Rising country music star Stephanie Quayle headlines this year’s Riverview Independence Festival. Shane Dawson also will perform, and there will be plenty of family fun, featuring the Riverview Splash Park, a climbing wall, music education and the Squallis Puppeteers. The climax is the fireworks display, at 10pm.
Just east of Louisville lies the quaint town of Jeffersontown, which throws one heck of a beer party. For the fifth year, the J-Town Craft Beer Fest will bring the best beers (local and otherwise) to the heart of downtown. With more than 50 breweries, food trucks, live music and plenty more, it’s a fine option for a Saturday afternoon.
Peterson Dumesnil House
Row after row of arts and craft vendors await at this annual neighborhood festival held in a park-like setting at a historic Crescent Hill home. Bring the whole family to check some of the city’s most innovative artists, plus a children's area, an antique car show, a cake wheel, silent auction and a historical display. Food and drink will be available as well.
This is not your ordinary fireworks display for July 4, kids. Bring the whole crew for musical entertainment, family activities, an installation of 15,000 U.S. flags, festival cuisine, and a Zambelli fireworks display from a barge on the Ohio River. The youngsters can play in the Catfish Louie Kids Area, while the adults relax in the beer garden.
July 5 - July 7
Seven years in, this all-local music festival, which serves as sort of an appetizer for the popular Forecastle Fest, is still going strong, bringing music from all genres, plus art, food trucks and craft beer. It’s three full days of live music for those on a budget (you can get a three-day pass for 10 bucks, and festival t-shirts are just $5 each). Proceeds are donated to local music charities.
Cost: $7 per day
July 12 - July 13
Once again, Louisville becomes the epicenter of all things Lebowski. The festival features live local music, a live tribute to the soundtrack, a screening of the film, a bowling party, special guests and a whole lot of guys walking around dressed up like The Dude. Go ahead, do it – the Dude won’t mind.
Cost: $25 and up
July 12 - July 14
One of Louisville’s most anticipated annual events, Forecastle Festival returns with another great lineup of music at the waterfront. The Killers, the Avett Brothers, Nelly and dozens of other acts will take to the stage this year. As usual, there will be plenty of food and beverages (including bourbon, because Louisville) and all the fun you can handle. Tickets sell out quickly for this event, which Rolling Stone has called “one of the coolest festivals in America,” so don’t sleep on this one.
Cost: Tickets start at $164.50 per day