Around Town

Around Town

Top Free Events:

  • Buy Local Fair – annual fair featuring local businesses, musicians, artist and craftspeople, chefs, community organizers, and farmers.
  • First Friday Trolley Hop – art gallery hop on downtown’s Main & Market corridor the first Friday of every month, 5-11 pm.
  • F.A.T Friday Trolley Hop – art gallery hop on Historic Frankfort Avenue corridor the last Friday of every month, 6-10:30 pm. (INSIDER TIP: Eat early or make a reservation, restaurants get slammed)
  • Iroquois amphitheater movie series  – free family-friendly films during the summer months.
  • Light up Louisville – lights, fireworks and music downtown at Jefferson Park annually the Friday after Thanksgiving.
  • LuLu Lemon complimentary community activities (yoga, boot camps, etc) every Saturday morning.
  • NuLu Festival – annual street festival aka block party held late September, featuring local food, craft beer, awesome vendors, and live music on the big stage.  Official after party of the Idea Festival.
  • PechaKucha Night Louisville–series of short presentations (20 images x 20 seconds) in a relaxed social setting, organized by Urban Design Studio.
  • Shakespeare in the Park –held annually in the Central Park amphitheater in Old Louisville and is the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the country.
  • St James Art Fair – annual art show held the first full weekend in October in the heart of historic Old Louisville. (INSIDER TIP: Parking can be tricky, bikes are always a good option).
  • Thunder Over Louisville– largest fireworks display in the nation that officially kicks off Derby season. (Insider Tip: Plan to get there early to get a good seat, ride your bike or park on the east side of downtown so you don’t get stuck in the traffic after the show or find a downtown after party)
  • Waterfront Wednesdays – WFPK’s free summer riverfront concert series at Waterfront Park the last Wednesday of each month, April through September. (INSIDER TIP: Get there early for parking or ride your bike, bring cash for food and drinks)
  • Zombie Walk –Zombies invade the Highlands (Bardstown Road between Eastern Parkway and Bearno’s) annually at 8:29 p.m. on August 29th.

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