LEO’s 2022 Festival Guide: The Big Events We’re Most Looking Forward to this Spring and Summer

Throughout Spring/Summer

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

Nightly Schedule:

6 p.m., Food Trucks
7 p.m., Kids’ Globe, Will’s Gift Shop, & Will’s Tavern
7:15 p.m., Community Pre-show Performance
8 p.m., Performance

C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in
Central Park, 1340 S. Fourth St.,
Louisville
kyshakespeare.com/season/sicp

WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays

April 27 – Nappy Roots, Neal Francis, Kiana & the Sun Kings

May 25 – Maggie Rose, Boa Boys, Phourist & the Photons

June 29 – War, Bendigo Fletcher, Wombo

July 27 – Moon Taxi, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Routine Caffeine

Aug. 31 – Joan Osborne, Seratones, Mark Charles

Sept. 28 – Yonder Mountain String Band, Hot Brown Smackdown, Houseplant

Waterfront Park, Great Lawn, 300 River Road, Louisville
ourwaterfront.org/annual-events/wfpk-waterfront-wednesdays

Forecastle
The crowd at Forecastle 2017. | Photo by Nik Vechery.

May

International Food Truck Festival

May 14
11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Big Four Lawn, 1101 E. River Road, Louisville
ourwaterfront.org

Israeli Street Fair

May 15
Noon – 4 p.m.
Trager Family JCC,
3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville
jewishlouisville.org/the-j/j-arts-ideas/israeli-street-fair

Springfest

May 21
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Toonerville Park at Oak and Brook Street, Louisville
Ttnalouisville.org

Poorcastle Festival

May 20 – 22
Starts at 1 p.m.
Breslin Park, 1400 Payne St., Louisville
poorcastle.com

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Bloom Fest

May 21, 2022
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
2499 Clermont Rd, Hwy 245, Clermont, Kentucky
bernheim.org/tag/bloomfest

Abbey Road on the River

May 26 -30
Big Four Station Park, 222 W Maple St., Jeffersonville, Indiana
arotr.com 

Bicentennial Park Concert Series

Fridays May 27- Aug. 5
Bicentennial Park, 118 E. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana
do502.com/venues/bicentennial-park

Forecastle Festival

May 27 -29
Starts at 1 p.m.
Waterfront Park, 129 River Road, Louisville
forecastlefest.com

Star Valley Strawberry Festival

May 28
Borden Community Park, East Main Street, Borden, Indiana
facebook.com/starvalleystrawberryfestival/

Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle

May 30 and Sept. 5
Community Boat House at 1325 River Road, Louisville
louisvilleky.gov/government/city-events/mayors-hike-bike-and-­paddle

Rainbow flags are abundant at the Kentuckiana Pride Festival. | Photo by Kathryn Harrington

June

John Hartford Memorial Festival

June 1-4
Lawrence County Recreational Park, 99 Moore Lane, Springville, Indiana
hartfordfest.com

I Am Ali Festival

June 3-9
Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth Street, Louisville
alicenter.org/ali-fest

Louisville Greek Festival

June 3-4
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 939 Ormsby Lane
louisvillegreekfest.com

Southern Indiana Pride Festival

June 4
Big Four Station, Jeffersonville, Indiana
soinpridefest.org

Funkfest

June 4
Waterfront Park, 129 River Road, Louisville
funkfesttour.com

2022 Monarch Festival at MountFest

June 4
Mount Saint Francis Center for Spirituality, Mount Saint Francis, Indiana
101 St. Anthony Drive
monarchmountfest.com

Bardstown Rotary Club 46th Annual Wine and Cheese Tasting Festival

June 4
6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
My Old Kentucky Home Rotunda, 501 E. Stephen Foster Ave., Bardstown, Kentucky
bardstownrotaryclub.org/event

Kentucky Craft Bash

June 11
Waterfront Park, 129 River Road, Louisville
kycraftbash.com

Kentuckiana Pride Festival 

June 18
Noon – 10 p.m.
Downtown Louisville and Big Four Lawn
kypride.com

ROMP Festival

June 22 – 25
Yellow Creek Park, 5710 KY Hwy 144, Owensboro, Kentucky
rompfest.com

Glasses half full at JTown Summer Craft Beer Festival.

July

Terrapin Hill Music Festival

July 1-3
7695 Mackville Road (Route 152 West), Harrodsburg, Kentucky
terrapinhillfestivals.com/directions.html

Waterfront Independence Festival

July 4
6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Waterfront Park, 129 River Road, Louisville
ourwaterfront.org

Sweet Land of Liberty Festival

July 8-10
4211 Lower River Road, Mt Vernon, Kentucky
sweetlandfest.com

Bluegrass Veg Fest
July 9
Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave.
bluegrassvegfest.com

Send It Slam Outdoor Festival

July 9
7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Brown-Forman Amphitheater, 1301 River Road, Louisville
tickets.timetogowild.com/event/send-it-slam

Master Musicians Festival 

July 15-16
4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday
Somerset Community College Festival Field, 808 Monticello St., Somerset, Kentucky
mastermusiciansfestival.org

JTown Beer Fest

July 16
4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Downtown Jeffersontown
jtownbeerfest.com

Buy Local Fair 

July 30
Noon-6 p.m.
Louisville Water Tower Park. 3005 River Road
keeplouisvilleweird.com

Daredevil feats abound at the Kentucky State Fair. | Photo by Kathryn Harrington

August

Kentucky State Fair

Aug. 18-28
Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville
kystatefair.org

Kentucky Irate Festival

Aug. 26-28
21st in Germantown, 1481 S. Shelby St.
iratefest.com

Old Lou Brew Craft Beer Festival

Aug. 26
Central Park, 1340 S. Fourth St.
6 p.m.-10 p.m.
oldlouisville.org/old-lou-brew-craft-beer-fest

judas priest
The crowd at Louder Than Life 2021. | Photo courtesy of Danny Wimmer Presents

September

Big Four Arts Festival

Sept. 10-11
Waterfront Park on the Big Four Bridge Lawn, 1103 River Road
2-11 p.m.
bigfourartsfestival.com

Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Sept. 14-18
114 N. Fifth St., Bardstown, Kentucky
kybourbonfestival.com

Bourbon & Beyond Festival

Sept. 15-18
Highland Festival Grounds, Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville
bourbonandbeyond.com

Louder Than Life Festival

Sept. 22 – 25
Highlands Festival Grounds, Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville
louderthanlifefestival.com

National Jug Band Jubilee

Sept. 24
Noon-10 p.m.
Brown-Forman Amphitheater in Waterfront Park, 1301 River Road, Louisville
ourwaterfront.org/event/the-national-jug-band-jubilee-2

October

Bardstown Arts & Crafts Festival

Oct. 8 -9
Downtown Bardstown
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
bardstownmainstreet.com

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