Kentucky Derby Festival
- although the Derby Festival is city-wide, Old Louisville is conveniently
located only minutes away by car from most major events, and a case can be
made that Old Louisville may be the finest base of operations for out of town
visitors. It is possible to walk to most major events, including
the Derby itself, from Old Louisville, if a 30-60 minute walk doesn't
intimidate you. Kentucky Derby Festival Headquarters are located at 3rd
and Kentucky, on the northern edge of Old Louisville.
includes hundreds of events, most notably the Opening Ceremonies/Thunder Over
picture) (Saturday, April 21) which is known for spectacular world
record displays of fireworks and a half-mile rainbow of fire, Chow Wagons, The
Great Balloon Glow (Friday, April 27), The Great Balloon Race (Saturday, April 28),
mini-Marathon (comes through Old Louisville) April 28, The Great Steamboat
Race (Wednesday, May 2), the Pegasus Parade (Thursday, May 3), the Kentucky Oaks
(Friday, May 4), and of
course, the 127th Running of the Kentucky Derby on
Saturday, May 5.
A new event, a children's festival, will be held
in Old Louisville's Central Park on Sunday, May 6.
Come for reggae, jazz, dance groups, Youth Performing Arts School, comedians
and children's choirs. (free).
here for the official event list by date (you can click on each event for
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Performances are offered completely free of charge and are held in the C.
Douglas Ramey Amphitheater located in inner city Central Park in
the heart of Old Louisville's historic preservation district. This outdoor
amphitheater seats up to 1,000 audience members, with additional seating
available on the lawn right and left of the stagehouse. The Festival's
average summer attendance is 10,000 people each season. In the last
thirty–nine years, over one half million people have enjoyed the
Festival’s one hundred and nine summer productions. This year's
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
preview June 20, opens June 21, runs June 21—June 24, June 26—July
1 and July 11, July 13 and July 15 in Central Park
Love’s Labors Lost
opens July 5 (no preview), runs July 5—July 8, July 10, July 12 and
July 14 in Central Park
Festival web site
All performances begin at 8:00 p.m., dress comfortably and casually for these
open-air performances. Concessions are available. The amphitheatre
is wheelchair accessible.
All performances are FREE
Farmer's Market, Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Walnut Street Baptist Church Parking Lot, Third & St. Catherine
(There is also a Farmer's Market Saturday Mornings 6:30 a.m. until sold out at
the St. Louis Bertrand parking lot, 6th and St. Catherine. Exact
starting and ending date
14 & 15
Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour
Your chance to take a peek into eight of the beautiful gardens behind those
magnificent mansions. 10am-4pm each day, $8 in advance or $10 day of
tour. Start at the corner of St. James and Magnolia across from central park
and pick up your tour map with directions for walking or driving.
Contact the Information Center for your early bird
(Dates to be announced)
Bring the family, lawn chairs, and a picnic to enjoy two afternoons of
nationally known Jazz musicians in beautiful Central Park.
info from the 2000 festival which was held Aug 26/27
5, 6, 7 (Friday-Sunday)
St. James Court Art Show
Enjoy the fall weather and wonderful art work from all over the country in one
of the nation's oldest, largest, and most prestigious open-air art shows: 10:00am-6:00pm Friday and Saturday,
and until 5:00pm Sunday.
The St. James
Court Art show is a juried show with nearly 700 artists exhibiting throughout
St. James and Belgravia Courts, Fountain Court, along Third, Fourth and
Magnolia Streets. Come to the show rain or shine. As well as
artwork and crafts, you'll find plenty to eat and drink as well.
Old Louisville Holiday House Tour
Take a look inside some of Old Louisville's finest homes decorated for the
holidays. Ask about the Victorian tea. $12 advance purchase, $15
on the days of the tour. MORE Information
Tours 12:00 noon until 7:00 P.M. both days
Contact the Information Center
information and tickets for the Garden Tour, Victorian Christmas House Tour,
etc. can be obtained from:
Old Louisville Information Center
1340 S. 4th Street in Central Park
Louisville, KY 40208
Tuesday through Friday 1-5 PM
fax (502) 635-5245
Please note: it seems the Old Louisville Information Center
changes its hours between 3-6 times a year. It is not always
possible for OldLouisville.com to keep up with this, so it may be
prudent to verify with them before you make a trip.
check out the Old Louisville
Neighborhood Council's web site for more information on Old Louisville's
neighborhood events and fundraisers.
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