Summer Guide 2014: A highlight of festivals in and around town

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Greater Louisville

JUNE

7-8 Summer Festival of the Arts: Paddock Shops (formerly The Summit), Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring more than 100 artists and crafters, artfestival.com.

11-July 26 Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Central Park, Tue.-Sun., 8 p.m., kyshakespeare.org.

13-14 Lyndon Summer Festival: Robison Park (behind the Lyndon Post Office), Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m., features rides, fireworks, arts and crafts, live music and more, cityoflyndon.org.

13-14 Smokin’ on the River BBQ, Blues and Brew Festival: Jeffersonville, Ind. (corner of Spring Street and Riverside Drive), Fri. 4-11 p.m., Sat. noon-11 p.m., features live music, beer tent and barbecue competition, smokinontheriverbbq.com.

13-15 Louisville’s Greek Festival: Belvedere, Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m., celebrates Greek culture with music, arts and crafts, food and more, louisvillegreekfest.com.

20-21Kentuckiana Pride Festival: Belvedere, features parade on Friday, beer garden, live music and more, kypride.com.

 

28-29George Rogers Clark Days: Clarksville, Falls of the Ohio State Park, Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., re-enactors, guest speakers, guided cabin tours, pioneer activities, 812-280-9970, fallsoftheohio.org.

29 Riverside Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social: 7410 Moorman Road, 1-5 p.m., featuring ice-cream-eating contest, games, children’s activities and music, 935-6809.

 

JULY

4-5Crescent Hill Fourth of July Festival: Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Ave., Thu.-Fri. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., pet show, silent auction, antique car parade down Frankfort Avenue, fireworks and more, 897-7819.

11-27Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “Hamlet”: Central Park, 8 p.m., kyshakespeare.org.

11-12 Lebowski Fest: Executive Lawn/Executive Strike & Spare, 911 Phillips Lane, Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 4 p.m., featuring live music by Those Darlins, The Features, Bobby Bare Jr. and more with special guest Jim Hoosier, plus bowling and a film screening, lebowskifest.com.

11-13 Blues ’n’ Barbecue Festival: Water Tower, Fri. 5-11:30 p.m., Sat. 4-11:30 p.m., Sun. 1-7 p.m. with live music, barbecue and more, louisvillebluesandbbqfestival.com

18-20 Forecastle Fest: Waterfront Park, annual music, art, activist festival, featuring more than 65 bands, artists and organizations, forecastlefest.com.

19-20Brightside/Coca-Cola Volleyball Classic: Seneca Park and Baxter Jack’s, annual volleyball tournament, louisvilleky.gov/brightside.

27 — LEO & Thorntons Tap That Craft: Beer Crawl to four local breweries, 1-6 p.m., $30, leoweekly.com/events.

31-Aug. 3Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “Love Labour’s Lost”: Central Park, 8 p.m., kyshakespeare.org.

31-Aug. 3Street Rod Nationals: Kentucky Expo Center, hot rod show with demonstrations, games and more, nrsa-usa.com.

 

AUGUST

1 — Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too!: Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevillian Way, 4-9 p.m., features beer and wine samples and live music, louisvillezoo.org.

5-9Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “As You Like It”: Central Park, 8 p.m., kyshakespeare.org.

6-10Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “Pericles”: Central Park, 8 p.m., kyshakespeare.org.

9 — St. Joseph Orphans Picnic: 2823 Frankfort Ave., more than 60 booths with games, food, raffles and more, sjkids.org.

12-16Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “Women of Will”: Central Park, 8 p.m., kyshakespeare.org.

13-17Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “King Lear”: Central Park, 8 p.m., kyshakespeare.org.

14-24 Kentucky State Fair: Kentucky Expo Center, featuring exhibits, concerts, agricultural and commercial displays and more, kystatefair.org.

21-23 Sellersburg Celebrates: Sellersburg, Ind., Silver Creek Township Park, with food and specialty booths, balloon glow, car show and more, sellersburgcelebrates.com.

30-Sept. 1 Kentucky Bluegrass Music & Burgoo Festival: Water Tower, featuring live music, local beers, food, children’s activities and more, Sat.-Sun. 5-11 p.m., bisig.com.

 

SEPTEMBER

13 Gettin’ Drunky in KY Pub Crawl: Baxter Avenue, LEO Bar Belle’s annual pub crawl, 7 p.m. at Outlook Inn, [email protected]

14-21 Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival: Taylorsville Rd./Watterson Tr., with arts and crafts, parade, balloon glow (dusk Friday), music and more, jtownchamber.com.

27-28Louisville Irish Fest: Bellarmine University, Fri. 7-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., celebrates Irish heritage with music, cultural exhibits, vendors, food and more, louisvilleirishfest.com.

 

Beyond Louisville …

JUNE

1-July 6Highland Renaissance Faire: Eminence, Ky., with jousting, mud show, jugglers, musicians, crafts, period food and more, $5-75, kyrenfaire.com.

5-8Great American Brass Band Festival: Danville, Ky., Centre College, featuring world-renowned brass bands, parade, balloon race, picnic, food and more, 800-755-0076.

5-8400 Mile Sale: From Maysville to Paducah, Ky., follow US Hwy 68 for 4 days of antiques, collectibles, 859-491-0458.

6-7Poke Sallet Festival: Harlan, Ky., features children’s rides, arts and crafts, beauty pageant, dinner, trail rides and more, 606-573-4717.

6-7 Bardstown Bluegrass Festival: Bardstown, Ky., live music by Bluegrass 101 and more, bluegrass101.com.

