Wait, what? It’s already August? Time sure does fly when you’re having fun – especially in the ‘ville! Louisville has tons of events this month that’ll help you finish your summer with a bang. Enjoy live music, a festival or a 5K to make your last month of summer one to remember, Lou. Here are 18 of the top events and happenings in August!

City lights and summer nights in the ‘Ville – we love our city! Image: Omar A. Miranda

18 August 2019 Events in Lousiville

Through August 4, 2019: Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

Kentucky Shakespeare presents its annual beloved Shakespeare in the Park series all summer through August 4 in Central Park in Old Louisville. All shows are free to the public with the pre-show starting at 7:15 p.m. and the production beginning at 8 p.m. Filling out the end of the season, Cleopatra: Queen of Kings will run through August 4. Enjoy the merriment and magic of the Bard’s famous works through an evening of al fresco theatre with friends and family! kyshakespeare.com

August 3, 2019: St. Matthews Street Festival

St. Matthews, are you ready for a day full of family fun?! From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Frankfort Avenue will be transformed into one of the best street festivals in Louisville. You’ll find bands, food, vendors and activities for both adults and children — plus some live entertainment. It’s the perfect festival for all ages. You won’t want to miss it. stmatthewsstreetfestival.com

August 3, 2019: PurpleStride

Join in the fight against pancreatic cancer at the inaugural PurpleStride Louisville event held on Saturday, August 3 at The Parklands of Floyds Fork at Beckley Creek Park. The timed 5K and awareness walk are aimed at fostering hope and inspiration while raising funds, awareness and support for pancreatic cancer. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will feature children’s activities, music and refreshments in addition to the 5K and walk. Registration starts at $30. support.pancan.org

August 3, 2019: Splash N’ Dash at Waterfront Park, Big Four Lawn

Get ready to get soaked! Walkers and runners at the Splash N’ Dash make their way through a 5K course filled with water obstacles or a 1K family fun run and enjoy family-friendly activities afterward. This event benefits Norton Children’s Hospital. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the 1K begins at 10 a.m. Click here to register. Use code SB19 for a 20% discount. nortonchildrens.com

August 9 through the 10, 2019: The 170th Annual Picnic at St. Joseph Children’s Home

With approximately 60,000 attendees and in its 170th year, this annual fundraiser has become a Louisville institution. Each August, friends and family gather together at St. Joseph’s Children’s Home to enjoy fried chicken dinners, live music, carnival rides, prizes and togetherness in support of children who have suffered abuse and neglect and to help continue St. Joe’s mission of “Giving Children a Home.” Tickets for all food and activities can be purchased in advance online before August 3 and picked up at the front desk at St. Joe’s anytime before August 9. Or you can purchase tickets at any ticket booth throughout the grounds the day of. The event is Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from noon to midnight. Experience this historic community picnic and support a good cause while you’re at it! sjkids.org

August 10, 2019: Made Market – Louisville Summer Market

Head to the Mellwood Art Center on Saturday, August 10 to experience Louisville’s finest curated handmade market and peruse goods from more than 70 makers from Louisville and the surrounding region. Get ready to shop till you drop with your friends and enjoy food and drinks in Mellwood’s brand new space! The market is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. facebook.com

August 10-11, 2019: Derby City Jazz Festival

The Derby City Jazz Festival is back! Head to Churchill Downs’ paddock for two great days of listening to smooth jazz and indulging in the best food, culture and spirits that Louisville has to offer. Gates open at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 10 and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 11. Tickets start at $65. derbycityjazzfest.com

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August 15 through the 25, 2019: Kentucky State Fair

We smell … FUNNEL CAKES! It’s that time of the year again — time to celebrate all things Kentucky at the Kentucky State Fair. The 11-day festival celebrates local and statewide heritage with blue ribbon competitions and special exhibits. Don’t forget those main-stage concerts and carnival rides, too. Tickets are available now at a discounted price of $7 until 10 p.m. on August 14. Gate admission is $10. kystatefair.org

