6 — Craft Beer Fest: Jeffersontown (10434 Watterson Trail), 2–6 p.m., 50+ beer, wine and cider tastings. live music, food trucks, jtownchamber.com
6 — Spin A Yarn Storytelling Festival: Little Loomhouse (328 Kenwood Hill Road), 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Lineup of storytellers, bluegrass music by Tammy Burke and Jeff Guernsey, children’s fair, tours of the historic cabins, heirloom plant sale, as well as spinning and weaving demonstrations, littleloomhouse.org.
6–7 — Butchertown Art Fair: Butchertown (800 and 900 blocks of East Washington St.), Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., features art, live music and plenty of food and drink, butchertown.wix.com/artfair.
6–7 — Colonial Trade Faire: Oldham County History Center: 106 N 2nd St., Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., featuring a celebration of 18th century Kentucky culture, oldhamcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
3–July 25 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “The Tempest”: Central Park, Wed.–Sat., 8 p.m., features live performances of Shakespeare’s best plays for free, kyshakespeare.com.
12–14 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “The Birds”: Waterfront Plaza, Fri.–Sat., 7 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m., features live performances of Shakespeare’s best plays for free, kyshakespeare.com.
12–13 — 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.
12–13 — 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.
12–14 — 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.
13–14 — 9th Annual Art on the Parish Green Festival: Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. Noon–5 p.m., featuring over 80 juried fine arts and crafts vendors, a food court, a beer/wine garden, live music to raise money for the hungry of New Albany.
14 — Taste of Frankfort Avenue: Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St., 5–8 p.m., features food and beverage samplings from more than 25 restaurants, cliftoncenter.org.
18–July 25 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “The Taming of the Shrew”: Central Park, Thur.–Sat., 8 p.m., features live performances of Shakespeare’s best plays for free, kyshakespeare.com.
19–20 — Kentuckiana Pride Festival: Belvedere, Fri.–Sat., features parades, a beer garden, live music and more, kypride.com.
20 — Family Farm & Forage Day: Farnsley-Moremen Landing, 1–5 p.m., featuring ice–cream–eating contest, games, children’s activities and music, riverside-landing.org.
20–21 — 8th Annual Louisville Festival of Arts with Craft Marketplace: Paddock Shops (formerly The Summit), Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; To Support the Arts and the Local Community, artfestival.com.
28–29 — George 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, fallsoftheohio.org.
2–25 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “Macbeth”: Central Park, Thur.–Sat., 8 p.m., features live performances of Shakespeare’s best plays for free, kyshakespeare.com.
3–4 — Crescent Hill Fourth of July Festival: Peterson–Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Ave., Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., pet show, silent auction, antique car parade down Frankfort Avenue, fireworks and more, crescenthill.us.
10–11 — 14th Annual 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.
10–12 — 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
17–19 — Forecastle Fest: Waterfront Park, 129 River Road, annual music, art, activist festival, featuring more than 65 bands, artists and organizations, forecastlefest.com.
18–19 — Brightside/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.
2–Aug. 25 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “The Comedy of Errors”: Central Park, Wed.–Sun., 8 p.m., features live performances of Shakespeare’s best plays for free, kyshakespeare.com.
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.
4–7 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “Chasing Ophelia”: Central Park, Tue.–Fri., 8 p.m., features live performances of Shakespeare’s best plays for free, kyshakespeare.com.
5–9 — Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s “Two Lobbyists Verona”: Central Park, Wed.–Sun., 8 p.m., features live performances of Shakespeare’s best plays for free, kyshakespeare.com.
6–9 — Street Rod Nationals: Kentucky Expo Center, 937 Phillips Lane, hot rod show with demonstrations, games and more, nrsa–usa.com.
7–8 — St. Joseph Orphans Picnic: St. Joseph’s Children Home, 2823 Frankfort Ave., more than 60 booths with games, food, raffles and more, sjkids.org.
20–30 — Kentucky State Fair: Kentucky Expo Center, 937 Phillips Lane, featuring exhibits, concerts, agricultural and commercial displays and more, kystatefair.org.
21–24 — Sellersburg Celebrates: Sellersburg, Ind., Silver Creek Township Park, with food and specialty booths, balloon glow, car show and more, sellersburgcelebrates.com.
4–6 — Kentucky Bluegrass Music & Burgoo Festival: Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road, featuring live music, local beers, food, children’s activities and more, Sat.–Sun. 5–11 p.m., bisig.com.
13–20 — Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival: Gaslight Square, Taylorsville Rd./Watterson Tr., with arts and crafts, parade, balloon glow (dusk Friday), music and more, jtownchamber.com.
22 — Seven Sense Festival: 2100 – 2300 S Preston St., featuring live music, craft beer, spirits, local food & arts/crafts. A benefit for the boys & girls haven, facebook.com/sevensensefestival
26–27 — Louisville 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 …
1–July 5 — Highland Renaissance Faire: Eminence, Ky., with jousting, mud show, jugglers, musicians, crafts, period food and more, $5–75, kyrenfaire.com.
4–7 — Great American Brass Band Festival: Danville, Ky., Centre College, featuring world–renowned brass bands, parade, balloon race, picnic, food and more, gabbf.org.
4–7 — 400 Mile Sale: From Maysville to Paducah, Ky., follow US Hwy 68 for 4 days of antiques, collectibles, 400mile.com.
