21 food, drink, music and art festivals in Louisville you can still attend this summer (2024)

It's summer, which means it's festival season.

From the Jeffersontown Summer Craft Beer Fest and the Louisville Street Food Festival to the Louisville Jazz Fest, Kentucky State Fair, Brew at the Zoo with Wine & Food Too, and more, here are 21 festivals, in date order, to attend in Louisville this summer.

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

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WHAT:The annual Kentucky Shakespeare Festival presents some of Shakespeare’s most beloved works including, "The Tempest," The Comedy of Errors," "Julius Caesar," and "King Lear." The Louisville Improvisors will present Late Night Shakes.

WHERE:C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater, Central Park, 1340 S. Fourth St.

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WHEN:Through Aug. 11. Food trucks, 6 p.m.; Kids’ Globe, Will’s Gift Shop, Will’s Tavern, 7 p.m.; pre-show, 7:15 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m.

COST:Free

MORE INFORMATION:For a complete schedule with shows, pre-shows and food truck schedule go to, kyshakespeare.com.

Nulu Summer Fest

WHAT:Features surf-inspired music, more than 80 vendors, a watermelon eating contest, putt-putt, pickleball, and yard games, plus food and a tiki bar from Crowler Catering with the winning co*cktails from Clash of the co*cktails Contest. There's also live music: Logan Leet (noon to 1:30 p.m.); Atomic Groove Band (2-3:30 p.m.); Watermelon Eating Contest, (3:30-4 p.m.); Chuck and the Get Down (4:30-6:30 p.m.); limbo contest 6:30-7 p.m.).

WHERE:700, and 800 blocks of E. Market St.

WHEN:July 13, noon to 7 p.m.

COST:Free

MORE INFORMATION:Pets are not allowed. nulu.org/summer.

Louisville Anime-Fest

WHAT:Anime Fest features anime industry professionals, fandom-related celebrities, and exhibitors with anime candy, magazines, toys, video games, anime manga, cosplay, artwork sketches, apparel, and jewelry. Also an Anime video game tournament, cosplay contests, an Anime movie room, and an Anime lip lync battle.

WHERE:Triple Crown Pavilion, 1780 Plantside Dr., Jeffersontown

WHEN:July 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

COST:$20, free for ages 10 and younger

MORE INFORMATION: louisvilleanimefest.com.

Oldhamfest: Bluegrass Edition

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WHAT:The festival brings together Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 3rd Turn Gardens, the hiking trails that connect the two, bluegrass music, 3rd Turn’s brews, educational offerings, and more.

  • Performers:Bibelhauser Brothers (3rd Turn, 1-2:30 p.m.); Allen Lane Band Trio (Yew Dell’s Woodland Pavilion, 3-4:30 p.m.); Kaintuck Band (Yew Dell’s Rounsavall Pavilion, 4:30-5:15 p.m.); Larry Sparks (Yew Dell’s Rounsavall Pavilion, 6-7:30 p.m.); Hot Brown Smackdown (3rd Turn, 8:30-10 p.m.).

WHERE:Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old La Grange Road, Crestwood; 10408 Watterson Trail

WHEN:July 20 noon to 10 p.m.

COST:$80, $65 without parking, $15 parking

MORE INFORMATION:Parking is available at Yew Dell and 3rd Turn. yewdellgardens.org.

Jeffersontown Summer Craft Beer Fest

WHAT:The festival will have more than 85 craft beers, ciders, wines, and seltzer bars, two stages with live music and a DJ, food trucks, and more.

WHERE:Downtown Jeffersontown at the Pavilion, behind 3rd Turn Brewing Company and along Neal Drive

WHEN:July 20, 4-8 p.m.

COST:Tickets start at $45 advance, $55 at the gate; $10 designated driver

MORE INFORMATION:Must be 21 or older to attend.Pets are not allowed. jtownbeerfest.com.

Water Lantern Festival

WHAT:The festival features lanterns lighting up the night with love, hope, and happiness; design your lantern, food trucks, music and activities.

WHERE:Waterfront Park, The Great Lawn, 231 E. Witherspoon St.

WHEN:July 20, 6-10 p.m. Lantern launch 9-10 p.m

COST:$35.99 to $55.99 and includes a wristband for entry to the festival area with food trucks, lantern kit, LED candle, commemorative drawstring bag, conversation cards, playing cards and marker.

MORE INFORMATION:waterlanternfestival.com/louisville.php.

2nd Annual Louisville Street Food Festival

WHAT:Sample a variety of flavors and options from more than 20 vendors with all food items priced at $5 or less. There will also be live entertainment, axe throwing, an indoor/outdoor pavilion, mechanical bull riding, a giant chocolate fountain (VIP exclusive), crazy eating challenges, a kids' zone, a vendor market, cooking demonstrations, and more.

WHERE:Fourth Street Live!, 411 S. 4th St.

WHEN:July 27-28, 2-8 p.m.; VIP, noon to 8 p.m.

