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

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Jun 4, 2014 at 5:00 am
Summer Guide 2014: A highlight of festivals in and around town

Greater Louisville


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

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

13-14Lyndon 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,

13-14Smokin’ 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,

13-15Louisville’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,

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

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,

29Riverside 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.


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.,

11-12Lebowski 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,

11-13Blues ’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,

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

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

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

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

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


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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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,

Beyond Louisville ...


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

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.

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

6-7Seedtime 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.

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

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

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

7-14W.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,

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

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

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

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

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

27-28ROMP: 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,


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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