Free Events in May 2019


Are you looking for free events in May? Family fun is all around Louisville this month!

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Free events in May! Take your family out to enjoy some of the many free events in May. The sun is shining and the temperature is warming up. It’s the perfect month to explore all that Louisville has to offer.

Here are some lists we already have:

Slash– Water at Marshall Playground and Sprayground and Cliffside Playground and Sprayground turns on May 1 at 10am.

Every Sunday (Until March 2021)
Speed Museum admission is Free from 12pm-5pm.

Every Saturday
Farm Animal Feeding at Blackacre Conservancy at 9:30am.

Every Friday
Tiny Art Tales at KMAC Museum for preschool aged kids & their parents. 10:30 – 11:15am in Studio 715.

Various May Dates
Louisville Free Public Library storytimes (various age groups and dates)

Shakespeare in the Parks Tour presenting Macbeth:
May 5- Bicentennial Park (New Albany), 6:30pm
May 9- Shively Park, 6:30pm
May 10- Veterans Memorial Park, 6:30pm
May 11- Riverview Park, 2:00pm
May 11- St. Matthews City Hall, 6:30pm
May 12- Broad Run Park, 2:00pm
May 12- Norton Commons, 6:30pm
May 17- Mt. Washington Sports Complex Amphitheater, 6:30pm
May 19- Klondike Park, 2:00pm
May 19- Story Avenue Park, 6:30pm
May 25- Shawnee Park, 2:00pm

Wednesday, May 1 – Friday, May 3
Enter the Fest-A-Ville with a Pegasus *Pin required for ages 6+ so it’s free to enter for younger kids!

Tuesday, May 1

Nature Center Fun– 10:00am-2:00pm, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. Join host Kathryn Keefe will lead children in a special craft or activity during “open house” hours.

Great Steamboat Race– Begins at 6:00pm along the banks of the Ohio River.

Thursday, May 2

Arts in Play-10:00am-11:00aa, Family Health Center. Join Mama To Mama at the Family Health Center East Broadway every Thursday morning at 10 for a variety of arts based activities geared towards kiddos up to 5 years old and their grown ups. Class is held in the 2nd floor Community Room.

Storytime @The Nest, 10:00am-11:00am The Eagles Nest at St. Aloysius School. Fun stories and an activity for all to enjoy!

2019 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, 5:00pm, Broadway, downtown Louisville. Join Kentucky Derby Festival for the event that started it all, the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, with the 2019 theme “Pegasus Power”, be sure to wear your favorite superhero costume.

Friday, May 3
First Friday Trolley Hop, 5:30pm – 11:45pm.

Saturday, May 4
DIY Derby Party– Not going to the track? Have a kid-friendly Derby Party at home. Much of what you need you may already have on hand. Here are a few ideas! Derby Party- Not going to the track? Have a kid-friendly Derby Party at home. Much of what you need you may already have on hand. Here are a few ideas!

Kids’ Building Workshop, 9:00am-12:00pm, The Home Depot. In this hands-on workshop you and your child can discuss the art of patience as you build a blooming work of art to gift or put on display. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Sunday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta– 2:00pm – 8:00pm on Fourth Street Live! Mariachis, balloons, face-painting, piñatas, special dance performances and local Latino salsa groups.

Tuesday, May 7

Open Gym for Youth– 2:30-5:00pm, Fern Creek Baptist Church. Basketball, Food and Fun.

Thursday, May 9

Free Walking Tour: Olmsted Park History and Design – 9:30am-11:00am, Willow Park. Learn how Frederick Law Olmsted and his firm came to design so many parks in Louisville, and why our Olmsted Parks are so significant. 1.25 miles – mostly on paved walkways, with one descent down the grassy slope of Baringer Hill.

Friday, May 10

Tiny Art Tales– 10:30am-11:15am- KMAC Museum. Free story, music and art making for preK learners and family.

Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, May 12
The Flea Off Market– 11am-5pm (both days).

The Flea Off Market is Louisville’s monthly pop-up flea market, with food trucks, craft beer & cocktails, great vendors, live music, entertainment & more.

On May 11-12, we’ll pop-up on S. Shelby St. in the heart of the Nulu Shopping District between Market and Jefferson St. (our original location!).

Saturday, May 11

Family Fun Day -KMAC Museum- 11am – 3pm. Family art making for all ages!

How-To Festival 2019– 10am – 3pm at the Main Library Downtown. A large, unique variety of interactive learning experiences offered by local experts and small businesses at this 7th annual event.

Thursday, May 16
Playdate at Kentucky Science Center– 5 – 7pm for kids 0-4 and their caregivers.

Friday, May 17
Bike Together Day, 7:00am-5:00pm, Fourth Street Live! Win a bike from ParkSide Bikes, Free event but must register to win prizes. Fourth Street Live has arranged free donuts, and Heine Brothers will supply free coffee in the morning for those who ride in.

Saturday, May 18
15th Annual Forest Fest – 10:30am-7:00pm Bluegrass and Americana Music Festival at Jefferson Memorial Forest. Admission is free, but there is a $10 parking fee.

Touch a Truck – 10:00am-1:00pm – South Oldham High School. Get up close and personal with some of the coolest trucks, cranes, and recreational vehicles around.

Sunday, May 19
11th Annual Buy Local Fair– 12:00-6:00pm at Louisville Water Tower Park

The Louisville Winds in the Park -Broadway to Beatles and Beyond! – 7:00pm-10:00pm, Iroquois Amphitheater. The Louisville Winds returns under the baton of Ms. Nan Moore, for a Free performance of popular favorites. The Winds at the Amphitheater makes for a wonderful evening of relaxing entertainment.

Monday, May 27
Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike and Paddle– 7:30am at Waterfront Park.

Wednesday, May 30
Waterfront Wednesday– Enjoy the music of J Roddy Walston and The Business, Sunflower Bean and Parker Millsap, 6pm at Louisville Waterfront Park.

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