COST:General admission tickets start at $14.99 and include one drink ticket. VIP: tickets start at $59.99 and include noon entry, four drink tickets, a chocolate fountain, $20 in food vouchers, an axe-throwing voucher, and a keepsake. Free for ages 10 and younger.

MORE INFORMATION:Food items will work on a voucher system with vouchers sold in sheets of 5 for $5.Guest 20 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 4thstlive.com; streetfoodfests.com/event/louisville.

Summer Beer Fest at Frazier

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WHAT:The beer festival is celebrating the Frazier History Museum’s 20th anniversary with more than 200 specialty beers, food and live music.

WHERE:Frazier History Museum, 829 Main St.

WHEN:July 27, 5-8 p.m.; 4-8 p.m. VIP

COST:$50, $90 VIP and includes access to the Gateway Garden, the inside of the Frazier History Museum, and indoor restrooms; $10 designated driver, for those who want to attend but not drink

MORE INFORMATION: Guests must be 21 and older. Proceeds from Summer Beer Fest support the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. fraziermuseum.org/beer-fest.

Dainty Fest & the World Championship of Dainty

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WHAT:The World Championship of Danity is celebrating its 54th year. In this German street game, a dainty is placed on the ground and a whittled broomstick is used to tap the dainty. The person to get the Dainty the furthest will be crowned World Champion of Dainty. The festival kicks off (July 27) with the Annual Dainty FUNdraiser at The Merryweather (1100 Lydia St.) with bands, drink specials, games, raffles, and more. On July 28, enjoy a day full of fun that will include food, music, a dunk tank, the bologna sandwich eating contest, and more. On July 29, see who will be crowned the 2024 Dainty Champion, food trucks and bologna sandwiches, a beer garden, and the Dainty batting cage.

WHERE:Hauck's Way, 1000 Goss Ave.

WHEN:July 27, 5-10 p.m.; July 28, noon to 10 p.m.; July 29, 5 p.m. until

COST:Free

MORE INFORMATION:schnitzelburg.org/dainty.

Oldham County Fair

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WHAT:Carnival rides, fair food, demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls, exhibits, entertainment and more.

WHERE:Oldham County Fairgrounds, 2300 Fairgrounds Road, LaGrange

WHEN:July 30 to Aug. 3

COST:$20 and includes unlimited rides, arena events and live music. Parking $5

MORE INFORMATION:oldhamcountyfairgrounds.com.

Louisville Jazz Fest

WHAT:The two-day jazz festival features Brian Culbertson, Avery Sunshine, Gerey Johnson on Friday, Boney James, Jeter Jones, Volton Wright, Tasha Mac, and Rebecca Jade on Saturday.

WHERE:Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road

WHEN:Aug. 2, 7 p.m.; Aug. 3, 6 p.m.

COST:Tickets start at $60 per day

MORE INFORMATION:Rain or shine event. iroquoisamphitheater.com.

15th Annual Kentuckiana EGGFest Food Festival

WHAT:A two-day cooking competition using a ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker called, "The Big Green Egg." Friday features the Chopped Competition and select People’s Choice winner. Saturday features a best beef and pork contest and samples of food from Big Green Egg cooks. Attendees receive food, and drinks and get to vote for their favorite dish.

WHERE:Brownsboro Hardware & Paint, 4858 Brownsboro Road

WHEN:Aug. 2, 6-9 p.m.; Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

COST:Friday, $30 in advance, $35 at the gate; Saturday $20 in advance, $25 at the gate

MORE INFORMATION:Please do not park in the Brownsboro Hardware & Paint parking lot as those spaces are needed by adjoining businesses. Free parking is available at Sojourn East Church, 2501 Rudy Lane, with free shuttles running every few minutes. brownsborohardware.com/eggfest-2024.

Heritage Fire Festival

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WHAT:Heritage Fire Festival combines live-fire cooking, family farms, and local chefs. The all-inclusive festival features food prepared by some of the most critically acclaimed kitchens, with products from locally sourced farms, beer, wine, and spirits, and entertainment. After indulging in each dish, guests will vote for their favorite bite of the day. Chefs: Lawrence Weeks, Enso; Noam Bilitzer, MeeshMeesh Mediterranean; Drake Aldrich, Red Hog; Dallas McGarity, The Fat Lamb; Andrew Connor, University of Louisville Alumni Club and more.

WHERE:Festival Plaza, Waterfront Park, 231 Witherspoon Ave.

WHEN:Aug. 4, 4:15-7 p.m. general admission; 3:30-7 p.m. VIP

COST:Tickets start at $99 for general admission, $150 VIP includes early access and welcome beverage

MORE INFORMATION:For ages 21 and older. ourwaterfront.org; heritagefiretour.com/tour-dates/louisville-ky.

175th St. Joe's Picnic

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WHAT: Featuring casino-style and carnival-style games, raffles, children's activities, and traditional fair food, including corn dogs and funnel cakes. Music by Back 2 Mack (Aug. 9); Louisville Bluegrass Band, Scene 7, Johnny Berry, Famous on Friday, and RearView Mirror (Aug. 10).

