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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.  

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

February:

  • Bourbon Classic
  • National Farm Machinery Show
  • Tailspin Ale Fest

March:

  • Humana Festival of New American Plays
  • Itchin to Pick

April:

  • Cherokee Triangle Art Fair
  • Kentucky Derby Festival
  • Thunder Over Louisville
  • Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/Mini Marathon

May:

  • Kentucky Oaks
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Kentucky Reggae Festival
  • Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle

June:

  • Old Fashioned Fortnight
  • Derby City Comic Con
  • Kentucky Bourbon Affair
  • Whiskey Live
  • Kentuckiana Pride Festival
  • Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

July:

  • Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
  • Forecastle
  • Jane Austen Festival
  • World Championship of Dainty
  • Lebowski Fest
  • Waterfront Independence Festival

August:

  • Brew at the Zoo
  • NSRA Street Rod Nationals Plus
  • Kentucky State Fair
  • World Championship Horse Show

September:

  • WorldFest
  • IdeaFestival
  • Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival
  • Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience
  • Louisville Brewfest
  • Louisville Pride Festival
  • Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle
  • National Jug Band Jubilee
  • NuLu Festival
  • VinylFest

October:

  • Garvin Gate Blues Festival
  • St. James Art Fair
  • Jack O’Lantern Spectacular
  • Louder Than Life
  • World’s Largest Halloween Party at the Zoo
  • Ironman Louisville

November:

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

December:

  • Bardstown Road Aglow
  • Christmas at the Galt House Hotel
  • Holiday In the City
  • Christmas Gifts and Décor Show
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Danger Run
East End/Hurstbourne

Danger Run

A haunted Halloween game that you play in your car with friends. The largest and most popular haunted event of its kind anywhere in the world located right here…

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Garvin Gate Blues Festival
Old Louisville

Garvin Gate Blues Festival

The Garvin Gate Blues Festival is held the second weekend of October on the streets of Historic Old Louisville, the corner of Garvin and Oak Streets; the largest…

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Jane Austen Festival
East End/Hurstbourne

Jane Austen Festival

Festival that celebrates British author Jane Austen and the Regency Era. The Jane Austen Festival which takes place in July has been a terrific event to draw…

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Kentucky Shakespeare
Old Louisville

Kentucky Shakespeare

Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich our community by presenting accessible, professional theater experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain…

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St. James Court Art Show
Old Louisville

St. James Court Art Show

Set in the heart of historic Old Louisville, the country's largest collection of Victorian homes provide an elegant backdrop for this event. This Autumn…

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ZTK Entertainment
South

ZTK Entertainment

Film and theatre production company, producing family-friendly movies, musicals, variety shows, and live theatre, including the internationally acclaimed “All…

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Premier Dining & Entertainment

In the heart of downtown, Fourth Street Live! is a true entertainment destination that features more than a dozen restaurants, bars, and nightlife hotspots just steps apart.