By Elizabeth Gerber | StyleBluerpint

Music, beer, music, bourbon, music and food. Did I forget to mention music? July is filled with music here in Louisville. Take a look at the upcoming events for the sultry, summer month. Enjoy all July has to offer!

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July 1-24, 2016: Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Presents Romeo and Juliet” 

Shake up July with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Romeo and Juliet from July 1-24. Enjoy food trucks, a great play under the stars and nightly pre-show performances. Sounds like a perfect, low-cost date night. All performances will be held in Old Louisville’s Central Park at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater. The pre-show starts at 7:15 p.m., with the performance beginning at 8 p.m.

July 2, 2016: Stephen Foster Story Independence Day Fireworks Display

Head to Bardstown, Ky. on Saturday for the 190th anniversary of Stephen Foster’s birth and Independence Day celebration! Not only will you get to see the Stephen Foster Story performance, but there will be plenty of activities before the show, cupcakes at intermission, and a fireworks display to cap off the evening.

The Crescent Hill Old-Fashioned Fourth of July is a Louisville favorite. Held over the entire weekend at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, there are more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, a children’s area and fireworks on Monday, July 4 at 10 p.m. There will be free trolley rides to and from the event from Frankfort Avenue.

Ice cream. There is ice cream at the Crescent Hill Old Fashioned Fourth of July Festival.

Ice cream. There is ice cream at the Crescent Hill Old Fashioned Fourth of July Festival.

July 3, 2016: Louisville Orchestra Waterfront Fourth

Live music, upscale festival food and fireworks along the Ohio River is a great way to spend the holiday. Bring the whole family down to the Great Lawn of Waterfront Park on Sunday, July 4. There will be food by Festival Cuisine, plus beverages in the Leinenkugel Summer Shandy Beer Garden and the Old Forester Bourbon Bar. Children will enjoy activities from the Kentucky Science Center, Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Jug Band Jubilee, Louisville Folk School, Louisville Public Media, Steam Exchange and Friends of the Waterfront. The Louisville Orchestra takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. and the free fireworks show starts at approximately 10 p.m.

July 4, 2016: Independence Run 5k in New Albany

Looking to get active this Fourth of July? Participate in the “Splash Dash” 5k walk/run in downtown New Albany! There will be an obstacle course for kids, as well as vendors, giveaways, and a DJ to motivate you. Get ready to be splashed throughout the race! Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8:30

July 4: Fourth of July Firecracker Run in Anchorage

Start your Fourth of July celebration with a firecracker 5k walk/run! The race begins in downtown Anchorage and finishes with the Anchorage Trail Loop. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. Later on, participate in the Independence Day Parade and enjoy a picnic and games for the family on the lawn.

July 8, 2016: Foxhollow Farm Sunset Concert Series

Foxhollow Farm will host a Sunset Concert Series May through September on the second Friday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The next concert is scheduled for Friday, July 8, featuring The Moonlight Peddlers and The Hart Strings. All shows are rain or shine. Bring blankets, chairs, friends, family and even pets (on leash). Check out ourphoto gallery from the last concert series and see how fun it was. Tickets are $10 and include admission and parking.

July 8-10, 2016: Poorcastle Festival

Louisville attracts top-notch musical talent every year to the Forecastle Festival, but not everyone in the city can drop top dollar to see them play. Enter the Poorcastle Festival at Apocalypse Brew Works. Poorcastle Festival brings together the Louisville community in support of true local music with all proceeds benefitting the non-profit radio station, Crescent Hill Radio 100.9 WCHQ FM, as well as Louisville’s Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund. There will be locally crafted beer, food trucks and local vendors available. Tickets start at $5.

July 8-9, 2016: Lebowski Fest

The 15th Annual Lebowski Fest will take place July 8-9 at Executive Strike and Spare, 911 Phillips Lane. On Friday, July 8, there will be music by Black Bear Combo followed by an outdoor screening of The Big Lebowski. Gates open at 8 p.m. On Saturday, July 9, there will be a costume contest, unlimited bowling, and Lebowski themed games from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets start at $15.

July 9, 2016: A Midsummer Night’s Circus

CirqueLouis is presenting their next show, A Midsummer Night’s Circus, based on William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy on Saturday, July 9 at Iroquois Amphitheater. Tickets start as low as $12.

July 10, 2016: Taste of Independents

On Sunday, July 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Apron Inc. is presenting the Taste of Independents, which benefits employees in the independent service industry who find themselves in financial need through no fault of their own. The event will take place at The Olmsted and will feature tastings from over 30 of Louisville’s top chefs, samplings of delicious adult beverages, a silent auction, entertainment from the Robbie Bartlett Duo and presentation of The Corbett Award. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

July 15-17, 2016: Forecastle Festival

Break out your summer festival garb and get your dancing shoes ready: Forecastle Festival is back this year with a great musical lineup. The three-day festival features hometown conductor Teddy Abrams and friends, Walk the Moon, The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Moon Taxi, Brandi Carlile, Death Cab for Cutie and many more. Enjoy Forecastle for one, two or three days.


Photo courtesy of Forecastle Festival

July 22-24, 2016: Blues, Brews & BBQ

Enjoy three great things at the Louisville Water Tower Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24: Blues, Brews and BBQ. Barbecue from some of the best smokehouses in town will be served. Admission is $13 before 6 p.m, $17 after 6 p.m. and kids ten and under are free. No pets, outside food or drink are allowed. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

July 23, 2016: Bard-a-Thon

More Shakespeare performances will be held July 25 at the Bard-a-Thon. Enjoy three Shakespeare classics, including “The Winter’s Tale,” “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “Romeo and Juliet,” all in one day. The event will have food trucks and activities starting at 3 p.m. This event is free and is put on by the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. All performances will be held in Old Louisville’s Central Park in the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater.

July 24-29, 2016: Eighth Annual Flyover Film Festival

For eight years, the Louisville Film Society has hosted the Flyover Film Festival, which highlights Kentucky filmmaking. This year, two documentaries that honor local favorites Wendell Berry and Harry Caudill will open the five day festival. Locations of the films vary as do the times.

July 25, 2016: Maks and Val Live at the Kentucky Center

Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, the hottest stars of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars are coming to The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. The brothers are bringing to life the show they have dreamed about since childhood, combining an honest and unfiltered narrative of their life story, with the world class dancing, creativity and passion they are known for.

July 27, 2016: WFPK Waterfront Wednesday

WFPK Waterfront Wednesday concert series is July 27 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Waterfront Park on the Big Four Lawn. Great music featured this night from Brett Dennen, Lucius, and Kaleo. The weather should be great, so get out and enjoy this concert series! Admission is free. Outside food and alcohol are prohibited.

July 30, 2016: Paddle for Hunger

Get your canoes and head down to Waterfront Park’s Harbor Lawn on Saturday, July 30, for the World Championship Voyageur Canoe Race, a fundraiser for Dare to Care Food Bank. Teams will consist of 10 people and the entry fee starts at $2,500 per team. This event is presented by the Louisville Mayor’s office and Yum! Brands. All proceeds will go to Dare to Care Food Bank.

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