The Kentucky Reggae Fest attracts more than 15,000 each year. | Courtesy of Bisig Impact Group

Nearly a dozen local and national reggae-inspired bands and musicians will perform at this weekend’s 27th annual Four Roses Bourbon Kentucky Reggae Festival at the Water Tower. The three-day music, food and cocktail festival attracts more than 15,000 each year.

Caribbean-inspired food will be served. | Courtesy of Bisig Impact Group

The theme of the weekend is Caribbean, so expect plenty of authentic Jamaican food and drinks courtesy of the Jamaican Association of Louisville — as well as beer and bourbon for those who only drink rum when an ocean is nearby.

The fest also includes plenty of things to do when bands aren’t on the stage, including a large children’s area, arts and craft vendors, and a plethora of fair fare including lemon shake-ups, funnel cakes, ribbon fries (with ample vinegar) and kettle corn.

Musical highlights include Cincinnati’s The Cliftones, who describe their sound as “roughneck roots reggae”; reggae rock from Naples, Fla.,’s SowFlo; Brooklyn’s New Kingston; and the dreadlocked Rastafarian Taj Weekes, among others. (The full schedule is below.)

The Kentucky Reggae Fest runs from 5-11 p.m. on Friday, May 26, and 2-11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28. One-day admission is $17 at the gate, but if you go online, you can get a two-day pass for $25 or a three-day pass for $38. Admission includes free parking.

Kentucky Reggae Fest schedule: 

Friday, May 26

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. — PMA
  • 7-8:30 p.m. — The Cliftones
  • 9-11 p.m. — SowFlow

Taj Weekes performs on Sunday. | Courtesy of Taj Weekes

Saturday, May 27

  • 2:30-3:35 p.m. — Queen City Silver Stars
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. — PMA
  • 7-9 p.m. — The Flex Crew
  • 9:30-11 p.m. — New Kingston

Sunday, May 28

  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Unmotivated
  • 4-6 p.m. — Irie Trinity
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. — Indika
  • 9-11 p.m. — Taj Weekes