The rest of the world may not know it, but Louisville is a great place for live music. In addition to the number of national acts that play ticketed concerts every year in Louisville, there are also a number of major bands playing Louisville free concerts throughout the year. Check out the following events to find Louisville free concerts you're interested in attending.
The Kroger Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront is an annual Kentucky Derby Festival event that features many free concerts in Louisville's Waterfront Park
. The Kroger Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront generally occurs during the week of the Kentucky Derby Festival prior to the Kentucky Derby
. A Pegasus Pin is all you need to get into the Kroger Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront where you can see many national and local bands in concert as well as watch the Great Balloon Glimmer, the Run for the Rose, and the AT&T Volleyball Classic.
Waterfront Wednesdays are a summer concert series presented by WFPK and hosted on Waterfront Park's
Harbor Lawn. These free concerts are held on the last Wednesday of the month from April through September and feature both local and national bands. A cash bar and food stands are available during the event, and event-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to relax on during the concert.
The Cherokee Triangle Summer Concert Series is an annual series of concerts held on Sunday evenings from April to September in the Highlands'
Cherokee Triangle neighborhood. These outdoor concerts feature local bands playing music of all genres, from salsa to rock to swing and blues. The concerts are free to everyone but usually support a charity that varies from year to year, so event-goers may be encouraged to bring a canned good or other donation to the event.
Every year, the Kentucky State Fair hosts nearly a dozen free concerts in Cardinal Stadium at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. These concerts typically feature lesser-known acts or popular national acts that haven't released a new album in a while. Though you'll have to pay admission to get into the fair, it is completely free to watch the concerts. Seating is first-come first-serve, so you'll want to arrive early to get the best seats possible.