Relish in the final days of summer before school starts again and it’s back to the daily grind. Louisville has so much to offer and August is no exception! So get out, make the most of the remaining summer and knock these things off your summer bucket list!
1. Catch a Louisville City FC game at Slugger Field.
The hype is real! If you haven’t been to one of Louisville City’s professional MLS games this summer then you are seriously missing out. From the crazy fans to the excitement of major league soccer players, these games are fun for the whole family. But don’t fret, there are still some home games this summer, so you can watch Slugger Field transform with the energy of Louisville City FC’s purple reign. Purchase tickets for the home games on August 13 at 7:30 p.m. and August 27 at 7:30 p.m. See the entire schedule for games through October!
2. Eat at a food truck.
Louisville’s food trucks have been all the rage this summer and with good reason: They provide yummy, gourmet eats with a casual vibe all around the city. What’s not to love? Earlier this summer, we laid out the ultimate Louisville Food Truck Guide, including what to get and where to find them. There are a ton of amazing options but we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on experiencing the absolute treat of some of this yummy cuisine on wheels before summer comes to a close!
3. Stop by Polly’s Freeze.
We all know ice cream is the only thing we want during these hot August days, so take a quick venture out of the ‘Ville into Indiana to experience traditional summer eats and ice cream treats at Polly’s Freeze. If the classic American fare of cheeseburgers, corn dogs and barbecue doesn’t entice you to make the 20-minute trip to Polly’s Freeze, their wide array of interesting ice cream flavors, fun cones and assortment of floats and sundaes sure will. They brought back their Pumpkin Ice Cream and introduced Caramel Apple Sundaes with Green Apple Sherbet this month, so go try them before they’re out. Polly’s Freeze is located at 5242 State Road 62, Georgetown, IN 47122. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Get some sunshine and exercise the fun way by renting a canoe or kayak from Blue Moon Canoe and Kayak and exploring Louisville’s premier water trail along Floyds Fork. With seven paddling access points along the 62-mile-long Floyds Fork, you have plenty of opportunity to explore the beauty of this river and its surrounding forestry. Call (502) 753 9942 or email [email protected] to reserve a boat.
5. Check out a WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday.
Waterfront Wednesdays are a true Louisville gem. With a perfect venue on the Big Four Lawn, these free concerts are so noteworthy it is hard to believe they are free. What a perfect way to end your night: listening to live music while relaxing in the park and gazing at the Ohio River. The remaining two concerts are August 31 and September 28, so you have two more chances to go before the season ends. The gates open at 5 p.m., with music starting at 6 p.m.
6. Get centered at Waterfront Yoga.
Find your center before back-to-school fever sets in at Waterfront Yoga at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater. Take in the waterfront and feel the revitalizing effects of Yoga every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for only $5. Even if you’ve never done a downward dog in your life, no worries — Waterfront Yoga is great for beginners as well as seasoned yogis.
7. Catch a Cherokee Triangle Summer Concert Series performance.
Bring a picnic and some seats to Cherokee Triangle on Sunday nights and enjoy great music with great company. These free concerts are every Sunday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. through September 4. It’s a very popular, family friendly event, so be sure to get there a little early to find a space.
8. Take a dip at Falling Rock Park Quarry.
Cool off from that August heat in some of the cleanest water Kentucky has to offer at the Falling Rock Park in La Grange, Kentucky. This park, nicknamed “The Quarry,” gets its refreshing water supply from rainfall. It took 15 years to accumulate but now it means Falling Rock Park features no ground runoff, keeping its water in pristine condition for folks ages 18 and older to relax and float the day away. Only a 20-minute drive from town, this trip makes a perfect quick getaway to kiss summer goodbye with a splash and a dip! Falling Rock Park is located at 2201 Fendley Mill Road, La Grange, KY 40031. Hours are Friday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: $10 per person to float; $15 per person for certified dives.
9. See a James Bond movie at Iroquois Amphitheater.
Watch 007 do what he does best — take down bad guys while sipping martinis — at the spacious Iroquois Amphitheater, located at 1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville, KY 40214 (in the south side of Louisville). Best of all — thanks to Louisville Metro Council sponsors — you can drift into the glamorous world of James Bond for free. Venture down to see Daniel Craig’s last act as the infamous Bond on Saturday, August 13 at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
10. Check out the Foxhollow Farm Sunset Concert Series.
The Foxhollow Farm Series goes through September, so you still have a chance to bring the whole family to this beautiful property and relax outside listening to music. On September 9, Laurie Jane & The 45s and Soul River Brown & The Fountain Band will be performing. There is a bar and local food vendors there, so no need to bring your own — but definitely bring your pup, as dogs on leashes are welcome.
11. Take a sunset cruise on the Belle of Louisville.
Be one of the 7 million-plus people who have taken a cruise on “America’s last true Mississippi River Steamboat” and watch the sky turn pink as you make your way along the mighty Ohio River this August. An excursion on the Belle guarantees a night of beautiful sights and interesting facts about the history of our city and the Ohio River. The lunch and dinner cruises also include live entertainment or DJ service, as well as a full-service bar, dance floor and observation decks. To experience a stunning Louisville sunset, we recommend the Dinner and Sightseeing cruise, which costs $43 for adults; $42 for seniors; and $27 for children. Lunch cruises are offered for $35 for adults; $34 for seniors; and $25 for children. If you just want the views without all that food, the Belle also offers sightseeing tickets for $21 for adults; $20 for seniors; and $12 for children.
12. Attend Owsley Sundays at the Speed Art Museum.
Thanks to Brown-Forman, Sundays at the Speed means free admission! Named in honor of the late Owsley Brown II, Brown-Forman wants everyone to get the chance to experience the renovated Speed Art Museum and its celebration of culture in its artistic form. The collection currently on exhibit features “more than 600,000 years of human creativity.” So take advantage of the wonderful art collections at our disposal and experience the Speed on a Sunday with the entire family. Kids will love the Art Sparks room where they can connect with art on the ground level! The Speed is located at 2035 Third St., Louisville, KY 40208. Owsley hours are Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Ready, set, GO! Enjoy these last days of summer to the fullest!
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