10 Things to Do in Louisville This Summer


Summer is just around the corner, and that means festivals, outdoor adventures and lots of family time! There’s no better place to be than Louisville for a fun-filled summer for the whole family. With this list of local must-dos, you can start planning for your best summer yet!

  1. Kentucky Renaissance Faire
    Travel back in time every Saturday and Sunday from June 4th to July 10th with the Highland Renaissance Festival! Watch epic jousting battles between noble Knights, set sail for a swashbuckling good time during Pirates weekend and enjoy live Celtic music and dancing  all in the same place! Every weekend is a different adventure at the Renaissance Faire.
  2. Kinfolk Soulfood Festival
    Come out to Waterfront Park, Saturday June 17th for the 11th Annual Soulfood music festival.  Spend the afternoon enjoying delicious eats and dance the night away to live music with lots of soul! Learn more, and make sure to get your tickets!
  3. Chocolate Fest
    Not only a great time, but for a great cause! In the last couple of years, Chocolate Fest has raised over $151,000 for the Louisville AIDS Walk.  For a small donation, you’ll enjoy live music and auctions, drinks, photo booths, and LOTS of delectable chocolate! Talk about a win, win!
  4. Twilight Thursdays at Churchill Downs
    $1 beers? Yes, please! From 5-8pm on Thursdays throughout the summer, race over to Churchill Downs for cheap beers, live music, food trucks, and the thrill of live Thoroughbred racing! You can also get betting tips from resident handicappers. Don’t miss out on other fun events like Downs After Dark or Family Adventure Day happening here too!
  5. Louisville Mega Cavern
    Get ready for BIG adventure at one of the country’s largest man-made caverns. This underground facility is jam packed with activities your family will love. From a full Bike Park with over 45 trails, exhilarating zip lines, aerial rope challenges and more, you’ll need multiple visits to take advantage of everything Mega Cavern has to offer.
  6. Louisville Slugger Field
    Root, root, root for the home team at a Louisville Bats game this season! Nothing beats a night at the ball park and with specialty nights like $1 hot dogs and Pepsi, Dog Day, Thirsty Thursdays and more, you’ll enjoy much more than just baseball at your next outing.
  7. Beckley Creek Park
    The possibilities at Beckley Creek Park are wide open! Spend the day fishing, exploring the hiking trails, or swinging from the monkey bars at The Marshall Playground.  Family outings are certainly a picnic when you spend the day at this part of The Parklands of Floyd Park!
  1. Cherokee Park
    Another fantastic place to enjoy the great outdoors this summer, Cherokee Park has a large 2.4 mile scenic loop, perfect for biking, hiking, running and more.  Maybe fishing, horseshoes, basketball or tennis is more your style. The list is endless, so check out all the ways you can enjoy a day in park!
  1. Louisville Zoo
    Who doesn’t love a trip to the zoo? And Louisville Zoo is far from average, featuring more than 1,500 animals on 134 acres of natural settings with special education areas and award-winning exhibits!  Come see all your favorite animals and learn about new ones at the Louisville Zoo!
  1. Speed Art Museum
    Explore and get inspired by art from around the world at the Speed Art Museum.  You don’t have to be a fine art connoisseur to appreciate the diverse talent thought interactive exhibits outdoor spaces and more.  Enjoy art at your own speed with a day at the museum!

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