50+ FUN Things to do around Louisville for FREE


Free fun in Louisville is the best kind of fun. It’s hard to compare another city to our wonderful Louisville. 

So may options, a lifetime to enjoy them for FREE fun!


Let’s have free fun in Louisville – let’s see what we can find. 

Explore Waterfront Park
Bike at Thurman Hutchins Park
Sprayground at Creekside/Parklands
Hike at Iroquois Park
Family kickball game at Crosby Park

Take in the gorgeous scenery at Yew Dell Gardens (free seasonally).

Hillivew Playgrounds

Squeal and splash (seasonally) at Hillview’s inclusive playground

Picnic at Riverview Park
Play & jog at Seneca Park
Climb to the top of the silo at Turkey Run 
Free fishing weekend in June (first weekend)
Say hello to Lincoln at Waterfront Park

Take selfies atop Iroquois Park at the scenic overlook
Play soccer at EP Tom Sawyer State Park
Snow sledding at Cherokee Park

Explore Garvin Brown Preserve by Hays Kennedy Park
Stroll in Joe Creason Park
Scenic overlook atop Iroquois Park
Frolic in the sprayground at Long Run Park
Play tennis in Tyler Park
Skip rocks in the creek at Hounz Lane Park


Friday Fest at Highview Park
Nulu Festival
Middletown Family Fun Festival
St. James Court Art Show
Halloween Festival in Brown Park
Gaslight Festival Balloon Glow
Thunder over Louisville
Buy Local Fair
Old Louisville Springfest
Crescent Hill Old Fashioned 4th of July
National Night Out
Cherokee Triangle Art Fair
St. Matthews Street Festival
Watching the Great Steamboat Race while picnicking along the Ohio

The Arts

Kentucky Shakespeare at Central Park & beyond

Waterfront Wednesday Concerts

Summer Concerts at the Jeffersonville River Stage
Cherokee Triangle Summer Concerts
Check out the art at 21C Hotel
Sunday visits to the Speed Art Museum
Crafting at KMAC
Iroquois Amphitheater has many free events for families like movies in the summer
Family art at Side by Side Studio

Downtown free fun in Louisville
The Pegasus Parade
Hometown Tourist Celebration events
Walk along Main Street with magnets and test out which buildings have metal facades
First Friday Trolley Hop
Worldfest – great music

Attend a free event at Waterfront Park.

Experience History/Nature
Hike at Blackacre Conservancy

Walk over the Big 4 Bridge

Visit the nature center at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

Walk Anchorage Trail
Go on a day trip to Josephine Sculpture Park

josephine scultpure park

Saturday events or nature hikes at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
Walk around the Crescent Hill Reservoir
ECO Kids Discovery at Bernheim
Geo Cache all over
Take a self-guided tour of the Farmington Historic Plantation 

outdoor family fun fall

Other free fun in Louisville
The Louisville Cultural Pass (summer)
Seasonal events at Bass Pro Shops
Louisville Free Public Library Summer Reading Program
City of Lyndon Easter Egg Hunt

Play at the mall

St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Baxter/Bardstown Road
Explore the St. Matthews Farmers Market
Walk around Norton Commons and enjoy the farmer’s market
Dive in movies at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center offered in winter
Lowes Kids workshops
Storytime at one of the libraries
Watch planes at Bowman Field
Beechmont Farmers Market
Go to the Douglass Loop Farmer’s Market
Summer Movies
Watch candy being made at Schimpff’s Confectionary
Louisville Free Public Library Summer Reading Program
Challenge each other to a game of giant chess at Mall St. Matthews
Enjoy the Halloween Parade on Bardstown Road
Watch the Ken-Ducky Derby
Light Up The Paddock Shops
Clarksville Touch a Truck
See all things unique at the Flea Off Market
Outdoor movies at Norton Commons

And that’s just off the top of my head…………


**Free fun doesn’t always mean you can’t avoid a parking fee………..


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