Louisville Home Owners Await Forecastle Festival

Louisville is known for its wide array of festivals throughout the year celebrating everything from history and hobbies to culture and cuisine. Louisville real estate owners anxiously await the return of one of the premier festivals outside of Derby Week, the Forecastle Festival that runs from July 13-15 downtown at the waterfront.

Now in its tenth year, the Forecastle Festival celebrates music, art, and activism. In addition to providing first class entertainment, the festival also seeks to raise awareness about the issues important to the Forecastle Foundation, which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and inspire action that will protect the world’s most compromised “hot spots.” Just what is a “hot spot?” The term first used by the British environmentalist Norman Myers in 1989 to describe tropical forest areas of the Earth that have an amazing array of biodiversity but also experience serious threats to their sustainability. One festival activity that highlights the importance of protecting these hot spots is the Sustainable Living Roadshow, which involves a group of entertainers and educators who travel the country in vehicles powered by renewable fuel and set up “eco-carnivals” designed to raise awareness in a fun way. Some individual elements of the roadshow that draw a crowd are the Conscious Carnival, Green Marketplace, bike-powered Roadshow Café, and other engaging workshops and speakers.

But even those without an activist bent find the Forecastle Festival to be one of the most entertaining events of the years. Music lovers from across the country come to Forecastle for top notch concerts. Although a major draw for the music crowd will be the wildly popular group, My Morning Jacket, the festival also features concerts by a wide variety of other great bands like Paper Diamond, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dean and Britta, Purity Ring, Emancipator, Dr. Dog, and Scarlet Smile, to name only a few.

Art fanatics will also be in seventh heaven at the festival. The Whoop de Do art collective, a community arts project from Kansas City, seeks to provide unique artistic experiences that involve people of all ages and cultures. For this year’s festival, they have created The Ghost Ship, an interactive display that will amaze and delight. This along with the many other celebrations of art at the festival be hard to top.

Part of the fun of living in a city as energetic and diverse as Louisville is participating in its many festivals. Louisville home owners will be joining others from all over the country this month at the Waterfront for the highly anticipated 10th annual Forecastle Festival, called one of the “31 Coolest Tours and Festivals” in the country by Rolling Stone magazine and one of the “Top 10 Events in the State” by the Kentucky Tourism Council. Whether your interest is music, art, or environmental issues, it’s sure to be a weekend you won’t soon forget.

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