Fall festival season is upon us and it’s super exciting! There are so many opportunities this fall to get out and fellowship with your neighbors, keep the kids entertained, and maybe even enjoy some entertainment yourself! Below are some of the highlights that Louisville has when it comes to fall festivals. The events are broken down by area of town. I suggest you get to as many of these as you can!
Highlands Fest – The 13th annual Highlands Festival will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1pm – 11pm. Artists, artisans, and vendors line the streets on Baxter Ave between Highland Ave and Breckinridge Ave. Get handmade home decor, candles, furnishings, stuff made out of bourbon barrels, clothes, jewelry, gifts, glass, and so much more. Food and beverage stations are provided by the plethora of restaurants that line Baxter. There is also live music, and plenty of things to do for the kids. This festival is always busy and always a blast.
Deer Park Neighborfest – The 9th annual Deer Park Neighborfest will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 3pm – 5pm. Neighbor Fest is a short but sweet Highlands jamboree that brings lots of fun for the kids as well as the adults, including: Bubble Bug, firetruck, cotton candy, snow cones, inflatable jumper, corn hole, cake walk, face painting, crafts, a magician, plus food and live music! There’s a lot of action cram in so you can plan to to be there the whole time.
B3 Fest – Bacon, Bourbon, and Beer B3 Fest will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 6pm – 11pm. At the Louisville Executive Aviation Hangar at Bowman Field you can taste the most incredible bacon creations by all the top local chefs along with local craft beer, and signature bourbon cocktails. This festival also packs the “B3 Fest Bacon Bar”, and the “B3 Fest Bacon Bites” station, as well as a silent auction where 100% of the proceeds go to Kosair Charities. So, will you eat bacon and drink bourbon and beer for charity?
Week in the Highlands – There’s simply too much to do in a day, so they made it last a whole week! October 8-15, 2017 is Week in the Highlands, and it’s a real dope jamboree that involves a few different events:
- Big Rock Jazz & Blues Fest – Sunday, October 8 1:00 – 6:30pm – Enjoy live blues and jazz at Big Rock in Cherokee Park.
- Empty Bowls – Thursday, October 12 5:30 pm – 8:00pm – Over 100 hand crafted pottery bowls and a wide variety of soups from local restaurants, this event benefits Highland Community Ministries.
- Belknap Fall Festival Eve – Live music at the Douglass Loop comes on the eve of the famed Highlands art show. 6:30 pm – Sound Company; 8:15 pm – Quiet Hollers; 9:45 – Mojoflow.
- Farmington’s Oktoberfest – This event takes place at the historic Farmington Plantation in the Brand Pavilion on Friday, October 13 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Enjoy authentic German food, music, and craft brews.
- Belknap Fall Festival – Saturday, October 14 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm hang out in the Douglass Loop with friends, neighbors, live music, and over 100 different local artists, non-profits, and businesses. Plus, great food, and local beer and wine! This is a great place to begin (and end) your Holiday shopping!
- Farmington Harvest Festival – Sunday, October 15 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm come check out the beautiful historic home on the Farmington Plantation with food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, and children’s activities!
Caufield’s Halloween Parade – Saturday, October 21 form 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm (parade begins at 4:00 pm). An all day celebration and a parade from Baxter and Broadway to Bardstown and Rosewood, this is the largest halloween celebration in Louisville.
The World’s Largest Halloween Party – From October 5 through Halloween, the Louisville Zoo becomes a magical wonderland for children. There are costumes, trick or treating, a hay maze, and photos with your favorite characters!
Aviation & Military Heritage Festival – On Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 Bowman Field will be hosting this incredible festival with rare, vintage aircraft, military vehicles and equipment, and exhibits from history including all branches of the armed forces. Plus, enjoy food trucks, craft beer, bourbon, airplane rides, and so much more!
DOWNTOWN / RIVER
On Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 head on down to the Big Four Bridge for over 100 juried artists, 20 emerging artists, live music, local vendors, and the amazing views of the Ohio river from such a picturesque downtown Louisville venue.
