Sitting outside, being entertained by singers, musicians and seasoned performers...What could be better? Oh, how about if every concert was FREE! Louisville is full of opportunities to sit by the river, go to the fair, or head to the mall and see a concert, free of charge. Also check out our guide to FREE summer movies along with this website's suggestions for the Top 5 Free Things to Do During Summer.
Local radio station 91.9 WFPK sponsors this popular summer event. Music lovers are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a free concert along the Ohio River. B.Y.O.B. is prohibited. Of course, drinks, both alcoholic and alcohol-free, and food vendors are at the event, too. Call (502) 814-6518 for more information. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Enjoy a free summer concert in the open air of Westport Village. Attendees can set up chairs or dance with friends. Performances take place on Thursdays about once a month from 6 to 8 p.m. Keep an eye on Wesport's events page for the next date. Westport Village is at 1315 Herr Lane.
Music on the Terrace at the Paddock Shops
Thursday nights during the summer months, from 6:30-8 p.m., local bands will be playing live music. There is free face painting for children of all ages along with promotional gifts for the first arrivals. Check with the shopping center for more information.
On summer Sunday nights, from 7-9 p.m., The Cherokee Triangle Association presents free concerts. One exception is the last concert of the season, which takes place on a Monday. Donations of canned goods and/or toiletries are collected for Highlands Community Ministries Dare to Care food bank. Concerts are in Willow Park, at the corner of Cherokee Parkway & Willow Avenue. Alcohol, pets and soliciting are prohibited.
Throughout the summer, Jefferson Main Street and the Jeffersonville Parks of Indiana present free concerts in the park. Described as “a slice of Americana," every performance is family-friendly. Bring a lawn chair and food if you like, snacks are also available for purchase, proceeds from the sales typically benefit local non-profits. The concerts are in Warder Park, at the corner of Court Avenue & Spring Street. If the skies look stormy, call (812) 283-0301 to find out if the event is canceled. Additional information, along with cancellations and changes can be found on the Jefferson Main Street Facebook page.
Enjoy free Friday night concerts from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The concerts take place throughout the summer and feature local talent, all performances take place in historic downtown New Albany Indiana’s Bicentennial Park. The park is at the corner of Spring Street and Pearl Street.
Fourth Street Live! hosts free country music shows every Friday night. The shows start at 7 p.m. and attendees must be over 21 or accompanied by a guardian. Once the clock chimes 9 p.m., everyone must be 21 and over. Hot Country Nights is a free summer concert series sponsored by Jack Daniel’s and 97.5 WAMZ.
With paid admission to the state fair, some concerts are free of charge. Shows take place in Cardinal Stadium. The music begins at 8 p.m. and the gates open around 6:30 p.m. Plus, if you head to the Kentucky State Fair, there are oodles of other things to do there. For a treat, eat some fair food, take the family on some rides, check out local crafts and see the animals.