second annual Tequila Fest! Taste, discuss, and learn about new tequilas and mezcals on the market while meeting the folks behind the brands. General admission tickets start at $25 and include five sampling tickets, a welcome margarita, and tropical vibes courtesy of DJ Matt Anthony.
Louisville Bats Opening Night | April 4
Consistently named one of the top AAA baseball stadiums in the country, Louisville Slugger Field is the perfect place to catch a game after exploring Louisville's Museum and Whiskey Rows. Enjoy $2 hot dogs, popcorn, chips, and sodas at the Louisville Bats take on the Indianapolis Indians starting at 6:35pm to kick off their 2023 season.
Disney On Ice | April 6-9
With five shows at the KFC Yum! Center Disney On Ice will take you on a thrilling adventure filled with tales of heroism from your favorite Disney stories. Characters Moana and Maui, Anna and Elsa, Belle and the Beast, Rapunzel, and the Little Mermaid will all make appearances during this Find Your Hero ice skating performance.
PNC Broadway in Louisville presents: Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations | April 11-16
This electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Nominated for 12 Tony® Awards and the winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, Ain’t Too Proud tells the thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal as the group’s personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart during a decade of civil unrest in America. The show takes place at the Kentucky Center in downtown Louisville.
BourbonVille | April 13
Mix, mingle, and enjoy Bourbon specialty drinks at one of the Kentucky Derby Festival's newest events, BourbonVille. Taste signature drinks from some of Kentucky’s top Bourbon distilleries, enjoy Bourbon-inspired cuisine, and even meet Master Distillers who will be on site. This year’s event will be held at the Frazier History Museum – the Official Starting Point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.
Spring into Derby at Paristown | April 14-16
Enjoy a Derby-inspired weekend of art, bourbon, and music at the revitalized historical Paristown entertainment district. This outdoor community event features an open art show on Brent Street, Bluegrass music, food and cocktails from The Café, and two nights of ticketed live music at Christy’s Garden.
KMAC Couture | April 15
This artistically curated fashion show celebrates the intersection of art, craft, and design, with participants constructing extravagant garments from unconventional materials and textiles. Hosted by Louisville's contemporary art museum, KMAC, the 2023 event will take place at the newly redeveloped historic Paristown district for the first time.
Louisville Taco Week | April 17-23
With $2.50 tacos from some of the city's most popular taco joints, Louisville Taco Week brings together participating restaurants offering their own unique spin on your favorite folded food group. Download the Taco Week app to check in at each restaurant to earn points, or visit the website to look at all the palatable participants.
Thunder Over Louisville | April 22
Held as the annual kickoff event for the Kentucky Derby Festival, this airshow and fireworks display can bring hundreds of thousands of spectators to the banks of the Ohio River. Watch from Waterfront Park, a downtown hotel, or even Southern Indiana starting mid-afternoon to see notable military-style aircraft. Stay until 9:30pm to catch the 30-minute "thunder" spectacle, one of North America's largest annual fireworks shows. Looking to attend? Here's where to watch Thunder in 2023.
Kroger's Fest-a-Ville℠ | April 27 - May 5
Returning to the Great Lawn at Louisville Waterfront Park, this annual Kentucky Derby Festival Tradition includes family fun, like midway rides and an inflatable playground, along with helicopter rides, food trucks, and the Waterfront Jam Concert Series. Catch happy hour on weekdays from 4-6pm and nightly special events, including the Great Balloon Glow, Chow Wagon, Ohio Valley Wrestling Run for the Ropes, Ken-Ducky Derby, and more. Entry is free with a 2023 Pegasus pin.
Derby Festival Mini & Marathon | April 29
Celebrating its 50th year in 2023, the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMaration is a long-standing tradition held every April. It allows runners to see iconic Louisville sites, including the world's largest baseball bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum, historic homes of Old Louisville, and the twin spires at Churchill Downs. Those who opt to run the full marathon will get sweeping views of the Louisville skyline and Ohio River as they cross the Big Four Bridge into Southern Indiana.
Opening Night at Churchill Downs | April 29
Kicking off horse racing season in Louisville for 2023, historic Churchill Downs will play host to opening night, a kick-off to Derby Week celebrations and considered one of the most stylish nights in horse racing. Gates open at 5pm for the afternoon event, with the first race at 6pm. Be sure to dress your best as you soak in the 2023 Kentucky Derby trends with a fashion preview from Rodes For Him & For Her, experience artistic creations from KMAC Couture designers, and gain style tips from featured Kentucky Derby Milliners, all while enjoying an evening of heart-pounding racing.
Cherokee Triangle Art Fair | April 29 & 30
A Highlands neighborhood tradition for over 50 years, the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is a free, two-day event and is considered one of the oldest art fairs in the region. The fair features medium ranging from paintings to sculptures to jewelry as well as food vendors and live musical performances in the Willow Park Gazebo.
Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade | April 30
Taking place the Sunday before the Kentucky Derby, the annual Pegasus Parade kicks off Derby Week and marches down Broadway through Downtown Louisville. Originating in 1956, the parade is the Derby Festival's oldest event and has featured various celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, John Wayne, Diane Sawyer, Colonel Sanders, and William Shatner.
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