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September In Louisville Is An Ideal Time For a Weekend Adventure

Glad Doggett

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Louisville bridges at night.Courtesy of Louisville Tourism

When is the last time you packed an overnight bag, jumped in your car, and escaped for the weekend? With fall approaching, it might be time to consider an excursion to a city with tons of local offerings, a city like Louisville, Kentucky.

In September, Louisville gives you plenty of reasons to make it your destination for a weekend adventure. Below are just a sampling of the events taking place:

Dino Quest - An adventure at the Louisville Zoo is where 21 moving robotic dinosaurs will greet you at every turn. The dinosaurs measure up to 40 feet in length. You will find species like Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and Velociraptors on the zoo's 130-acre park. You can enjoy Dino Quest free with your paid zoo admission. The display ends Sept. 19.

Abby Road on the River - This year, the festival celebrating the Fab Four has been moved to Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-6 . It will take place across the river from Louisville at Big Four Station Park in Jeffersonville, Ind. Beatles cover bands will be featured Thursday through Monday. Headliners for the weekend include The Fab Four, Peter Asher, the Weeklings and Gavin Pring. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test a maximum of 72-hours prior to the festival will be required in order to enter.

Nulu Fest - Check out Louisville's "coolest" neighborhood during the 12th annual NuLu Fest on Saturday, Sept. 18. This street festival celebrates Louisville’s East Market District. Enjoy live music by sonaBLAST! Records, regional micro-brewed beers, and numerous food and retail booths by local vendors. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

Louder Than Life - This four-day event includes stand out headliners such as Metallica, Korn, and Nine Inch Nails. Pop-up booths from popular Kentucky Bourbon brands and local Louisville restaurants will be added to the festival’s culinary scene. Weekend General Admission, VIP and Top Shelf passes are currently on sale. You will be required to have proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test a maximum of 72-hours before the festival to enter.

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Jack 'O Lantern SpectacularCourtesy of Louisville Tourism

Louisville Jack O' Lantern Spectacular - Walk along the along a 1/3-mile path in Iroquois Park to enjoy more than 5,000 carved, illuminated pumpkins. This family-friendly fall event has become a favorite Halloween-themed activity.

When you come to enjoy the events in September, don't forget to spend time in some of the city's hotspots such as the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs where you can learn about the history fo the the world famous horse race, The Kentucky Derby.

Or take a guided factory tour of Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and see for yourself how the the world famous Louisville Slugger are made by hand. The tour also includes baseball artifacts and interactive exhibits. Admission includes a free mini souvenir bat to take home.

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Evan Williams Bourbon ExperienceCourtesy of Louisville Tourism

Finally, a visit to Louisville is incomplete without a tour of one of the city's bourbon distilleries. Six distilleries are a stone's throw away from each other in the downtown area. If you are new to bourbon, or just curious about its history, a visit to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center is warranted. The center is the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour, and it will introduce you to all things bourbon.

Louisville truly is a city full of charms and it is eager to share them with locals and visitors alike.

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