Top 10 July Events

Fun things to do, in and around Louisville, KY

With free outdoor concerts, Forecastle, and Shakespeare in the Park, there is no shortage of things in July 2019. And, of course, we have America's favorite holiday: July Fourth! Below are my top 10 favorite July activities, some free, some with an admission fee, all listed in chronological order.

01 of 08

Enjoy a Drive-In Movie

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Where: Georgetown Drive-In
When: Throughout summer
The Georgetown Drive-In is now projecting digital! A classic spot for family fun.

Looking to see a film outdoors for free...

02 of 08

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park
Image courtesy of Kentucky Shakespeare

Where: Central Park
When: Through July 26
Here's the schedule: 2019 Summer Season

03 of 08

Happy 4th of July!

Photo: Jeff Hunter/Getty Images

Where: Throughout the USA
When: July 4
Happy Independence Day! Check out the Louisville guide to find places to celebrate. Or if you are staying close to home, check out these guides:

04 of 08

The July Flea Off Market

Flea Off Market
Image © Mali Anderson

Where: Flea Off Market
When the weather is nice, there are few outings that could top a trip to Flea Off Market. Live music, friendly people, tasty food and drinks, shopping, and more. Check it out, you'll be happy you did.

Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08

Lebowski Fest

Where: Various locations in Louisville
When: July 12-13
The dude abides at Louisville's annual Lebowski Fest. Fans of the famous Coen brothers movie can go bowling, see bands, answer trivia, and, of course, watch a screening of The Big Lebowski. Ticket prices vary.

06 of 08

Bastille Day!

Where: Everywhere
When: July 14
La Fête Nationale (French National Day) is commonly known in the USA as Bastille Day. July 14 marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in Paris, an event that launched the French Revolution. To acknowledge the day—after all, we live in Louisville, a city named after King Louis XVI of France—visit a local restaurant. The Bristol Bar and Grille, for example, will be featuring French food and wine throughout July.

07 of 08

Forecastle Music Festival

Where: Riverfront
When: July 12-14
Although Forecastle began as a one-day music festival featuring local musicians, the event has grown into a multi-day extravaganza of music, art and activism. With famous acts filling the lineup, Forecastle is now a draw for visitors from around the nation.

08 of 08

Celebrate the Sweet Life

Where: Mellwood Arts Center
When: Late July
The American Cancer Society is hosting this annual dessert tasting. The evening includes assorted desserts from community vendors including caterers, restaurants, bakeries and novelty shops. Dancing, music, a silent auction and much sought after “sweet boxes” containing mystery items and gift certificates will take place to guarantee a night truly celebrating the sweet life. Funds raised will support the fight against breast cancer. 

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