Louisville is very busy in the fall with weekends full of festivals and events. Most of these events are free or very affordable so they are great for any family looking for something to do.
The Middletown Family Fun Festival is on September 10th and 11th and has everything from live music to a parade. It is completely free and features children’s activities and a dog show. You can even get a flu shot.
The St. Leonard Picnic is also on September 10th and 11th. This festival offers a chicken dinner as well as a hole in one contest. Like most area church picnics, there are many of vendor booths and children’s activities.
The Simpsonville Fall Festival is on September 11th right down US 60. They will have vendors, raffles, pageants, a parade and more. Head to this festival if you want to take a pony for a ride!
The Mellwood Art Fair at the Mellwood Art Center is on September 11th and will be full of various arts and crafts to enjoy. They will also have live music and an art tent for children.
The Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival runs for about 10 days in September with various events but most of the activites take place from the 16th to the 19th. This event has a great parade and lots of live music. With tons of vendors and food, it is fun for the whole family.
100 Years on the Ohio is a throwback festival to 18th & 19th century in Louisville. This event is not free, but it is very affordable. Tickets range from $6 for adults to $3 for children (ages 6-12). People will be demonstrating things from that time period like making crafts and food.
The Rivercrossing Festival is from the 22nd to the 26th of September. Some of the events are free and others require that you purchase tickets and the prices vary. There will be live musical entertainment and a classic car show and more.
AppleFest is in Starlight, IN on October 2nd and 3rd. Although this is not in Louisville, it is a nice day trip. There will be hayrides, tractor pulls, arts and crafts, a flea market and more.
The Louisville Irish Festival is held at Bellarmine University. It is on the 26th and 27th and tickets range from $6 to $4 and is free for current military members and their families. There will be a children’s area and plenty of Irish food, music and dancing.
Harvest Homecoming is just across the Ohio River in New Albany. It is from October 2nd to the 10th and is one of the largest festivals in Indiana. You will want to see the parade and the balloon race but can also enjoy the dog show, carnival rides, children’s activities, food, music and more!
Boyd Orchards near Lexington has several fall festivals to enjoy that center around the harvest season. They have a weekend to celebrate the apple harvest and another to celebrate the pumpkin harvest. The orchard offers family activties and food as well as live music and even train rides!