Annual Events in Louisville KY : Official Travel Source

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Annual Festivals & Events

From an award-winning festival city

Louisville knows how to party (and host a festival)! In fact, the whole world knows.

In addition to hosting the longest running annual sporting event in America, Louisville became one of the first cities in the world to be recognized as a TOP festival and event city.

The International Festivals & Events Association named Louisville a "best festival city" for its variety of events and the way the community supports them.

Find out yourself by exploring one of the many happenings going on throughout the year.

In thisSection



  • Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow
  • WhiskerMania


  • Bourbon Classic
  • Louisville Jewish Film Festival
  • National Farm Machinery Show
  • Tailspin Ale Fest


  • Humana Festival of New American Plays
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • NuLu Bock Beer Fest


  • Cherokee Triangle Art Fair
  • Kentucky Derby Festival
  • Thunder Over Louisville
  • Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon/Marathon
  • Mint Julep Month


  • Kentucky Oaks (April 30, 2021)
  • Kentucky Derby (May 1, 2021)
  • Kentucky Reggae Festival
  • Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle
  • Abbey Road on the River


  • Old Fashioned Fortnight
  • ​Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
  • Derby City Comic Con
  • Kentucky Bourbon Affair
  • Whiskey Live
  • Kentuckiana Pride Festival
  • Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
  • Kentucky Craft Bash - Beer Festival
  • Portland Festival
  • I Am Ali Festival


  • Forecastle
  • Jane Austen Festival
  • World Championship of Dainty
  • Lebowski Fest
  • Waterfront Independence Festival
  • Flyover Film Festival


  • Brew at the Zoo
  • NSRA Street Rod Nationals Plus
  • Kentucky State Fair
  • World Championship Horse Show
  • Louisville Zombie Walk
  • African Heritage Festival


  • National Bourbon Heritage Month
  • Kentucky Bourbon Festival (Bardstown)
  • WorldFest
  • Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival
  • Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience
  • Louisville Brewfest
  • Louisville Pride Festival
  • Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle
  • National Jug Band Jubilee
  • NuLu Festival
  • Louder Than Life


  • Garvin Gate Blues Festival
  • St. James Art Fair
  • Jack O’Lantern Spectacular
  • Boo at the Zoo
  • Ironman Louisville
  • Louisville's International Festival of Film
  • Louisville LGBT Film Festival


  • Festival of Trees and Lights
  • Light Up Louisville
  • North American Livestock Exposition & Championship Rodeo


  • Winter Woods Spectacular
  • Bardstown Road Aglow
  • Christmas Gifts and Décor Show
  • Lights Under Louisville
  • Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour

*This is not a complete listing of events. For our full event calendar click here