August 17, 2019: Tuxes & Tails Gala

Reserve your tickets now for the Kentucky Humane Society’s 26th annual Tuxes & Tails Gala at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. Enjoy a night full of fun, food, an open bar and other entertaining surprises from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. This year’s theme is “Catsino Royale: For Your Paws Only.” Tuxes & Tails kicks off the night with a silent auction, open bar, hors-d’oeuvres and adoptable pets and is followed by dinner and a spirited live auction. Lounge tickets are $75, and all proceeds benefit the dogs, cats and horses of the Kentucky Humane Society. kyhumane.org

August 17, 2019: Louisville Water Lantern Festival

One World Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you’ll witness the magic of lanterns as they light up the Ohio River. Write to family, friends or a loved one on a lit lantern and send it up, up and away into the sky. From 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., you can also enjoy food trucks, music and of course, friends! Come together with fellow Louisvillians and share a beautiful human experience at the Water Lantern Festival. Tickets start at $25. waterlanternfestival.com

August 23, 2019: Old Louisville Brew Craft Beer Festival

Get ready for a night of fun at the Old Louisville Brew Craft Beer Festival, where you’ll get to try unique beers from some of Kentucky’s best craft brewers, chow down on food from great local food trucks and play games for the whole family! Tickets are $10 and the event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Central Park. facebook.com

August 24, 2019: Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too!

Are you ready for one of the most popular events of the summer? It’s that time again for Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be tastings from craft breweries, wineries and restaurants, as well as animal encounters and live entertainment. A selection of non-alcoholic beverages and water will also be provided and designated driver tickets are available. Tickets start at $40, and all proceeds benefit the Louisville Zoo. louisvillezoo.org

August 24, 2019: Louisville on the Lawn

The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum will host a chic pop-up picnic on the lawn of the 130-year old mansion. Party-goers, dressed all in white, are invited to bring a picnic supper to enjoy while they listen to live music. There will be awards for Best Dressed in White and Best Decorated Table. The event will also feature a silent auction, photo booth and lawn party traditions like napkin twirling and sparkler lighting! Sign-in and table set-up will begin at 6 p.m., and the event will kick off at 7 p.m. Guests must bring their own tablecloth, tableware, utensils, glassware and food, but tables and chairs will be provided. Alcohol will be available for purchase for those over 21. Tables of 8 are available for $400 and tables for 6 are $300. Individual tickets are $50. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, and the event will take place rain or shine. facebook.com

August 24, 2019: Louisville Zombie Walk

It’s time once again for zombies to take over the streets of Louisville. Last year, 42,000 zombies participated in the annual Louisville Zombie Walk. The 3/4-mile walk, beginning at Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway, culminates with a block party at the end, near Highland Avenue, featuring live bands, entertainment, food vendors and a costume contest. This free event is open to the public — the only requirement is that you dress the part. The fun starts at precisely 8:29 p.m. louisvillezombiewalk.com

August 24 & 25, 2019: Art in Speed Park

Celebrate community, creativity and culture for Art in Speed Park’s 29th year! Artisans from across the nation will fill beautiful, historic Speed Park with their original, handcrafted works in a wide variety of mediums. With high-quality, one-of-a-kind art pieces, talented musicians, wine and craft beer garden and plenty of activities for kids, there’s something for everyone at this fine art fair! This free event will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25 in Sellersburg, IN, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. artinspeedpark.com

August 28, 2019: WFPK Waterfront Wednesday

It’s time again for the WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series! August’s free concert on the Big Four Lawn will feature music from John Paul White, Devon Gilfillian and C2 and the Brothers Reed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Grab your chairs and blankets, pack a snack and head down to the riverfront to enjoy an evening of music! wfpk.org

August 30 through September 2, 2019: WorldFest at The Belvedere

Travel around the world in one weekend — right here in downtown Louisville! WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 17th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, live music, dance, culture and education. This event takes place in downtown Louisville at The Belvedere, and admission is free. Food and crafts are available for purchase as well. The event is from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. August 30 through September 1, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on September 2. worldfestlouisville.com

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August 31, 2019: Sophisticated Living Polo World Cup 2019

A barbecue buffet, bourbon, wine, polo and entertainment … you’ve got our attention! The region’s best polo players will suit up to vie for possession of the SL Polo Cup trophy at Oxmoor Farm as part of the Sophisticated Living Polo Series World Cup. Gates open at 4 p.m. The first match is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with the night ending at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $75. Come out for some polo and fun! eventbrite.com

Now, get out there and make this an August for the books!


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