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

May 11, 2022 at 4:16 pm
The July 14, 2021 Waterfront Wednesday, the first installment after the pandemic canceled the 2020 season.
The July 14, 2021 Waterfront Wednesday, the first installment after the pandemic canceled the 2020 season. Photo by Nik Vechery

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

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Nik Vechery
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
click to enlarge Rainbow flags were abundant at a past Kentuckiana Pride Festival. - Photo by Kathryn Harrington
Photo by Kathryn Harrington
Rainbow flags were abundant at a past Kentuckiana Pride Festival.

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 last year’s JTown Summer Craft Beer Festival.
Glasses half full at last year’s 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
click to enlarge Daredevil feats abound at the Kentucky State Fair.  |  Photo by Kathryn Harrington - Kathryn Harrington
Kathryn Harrington
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
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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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