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Summer Festivals & Events In Louisville, Kentucky Along The Ohio River!

An award winning festival and event city, Louisville, Kentucky keeps the party and adventure going all summer long with exciting annual festivals and events throughout May, June, July, and August. With a variety of events ranging from arts and film festivals to music fests and food and beverage focused multi-day events, Louisville has a summer festival experience for everyone. Start by exploring these popular summer events and adding a few to your travel bucket list for this year!

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Running from May 25th to August 7th, the 62nd season of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival returns to Louisville’s Central Park for the summer. The festival has a mission of enriching communities through accessible, inclusive, professional theater experiences that are free of cost to the public. Festival goers can see the company’s production of Twelfth Night, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and more. There will also be many other productions and events to look forward to like The Globe Players’ Much Ado About Nothing, the Louisville Ballet’s Shakespeare in Dance, and Louisville’s Improvisers’ Late Night Shakes. Food and drinks are provided by local vendors before and during performances with food trucks and drinks from Brown-Forman and West Sixth Brewing.

5 Ways to Get Outside on the Turtle River

Considered a “port-of-call where the world gathers to experience the best in music, art, & activism,” Forecastle is a popular Louisville annual summer festival. The main focus is the musical entertainment, and the festival brings in the likes of artists such as Jack Harlow, Phoebe Bridgers, Tame Impala, and Tyler, The Creator. A unique  combination of great music, community, and Kentucky’s traditional drink, Bourbon all come together on the waterfront of Louisville. The event also features great local food, drinks, shopping, a great view of the Ohio River waterfront and Kentucky flair. Forecastle Festival is a must-visit for fans of music and Kentucky bourbon, but overall a fun experience for everyone who attends.

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Sometimes nothing beats a trip to the fair on a sunny summer day! The Kentucky State Fair is an annual event held every summer in Louisville with attractions and fun for the whole family. The fair is the state’s largest summertime attraction and America’s largest indoor fair, drawing around 600,000 visitors per year. This once-a-year experience features fair food as far as the eye can see, live music, animals, exhibits, entertainment, and more! Visitors can also look forward to midway rides, livestock shows, and a range of competitions from arts related contests like Best Photographs to animal related ones like Most Outstanding Aquarium. The fair is a great time for the family and a fun excursion if you find yourself in Louisville during the summer.

5 Ways to Get Outside on the Turtle River

Located at Louisville’s Waterfront Park, the fourth annual Kentucky Craft Bash will be held this summer, hosted by the Kentucky Guild of Brewers. The event features over 70 local breweries from within the Commonwealth and serves more than 200 different varieties of beer. You can try Kentucky beers that you may be familiar with, or entirely new beers including experimental brews and collaborations that are rarely found outside the taprooms. The Kentucky Craft Bash is a great event if you love breweries and beer, as Waterfront Park is transformed into one large taproom where the beers keep flowing all day long.

Content Writer and Social Media Coordinator. I paint, listen to music, and play with my dogs a lot. When I’m not doing all that, I love to read and try new things.

Maeve Miller

Writer , River Travel Magazine