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List of Attractions and Events in the Louisville Metropolitan Area
The Louisville Clock
, featuring various elements of Louisville and Kentucky culture as well as a mechanical horse race
This is a list of visitor attractions and annual events in the Louisville metropolitan area.
Annual festivals and other events
- Abbey Road on the River, a salute to The Beatles with many bands, held Memorial Day weekend in Louisville 2005-2016, but moved across the river to Jeffersonville, Indiana in 2017
- Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, held the weekend before the Kentucky Derby
- ConGlomeration, a multigenre convention held in April
- Festival of Faiths, a five-day national interfaith gathering featuring music, poetry, film, art and dialogue with internationally renowned spiritual leaders, thinkers and practitioners, held at Actors Theatre of Louisville in May
- Highland Renaissance Festival (Eminence), festivities that reproduce aspects of Scottish life during the Renaissance period, along with highland games, held from late May through early July
- Hillbilly Outfield: Kentucky Derby party (Middletown), held in early May to coincide with the Kentucky Derby
- Humana Festival of New American Plays, held in the spring
- Kentucky Derby Festival, Kentucky's largest single annual event; includes Thunder Over Louisville, Great Steamboat Race, Great Balloon Race, Pegasus Parade and the Marathon/miniMarathon, and is held for two weeks from late April through early May, leading up to the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby thoroughbred races
- Kentucky Reggae Festival, held Memorial Day weekend
- Machine Gun Shoot, the first of two events for machine gun enthusiasts held at Knob Creek Gun Range in Bullitt County; usually on the second weekend of April
- Starlight Strawberry Festival (Starlight, Indiana), held during Memorial Day weekend
- VEX Robotics World Championships, held Wednesday through Saturday in the week of the Kentucky Derby (2015-17)
- WHAS Crusade for Children, fundraiser held over the first weekend in June
- Jane Austen Festival, a three-day event and the largest Jane Austen event in North America, held on the third weekend of July at Locust Grove
- Derby City Comic Con, held in late June
- Fandom Fest Comic Expo, held in mid-summer
- Forecastle Festival, a three-day nationally renowned music, art and environmental activism festival, held in July
- Fright Night Film Fest, typically held in July
- Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival (Jeffersontown), held in September
- Kentucky Art Car Weekend, held in August
- Kentucky Bourbon Festival (Bardstown), held in September
- Kentucky Shakespeare Festival (commonly called "Shakespeare in Central Park"), with the main productions being a series of plays presented free to the public at Central Park during the summer
- Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky's official state fair, which runs for 11 days at the Kentucky Exposition Center; includes amusements, exhibits, competitions, concerts and the World's Championship Horse Show, held in August
- Kentuckiana Pride Festival, series of events in June (around start of summer) in support of LGBT pride and rights
- Lebowski Fest, held in July
- Louisville Zombie Attack, where thousands of locals dressed and made up as zombies walk down Bardstown Road to a set location; annual event traditionally held on August 29 at 8:29 pm
- Oktoberfest, held in September (late summer)
- St. Joseph Orphans Picnic, held the second Saturday in August
- Steamboat Days (Jeffersonville, Indiana), three-day festival held in early September
- Street Rod Nationals, held in mid-summer
- WorldFest, a four-day international festival, held on Labor Day weekend
- Asylum Haunted Scream Park, the subject of the documentary Monsters Wanted, this is five haunted attractions in one location; held from mid-September through Halloween
- Cropped Out, a multi-venue music festival, held in early fall
- Danger Run, from the end of September through the end of October
- Farmington Harvest Festival, held the second Sunday in October at Farmington Historic Plantation
- Garvin Gate Blues Festival, held in Old Louisville in October
- IdeaFestival, a three-day conference that seeks to engage attendees with novel ideas and innovative thinking, held in early fall
- Light Up Louisville & 40 Nights of Lights, begins the day after Thanksgiving
- Machine Gun Shoot, Knob Creek Range's second machine gun-centric event of the year, typically held on the second weekend of October
- National FFA Organization Convention & Expo, previously held in Indianapolis, Indiana, was moved to Louisville again in 2013 after a 14-year absence, held in late October/early November
- North American International Livestock Exposition, held in November
- Spirit Ball, a Victorian-inspired masquerade ball held annually the Saturday before Halloween at the Conrad-Caldwell House on St. James Court
