List of attractions and events in the Louisville metropolitan area

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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[edit]

Spring[edit]

Summer[edit]

View of the Forecastle Festival on the Belvedere

Fall[edit]

  • Asylum Haunted Scream Park,[13] the subject of the documentary Monsters Wanted, this is four 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,[14] held the second Sunday in October at Farmington Historic Plantation
  • Garvin Gate Blues Festival,[15] held in Old Louisville in October
  • IdeaFestival,[16] 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,[17] begins the day after Thanksgiving
  • National FFA Organization Convention & Expo,[18] 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,[19] 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,[20] Louisville Zoo, held 14 nights in October

Winter[edit]

Distinctive locales[edit]

The Conrad-Caldwell House at St James Court and Magnolia Avenue in Old Louisville

Louisville Metro[edit]

Southern Indiana[edit]

Historic properties[edit]

The Belle of Louisville still serves as the symbol of Louisville. She will celebrate her 100th birthday in 2014.

National Register of Historic Places listings[edit]

Museums, galleries and interpretive centers[edit]

This list may contain repeats from other sections so that a complete list of Louisville area museums can be shown in one spot.

Art[edit]

Regional history[edit]

Bourbon[edit]

Cities[edit]

Counties[edit]

More regional historical collections can be found at the Louisville Free Public Library and the University of Louisville.

U.S. and world history[edit]

Front facade of the Frazier History Museum

Other subjects[edit]

Parks and other outdoor attractions[edit]

Thunder Run, a wooden roller coaster at Kentucky Kingdom
The Louisville Waterfront Park exhibits rolling hills, spacious lawns and walking paths on Louisville's waterfront in the downtown area

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:

Shows and performing arts[edit]

This list may contain repeats from other sections so that a complete list of Louisville area shows and performing arts venues and events can be shown in one spot.

Venues[edit]

Performers[edit]

Sports-related attractions and venues[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Kentucky Renaissance Fair". Kentucky Renaissance Fair. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kentucky Reggae Festival". kentuckyreggaefestival.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Starlight Strawberry Festival". starlightstrawberryfestival.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Jane Austen Society of Louisville, Kentucky". jasnalouisville.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ Chipman, Melissa (July 8, 2014). "Louisville hosts largest North American Jane Austen Festival July 18-20". Insider Louisville. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Derby City Comic Con -- Kentucky International Convention Center -- Louisville, KY". derbycitycomiccon.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fandomfest - Bringing Pop Culture to Life". fandomfest.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Gaslight Festival". jtownchamber.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Kentuckiana Pride Foundation". kypride.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  11. ^ "St. Joseph Children's Home, Louisville, KY - St. Joseph Orphans' Picnic". sjkids.org. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  12. ^ "WorldFest". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Asylum Haunted Scream Park - Halloween Haunted House - Louisville". Asylum Haunted Scream Park. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  14. ^ "EVENTS". FARMINGTON. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Garvin Gate Blues Festival - Louisville, Kentucky". garvingate.org. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  16. ^ "IdeaFestival". ideafestival.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Light Up Louisville & 40 Nights of Lights - LouisvilleKy.gov". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  18. ^ "National FFA Convention and Expo". ffa.org. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  19. ^ "The 9th Annual Spirit Ball Masquerade & Dance". Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  20. ^ ""The World's Largest Halloween Party!" presented by Meijer". Louisville Zoo. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Carl Casper Official Web Site". carlcasper.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Louisville Boat, RV, and Sportshow". louisvilleboatshow.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop". Louisville Downtown Partnership. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  24. ^ "Louisville, KY's Urban Bourbon Trail (UBT)". BourbonCounty.com. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
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  26. ^ "Whitehall". Whitehall. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Evan Williams Bourbon". Evan Williams Bourbon. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
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  29. ^ "Kentucky Distillery - Jim Beam American Stillhouse". americanstillhouse.com. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  30. ^ "Visit Middletown Historic Museum Open Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.". City of Middletown Kentucky. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
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  32. ^ "The Bullitt County History Museum". bullittcountyhistory.org. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  33. ^ "Henry County History". henrycountyky.com. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  34. ^ "Oldham County Historical Society". Oldham County Historical Society. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  35. ^ "Schimpff's Confectionary - Museum". Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Bridges To The Past in Radcliff, Kentucky". radclifftourism.org. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Carlson Campgrounds". Fort Knox Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR). Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  38. ^ "Huber's Orchard, Winery and Vineyards". huberwinery.com. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  39. ^ "McAlpine Locks and Dam Visitor Information". US Army Corps of Engineers - Louisville District. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  40. ^ "Tioga Falls in Radcliff, Kentucky". radclifftourism.org. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  41. ^ "Waverly Park". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  42. ^ "The Alley Theater, Louisville, KY". thealleytheater.org. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  43. ^ "Baxter Avenue Filmworks". Apex Theatres. Apex Entertainment. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
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  45. ^ "Coming Soon To Apex Theatres". Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  46. ^ "Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium". louisville.edu. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  47. ^ "Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY Live Music". Headliners. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  48. ^ "The Laughing Derby". laughingderby.com. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  49. ^ "littlecolonelplayers". littlecolonelplayers. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  50. ^ "Mind's Eye Theatre Company". mindseyetheatre.org. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  51. ^ "Pandora Productions - Profound relatedness and belonging by and for our diverse human community.". pandoraprods.org. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  52. ^ "Family Theatre « Stage One". stageone.org. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  53. ^ "Theatre [502]". theatre502.org. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  54. ^ "Voices of Kentuckiana". voicesky.org. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
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  56. ^ "Lindsey Golf Course". Fort Knox Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR). Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  57. ^ "Louisville Champions Park". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  58. ^ "Crescent Hill Golf Course". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  59. ^ "Long Run Golf Course". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  60. ^ "Sun Valley Golf Course". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  61. ^ "Charlie Vettiner Golf Course". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  62. ^ "Bobby Nichols Golf Course". louisvilleky.gov. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 

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