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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.  



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


  • Humana Festival of New American Plays
  • Itchin to Pick


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


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


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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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


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


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

Danger Run

Danger Run® is a thrilling Halloween experience in Louisville that includes TWO haunted houses. Your adventure will begin at one of three starting locations…

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Do502 has become more than just an event awareness guide for visitors and residents of Louisville. Do502 has become the voice that Louisville listens to when…

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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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Harbor House of Louisville

Harbor House of Louisville

Harbor House is committed to providing the highest quality of care for adults with developmental and physical disabilities in a warm and supportive environment…

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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 Derby Festival

Kentucky Derby Festival

Over 70 special events two weeks preceeding the Kentucky Derby. We stretched a famous two minutes into a month-long party. What the Run for the Roses is to horse…

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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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