- St. James Court Art Show, one of the top-ranked shows of its kind in the country; held in Old Louisville the first weekend of October
- The World's Largest Halloween Party,Louisville Zoo, held 14 nights in October
- Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral (Bardstown), the first Roman Catholic cathedral west of the Appalachian Mountains
- Belle of Louisville, the oldest Mississippi-style steamboat in operation on the inland waterways of the U.S. (built 1914-1915 in Pittsburgh for service in Memphis as the Idlewild, renamed Avalon in 1948, purchased by Jefferson County and renamed Belle of Louisville in 1962)
- Bray Place, the land and 1796 home, now called the Bashford Manor Bed and Breakfast, one of the oldest houses in Kentucky
- The Brennan House
- Brown Hotel, where the Hot Brown was invented
- Cathedral of the Assumption
- Colgate Clock (Clarksville, Indiana), the fourth largest clock in the United States
- Colonial Gardens, a local landmark in the Kenwood Hill neighborhood, now undergoing redevelopment
- Conrad-Caldwell House
- Crescent Hill Reservoir
- Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site (New Albany, Indiana), most noted for its annual haunted house located in the mansion's carriage barn
- Farmington Historic Plantation, including the Thomas Jefferson-designed home of the Speed family, visited by Abraham Lincoln
- The Filson Historical Society, a historical society and research library housed in the Ferguson Mansion, a Beaux-Arts style mansion built in 1906
- Fort Duffield, a Civil War fort
- Fort Knox, including the U.S. Bullion Depository and General George Patton Museum of Leadership (Bullitt, Hardin and Meade Counties)
- Fort Nelson Park, located in the same spot as the second on-shore fort in Kentucky
- Historic Locust Grove farm, home of George Rogers Clark and site of the homecoming of Lewis and Clark
- Hogan's Fountain Pavilion, a large gazebo and picnic shelter of mid-century modern architecture located in Cherokee Park
- Little Loomhouse
- Louisville Stoneware, making pottery since 1815
- My Old Kentucky Home State Park (Bardstown), featuring the Federal Hill mansion (inspiration for Stephen Foster's My Old Kentucky Home) and Stephen Foster - The Musical 
- Peterson-Dumesnil House
- Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing
- Scribner House (New Albany, Indiana)
- Seelbach Hotel, the famous hotel written about by F. Scott Fitzgerald and frequently visited by Al Capone
- Spalding Hall (Bardstown)
- Thomas Edison House
- Union Station
- United States Marine Hospital of Louisville
- Vogue Theater, a movie theater in St. Matthews that closed in 1998, known for showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show for 25 years. Its sign is being refurbished as a historical landmark.
- Waverly Hills Sanatorium
- Whiskey Row, located in the first block of West Main Street, a collection of Revivalist and Chicago School-style buildings with cast-iron storefronts built between 1852 and 1905
- Whitehall House & Gardens
- Whitney Young Birthplace and Museum
National Register of Historic Places listings
Museums, galleries and interpretive centers
More regional historical collections can be found at the Louisville Free Public Library and the University of Louisville.
U.S. and world history
Parks and other outdoor attractions
Louisville is home to many spacious city parks, several designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, as well as forested areas, trails and other outdoor attractions; distinctive examples include:
- Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve
- Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (Bullitt County)
- Big Four Bridge, a pedestrian and bicycle bridge connecting Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana
- Blackacre Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead
- Bridges to the Past (Fort Knox), closed indefinitely due to work on railroad bridge
- Camp Carlson (Fort Knox)
- Cave Hill Cemetery
- Central Park
- Cherokee Park, includes the Hogan's Fountain Pavilion and Cherokee Golf Course, and many other landmarks and features
- Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area (Clarksville, Indiana), which includes Falls of the Ohio State Park and features the oldest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the United States
- Huber's Orchard, Winery and Vineyards (Starlight, Indiana)
- Indiana Caverns (near Corydon, Indiana)
- Iroquois Park, includes the locally popular Iroquois Amphitheater, scenic overlooks and the Iroquois Golf Course
- Jefferson Memorial Forest, in southwest Louisville, the largest municipal urban forest in the United States
- Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, previously known as Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, a 63-acre (25 ha) amusement park with 50 amusement rides and a water park. Named by MSN Travel as one of the top ten amusement parks in America for 2015.
