Spring is here Louisville! What to do first...
It’s Derby Time! - Derby season brings so much excitement and energy to Louisville you can practically feel it in the air. The Kentucky Derby Festival brings an amazing lineup of outdoor events that is unlike anything else in the world. Thunder Over Louisville kicks off the festival on April 16th with one of the best firework shows in the nation. There is also live music, airshow and the famous Chow Wagon.Thursday, April 28th begins the spectacular lineup of events called Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront which carries on all the way to the big race on May 7th. Some of the events include the Great Balloon Glimmer & Glow, the Marathon/mini Marathon, Chow Wagon, Pegasus Parade, Great Steamboat Race and a variety of live music throughout the week. The main events are the Kentucky Oaks and Derby which are tons of fun that everyone should attend at least once.
Waterfront Wednesday - Waterfront Wednesday begins April 27 and runs until September. This event is presented by 91.9 WFPK and is held on the last Wednesday of the month. The show is on the Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park and usually features two to three acts from around the country. This event is fun and casual, great for socializing and best of all its FREE!
Louisville Bats Games - The Louisville Bats open their 2011 season on April 7th with the first of many Thirsty Thursday’s aka Budweiser Happy Hours, which offers $1 Budweiser and Bud Light from 5:30-7:00. During happy hour you can enjoy live local music on the Overlook Deck. Tickets for Bats games cost $7-$11.
Shakespeare in the Park - This annual, free event takes place at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, which is located in Old Louisville on 4th Street. Classic Shakespeare plays are reenacted in the evenings in June and July. 'All’s Well That Ends Well' and 'Measure for Measure' are the two classics on the line-up for the 2011 year, which feature Tony Award Winners John Cullum and Tonya Pinkins. Enjoy your summer nights supporting your Louisville art scene in its 51st year by attending Shakespeare in the Park.
Jefferson Memorial Forest - Did you know Jefferson Memorial Forest is the nation’s largest urban municipal forest? With over 6,000 acres this is a great place to spend the day or the weekend. Some outdoor activities include hiking, camping, fishing, birdwatching, horseback riding and picnicking.
So on a nice spring day there is no excuse, get out and find something to do. Get out in your back yard and plant some flowers or play corn hole with some friends. The options are really endless on a sunny day in Louisville.
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