Louisville Festivals & Shows

Louisville Festivals & ShowsFestival-goers in Louisville never run out of celebrations to attend. Meet your friends or make new ones at the Kentucky Derby, Grateful Dead, Beatles or American Playwright festival! Our handpicked list is sure to make choosing your next festival a winning mark on the calendar.

Kentucky Derby Festival
The "fastest two minutes in sports" has turned into two weeks of festive celebration. Race over to the Kentucky Derby Festival for a two-week event commemorating the historic derby. The festival is loaded with more than seventy special events, including the nation's largest firework extravaganza.

Address: 1001 South 3rd Street, Louisville, KY 40203 - MAP
Phone: (502) 582-2666
Web: www.kdf.org

St. James Court Art Show
Celebrate art at the St. James Court Art Show held in historic downtown Old Louisville. Stroll through an open-air street gallery to find impressive original works of art from 750 juried North American artists. Each year, over 200,000 art lovers attend the award wining art festival; the event is recognized as one of the largest outdoor art festivals in the nation.

Address: 1402 Saint James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208 - MAP
Phone: (502) 635-1842
Web: www.stjamescourtartshow.com

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Celebrate Romeo and Juliet at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, the oldest free festival in the United States. Get together with 15,000 Shakespearian festival-goers that know the event as Shakespeare in the Park, a summer cultural event featuring live theatrical Shakespeare performances.

Address: Central Park, 1340 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40208 - MAP
Phone: (502) 574-9900
Web: www.kyshakespeare.com

Golden Road Music and Art Festival
Calling all deadheads! Head to The Golden Road Music and Art Festival held in Louisville for a fun-filled celebration and marathon tribute the music of the Grateful Dead. Festival goers party down to a bevy of some of the region's most notable bands paying homage to the Grateful Dead. Really, for the love of the Grateful Dead, be there!

Address: 1386 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206 - MAP
Phone: (502) 584-8088
Web: www.goldenroadfest.com

Abby Road on the River Festival
Beatles lovers, celebrate your favorite band at the Abby Road on the River Festival, home to the world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival. Over 40,000 people get their fill of Beatlemania at the five day, multi-stage event honoring the iconic band. Festive Beatle-lovers dance to the band's greatest hits, listen to band related guest speakers and buy of scads of Beatles merchandise.

Address: 1386 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206 - MAP
Phone: (502) 584-8088
Web: www.abbeyroadontheriver.com

Humana Festival
Theater snobs from around the world attend the Humana Festival to celebrate the American playwright. Held in Louisville, the internationally renown festival celebrates new plays and puts the lime light on producers, critics, playwrights and theater lovers around the world. Get your ticket to American theater.

Address: 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202 - MAP
Phone: (502) 584-1205
Web: www.actorstheatre.org