Louisville's Annual Spring Festivals

Springtime will be here before we know it. Spring is a time to celebrate new life and regrowth. Plants and flowers bloom at this time of the year hence painting Louisville with different colors and hues. It also means celebration and festivities!

Who doesn’t love The Beatles? Louisville is a city that shows The Beatles much love! Abbey Road on the River is a 5-day musical festival honoring the contribution and the legend that The Beatles made in the music industry. The festival is held at the Belvedere and Galt House Hotel & Suites over Memorial Day weekend. The annual event started in 2005, which is produced by Gary Jacob.

The weekend before the Kentucky Derby, the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is held in the historic Cherokee Triangle neighborhood. The patrons can view and purchase original art. They can also meet and talk with the artists sometimes. It is a fundraiser event and a portion of the proceeds go back to the neighborhood in a variety of ways. There will be foods, drinks, entertainment and music!

An annual multi-genre convention held in or around Louisville is the ConGlomeration. It’s an all-volunteer, non-profit organization which conducts fundraising activities on behalf of the American Cancer Society. It features a gaming convention, science fiction convention and hosted a writing workshop in 2006 and 2007.

Founded in 1976 by Jon Jory, the Humana Festival of New American Plays is an internationally renowned festival celebrating the contemporary American playwright. It is produced annually at the Actors Theatre of Louisville showcasing new theatrical works.

Of course, who would want to miss the most famous Kentucky Derby Festival? This is held during the two weeks preceding the 1st Saturday of May, or the day of the Kentucky Derby. The first event is Thunder Over Louisville which is the largest annual fireworks display in North America. It starts with a day-long air show and a 30 minute fireworks display at night.

Special events during the KDF include the Great Balloon Race and the Great Steamboat Race showcasing the Belle of Louisville, the oldest steamboat in operation. There’s the Pegasus Parade which is one of the largest parades in the United States, this shows the nation’s finest marching bands and equestrian units. Colorful floats and inflatable characters help round out the parade. There will also be numerous athletic events like the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon and last but not the least the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

As the first event of the Louisville Water Tower Music Series, the Kentucky Reggae Festival will bring the Caribbean Atmosphere by incorporating Jamaican culture and the flavor of the island through their music, foods and the Caribbean Market. There will also be a showcase of arts, crafts and jewelry while authentic reggae music can be heard on the background.

A wide range of charities for children throughout Kentucky and Indiana benefits from the WHAS Crusade for Children, an annual telethon broadcast by WHAS-TV and WHAS (AM) Radio. In 1954 the crusade begun through Barry Bingham Sr. The broadcast is normally held on the first weekend of June starting Saturday afternoon and ending on Sunday night or sometimes Monday morning. They feature celebrity guests who perform on Saturday night.

However these festivals started, one thing is for sure, they are there to help out others and to remind us how rich is Louisville’s tradition and history.

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