Fall Fun: List of Derby City’s Fall festivals

It's fall! That means there are plenty of festivals and events around the Derby City for the family to enjoy. Here's a list of some of some upcoming fall fun.

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New Albany Blues, Brews and BBQ

Love Blues? Love Beer? Love Barbeque? Well, New Albany’s Blues, Brews and BBQ combines all three and more into one jam-packed day of fun.

NABBB Fest is September 29, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m at Bicentennial Park. Gates open at 12:00 p.m.

Learn more and get tickets here.

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Nulu Festival

East Market Street will be shut down on September 29 for the 10th annual Nulu Festival.

Get ready for local food, craft beers, plenty of vendors and live music. The free festival will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Some of the day’s performers include Comforter, Evan & Vanessa, Zach Longoria Project and James Lindsey.

No pets are allowed.

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St. James Court Art Show

The well known St. James Court Art Show returns October, 5, 6 and 7 to Old Louisville.

More than 700 artists will showcase their fine art and contemporary craft at the festival.

The art show will run that Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free. No pets are allowed.


Find a complete list of artists and food vendors here.

Harvest Homecoming Pumpkin Bash

Harvest Homecoming

New Albany’s Harvest Homecoming Festival is dedicated to bringing the community together to celebrate southern Indiana and it’s history.

The 2018 Harvest Homecoming festival will be held October 6-14, with booth days on October 11- 14.

Fun events include Bourbon on the River, a Salute to Veterans, a free movie night and of course the Harvest Homecoming Parade.

Find a full list of festival events here.

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LRS Fest 2018

Louisville’s Rock Showcase will feature the local bands while educating Derby City. The event will be held at Brown-Forman Lawn on Saturday, October 6. Doors open at 11 a.m. with music starting at noon.

The showcase’s line up includes FLAW, Post Animal, Daddy Issues, Anemic Royalty, GRLwood, King Kong, The Ego Trippers, Halfway Hollow, Miracle Drug and Wicked Garden.

A $1.02 from every ticket sale will be donated to the Waterfront Development Corporation for future park development.

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Big Rock Jazz & Blues Fest

The 18th Annual Big Rock Jazz & Blues Fest will take over part of Cherokee Park on October 7.

The concert will be held in the Big Rock area of the part from 1 to 6:30 p.m.

Performers include the Gabe Evens Funk Sextet, Sheryl Rouse & the Bluez Brothers and the Don Krekel Orchestra.

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Craft Beer Throwdown

The Coalition for the Homeless Associate Board’s second annual Craft Beer Throwdown will be hosted on Thursday, October 11.

Six local craft breweries will take part in the event and will have several regulars on tap for sale. Participating breweries are Gravely Brewing Company, Falls City Brewing Company, Great Flood Brewing Company, Holsopple Brewing, Mile Wide Beer Company, and Monnik Beer Company.

All proceeds from the Craft Beer Throwdown will be used to prevent and end youth homelessness in Louisville.

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Garvin Gate Blues Festival

The Garvin Gate Blues Festival is a free annual two-day art and music experience featuring local and national performers.

Performers will jam on two stages and there will be a wide variety of food and drinks to enjoy.

The festival will be held on October 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. and October 13 from 2 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. on Oak Street and Garvin Place.

The event is pet-friendly.


Find the full musical line up here

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Foxhollow Farm 11th Annual Fall Festival

Enjoy fall on the farm at the 11th annual Foxhollow Farm Fall Festival. The event will be held on October 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 8905 Hwy 329 in Crestwood.

There will be a chance to pick your own pumpkins, run through a corn maze, take a hayride and enjoy local food and live music.

Tickets include free parking and access to all the games and activities.

Get your advanced ticket

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Wine on the River Louisville

Enjoy wine the Louisville way. Join Wine on the River on October 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park.

Stop by and sample wine and spirits from around the world.

Wine on the River is a rain or shine event.

A portion of proceeds benefits the Boys and Girls Haven.

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The Original Butchertown Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is back in the Derby City!

The Original Butchertown Oktoberfest is set for October 14 and will start at 1 p.m.


Learn more about all the fun here

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Via Colori Festival

Around 100 artists will flock to Waterfront Park from October 20 to 21 for Via Colori, Kentucky’s largest street painting festival.

The festival was held in Elizabethtown for almost 10 years before being moved to Louisville.

Artists will decorate the sidewalks of the park, bringing even more color to the Derby City.

There will be music, vendors, art, art vendors, family-friendly activities such as child street painting and superhero photo-ops, additional non-profits in an awareness section, a food court, street performers, costumed characters, and much more.

Countdown to color here

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Breeders' Cup Festival Week

The Breeders’ Cup is November 2 and 3 but there’s plenty to do before the big race for all ages.

From Trick-or-Treat at the Track and Dawn at the Downs to the Republic Bank First Friday Hop and the Breeders’ Cup Festival Jazz Explosion, the week leading up to the Breeders cup is jammed pack with events.

Find a full list of events here

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