Music, beer, music, bourbon, music and food. Did we mention music? July is filled with the fun you’ve been looking for! Whether it’s with your friends, family or even your furry friend, get ready for the best summer yet, Louisville. Here are 16 of the top events and happenings this July!

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16 Louisville Events & Happenings: July 2019

Through August 4, 2019: Shakespeare Festival in Central Park

Shake up your summer with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival featuring seven productions through August 4. Enjoy food trucks, a great play under the stars and nightly pre-show performances. All performances are held in Old Louisville’s Central Park at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater. The pre-show starts at 7:15 p.m. and the free performance begins at 8 p.m. This is the perfect, low-cost date night or family outing.

July 4, 2019: Crescent Hill Fourth of July Festival

The Crescent Hill Fourth of July Festival is a Louisville favorite. Held on Thursday, July 4, at The Peterson-Dumesnil House, this festive event features more than 35 arts and crafts vendors, a children’s area, live entertainment, a cake booth and more. The event runs form 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and there will be free trolley rides to and from the event at Frankfort Avenue.

July 4, 2019: Louisville Waterfront Fourth

Live music, upscale festival food and fireworks collide along the Ohio River. This Fourth of July, pack up the whole family and head down to the Great Lawn of Waterfront Park for a family-friendly night of fun.  Adult beverages will be available in the Coors Light Beer Garden and the Old Forester Bourbon Bar. Children will enjoy activities from the Kentucky Science Center, Jug Band Jubilee, Louisville Folk School, Louisville Public Media and Steam Exchange. The free fireworks show starts at approximately 10 p.m.

 July 5 though the 7, 2019: Poorcastle Festival

Louisville attracts top-notch musical talent every year to the Forecastle Festival, but not everyone in the city can afford a pricey ticket. Enter the Poorcastle Festival at Breslin Park. Poorcastle Festival brings together the Louisville community in support of local music with all proceeds benefitting the nonprofit radio station, Crescent Hill Radio 100.9 WCHQ FM, as well as Louisville’s Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund. There will be locally crafted beer, food trucks and vendors on site. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the last performance starts at 10:15 p.m. Tickets start at $7. Hope to see you there!

July 12 and 13, 2019: Lebowski Fest

The 18th annual Lebowski Fest will take place on July 12 and 13 at Executive Lawn, 911 Phillips Lane this Friday, July 12. Attendees will enjoy live music from Paul & The Tall Trees, a soundtrack tribute by The Deloreans and an 8 p.m. screening of The Big Lebowski. On Saturday, July 13, there will be a bowling party and a costume contest beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

July 12 through the 14, 2019: Forecastle Festival

Break out your favorite boho-chic festival attire and get your dancing shoes ready— It’s music festival season! Forecastle Festival is back this July 12 through the 14 with a great lineup of music and more. The three-day festival features The Killers, The Avett Brothers, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Portugal. The Man, Maggie Rogers, Tyler Childers, Playboi Carti, Judah & The Lion, Moon Taxi and many more. Enjoy Forecastle for one, two or three days. Different ticket packages are available and selling fast!

July 13 through the 28, 2019: Homearama 2019

What does your dream home look like? At Homearama 2019, it will come to life! Homearama is an annual Louisville event that showcases custom-built new homes at a single site. Each home is fully furnished, decorated, landscaped and features the latest in building trends. This year’s event is being held at Dove Point Estates, and admission is $10. The event is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

July 14, 2019: Meet Me at the Altar Wedding Show

Looking to take some stress off your wedding planning? Meet Me at the Altar is a one-of-a-kind, bi-annual wedding show that incorporates more than 60 local wedding professionals, as well as exclusive bridal runway fashion shows. From noon to 4 p.m., these talented and experienced vendors will help make your wedding day dreams come true. All brides and grooms are admitted free with registration and guest tickets are only $10.

July 17 through the 20, 2019: Saint Agnes Carnival & Concerts 2019

Saint Agnes will once again host its annual four-day summer festival This July 17 through July 20. This week of events kicks off with a Carnival Parade at 6:30 p.m. Then, enjoy a night of rides, craft beers, contests and more from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 18, followed by a carnival and concerts on July 19 and 20 from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. You won’t want to miss it!

July 20, 2019: Misters for MS 2019 at Louisville Marriott Downtown

Tall, dark, and handsome— the only way to describe the Misters for MS fundraiser benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. While the bachelors at this event aren’t up for bids, the top 10 bachelors will present live auction items and bring a vision of a world free of MS to life. The event is at the Louisville Marriott Downtown and will feature an open bar, a silent auction and a live “runway” show. Individual tickets are $65.

July 20, 2019: NULU Summer Luau & Pickers in Paradise

Head over to the bustling Nulu neighborhood on July 20 for the 2nd annual Nulu Summer Luau. Wear your brightest Hawaiian shirt and get ready to have some fun in the sun with activities like a limbo contest, pig roast, live music and more! Be sure to check out the Pickers In Paradise street market for vintage gifts brought to you in partnership with Fluer-de-Flea. The free event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

July 23, 2019: DSL Family Night at the Bats

Head out to watch the Louisville Bats at Slugger Field and support those with Down syndrome at the DSL Family Night at the Bats, hosted by Down Syndrome of Louisville. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for siblings are $5, tickets for parents are $8, tickets for extended family and  friends are $15 and anyone with Down syndrome is admitted free of charge. Sign up for tickets here.

July 27, 2019: Friends Trivia Bar Crawl

Love Friends and think you know everything there is to know about the show? Get ready to test your knowledge with the Friends Trivia Bar Crawl. Create teams of two to eight people and answer trivia questions at multiple bars around the city. Check-in begins at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and there will be a free cover at all partner venues plus prizes for best Friends costumes!

July 27 and 28, 2019: Soul Cleanse Festival

The Soul Cleanse Festival is a unique opportunity to deepen your practice by stretching your mind, body and spirit. Fifteen regional teachers will be leading workshops and classes focusing on postures, different yoga styles, meditation and yoga philosophy. This year, join the festival overnight and attend Saturday’s events including crystal workshops, reiki healing sessions and Yin yoga practice before the main festival on Sunday. Tickets for Sunday start at $35, and the full, two-day experience ticket is $120.

July 28, 2019: 2019 Seelbach Wedding Show

Spend the day sipping on champagne and meeting Louisville’s most respected wedding vendors at the 2019 Seelbach Wedding Show. Bring your sweetheart, wedding party and family to this elegant event and celebrate one of the best days of your engagement. The show is from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and all brides and grooms get in for free. Guests are $15 when you purchase tickets before the event or $20 at the door.

July 31, 2019: Waterfront Wednesday at Waterfront Park

It’s time again for the WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series. July’s free concert on the Big Four Lawn is not to be missed! Grab your chairs and blankets, pack a snack and head down to the riverfront to enjoy an evening of music. Stay tuned to WFPK Waterfront Wednesday’s Facebook page for more details about performers and events.

We hope you have the best summer ever, Louisville!


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