6-7 Seedtime on the Cumberland: Whitesburg, Ky., Appalshop Center, featuring screenings of Appalshop films, traditional mountain arts and crafts, food and more, with music by Randy Wilson, Lee Sexton and more, 606-633-0108.

7 Outdoor Women at Big Oaks: Madison, Ind., Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, encourages fun and success in outdoors for women, fws.gov/midwest/bigoaks.

7 — A Day in the Country: Morehead, Ky., 50 of America’s finest folk artists, kyfolkart.org.

7-8 — Arts on the Green: Courthouse Square, La Grange , with 120+ artists, music, drinks and Colonial Trade Faire, AAOOC.org.

7-14 W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival: Henderson, Ky., Audubon Mill Park, festival honors father of blues, W.C. Handy, with music, food, arts and more, handyblues.org.

12-21Bill Monroe’s Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival: Bean Blossom, Ind., Bill Monroe Memorial Park, with live music, beanblossom.com.

12-15Newport Italianfest: Newport, Ky., riverfront, celebrates Italian heritage with food, art, games, music, newportky.gov.

16-21 Bullitt County Fair: Shepherdsville, Ky., Bullitt County Fairgrounds, 245 at I-65, with rides, fair food and more, 502-543-4855.

21 Taste of Bloomington: Bloomington, Ind., Showers Commons, featuring samples from local restaurants, art, music and more, visitbloomington.com/taste.

28-29 Dayton Air Show: Dayton, Ohio, Dayton International Airport, featuring live air shows, parade, daytonairshow.com.

27-28 ROMP: Bluegrass and Roots and Branches Festival: Owensboro, Ky., Yellow Creek Park, live music by Railroad Earth, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sam Bush Band and more, rompfest.org.

 

JULY

3-5 Renfro Valley Bluegrass Festival: Renfro Valley, Ky., annual event featuring bluegrass music and other festivities, camping available, 800-765-7464.

4 Celebration of the American Spirit: Owensboro, Ky., English Park, with fireworks at dusk, rides, games and more, (270) 687-8700.

4-5 Freedom Fest: Murray, Ky., features barbecue, drinks, paintball, music and more, 800-715-5004.

4-6 Madison Regatta: Madison, Ind., riverfront, hydroplane races, parade, fireworks and more, madisonregatta.com.

8-14 Henry County Fair: New Castle, Ky., country fair with locally grown foods, hayrides, crafts, music and more, 502-845-5707.

10-20 Summer Celebration: Indianapolis, Ind., Convention Center, heritage festival with national and regional performers, juried art competitions, minority health fair and more, indianablackexpo.com.

11-13 — Berea Craft Festival: Berea, Ky., Indian Fort Theater, with arts and crafts, demonstrations and more, bereacraftfestival.com.

11-20 Master Musicians Festival: Somerset, Ky., Somerset Community College, live music by local and national artists and more, mastermusiciansfestival.com.

12Duncan Hines Festival: Bowling Green, Ky., downtown, honors Kentuckian who made cake mixes famous with recipe contests, games, music and more, 800-326-7465.

13-19 Harrison County Fair: Corydon, Ind., Harrison County Fairgrounds, Indiana’s oldest continuous running fair, 888-738-2137.

19 Oldham County Day: La Grange, Ky., downtown, with 5K run/walk, parade, arts/crafts, games and more, 502-222-1731.

23-Aug. 3 Ohio State Fair: Columbus, Ohio, Expo Center, featuring midway, live music, games, food, demonstrations and more, ohiostatefair.com.

25-27 Kentucky Art Outpost: Newport, Ky., World Peace Bell Park, featuring dozens of regional artists, newportky.gov.

31-Aug. 3 Jasper Strassenfest: Jasper, Ind., German heritage fest with food, music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, fireworks and more, jasperstrassenfest.org.

 

AUGUST

1-17 Indiana State Fair: Indianapolis, Ind., Indiana State Fairgrounds, agricultural and commercial displays, livestock exhibits, performances and more, in.gov/statefair.

2Shaker Village Craft Fair: Harrodsburg, Ky., Shaker Village, juried arts and crafts and demonstrations, shakervillageky.org.

7-9 Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival: Henderson, Ky., Audubon Mill Park, with demonstrations, children’s activities, folk-type crafts, music and more, bluegrassinthepark.com

14-17Great Inland Seafood Festival: Newport and Cincinnati, riverfront, celebrates seafood from local restaurants, cincinnatiusa.com

16-17Woodland Arts Fair: Lexington, Ky., Woodland Park, arts and crafts, demonstrations, music and food, woodlandparkfineartsandcraftsfair.com.

22-23 Heartland Festival in The Park: Elizabethtown, Ky., Freeman Lake Park, features arts and crafts, balloon race, fireworks, parade and more, heartlandfestivalinthepark.com.

22-23 Hot August Blues Festival: Aurora, Ky., Kenlake State Park, with national, regional and local blues bands, (270) 293-6641.

30-31 Fourth Street Festival of Arts and Crafts: Bloomington, Ind., arts and crafts, music and more, 812-575-0484.

 

SEPTEMBER

12-14 Lanesville Heritage Festival: Lanesville, Ind., featuring tractor pulls and displays, food, entertainment and more, lanesvilleheritageweekend.org.

16-21 Kentucky Bourbon Festival: Bardstown, Ky., with bourbon tastings, gala, distillery tours, balloon glow, barbecue and more, kybourbonfestival.com.

12-21 Indy Jazz Fest: Indianapolis, Ind., Military Park, featuring national, regional and local jazz and blues musicians, indyjazzfest.net.