WHERE: 2823 Frankfort Ave.

WHEN: Aug. 9, 5-10 p.m.; Aug. 10, noon to midnight

COST: Free. Pre-purchase food, beverages, activity tickets and wristbands online.

MORE INFORMATION: Parking is available onsite. Overflow parking with free shuttle service is also available on Saturday at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Parking Lot off Grinstead Drive. Children 17 and under must be within arm’s lengthof a supervising adult after 8 p.m. Proceeds to benefit St. Joseph. sjkids.org/picnic

Sky Soul Festival

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WHAT:Celebration of art, culture, and community, set against the picturesque backdrop of Louisville. Performers include Anthony Hamilton, KeKe Wyatt, Dru Hill, and Doug E. Fresh.

WHERE:Waterfront Park,129 River Road

WHEN:Aug. 10, 3-11 p.m.

COST:Tickets start at $50

MORE INFORMATION:skysoulfest.com.

120th Kentucky State Fair

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WHAT:The 11-day fair features more than 45 food vendors serving local fair food oddities; concerts, carnival rides, games, Beerfest, World’s Championship Horse Show, exhibits, entertainment, and more.

WHERE:KentuckyExposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane

WHEN:Aug. 15-25

COST:Early bird tickets are $8 and include admission and parking (excluding Beerfest, Thrill Ville, and evening performances of the World's Championship Horse Show), free for ages 5 and younger; Thrillville/midway, $30; World’s Champion Horse show, $8-$11 (depending on the day); school groups, price varies.

MORE INFORMATION:Minor attendance policy will be in effect Monday-Thursday after 6 p.m. and Friday-Sunday all day. Fair-goers ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian 21 years of age or older. Proof of age is required. IDs will be verified at the gate. Tickets are available in person at participating Kroger locations and online. kystatefair.org.

Sellersburg Celebrates

WHAT:Fun-filled weekend with craft booths, entertainment, food, carnival rides (Aug. 22-24), tethered balloon rides (Aug. 22, 23), balloon glow (Aug. 23), volleyball tournament (Aug. 24), parade (Aug. 24), car show (Aug. 24) and performance by Juice Box Heroes (8-11 p.m. Aug. 24).

WHERE:Silver Creek Township Park, 249 N. Fern St., Sellersburg, Indiana

WHEN:Aug. 22, 5-10; Aug. 23, 5-11 p.m.; Aug. 24, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

COST:Admission is free

MORE INFORMATION:sellersburgcelebrates.org.

Old Lou Brew Craft Brew Festival

WHAT: Enjoy craft beers from 15 local craft brewers, food trucks and live music.

WHERE:Central Park, 1340 S. 4th St.

WHEN:Aug. 23, 6-10 p.m.

COST:$15, free for ages 18 and younger

MORE INFORMATION:Pet friendly, bring a leash for your dog. oldlouisville.org/old-lou-brew-craft-beer-fest.

Brew at the Zoo with Wine & Food Too!

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WHAT:The Louisville Zoo's annual fundraiser features food, beverage tastings, animal encounters, special engagements with zookeeper staff, late-night food bites, live music, oversized lawn games, and a silent disco in the Zoo’s shaded Islands habitat area alongside orangutans, tigers and more.

WHERE:Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way

WHEN:Aug. 24, 5-9 p.m.

COST:$125

MORE INFORMATION:Proceeds to benefit the Louisville Zoo. For ages 21 and older. louisvillezoo.org/brew.

WorldFest

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WHAT:Louisville’s international festival is one of the most diverse, inclusive, and equitable events in the region, featuring international, national, regional, and local performers; vendor village with international-themed arts, crafts, and merchandise; kids zone with fun and educational activities and games; naturalization ceremony welcoming new American citizens; food booths; The WorldFest Global Village and The Parade of Cultures.

WHERE:Belvedere, 141 N. 6th St.

WHEN:Aug. 30-Sept. 2 (dates could change)

MORE INFORMATION:louisvilleky.gov/government/city-events/worldfest.

Mayor's Hike, Bike & Paddle

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WHAT:Cyclists, paddlers and walkers will be on the move at this annual event. Also free fitness activities.

  • Hike:A 4-mile walk with multiple marked turnaround points throughout. Travel from the Great Lawn and follow the Ohio River east to the Beargrass Creek Pump Station.
  • Bike:Cycle 15.7 miles from the Great Lawn to Iroquois Park and back.
  • Paddle:Paddlers will have the option of launching at the Harbor Lawn or the University of Louisville Boat Docks and paddle downstream to meet the other paddlers. This year’s paddle will go from the Harbor Lawn upriver to Beargrass Creek and to the pump station.

WHERE:Great Lawn, Waterfront Park

WHEN:Sept. 2. Fitness activities start at 8 a.m.; Hike, Bike & Paddle at 10 a.m.

MORE INFORMATION:ourwaterfront.org.

Reach Features news clerk Gege Reed at greed@courier-journal.com.

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