What to do in Louisville this Memorial Day weekend

There will be several events around town for Louisville residents and visitors to take part in this Memorial Day weekend. | Photo by Jeremy Chisenhall

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and the city of Louisville has several events lined up to keep people entertained throughout their four-day weekend. The city will play host to flea markets, movie screenings, music festivals and more.

There will be plenty of aquatic opportunities available this weekend as well, as pools and beaches around the state are opening up, and Louisville has been called a fishing hotspot this year.

Here are some of the events going on around the city.

KY Flea Market Memorial Day Spectacular 2019 – May 24-27

The Kentucky Flea Market Memorial Day Spectacular will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center each day of the long weekend. It will feature around 700 booths with dealers selling antiques, collectibles, jewelry, clothes, surplus, bath and body, candles and more, according to the city of Louisville’s official website. Hours are available below.

  • Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market – May 25

The Fleur de Flea will feature close to 200 vendors from Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio New York and Maine, among other places, according to Lisa Porter from Fleur de Flea. Vendors will be selling vintage clothing, books, records, primitives, antiques, collectibles and more, according to the market’s website. It will also feature food trucks and Kentucky Proud products. It will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the market is free.

“Pink Floyd: The Wall” screening at The Louisville Palace – May 25

The Louisville Palace is screening the 1982 film “Pink Floyd: The Wall.” The movie is based on of Pink Floyd’s 1979 album of the same name. This screening is part of the Rock on Film Series, which is presented by Live Nation. The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show is set to start at 8 p.m., according to The Louisville Palace’s website. The box office will open at 6 p.m.

Kentucky Reggae Festival – May 25-26

The Kentucky Reggae festival will bring Jamaican-inspired food and music to Louisville for Memorial Day weekend, as well as a market that will feature arts, crafts and jewelry. The band lineup for the weekend can be found below:

To purchase tickets and find more info, check out the festival’s website.

Nelson Knight Memorial Bluegrass Open – May 25-27

The University of Louisville will be hosting the Bluegrass Open tennis tournament, which is a charity tournament that benefits the LGBT Student Center. This event is part of the International Gay Lesbian Teen Alliance Tour, and Louisville is one of 50 cities nationwide that hosts events annually.

This year’s event will feature 93 players from the United States, Canada and Australia, according to Todd Bird from the Bluegrass Open. There will be 12 players from Louisville.

Play will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the Bass Rudd Tennis Center on UofL’s campus. Matches will start at 8 a.m. on Sunday as well, with the finals being held Monday morning.

Swimming pool openings – all weekend

Memorial Day weekend returns the annual tradition of pool openings. Most Kentucky State Park pools and beaches will be open this weekend, as 11 public pools (Greenbo Lake, Carter Caves, Levi Jackson, Blue Licks Battlefield, Cumberland Falls, E.P. “Tom” Sawyer, Kincaid Lake, Natural Bridge and Fort Boonesborough) will be open. In addition, 10 beaches (Pennyrile Forest, Lake Barkley, Kentucky Dam Village, Barren River Lake, Buckhorn Lake, Rough River Dam, Lake Malone, Nolin Lake, Carr Creek and Green River Lake) will be open, according to the Kentucky State Parks website.

Fishing aficionados unite – all weekend

Louisville is likely to be a hotbed for fishing enthusiasts this weekend, as FishingBooker has named the city the seventh-best fishing destination for Memorial Day weekend in 2019. Here’s how Fishing Booker describes Louisville’s fishing prospects.

“If you’re looking for a more serene Memorial Day weekend fishing getaway, the lakes and rivers around Louisville are the perfect choice. The only thing to interrupt your tranquil time on the water will be the splash of fish you’ll be wrestling.”

They recommend Tom Wallace Lake in Jefferson Memorial Forest, the Ohio River and Floyd’s Fork at Beckley Creek Park as the best fishing spots for the weekend.