4–6 — Poke Sallet Festival: Harlan, Ky., features children’s rides, arts and crafts, beauty pageant, dinner, trail rides and more, pokesalletfestival.com.
5–6 — Bardstown Bluegrass Festival: Bardstown, Ky., live music by Bluegrass 101 and more, bluegrass101.com.
5–6 — Seedtime on the Cumberland: Whitesburg, Ky., Appalshop Center, featuring screenings of Appalshop films, traditional mountain arts and crafts, foo d and more, with music by Randy Wilson, Lee Sexton and more, seedtimefestival.org.
13— Outdoor Women at Big Oaks: Madison, Ind., Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, encourages fun and success in outdoors for women, fws.gov/midwest/bigoaks.
6 — A Day in the Country: Morehead, Ky., Morehead Conference Center, 50 of America’s finest folk artists, kyfolkart.org.
6–7 — Arts on the Green: La Grange, Ky., Courthouse Square, with 120+ artists, music, drinks and Colonial Trade Faire, AAOOC.org.
13–20 — 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.
13–20 — Bill Monroe’s Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival: Bean Blossom, Ind., Bill Monroe Memorial Park, with live music, beanblossom.com.
11–14 — Newport Italianfest: Newport, Ky., riverfront, celebrates Italian heritage with food, art, games, music, newportky.gov.
15–20 — Bullitt County Fair: Shepherdsville, Ky., Bullitt County Fairgrounds, 245 at I–65, with rides, fair food and more, thebullittcountyfair.com.
20 — Taste of Bloomington: Bloomington, Ind., Showers Commons, featuring samples from local restaurants, art, music and more, visitbloomington.com/taste.
20–21 — Dayton Air Show: Dayton, Ohio, Dayton International Airport, featuring live air shows, parade, daytonairshow.com.
24–27 — 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.
2–4 — Renfro Valley Bluegrass Festival: Renfro Valley, Ky., annual event featuring bluegrass music and other festivities, camping available, renfrovalley.com/bluegrass-festival.
4 — Celebration of the American Spirit: Owensboro, Ky., Smothers Park or English Park, with fireworks at dusk, rides, games and more, (270) 687–8700.
3–4 — Freedom Fest: Murray, Ky., features barbecue, drinks, paintball, music and more, facebook.com/FreedomFestKY.
3–5 — Madison Regatta: Madison, Ind., riverfront, hydroplane races, parade, fireworks and more, madisonregatta.com.
9–19 — Summer Celebration: Indianapolis, Ind., Convention Center, heritage festival with national and regional performers, juried art competitions, minority health fair and more, indianablackexpo.com.
10–12 — Berea Craft Festival: Berea, Ky., Indian Fort Theater, with arts and crafts, demonstrations and more, bereacraftfestival.com.
10–11 — Master Musicians Festival: Somerset, Ky., Somerset Community College, live music by local and national artists and more, mastermusiciansfestival.com.
11 — Duncan Hines Festival: Bowling Green, Ky., downtown, honors Kentuckian who made cake mixes famous with recipe contests, games, music and more, duncanhinesfestival.com.
13–19 — Harrison County Fair: Corydon, Ind., Harrison County Fairgrounds, Indiana’s oldest continuous running fair, harrisoncountyfair.com.
18 — Oldham County Day: La Grange, Ky., downtown, with 5K run/walk, parade, arts/crafts, games and more, oldhamcountyday.org.
29–Aug. 9 — 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.
30–Aug. 2 — Jasper Strassenfest: Jasper, Ind., German heritage fest with food, music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, fireworks and more, jasperstrassenfest.org.
1–2 — Shaker Village Craft Fair: Harrodsburg, Ky., Shaker Village, juried arts and crafts and demonstrations, shakervillageky.org.
7–23 — Indiana State Fair: Indianapolis, Ind., Indiana State Fairgrounds, agricultural and commercial displays, livestock exhibits, performances and more, in.gov/statefair.
7–8 — Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival: Henderson, Ky., Audubon Mill Park, with demonstrations, children’s activities, folk–type crafts, music and more, bluegrassinthepark.com
14–17 — Great Inland Seafood Festival: Newport and Cincinnati, riverfront, celebrates seafood from local restaurants, cincinnatiusa.com
14–20 — Henry County Fair: New Castle, Ky., country fair with locally grown foods, hayrides, crafts, music and more, henrycountyfair.org.
15–16 — Woodland 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.
28–29 — Hot August Blues Festival: Aurora, Ky., Kenlake State Park, with national, regional and local blues bands, hotaugustbluesfestival.com.
5–6 — Fourth Street Festival of Arts and Crafts: Bloomington, Ind., arts and crafts, music and more, 4thstreet.org.
11–13 — Lanesville Heritage Festival: Lanesville, Ind., featuring tractor pulls and displays, food, entertainment and more, lanesvilleheritageweekend.org.
15–20 — Kentucky Bourbon Festival: Bardstown, Ky., with bourbon tastings, gala, distillery tours, balloon glow, barbecue and more, kybourbonfestival.com.
10–19 — Indy Jazz Fest: Indianapolis, Ind., Military Park, featuring national, regional and local jazz and blues musicians, indyjazzfest.net.