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Mayor Unveils 2010 MetroFest Calendar

Thursday February 25, 2010

Launches new on-line event permitting tool

The easiest way to learn about festivals and events taking place in Louisville is to visit the city's website. By visiting, visitors can learn about upcoming events, such as the Mayor's Hike & Bike events, and they can now get a permit online for their own event.

Mayor Jerry Abramson unveiled the 2010 MetroFest calendar, which features more than 260 events throughout the year, the most ever listed. He also announced the start of a new on-line tool that makes it easy to apply for a special event permit.

“Louisville is a city of festivals. There are the major celebrations that have become tradition, such as Thunder Over Louisville and Light Up Louisville. But there are also lesser-known events that continue to grow, like National Kite Month held at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park on March 27,” said Abramson. “The MetroFest calendar and the new on-line permitting tool make it clear that Louisville is committed to hosting and promoting great community events throughout the year.”

This year’s MetroFest calendar is sponsored by Thorntons and Louisville Magazine.

The calendars will be available at all Thorntons Quick Café & Market locations or any Louisville Public Library branch. There will also be a printed insert in the March edition of Louisville Magazine.

For the most up-to-date listings, visit

At that same web address, people will be able to link to the on-line permitting application.

It provides a one-stop shop that anyone planning an event can access. The application collects details about planned events and transmits the information electronically to all the city agencies responsible for reviewing permit requests, reducing the time required for approval of event permits.

“We’ve been working to make our services more available to our citizens on-line,” said Abramson. “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get the permits they need for their events.”

Events taking place in Metro Parks or at Waterfront Park will still require separate permits issued by those agencies, but that should change when the new permitting system is upgraded next year.