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Music Festivals

Louisville is home to several music festivals during the year, including the 3 largest ones known as Forecastle, Bourbon & Beyond, and Louder than Life.

What is Forecastle?

The Forecastle Festival is a three-day music, art, activism festival held annually in Louisville, Kentucky. The festival was founded in 2002 as a small gathering of local musicians in Tyler Park, and steadily grew into a national attraction that now includes major touring acts and an economic impact of over $20 million per year.  Forecastle was selected as one of Rolling Stone’s “Coolest Festivals” and has an annual attendance of over 75,000 fans at Louisville Waterfront Park. It attracts attendees from nearly all 50 states, 2000 cities, and a dozen international countries. Past headliners include The Black Keys, Jack White, Beck, Sam Smith, Outkast, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Chris Stapleton, My Morning Jacket, Sturgill Simpson, Alabama Shakes, The Flaming Lips, The Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic and more

Where should I stay for Forecastle in Louisville?

Hotels often sell out, are expensive, or can not accommodate your group. I recommend renting a condo out on AirBNB! Somewhere in the Highlands neighborhood is good. I have had guests in previous years say they loved this Swanky 2 Level Condo.

When is Forecastle 2022?

The dates are May 27th – May 30th, 2022. Tickets for Forecastle can be purchased at: https://www.forecastlefest.com

What is Louder Than Life?

Louder Than Life is an annual rock festival that takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. It is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents. Originally hosted at Champions Park, it moved to the Highland Festival Grounds at the Kentucky Exposition Center in 2019. The first festival was in 2014 and lasted two days. It was eventually expanded to three. In 2021, the festival was expanded to four days. Two festivals were cancelled: 2018 due to bad weather and 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival is known for featuring whiskey, craft beer, gourmet food, and multiple exhibits.

Where should I stay for Louder Than Life in Louisville?

Getting a vacation rental from a site like AirBNB or VRBO is the best. I have a few listed, check out my availability.

When is Louder Than Life 2022?

The dates are September 22nd – September 25th, 2022. Information and tickets can be found at: https://louderthanlifefestival.com

What is Bourbon and Beyond?

Bourbon & Beyond is an outdoor music festival with some of the top artists performing in the country. The venue is located on the Highland Festival Grounds at the Kentucky Expo Center.

When is Bourbon & Beyond 2022?

Bourbon & Beyond is a 4 day event from Thursday September 15, 2022 to Sunday September 18, 2022.

Check out the official lineup released below!



Where should I stay for Bourbon & Beyond festival?

The festival is at the expo center. If you are not camping on the grounds, I highly recommend staying in The Highlands or even Downtown. Although both of these locations are about 5 miles from the festival, you will have the after-parties/night life/best restaurants available to you within walking distance. The area within walking distance to the KY exposition center can be a little boring and some areas are a bit seedy. If it is available, I recommend this Swanky 2 Level Condo which is walking distance to Bardstown Road and all the fun!

Map of Festival Grounds



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