october 2014

  • 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: October 4 | 8am - Noon

Venue: Festival Plaza

Event Type: Charity Walk/Run

Contact: Diana Merzweiler | 502.495.5088

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A family event to celebrate the achievements of people with Down Syndrome.

Fun Run: 8:45am; Family Walk: 9:30am; Kids Zone; Family Picnic with area food vendors samples; live music and entertainment.

Admission: $20 registration fee




Duration: October 4 | 11am - 2pm

Venue: Big Four Lawn

Event Type: Charity Walk

Contact: Meghan Roppel | 502.452.6072 x3307

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Together we can stop diabetes, one step at a time! Take your first step and join us for a fun-filled morning of music, food, kids activities, a health and wellness festival, and, of course, a scenic walk along the Ohio River. Bring your friends, co-workers, and pets on a leash! For more information or to register, visit our website. The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Admission: Free - donations appreciated! Raise $100 or more and recieve the 2014 Step Out t-shirt!



Duration: Tues, October 14 - Sunday, October 19
Tuesday - 5:30-9pm; Wed-Thurs - 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat - 11am-10pm; Sun - 11-6:30pm

Venue: Waterfront Park

Event Type: Festival

Contact: 502.574.3768 for general information | 855.259.0350 for ticket information

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Festival Site Map

Schedule of Land Events

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate America’s rich Southern heritage with a cruise on the mighty Ohio River during Louisville’s Centennial Festival of Riverboats. Six historic riverboats will provide the backdrop as Louisville plays host to a six-day festival of food, bourbon, music and art at the internationally-acclaimed Waterfront Park. Enjoy live music, sample the finest spirits in the world and experience history first-hand as we celebrate all that life on the river has to offer!

A multitude of land activities include:

- Tour historic and modern towboats and enjoy educational displays and hands-on actitivities at A Century of Commerce: A River Industry Display

- Sample the finest food and arts/crafts that Kentucky has to offer at our Artisan Showcase. Vendors include Muth's Candies; Comfy Cow; Wadia Newman Designs; Candiss Cole Designs; Butler Books; Clair Raabe Glass; Wooden It Wood Shop; Brandon Jones; and a number of area plein air painters, among others.

- Information provided by fun and educational displays by the Louisville Water Company; Living Land and Waters; Carnegie; Lincoln Heritage Trail; Filson Historical Society; Citiview; Kentucky Waterways Alliance; The Mary Wheeler Collection: Lower Ohio River Valley History; Derby Dinner Playhouse; and others.

- Come experience what Kentucky is all about - Bourbon! The Belle's Bourbon Landing was designed by the juried winner of the CFOR Design Competition, and will be a must-see!

- Enjoy FREE Live Music curated by the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, as more than 50 bands and artists on 2 stages perform throughout the six days of the Festival. There's nothing better than live music at the river's edge in Waterfront Park!

- Calliope Contests

- Boat Races


Tuesday, October 14, 5:30pm
- Opening Ceremonies - the Belle of Louisville 100th Birthday Parade and re-christening of the Belle. Opening Ceremony Dinner Cruises are available, and the evening will close with fireworks!

Wednesday, October 15, 6-8pm
- UofL Homecoming on the Waterfront

Friday, October 17, 7:30-9pm
- Centennial Balloon Glow
- get an up close and personal look at a variety of beautiful hot air balloons and talk to the pilots.

Saturday, October 18 - Parade kicks it off at 1:30pm
- The Belle's Big Birthday Bash
- Happy 100th Birthday to the Belle of Louisville! We will kick off the celebration with the Belle's Riverboat Parade, and later in the evening there will be a grand display of fireworks over the Ohio River as we sing Happy Birthday!

Sunday, October 19
- USO Day
- In the '40s, the Belle (then the Idlewild) served as a USO nightspot on the Mississippi River to support the war effort. In tribute to the Belle's involvement during World War II, military memorabilia will be exhibited on the Great Lawn and veterans will participate in displaying tanks, military vehicles and helicopters.

October 17-19
- Jeffersonville Steamboat Days
- The City of Jeffersonville will be hosting Steamboat Days during Louisville's Centennial Festival of Riverboats. The Big Four Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge will link the two festivals for a weekend full of activities.

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Admission: Admission to land activities is free. Check for cruise ticket prices and event information.




Duration: Saturday, October 18

Venue: Waterfront Park

Event Type: Festival - Celebration!


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Belle's Big Birthday Bash!The Belle’s Big Birthday Bash is the featured event of the Centennial Festival of Riverboats. Everything has been leading up to her 100th birthday celebration, and we’re celebrating in style! Enjoy entertainment like the riverboat parade, live concerts, the Bourbon Pavilion and a grand firework show to end the celebration. A party like this will only happen once, so don’t miss your opportunity to attend!

Admission: Check for ticket prices and event information.







Duration: October 22-26 |

Venue: Belvedere

Event Type: Festival

Contact: Gary Jacob | 216.407.8929

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Abbey Road on the River presents "To Sir With Love," a 3-day tribute festival welcoming Paul McCartney to Louisville, with a free party for the public on October 28th before the concert at YUM! This is a family friendly event with food, merchandise, and drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Admission: $29 - $129




Duration: October 24 | Race starts at 6pm

Venue: Big Four Lawn (Start/Finish)

Event Type: 5K Fundraiser

Contact: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | 502.454.8435

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A 5K run/walk with participants dressed in costume, to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research.

Admission: Early fee - $30; day of - $40




Duration: October 26 | Registration 11:30am; walk 1-4pm

Venue: South Lawn

Event Type: Charity Walk

Contact: | 502.584.WALK or 502.584.6783

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This is our 17th annual 5K non-competitive walk. The American Cancer Society is the official sponsor of birthdays. This walk is held to raise money for Cancer Research in hopes of saving lives and creating a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. "Let's Finish the Fight Together!"

Admission: No admission fee, no registration fee.