Events

Everything You Have to Do in Louisville This Summer

Updated On 06/15/2017 at 05:46PM EST Updated On 06/15/2017 at 05:46PM EST
June
Against The Grain Brewery
Against The Grain Brewery

June

Tuesday - Saturday
Jun 6-17
Belvedere
The annual Kentuckiana Pride event has become a signature to Louisville, with thousands turning out each year to support equal rights and, well, have a good time with food, parades, and pageants.
Saturday
Jun 17
Waterfront Park
Soulfood like BBQ and fried chicken are just part of the Kinfolk Soulfood Music Fest, which also brings musical acts like Ready for the World, Cameo, the SOS Band, and more to the waterfront.
Saturday
Jun 24
Festival Plaza
Louisville boasts quite a few fine beer festivals, but this is the only one that focuses on Kentucky brewed beer only. OK, there will also be music and food, but this is your chance to get acquainted with 30 breweries from around the Bluegrass.
July
Feast BBQ
Feast BBQ

July

Sunday
Jul 2
Water Tower Park
It’s a veritable cornucopia of local and regional fare, from art to hot sauce, along with live music, local food, local spirits, and a cooking competition (also local, in case you didn’t pick that up via context).
Monday - Tuesday
Jul 3-4
Peterson-Dumesnil House
Family fun with a juried art show, live entertainment, a Children’s Fun Zone, food court, cake booth, a pet contest, and plenty more.
Tuesday
Jul 4
Downtown Jeffersonville
Take the family to see the annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration, then stick around to shop and eat in this quaint Indiana Downtown.
Friday - Saturday
Jul 7-8
Executive Strike and Spare Lounge
The original home of Lebowski Fest -- which pays tribute to the cult classic film “The Big Lebowski" -- keeps it rolling again in 2017 with music, screenings, special guests, and more.
Friday - Sunday
Jul 7-9
Apocalypse Brew Works
Designed as a poor man’s response to the Forecastle Festival, Poorcastle focuses on local music, with food trucks, cheap admission, fresh craft beer, and more. And it’s all for local charities!
Sunday
Jul 9
Water Tower Park
Tater tots and beer. Tater tots. And beer. Just let that sink in for a moment. This traveling event lands in Louisville July 9, and one price gets you lots and lots of samples of tater tots. And beer. Plus, live music and other stuff, but mostly the first two things.
Friday - Saturday
Jul 14-15
Locust Grove
In one of Louisville’s most unique festivals, fans of Jane Austen gather each year to celebrate this author, her life, and her work, with workshops, shopping, and even a bare knuckles boxing contest for the guys.
Friday - Sunday
Jul 14-16
Waterfront Park
What more can we say about this music festival that brings bands and fans from all over the US and beyond to Louisville every summer? Heck, it even makes the news when the lineup is announced each spring.
Friday - Saturday
Jul 21-22
Water Tower Park
Two full lineups of blues bands from around the world, plus BBQ vendors and beer (and bourbon!) abound the aptly named Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival. Come hungry. And sober.
Friday - Saturday
Jul 28-29
Brown-Forman Amphitheater
If you love Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Louisville have a festival for you. Set on the banks of the Ohio River, this one features band after band playing Dead tunes, plus food, spirits, and fun.
Friday - Sunday
Jul 28-30
Courtyard Louisville Airport
Star Wars to Dr. Who. Your inner-nerd will love Fandom Fest, with everything from vendor booths to personal appearances by your favorite celebrities from horror, science fiction, animation and more. Even “Weird Al” Yankovic is going to be there, so why wouldn’t you?
August
3rd Turn Brewing
3rd Turn Brewing

August

Saturday
Aug 5
Frankfort Avenue
One day each year, St. Matthews shuts down a portion of busy Frankfort Avenue to celebrate with bands, food, vendors, and activities for children of all ages, and that includes adults.
Thursday - Sunday
Aug 17-27
Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center
Ah, yes, the Kentucky State Fair. It’s a time-honored tradition in Louisville, steeped in livestock, fried everything, live music, beer tents, rides, contests, and huge vendor floors. Step onto the Midway and become a kid again.
Friday - Saturday
Aug 18-19
Swiss Park/Swiss Hall
A focus on music (lots of music) and local fare -- from crafts and beer to food to spirits -- is what the Seven Sense Fest is all about. It all happens in the Germantown-Schnitzelburg area.
Saturday
Aug 26
Louisville Zoo
A long-standing annual fundraiser event for the Louisville Zoo, this brew festival is one of the city’s longest running and most popular. It features beer and wine from all over, plus food vendors, raffles and more.
September
Barton 1792 Distillery
Barton 1792 Distillery

September

Friday - Monday
Sep 1-4
Belvedere
WorldFest is four days of celebrating cultures from around the world, with parades, music, arts, performance, food, crafts, and plenty of events for the family.
Saturday - Sunday
Sep 2-3
Water Tower Park
Bluegrass and bourbon? Yeah, that pretty much sums up Kentucky. Both come together at once for this fun festival each year.
Friday - Saturday
Sep 8-9
Downtown Middletown
Good, clean fun is the order of the day at this popular street festival that features a parade, live music, a dog show, games, fireworks, and lots more.