Free Events in October


We are all about free events! Here’s a selection of festivals, events, Halloween fun and more around Kentuckiana.

Free Events in October

Louisville is packed with family fun in October! Many of the events around town are free. We have selected some for you that we think are a great variety of events so that you can make sure you have a fantastic October. We have events for kids of all ages to enjoy, even teens. Get out your calendars and get planning and pick a new spot around town to explore or event to check out.

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October 6-14 is Harvest Homecoming, with booth days on October 11-14.

October 6 is the Louisville Halloween Parade and Festival, 12:00 – 9:00 pm. Family-friendly Halloween fun including an all-new street festival from featuring craft booths and live entertainment. The highlight of the event is the 15th Annual Louisville Halloween Parade taking place at 6pm. Don’t miss the fun!

October 6 is Spencer County Octoberfest featuring a family fun parade and festival!

October 5 enjoy a free outdoor movie showing of “Coco” in Clarksville at dusk.

October 13 is Louisville Children’s Business Fair from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

October 19, 6-9pm at St. Francis of Assisi: Jack O Lantern Stroll benefiting Dreams with Wings. Free. Over 1,500 beautifully carved pumpkins lighting the night, trick-or-treating, games, crafts, Louisville’s largest pumpkin pie by Heitzman’s Traditional Bakery, members of the Louisville League of Mascots, University of Louisville athletes, live music and so much more! (Suggest donation if trick or treating, free to stroll)

October 20 is ClarkFEST Community Festival from 10:00am-11:00pm. ClarkFEST is the Town of Clarksville’s largest annual festival, held each year in Gateway Park, located at 500 Little League Boulevard.

October 20 is Listen.Learn. Create. with the Louisville Children’s Museum at Fern Creek Library from 10:30 am- 11:15 am. A great way to start your day with your 4-8 year olds.

October 20, 2pm is the Fancy Nancy Tea Party at South Central Library. Registration is required.

October 21 is Harvest for Hope from Noon to 4:00 pm. This event is free and open to the community, as we host a day of family-friendly entertainment on the beautiful grounds of Uspiritus’ Bellewood campus in Anchorage.

October 20 is Wilderness Louisville Forest Adventures at Jefferson Memorial Forest from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Forest staff and volunteers will introduce visitors to their native plant gardens and animal exhibits. Activities for children will be provided in the Nature Explore area. Climb the 52-ft Alpine Tower, try your hand at archery or fish on Mitchell Hill Lake. Free pumpkins, pumpkin decorating, and hay rides.

October 20-21, 10:00 am-6:00 pm is the Via Colori Kentucky festival 

October 24, 4:30 – 7:30 pm: Trick or Treatment at the Crescent Hill Gatehouse and Reservoir. Bring the entire family – costumes encouraged! Healthy Zombie Walk around the Reservoir with activity stations along the way. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

October 25 starting at 6:30 pm there will be a Halloween Party at Iroquois Library with a magic show!

October 25 is WAGS at the Library, Highlands/Shelby Park branch. 5:30pm – 6:30pm, kids can read aloud to a certified comfort dog. Call to register and get a spot.

October 27, 11am-3pm enjoy Halloween in Brown Park. This free and family-friendly celebration includes trick-or-treating stations throughout Brown Park, bounce houses, hay rides, a petting zoo, and games.

October 29, 4:00-5:00 pm, take your teen to South Central Library to learn how to sew! For kids ages 13+, call to register.

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