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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.

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Annual Festivals & Events

January:
Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow
WhiskerMania

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

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

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

May:
Kentucky Oaks (May 5, 2023)
Kentucky Derby (May 6, 2023)
Kentucky Reggae Festival
Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle
Abbey Road on the River

June:
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

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

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

September:
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

October:
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

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

December:
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.

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