Top 10 Free Things to Do this Fall around Louisville

DCPD

These are the best things to do this fall for FREE fall fun with your family.

free things to do this fall

This means that there is no admission cost for the festival or event, but there might be a small parking fee or activities within the event that have a ticketed cost and also does not include things like paying for food or drinks, etc.

We love free fall fun events that allow families to go out and have fun together without worrying about spending too much money. And, a lot of these events encourage families to go explore out area and do something new. So, if you are looking for free fall fun around Louisville, here are some great options with our top 10 things to do this fall.

Have fun this fall y’all!

Sure, 2021 has been unique but there are still things to do all around us, we just had to look at little harder to find it. Luckily, we did that so you don’t have to!

1. The Big TableMagical things happen when we share a meal. We talk. We connect. We build community. And that’s what we intend to do at Louisville’s largest potluck. Bring your family’s favorite dish and once seated with other guests (remember…a stranger at the Big Table is just a friend you haven’t met, yet), table hosts will help your party share stories and answer fun prompts to get to know one another better. Sunday, September 12th at Iroquois Park. 5:00 – 7:00pm

 

free things to do this fall

2. Go to Blackacre State Nature PreserveThere are tons of photo opps with breathtaking backdrops for your fall favorite photo times with your family. Just walking along the grounds, seeing the animals up close, and even going to the feedings on Saturday mornings is fun in the cool crisp air of autumn. You can bring carrots too!

Join them starting September 12th – October 3rd for their Sunday Sunset Music Series! 5:00 – 7:00pm, donations are accepted. Bring your chairs and/or blankets and get comfy for a fun evening!


3. Springfest 2021 Old Louisville – Visit us in Toonerville Trolley Park, near the corner of Brook & Oak Street. Springfest is Old Louisville’s biggest springtime (this year falltime) festival and neighborhood market, and is always FREE and open to the general public. Springfest kicks off at 10 AM and rocks, eats, and shops until 7 PM! September 18th.

4. St. James Court Art Fair2021 marks the 65th Annual St. James Court Art Show. The St. James Court Art Show is a juried fine arts and contemporary crafts show featuring over 600 artists from around the U.S. held among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes in the heart of historic Old Louisville. Free admission, rain or shine, October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

 
5. The Parklands of Floyds Fork Turkey Run Park – The Parklands already has a great parks system with Beckley Creek Park and Pope Lick Park, but don’t miss the yellow silo at Turkey Run (the view from up high will be gorgeous) and the wonderful playground at Broad Run. Another oasis of nature trails and walking paths, this park will be a sure thing to see this autumn.
 
Boone Bottoms trail at Turkey Run is a fantastic family-friendly hike. It is short and one loop plus you get creek access. Even if it isn’t hot, kids love skipping rocks and getting by the water. 

6. Middletown Family Fun Festival – Two days of food, fun, music, crafts and kids activities located in Wetherby Park area of Middletown. September 10th (6:00pm – 9:00pm) and September 11th (10:00am – 9:00pm). 


free fall fun Louisville
7. Falls of the Ohio – Fall is the best time to explore the Falls of the Ohio because the views across the river and the colors in the trees are so pretty. Yes, it’s $2 to park but you can explore the fossil beds for free. Go in the interpretive center and ask for a fossil map.
 
If you want to get down on the fossil beds, call ahead and check the water level of the Ohio. If the river is high, they will be covered. They also host many special events and do have an optional indoor interpretive center that has been recently updated (fee for admission). 

8. Gaslight Festival – Centered in the small-town ambiance of Gaslight Square, the festival has evolved into a eight-day extravaganza that has become a time-honored tradition of Jeffersontown. It is through the efforts of The Chamber that the festival now hosts a motorcycle rally, car show, golf scramble, 5K, parade, balloon glow, children’s playground, live entertainment and over 200 arts, crafts and commercial booths. The Gaslight Festival is always the 3rd weekend in September. September 12th-19th

9. Louisville Orchestra Free Concert Season OpenerTeddy Abrams conducts a season kickoff concert that is free with no ticket required. The Louisville Orchestra performs music by composers featured throughout the upcoming concerts with an emphasis on the interesting and unique. A final program will be announced soon but will include music by Louisville native Valerie Coleman, our own Teddy Abrams, selections highlighting the music of Latin America, and a performance with Ethan Murphy — the Louisville Orchestra Young Artist Competition winner for 2020. September 24th, 8:00 – 10:00pm at Iroquois Amphitheater.

