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Louisville, Kentucky is a great destination for spring vacations! Weekend getaways, girls trips, and Spring Break vacations in Kentucky offer plenty of things to do and events to experience. In Spring 2019, several annual festivals, concerts, races, parades and parties are planned in Louisville along with a few new offerings.

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Of course, people love to visit for the Kentucky Derby the first weekend in May, but the Kentucky Derby Festival lasts for several weeks beforehand and many other local events coincide. Plan your Derby Week trip or springtime adventure with Mint Julep Experiences today!

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Here’s our guide to the best spring events in Louisville, KY!

Spring 2019 Events in Louisville

March

Humana Festival of New American Plays (March 1-April 7)

Ancient Order of the Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 9)

Rodes City Run (March 9)

A Drink For You (March 12)

Southern Supper Series (March 14)

Papa John’s 10 Miler (March 23)

Louisville City FC’s First Home Game of the Season (March 23)

Brew in the Lou (March 24)

Men’s NCAA Regional Championships (March 28 and 30)

Best of Kentucky (March 29)

NuLu BockFest (March 30)

April

Louisville Bats’ First Home Game of the Season (April 11)

Heaven & Evan (April 12)

Thunder Over Louisville (April 13)

Brew in the Lou (April 14)

Best of Kentucky (April 18)

Waterfront Wednesday (April 24)

Derby Festival Fest-A-Ville (April 25-May 3)

Churchill Downs Opening Night of Spring Meet (April 27)

Cherokee Triangle Art Fair (April 27)

May 

Pegasus Parade (May 2)

Thurby (May 2)

Kentucky Oaks (May 3)

Kentucky Derby (May 4)

Heaven & Evan (May 17)

Old Louisville Springfest (May 18)

Buy Local Fair (May 19)

Abbey Road on the River (May 23-27)

Trifecta Experience (May 23)

Brew in the Lou (May 26)

Best of Kentucky (May 26)

Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle (May 27)

Waterfront Wednesday (May 29)

June

Kentucky Bourbon Affair (June 4-8)

Southern Supper Series (June 13)

Kentuckiana PRIDE Festival (June 14-15)

Brew in the Lou (June 16)

Trifecta Experience (June 20)

Kentucky Craft Bash (June 22)

Waterfront Wednesday (June 26)

New This Spring in Louisville

Bourbon Distillery Tour at Buffalo Trace

Mint Julep Experiences offers tours to bourbon distilleries every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the spring! Join a public bourbon tour to see multiple distilleries in one day with guided transportation, lunch and tastings all included in your ticket. We visit top Kentucky bourbon makers like Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace daily.

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Want to customize your bourbon adventure? We work with groups of all sizes to design the perfect group tour! Incorporate horse farms, bourbon distilleries, Louisville’s best restaurants, cocktail bars and more on your tour itinerary with the help of our experience coordinators.

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Our sister company Bourbon City Cruisers launches this spring with tuk tuk sightseeing tours of downtown Louisville! Fun tour options include urban distilleries, historic landmarks, colorful murals and more.

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About the Author – Rachel Nix

Rachel Goldenberg - Mint Julep ExperiencesRachel Nix has been Director of Marketing at Mint Julep since 2017. Her extensive bourbon education includes becoming an Executive Bourbon Steward through the Stave & Thief Society and graduating from Woodford Reserve’s Bourbon Academy. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador and enthusiastic advocate for her adopted hometown of Louisville. When she’s not promoting Mint Julep’s portfolio of southern experiences, she can be found walking her dog or enjoying a drink on a Germantown patio.

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