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 including Thunder Over Louisville, one of the nation's largest firework shows. Sprinkle in art, history, and even a cave(rn) rave to make for a well rounded start to your Spring in Louisville.
Mega Laser Zips | Through April 26
The world's only fully underground zipline experience is becoming the world's only underground ziplining night (or day!) club for six weeks only this spring. The Louisville Mega Cavern's Mega Lasers Zips present a "rave-like" atmosphere with the addition of 18 lasers, a light tunnel, and a playlist of over 40 songs to an already exhilarating subterranean adventure.
$5 Harbor History Cruises | April 2-10
Take a cruise up the Ohio River this Spring Break aboard the Mary M. Miller with a Harbor History cruise. For just $5 per person, everyone can enjoy this 1-hour sightseeing cruise complete with free popcorn and live narration. Each cruise will touch on a variety of subjects, rotating through topics such as Louisville History, Black History, Women’s History and more. Be sure to make a reservation in advance online. Children 4 & under are free, but still need a ticket.
Louisville Taco Week | April 4-10
Bringing you $2 tacos from some of the city's most popular taco joints, each participating restaurant will be offering their own unique spin on your favorite folded food. Download the Taco Week app to check in at each restaurant to earn points, or visit the website to take a look at all of the palatable participants.
Saturday Night Fever at Derby Dinner Playhouse | April 6 - May 22
Known for their 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 a night of boogieing to a live adaptation of the 70's classic film, 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.
BourbonVille | April 14
Mix, mingle and enjoy Bourbon specialty drinks at one 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 some 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®.
KMAC Couture | April 16
Marking its tenth anniversary in 2022, this artistically curated fashion show celebrates at the intersection of art, craft, and design, with participants constructing extravagant garments out of unconventional materials and textiles. Hosted by Louisville's contemporary art museum, KMAC, the event takes place on historic museum row with a runway that stretches down Main Street.
Elton John at the KFC Yum! Center | April 16
Celebrated singer, songwriter and musician, Elton John, returns to Louisville this spring with newly rescheduled dates for his award-winning, Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. Starting at 8pm at the KFC Yum! Center, be sure to get downtown early to stop in at one of the many bars and restaurants within walking distance of the arena before the show.
Spring into Derby at Paristown | April 22-24
This annual three-day event brings together 30 local and regional art exhibitors, live music and outdoor theater, a public showing of Thunder Over Louisville (via giant LED screen), specialty cocktails, and a family-friendly drag show.
Thunder Over Louisville | April 23
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, and stay until 9:30pm to catch the 30-minute "thunder" spectacle which is said be one of the largest annual firework shows in North America. Looking to attend? Here's where to watch Thunder from in 2022.
Kroger's Fest-a-Ville℠ | April 28 - May 6 (Closed May 2)
Returning to the Great Lawn at Louisville Waterfront Park, this annual Kentucky Derby Festival Tradition includes family fun like midway rides and inflatable playground, along with helicopter rides, food trucks and the Waterfront Jam Concert Series. Catch happy hour 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 2022 Pegasus pin.
Derby Festival Mini & Marathon | April 30
The Kentucky Derby Festival miniMaration is a long-standing tradition held every April and 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.
Cherokee Triangle Art Fair | April 30 & May 1
Celebrating its 50th year, the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is back after a two year hiatus. This free, two-day event, is one of the oldest art fairs in the region and features art ranging from paintings to sculptures to jewelry. Food vendors will also be on site as well as live music performances which will take place in the Willow Park Gazebo.
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