 

hiking trials louisville

10. Take a hike! Seriously, there are so many wonderful places to hike and walk among nature trails around the city and outlying areas. These places come to mind immediately: Bernheim Forest, Jefferson Memorial Forest, The Parklands, Louisville Loop, Falls of the Ohio and the Ohio River Greenway, Big 4 Bridge, and Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. Did you know if you venture over to southern Indiana you can find the Legendary Shoe Tree? Take this list from Roadside America and venture into something you’ve never found before in Kentucky! I think you must go explore and discover it and more!

 

Free fun is all around us. Here are some more ideas for FREE FUN THIS FALL. 
fall
 
Farmers Markets in Louisville

Farmers Markets in Louisville

Are you looking for a farmers markets in Louisville? It's a great way to shop for fresh, unique items and ...
Read More
Christmas Morning Café

Christmas Morning Café

Everyday is Christmas at Christmas Morning Café in Louisville If you like an extra dose of whipped cream, coffee, and ...
Read More
trunk or treat

Trunk or Treats around Louisville

Over the years Trunk or Treats has become more and more popular and we want to share with you the ...
Read More
Gaslight Festival 2021

Gaslight Festival 2021

The Gaslight Festival and Parade are on for 2021 The Gaslight Festival is a tradition in Jeffersontown. The City of ...
Read More
josephine scultpure park

Day trip to Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort

Tips for visiting Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, a unique Kentucky space for families Day trips are so important in ...
Read More
fishing in louisville

Where to go fishing in Louisville with kids

Fishing with kids can be a lot of fun and certainly provide memories for a lifetime. Louisville and some surrounding ...
Read More
outdoor fun fall Louisville

Best Outdoor Family Fun in Fall

Outdoor fun is all the rage in 2020 and we don't have to tell you why! Let's take a look ...
Read More
Buttermilk Falls Kentucky

Buttermilk Falls – Day Trip to Brandenburg Kentucky

Day Trip to Brandenburg, KY and Buttermilk Falls Brandenburg is in Meade County and is about an hour, maximum, from ...
Read More
Halloween in Brown Park

Halloween in Brown Park 2020

Halloween in Brown Park is a staple fall event in Louisville. For 2020, it's going to look different but it's ...
Read More
hiking trials louisville

Family Friendly Hiking Trails around Louisville

Find family friendly hiking trails around look Louisville to get exercise together and enjoy nature. We have so many wonderful ...
Read More
waterfalls around Louisville

Waterfalls near Louisville

Waterfalls are all over the Louisville area. Hike trails to find beautiful waterfalls for exploring and playing with your kids ...
Read More
feed animals blackacre nature preserve

Feed Animals and Go Hiking at Blackacre Conservancy

Blackacre is open for hiking and to feed animals in Louisville. Their historic homestead is free to visit! Blackacre State ...
Read More
public art murals

Public Art & Murals in Louisville

Louisville is abundant with art you can see from your car or on your walk. Murals and sculptures are all ...
Read More
Charlestown State Park and the Historical Rose Island Amusement Park

Charlestown State Park and the Historical Rose Island Amusement Park

Family hikes at Charlestown State Park to Historical Rose Island Amusement Park I grew up a river rat in a ...
Read More
Family Day Out over the Big 4 Bridge

Family Day Out over the Big 4 Bridge

Family Fun Day on the Ohio and a walk over the Big 4 Bridge Since the opening of the Big ...
Read More
Review of Tioga Falls and Fort Duffield

Review of Tioga Falls and Fort Duffield

With spring just around the corner, we took a drive about a 40 minute drive southwest of Louisville to hike ...
Read More
Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park

This post about Clifty Falls State Park is a few years old. Some of the information may have changed. And, ...
Read More
Top 5 Fall Foliage Destinations in Kentuckiana

Top 5 Fall Foliage Destinations in Kentuckiana

Enjoying fall without taking in the beauty of the fall leaves is like eating a warm brownie without ice cream ...
Read More
Fall Festivals and Events in Louisville

Fall Festivals and Events in Louisville

Here's a list of Fall Festivals for you and your family to enjoy! Click the links for times, addresses and ...
Read More