APRil 2016

  • About our Event Calendar

If you would like additional information about an event, please use the contact information listed with the event. Event details are listed to the best of our knowledge and may be subject to change.




Duration: After the game

Venue: Purple Upland Meadow

Event Type: Fireworks

Contact: Louisville Bats | 502.212.2287

Event Website:

Friday night fireworks by the Louisville Bats.  Show begins right after the game.  For game tickets call 212-BATS or go to

Admission: NA



Duration: April 16 | 2-11pm

Venue: Big Four Lawn

Event Type: Festival

Contact: | 502.582.2433

Event Website:

GonzoFest Louisville is a festival honoring Hunter S. Thompson, as well as the lasting mark he has made on art, music, and literature.

Admission: $20




Duration: Saturday, April 23

Venue: Waterfront Park

Event Type: Fireworks/Air Show

Contact: 800.928.3378

Event Website:

Visit for details on what you can and can't bring and tips for the day.

General Information: 502-584-3378 (FEST)
Toll Free: (800) 928-FEST

From March 15th - May 15th for Festival event updates, tickets and Pegasus Pin info: Derby Festival Hotline at 502-584-FEST.


When people want information on Thunder Over Louisville or the Great Balloon Race, they call the Derby Festival hotline for answers. Operated for two months during the peak Festival season, the Hotline is utilized by more than 4000 callers annually as a primary source of event information. 




Duration: Wednesday, April 27 | 5pm - ?

Venue: Big Four Lawn

Event Type: Concert

Contact: Waterfront Development Corporation/Ashley smith or WFPK
502.574.3768 or 502.814.6500

Event Website:

1200Musical Guests: 1200 (right), Liz Vice, and Rayland Baxter.

The WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series is a monthly free concert on the Big Four Lawn in Louisville Waterfront Park, adjacent to the iconic Big Four® Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge.

The event has become a thriving city institution, drawing thousands to Waterfront Park and helping Louisville secure an international award as a top city for festivals. In addition, the Southeast Tourism Society has named WFPK Waterfront Wednesday as one of their Top 20 Events. Previous acts include Old Crow Medicine Show, My Morning Jacket, Over the Rhine, Todd Snider, The Avett Brothers and many others.

Outside alcohol is prohibited. No coolers, no glass or pets allowed in the event area of the Big Four Lawn and the adjacent park areas.  

TROLLEY SERVICE: To alleviate parking congestion caused by the KY/IN Bridges project, a free trolley service, courtesy of Republic Bank, will be offered between Witherspoon and the Big Four Lawn for people who park West of I-65. The Republic Bank Easy Trolley will run a continuous loop between 6:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. We strongly suggest parking West of I -65 in the Witherspoon, Humana and surface lots. VIEW MAP OF PARKING OPTIONS HERE. 

ABOUT WATERFRONT WEDNESDAYS: The Waterfront Development Corporation (WDC) and WFPK first partnered in 2002 to produce an innovative concert series that showcased local and emerging national recording artists as heard on radio station 91.9 WFPK FM. Each free concert attracts large audiences to mingle, dance and enjoy the river in a family-friendly park atmosphere with a cash bar and upscale festival fare including: Rack House BBQ (bourbon inspired/fusion BBQ) including Beef Brisket Kimchi Tacos, Jerk Pork Sliders, Bourbon Barrel Smoked Chicken on a cornmeal dusted Kaiser roll as well as the traditional southern BBQ offerings, slaw, potato salad, pulled pork, rib tips, The Big Four® Taco Stand featuring beef, pork & chicken tacos and quesadillas, The Burger Joint - Traditional All American Burger Joint. Burgers dressed to order, an "Original State Fair Corn Dog" stand, and the Mediterranean Cuisine Stand featuring beef, chicken, and fresh vegetables stuffed into pita, salads, grilled portobella mushroom sandwiches.

WFPK Waterfront Wednesday is presented by 91.9 WFPK and the Waterfront Development Corporation with support of our sponsors:


Goose Island

  Republic Bank
Passport Health Plan
Friends of the Waterfront


Admission: Free!




Duration: April 28 - May 6

Venue: Waterfront Park

Event Type: Festival

Contact: Kentucky Derby Festival | 502-584-6383 or 502-584-FEST

Event Website:

Waterfront Jam LineupGeneral Information: 502-584-6383
Toll Free: (800) 928-FEST

From March 15th - May 15th for Festival event updates, tickets and Pegasus Pin info: Derby Festival Hotline at 502-584-FEST.

Waterfront Jam Lineup:

The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Waterfront Jam returns on Thursday, April 28 at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. The concert series includes over 30 local and regional bands and 7 national concerts on two stages. Admission to all shows is FREE with a 2016 Pegasus Pin. The Waterfront Jam concerts on the Great Stage include:

April 29, 8pm: Easton Corbin with special guest Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr.

April 30, 9pm: Magic!

May 1, 5pm: Celebration Sunday featuring Matt Maher, John Tibbs, and Hannah Kerr

May 3, 8pm: Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick

May 4, 9pm: The Bright Light Social Hour

May 5, 8pm: Cold War Kids

May 6, 9pm: Audien

Also, Waterfront Jam features the Miller Lite Music Stage, where daily live local and regional music acts will perform. Enjoy a variety of music, including R&B, rock, country, blues and bluegrass from music acts including: Shane Dawson Band on Thursday, April 28 8 p.m.; Old School on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m.; J. D. Shelburne on Saturday, April 30at 8 p.m.; GospelFest on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.; V-Groove on Monday, May 2 at 8 p.m.; Wax Factory on Tuesday, May 3 at 8 p.m.; The Rumors on Wednesday, May 4 at 8 p.m.; Velcro Pygmies on Thursday, May 5 at 8 p.m. and Billy Davis Group on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m.  Waterfront Jam Sponsor: Kroger.  Contributing Sponsor: Miller Lite.

Where else can you find great food and live musical entertainment in a riverside setting for a 2015 Pegasus Pin admission? Meet your coworkers for lunch or come down for an evening concert. There’s no way to go wrong by making a visit to this great outdoor party!

Admission: Visit for more information.