- Louisville Clock, at Theatre Square
- Louisville Loop, a partially completed 110-mile (180 km) bike and pedestrian trail encircling Louisville, including:
- Levee Trail
- Mill Creek Trail
- Louisville Water Tower Park
- Louisville Waterfront Park, features annual Thunder Over Louisville fireworks and air show during the Kentucky Derby Festival
- Louisville Zoo
- McAlpine Locks and Dam
- Mega Cavern
- Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area (Meade County)
- The Parklands of Floyds Fork
- Patriots Peace Memorial
- Renaissance Fun Park (Middletown)
- Riverfront Plaza/Belvedere, adjacent to Downtown Louisville and Louisville's wharf
- E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
- Seneca Park, includes the Seneca Golf Course
- Shawnee Park, includes the Shawnee Golf Course
- Squire Boone Caverns (Mauckport, Indiana)
- Tioga Falls Hiking Trail (Fort Knox), closed indefinitely due to work on railroad bridge
- Waverly Park, includes the 9-hole Bobby Nichols Golf Course
- Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Shows and performing arts
- Alpine Ice Arena
- David Armstrong Extreme Park
- Churchill Downs thoroughbred racetrack and the Kentucky Derby Museum
- Freedom Hall
- KFC Yum! Center, home of University of Louisville basketball
- Kentucky International Convention Center
- Knob Creek Gun Range (in Bullitt County near West Point), famous for its twice-yearly machine gun shoot
- Lindsey Golf Course (Fort Knox)
- Louisville Champions Park, a park that "offers flexible space for a variety of field sports", including soccer
- Louisville Metro Parks public golf courses
- Louisville Slugger Field, the baseball stadium that is home to the Louisville Bats and Louisville City FC
- Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
- Lynn Stadium, home of University of Louisville soccer
- Muhammad Ali Center
- Owsley B. Frazier Stadium, home of several outdoor sports at Bellarmine University, most notably men's lacrosse
- Cardinal Stadium, home of University of Louisville football
- Jim Patterson Stadium, home of University of Louisville baseball
- Valhalla Golf Club, designed by professional golfer Jack Nicklaus
- Rooster Run (Nelson County), a general store well known for baseball caps featuring its logo and a 13.5-foot (4.1 m)-tall fiberglass rooster statue standing in front of the store. According to The Kentucky Encyclopedia, it is "one of the best-known general stores in the country and one of Kentucky's best-known unincorporated businesses".
- ^ "Abbey Road on the River Leaving Louisville in 2016". WFPL. May 25, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Art Fair". Cherokee Triangle Association. Archived from the original on June 13, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Festival of Faiths". Retrieved 2016.
- ^ Blumberg, Antonia (May 6, 2016). "Interfaith Leaders Gather To Promote Peace In The Heart Of The Christian South". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016.
- ^ Smith, Ethan (May 9, 2015). "Festival of Faiths: A Q&A with the director of Louisville's 'Sundance of Sacred'". LEO Weekly. Retrieved 2016.
- ^ "Kentucky Renaissance Fair". Kentucky Renaissance Fair. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Kentucky Reggae Festival". kentuckyreggaefestival.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ a b "Machine Gun Shoot @ Knob Creek Gun Range". knobcreekrange.com. Retrieved 2016.
- ^ "Starlight Strawberry Festival". starlightstrawberryfestival.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "VEX Robotics World Championship". roboticseducation.org. Retrieved 2017.
- ^ "The Jane Austen Society of Louisville, Kentucky". jasnalouisville.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ Chipman, Melissa (July 8, 2014). "Louisville hosts largest North American Jane Austen Festival July 18-20". Insider Louisville. Retrieved 2014.
- ^ "Derby City Comic Con -- Kentucky International Convention Center -- Louisville, KY". derbycitycomiccon.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Fandomfest - Bringing Pop Culture to Life". fandomfest.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Kentuckiana Pride Foundation". kypride.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "St. Joseph Children's Home, Louisville, KY - St. Joseph Orphans' Picnic". sjkids.org. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Steamboat Days". Retrieved 2017.
