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Annual Events in Louisville, KY

If you’re a fan of fun, Louisville’s the place for you.

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.  



  • 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
  • Kentucky Derby
  • 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


  • Big Four Bridge Arts 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
  • Hometown Rising 
  • Bourbon & Beyond
  • Louder Than Life


  • Garvin Gate Blues Festival
  • St. James Art Fair
  • Jack O’Lantern Spectacular
  • World’s Largest Halloween Party 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

2020 Derby

Kentucky Derby

May 2, 2020
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