National Jug Band Jubilee – On Saturday, Spetember 16 at the Brown Foreman Amphitheater on the river, you can get down with some of the best music around! Plus, enjoy food trucks, local artists, and special workshops for children. Jug Band music is said to have begun in Louisville, so come out and see what it’s all about!
NuLu Fest – On Saturday, September 30 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm come celebrate the incredible revitalization of Louisville’s Market Street District at NuLu Fest. Enjoy great local food, beer, bourbon, and live music while you peruse the shops and art galleries all along the 600, 700, and 800 blocks of E Market St.
Bourbon & Beyond – Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 Champions Park on River Rd will be chock full of live music, bourbon masters, celebrity chefs cooking dope meals, craft beer and bourbon tastings, bourbon workshops, and tons of fun. Headlining musical acts include Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks, and Steve Miller Band. Camping is available.
Louder Than Life – Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 you can rock out at this hard rock festival complete with all the Louisville experiences you would expect, and some you wouldn’t expect. Check out the rock n roll BBQ experience, the music experience, which gives fans an opportunity to rock out on musical gear, the wine garden featuring wines from TOOL lead singer, Maynard Keenan’s, winery, and don’t pass up the great causes like Take Me Home and Dying 2 Live.
Via Colori – This amazing street painting festival takes place on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday October 22 at the Big Four Lawn in Louisville’s Waterfront Park. Partner with New Beginnings Foundation and over 8,000 children in out-of-home foster care across the region to have fun and make a difference. Enjoy the selection of vendors while over 100 artists from around the globe create beautiful, large-scale chalk paintings on the street!
Garvin Gate Blues Festival – This 2-day arts and Blues festival takes place in historic Old Louisville on Friday October 13, and Saturday October 14, and you don’t want to miss it. Food, drink, craft booths and opportunities to end hunger…what more could you ask for? All while jamming to fantastic blues artists playing on 2 stages, and checking out the largest collection of Victorian Architecture in the United States.
St James Art Show – On October 6, 7, and 8, head over to St James Court in the heart of Old Louisville for a serious juried fine arts and contemporary crafts show. In addition to the fun, food, drink, and arts and crafts, the St James Court Art Show awards more than $50,000 in scholarship to Louisville high school seniors each year. This is one of the most beautiful times of year for such a lovely exhibit.
Southwest Community Festival – Saturday, October 14 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm experience the community that is Southwest Jefferson County. What a fabulous celebration with food vendors, live entertainment, and fun for ALL ages: Toddler Town, Kids City, Teen Town, and the Senior Tent all offering fun and community for different ages.
Gaslight Festival – This fall festival has gained so much traction over the years that it has become an 8-day celebration from Sunday, September 10 through Sunday, September 17! Each and every day brings something new building up to the actual festival (Sept 15, 16, 17) weekend where hundreds of artists, craft vendors, businesses, and civic / non-profit groups gather in beautiful Gaslight Square in the heart of J-town. Festival week events include the poker rally, a golf scramble, a 5k run, the gaslight parade, and gaslight balloon glow! It’s an action-packed week of awesomeness!
Middletown’s Family Fun Festival – Middletown throws a heck of party with this Louisville fall festival featuring a dog show, a parade, fireworks, and loads of booths, games, and family fun! Friday, September 8 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and Saturday, September 9 from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm right in the heart of Middletown on Old Shelbyville Rd.
Simpsonville Fall Festival – Saturday, September 9 from 7:00 am – 10:00 pm enjoy this small town fall festival just east of Louisville in downtown Simpsonville. From a country sausage breakfast to a flag football game, food booths, vendor booths, a parade, inflatables, live entertainment, Miss Simpsonville pageant, DJ and dancing, and so much more!
Boo Dell – The beautiful Yew Dell Botanical Gardens plays host to a fun family event on Saturday, October 28 between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Put on your costumes and bring the whole family as you trick or treat along the “trail-o-treats”, plus enjoy booths, hayrides, a straw maze, and scavenger hunts, too!
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