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Garvin Gate Blues Festival

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This two-day event is the largest free neighborhood street music festival in Louisville and takes place the second full-weekend in October at The Gate on Garvin Place and Oak Streets in historic Old Louisville, just a mile south of downtown. The festival attracts a very diverse audience from all over the Midwest, making it one of the largest and most recognized free blues music festivals in the U.S. Countless legendary blues musicians have performed at the Garvin Gate Blues Festival throughout its 24 plus years, they help to keep Louisville's blues heritage alive. Louisville played a role in the Great Migration from the South after World War II, but it was during urban renewal when we lost a lot of our urban blues culture. The festival is run entirely by volunteers with proceeds from sponsorships and vendor sales benefiting The Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association, the historic Old Louisville preservation district neighborhood, the Kentuckiana Blues Society and different charities chosen each year.