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Long weekend

. Is there a more beautiful phrase? In a city full of events of all kinds on any given weekend, you can be sure that a holiday weekend like this Memorial Day will have plenty to offer for bored weekenders of all ages. With this guide, your only problem concerning what to do with your free day will be deciding where to go first!

Go for a swim!

Memorial Day weekend means only one thing to many children and avid aquatic enthusiasts in the Louisville area: the long-awaited opening of the city’s many public swimming pools. Keep it classic and take a dip and escape this weekend’s expected high temperatures in one of  Louisville’s outdoor pools, conveniently located throughout the city. Summer hour typically run from 12 or 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; admission prices vary by location. Find all the information you need below:

Metro Parks

PO Box 37280, Louisville, KY 40233

Times vary

(502) 456-8100


Kentucky Reggae Festival at the Louisville Water Tower

More than ready for the sounds of summer--accompanied by a vibrant Caribbean atmosphere, complete with ethnic food, a vendor market, and what’s shaping up to be a weekend of perfect clear skies? Head down to the Louisville Water Tower on River Road and, for only $10 per ticket before 6 p.m., spend your afternoon at the annual Kentucky Reggae Festival. The Festival will run from Saturday May 24 at 2 p.m. to Monday May 26 at 1 p.m. Don’t forget your lawn chair!

May 24 at 2 p.m., May 25 at 2 p.m. and May 26 at 1 p.m.

Louisville Water Tower

3005 River Rd.

Louisville, KY 40207

Call (502) 583-0333


BBQ Blues & Bikes in Elizabethtown

Are you all about food? And the blues? And a well-made motorcycle? How does this sound: an evening of live blues music until 10 p.m., a sea of fresh BBQ, and a fleet of thousands of motorcycles to admire? The second annual Downtown Elizabethtown BBQ Blues and Bikes Festival is kicking off on Saturday, May 24 at noon--for free!-- and is family-friendly. Bring one, bring all, and come feast on some bluesy BBQ!

Saturday, May 24

Noon to 10 p.m.

Downtown Elizabethtown, Ky.

(270) 982-2209


Louisville and the Great War Special Exhibit at the Conrad-Caldwell House

Is an afternoon of crowds and loud music--and the hot sun--not exactly your thing? If you and your family are seeking something new and educational to do this Memorial Day weekend, be sure to devote a day or two to the Conrad Caldwell House right here in Louisville. With this new exhibit of WWI collections owned by local collectors and organizations open to the public through June 8, you won’t be at a loss for a little bit of history. Tours run $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and children, and are available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. weekends. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

May 24 and 25 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum

1402 Saint James Court,

Louisville, KY 40208

(502) 636-5023


Flags Across America 2014 Memorial Day Vigil at Waterfront Park

It’s important to remember the meaning behind this long weekend and what your free Monday truly means--it’s commemorative of the men and women who have given their lives for the protection of our country. Pay respects by attending the 2014 Flags Across America Memorial Day Vigil this Saturday, where attendees can volunteer to place 15,000 Veterans’ grave flags on the Great Lawn to honor the military.

Louisville Waterfront Park

129 E River Rd

Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-3768


Free Summer Movies at the Iroquois Amphitheater

Movies Under the Stars is back! Starting Saturday May 24, attendees to the Iroquois Amphitheater throughout the summer can enjoy classic Hollywood films in one of Louisville’s most beautiful parks. Saturday’s film will be “Planes”, rated PG, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m. A full list of upcoming movies is available at the Iroquois Park website, listed below.

May 24, 8 p.m.

Iroquois Amphitheater

1080 Amphitheater Rd

Louisville, KY 40214

(502) 368-5865


Metro Parks Golf Memorial Day Weekend Family Golf Special

Metro Parks is making it easy to find a new way to get your family active with its Memorial Day Weekend golf special for families! A family of four can play a game of 9 holes for the low price of $20, including greens and cart fees, running from from Saturday May 24 to Monday May 26 and starting at 4:30 p.m. on each day. Break out the golf shorts and head on out!

May 24, 25, 26 starting at 4:30 p.m.

Louisville Metro Parks

2649 Helm St, Louisville

KY 40209

(502) 636-5181



Attend Abbey Road on the River

From May 22 to May 26, Louisville’s famed musical event will take place at the Belvedere Festival Park, Muhammad Ali Center, and Galt House hotel. Come out to see one--or all!--of the more than 60 live bands and artists, including The Beach Boys, Ambrosia, John Sebastian, the Jukebox, and of course a variety of Beatles cover and tribute bands, with over 200 performances on eight stages. Music starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Muhammad Ali Center, 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Vintage Vinyl, and 12:00 p.m. Monday at Belvedere Park. Tickets are $20.

Festival Hours: Th. 11:30am-11pm, Fr. 11:00-Midnight, Sat. 11:00-Midnight, Sun.11:00-Midnight, Mon. 11:30-10pm

Tickets $20 apiece

Tickets available at Louisville Visitors Center 4th and Jefferson

(502) 640 0842


Hike, Bike and Paddle

If golfing isn’t for you, why don’t you try a different outdoor activity, for example hiking, rowing or biking--or all three? Beginning at the top of Waterfront Park’s Great Lawn, this event includes many outdoor activities like hiking, biking and paddling routes, morning yoga and tai chi, a kayak rolling contest, a variety of booths, and a welcome by Mayor Greg Fischer. Attendees will also get free admission to the annual Kentucky Reggae Festival on Memorial Day--just for attending!--with passes available at the Reggae Festival Booth.

Monday, May 26, beginning at 8 a.m.

Waterfront Park

230 E Witherspoon Street

(502) 574-3428

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