Country Destinations: Louisville, Kentucky Readies For Fall With Festival Events

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It’s time to pack your masks and head to Kentucky for a fun Fall schedule of events designed for the entire family.

Arts, music, and food are what Louisville is presenting, and the open-air environment ensures a safer way to interact and enjoy the festivities.

Fall in Bourbon City is a glorious event with all the changing leaves, much like Nashville. And visitors can take in the beauty of the season while enjoying a variety of festivals and events around Louisville’s outdoor parks, venues, and historic neighborhoods.

See what October brings with the return of some familiar festivals as well as some fun newcomers.

Louisville fall festivals for 2021

Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular | September 30 – October 31

From Gotolouisville.com: “Returning as a walk-thru event for 2021, visitors can traverse a 1/3-mile path through Iroquois Park featuring over 5,000 professionally carved jack-o-lanterns grouped in themed scenes and set to music. This year’s theme is ‘Changing the Channel: A Timeline of Television History,’ and will feature favorite shows from the 1950s to what we stream today on our devices and everything in between. Tickets are now on sale.”

St. James Court Art Show | October 1-3

Recently capturing two top honors by Sunshine Magazine, the 65th annual art show will be held in historic Old Louisville among the nation’s largest collections of preserved Victorian architecture. Over 600 artists from around the U.S. participate in this three-day juried craft show. Discover unique works of art in 17 artistic mediums, from clay to wood and everything in-between. Admission is free, and the art show is a rain or shine event.”

Boo at the Zoo | Thursday-Sundays October 1–30

Experience the Louisville Zoo magically transformed into a living storybook with costumed characters and trick-or-treating kids 11 and younger.

A reduced nightly capacity complies with safe social distancing, and parking is free for party guests.

Louisville Taco & Margarita Festival | October 2

You had us at “tacos.” Luckily for us the new 2021, this flavorful fiesta is taking over Lynn Family Stadium, complete with margaritas, tequila tacos, and live music is happening from 11 am-6 pm. Kids under 12 are admitted for free, and a variety of ticket options are available, including VIP.

Kentuckiana Pride Festival and Parade | October 8-9

This two-day event will be held on the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park and boasts stars Todrick Hall, Neon Trees, DJ Spinderella, and more. The Pride Parade kicks it all off on October 8 at 7:00 pm. It starts in the NuLu neighborhood at Campbell, and Market Streets ends at the Big Four Lawn.

Garvin Gate Blues Festival | October 9

Held in Old Louisville on Oak Street at Garvin Place, this 26-year-tradition features music, arts, and an array of food and drink vendors. The free street festival kicks off at 2 pm.

Tailspin Ale Fest | October 30

Costumes are welcome! Usually held in late winter, “Louisville’s winter warmer” is becoming ‘Louisville’s scary good beer fest’ in 2021 with over 250 craft beers on tap at Bowman Field, the city’s 101-year-old public airfield. In addition, guests can dress up in costume to celebrate the Halloween season. Tailspin comes on the tail end of Louisville Craft Beer Week, which celebrates the city’s local love of the sud, October 19-29.

When planning a trip to Louisville, guests can download a copy of the Louisville Tourism’s annual Visitor Guide to help schedule a tour around Louisville to see the city’s top attractions and bourbon distilleries.

April Neale

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