- ^ "WorldFest". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Asylum Haunted Scream Park - Halloween Haunted House - Louisville". Asylum Haunted Scream Park. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "EVENTS". FARMINGTON. Archived from the original on February 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Garvin Gate Blues Festival - Louisville, Kentucky". garvingate.org. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "IdeaFestival". ideafestival.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Light Up Louisville & 40 Nights of Lights - LouisvilleKy.gov". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "National FFA Convention and Expo". ffa.org. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "The 9th Annual Spirit Ball Masquerade & Dance". Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ ""The World's Largest Halloween Party!" presented by Meijer". Louisville Zoo. Archived from the original on February 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Carl Casper Official Web Site". carlcasper.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Louisville Boat, RV, and Sportshow". louisvilleboatshow.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Republic Bank First Friday Hop". firstfridayhop.com. Retrieved 2016.
- ^ "Louisville, KY's Urban Bourbon Trail (UBT)". BourbonCounty.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Stephen Foster - The Musical". Retrieved 2014.
- ^ "Whitehall". Whitehall. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Evan Williams Bourbon". Evan Williams Bourbon. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Heaven Hill Bourbon Distillery - Bourbon Heritage Center". bourbonheritagecenter.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Kentucky Distillery - Jim Beam American Stillhouse". americanstillhouse.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ Coomes, Steve (15 March 2017). "Bulleit Distillery Opens in Shelbyville, Kentucky Even As Expansion Is Considered". The Whiskey Wash. Retrieved 2017.
- ^ "Visit Middletown Historic Museum Open Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m." City of Middletown Kentucky. Retrieved 2014.
- ^ "Jeffersontown, KY - Official Website - Museum". jeffersontownky.com. Archived from the original on May 11, 2012. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "The Bullitt County History Museum". bullittcountyhistory.org. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ Esarey, Jenna (February 10, 2017). "Clark County Museum opens in Jeffersonville". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2017.
- ^ "Henry County History". henrycountyky.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Oldham County Historical Society". Oldham County Historical Society. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Schimpff's Confectionery - Museum". Retrieved 2014.
- ^ "Bridges To The Past in Radcliff, Kentucky". radclifftourism.org. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Carlson Campgrounds". Fort Knox Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR). Archived from the original on June 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Huber's Orchard, Winery and Vineyards". huberwinery.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Top 10 amusement parks includes Ky. Kingdom". The Courier-Journal. June 8, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "McAlpine Locks and Dam Visitor Information". US Army Corps of Engineers - Louisville District. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved 2014.
- ^ "Laser Tag, Go Karts, Mini Golf Louisville, KY - Renaissance Fun Park". Renaissance Fun Park. Retrieved 2016.
- ^ "Tioga Falls in Radcliff, Kentucky". radclifftourism.org. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Waverly Park". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "The Alley Theater, Louisville, KY". thealleytheater.org. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Baxter Avenue Filmworks". Apex Theatres. Apex Entertainment. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "RHPS Official Fan Site - Participation Showtimes for Baxter Avenue Theatres". Retrieved 2009.
- ^ "Coming Soon To Apex Theatres". Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
- ^ "Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium". louisville.edu. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY Live Music". Headliners. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "The Laughing Derby". laughingderby.com. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "littlecolonelplayers". littlecolonelplayers. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Mind's Eye Theatre Company". mindseyetheatre.org. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Pandora Productions - Profound relatedness and belonging by and for our diverse human community". pandoraprods.org. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Family Theatre « Stage One". stageone.org. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Theatre ". theatre502.org. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Voices of Kentuckiana". voicesky.org. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ Kennedy, Brian (August 11, 2014). "Previewing the Wayward Actors Company 2014-15 Theater Season". Louisville.com. Retrieved 2014.
- ^ "Lindsey Golf Course". Fort Knox Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR). Archived from the original on February 15, 2012. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Louisville Champions Park". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Crescent Hill Golf Course". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Long Run Golf Course". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Sun Valley Golf Course". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Charlie Vettiner Golf Course". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ "Bobby Nichols Golf Course". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved 2015.
- ^ Delong, Hettie (1992). "Rooster Run". In Kleber, John E. The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0. Retrieved 2015.