22. Venues

Louisville Metro owns many attractive venues that may be used by the public for festivals and events.

Requests to use Louisville Metro owned venues will be forwarded to appropriate departments or agencies by the Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division. Reservations and bookings will be handled by individual venues.

Each Louisville Metro venue has its own unique features and amenities.

The following list contains a description of each Louisville Metro owned venue, its location, amenities and contact information:

Belle of Louisville / Spirit of Jefferson

Location:
The Belle of Louisville, a National Historic Landmark and one of the most beloved symbols of our city, and the Spirit of Jefferson are located at the Fourth Street Wharf on the Ohio River.

Amenities:
The Belle of Louisville and Spirit of Jefferson are perfect charter venues for weddings, corporate events, proms and family and military reunions. The Belle of Louisville can accommodate 750 people from April to October and 300 people in November and December. Amenities include a concession stand, lunch or dinner buffet, fully stocked cash bar, dance floor, stage, full on-board sound system, indoor and outdoor seating. The Spirit of Jefferson has indoor seating for 150 and outdoor seating for 100. Additional amenities include heating and air conditioning. Both vessels are available for dockside events.




Reservations, Fees, Deposit:

Belle of Louisville / Spirit of Jefferson
Waterfront Development Corporation
129 E. River Road
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-2992
(502) 574-3030 fax

www.belleoflouisville.org

reservations@belleoflouisville.org

Belvedere/Riverfront Plaza:

Location:
The Belvedere/Riverfront Plaza is located on Main Street between Fourth and Sixth Streets. It is divided into three segments: West Plaza, East Plaza and the Belvedere Overlook.

Amenities:
The Belvedere is a public gathering space uniquely situated in the heart of Main Street with spectacular views of the downtown skyline and the Ohio River. It is conveniently located adjacent to the Kentucky Center, Galt House Hotel and Suites and multiple parking garages. The Belvedere can easily accommodate large festivals as well as intimate gatherings such as weddings and catered company picnics. The West Plaza features a large lawn area and a shady tree grove. The East Plaza features a large fountain and shady pavilions perfectly suited for vending or small gatherings. The Overlook features views of the Ohio River, the George Rogers Clark statue, the York statue and a pedestrian connection to the Wharf, Belle of Louisville and Waterfront Park. All areas are connected to a large promenade that is ideally suited for static displays or merchandise vendors.

Important note: as part of the Belvedere rental process, event producers will be required to read and initial the following paragraph on the Belvedere rental Application:

Weight limits on all sections of the Belvedere are set at a maximum of 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GMV). GMV is defined as the total weight of the vehicle including fuel, passengers and cargo. This limit is roughly equal to a loaded F-350 class pick-up truck. No vehicles will be permitted on any part of the Belvedere with dual rear wheel configurations. Trailers, vendor booths and any towed objects must weigh less than 10,000 pounds total. Vehicles, trailers, vendor booths and any type of towed object exceeding 10,000 pounds may not be unloaded at the foot of the Belvedere ramp and then reloaded once in place on the Belvedere.

Belvedere Restrooms:
Event producers using the Belvedere have the option to use the City Restrooms located on the Belvedere or choose to use their own portable restrooms. If using the City Restrooms, please refer to the fee schedule below. City Services are payable in advance. The Waterfront Development Corporation schedules events on the Belvedere but does not set fees for use of the restrooms.

Small group event-50 -500 people
Monday - Saturday $60/hr
Sunday $90/hr

Major Event-Level 1-500 - 5000
Monday - Saturday $90/hr
Sunday $120/hr

Major Event-Level 2-5000 - 20,000
Monday - Saturday $120/hr
Sunday $180/hr

Major Event-Level 3-20,000 or more
Monday - Saturday $150/hr
Sunday $180/hr

Fees are based upon the attendance expected at the event.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation
129 E. River Road
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-3768
(502) 574-4111 fax

www.louisvillewaterfront.com

events@louisvillewaterfront.com

Events held on the Belvedere require the completion of a Louisville Metro Special Events Permit application. Application fees apply.
(See Special Event Permits, Section 1)

For more information, contact:

Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department
Permits and Licenses Division
444 S. Fifth Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-3591
(502) 574-5245 fax

www.louisvilleky.gov/ipl

Contact IPL

Fort Nelson

Location:
Fort Nelson is located at the northwest corner of Seventh and Main streets. The park, .02 of an acre in size, is adjacent to Yarmuth Memorial Garden, which runs beside the south side of the flood wall between Seventh and Eighth streets behind the Louisville Science Center.

Amenities:
This is a downtown location, which includes paved and turf areas in an "amphitheater" style setting. It has a beautiful landscaped terrace with a fountain. In addition, this location has electrical outlets, water spigots, trees and is in an area with many local points of interest and activities.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department
Permits and Licenses Division
444 S. Fifth Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-3591
(502) 574-5245 fax

www.louisvilleky.gov/ipl

Contact IPL

Founder's Square

Location:
Founder's Square is located between Fifth Street and Armory Place, north of Muhammad Ali Boulevard. The park is approximately .64 of an acre with 10,251 square feet.

Amenities:
This is a centrally located downtown venue with paved and turf areas. It has electrical outlets, water spigots, benches, trees, trash bins and is in an area with many local points of interest and activities.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department
Permits and Licenses Division
444 S. Fifth Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-3591
(502) 574-5245 fax

www.louisvilleky.gov/ipl

Contact IPL

Iroquois Amphitheater

Location:
The Iroquois Amphitheater, owned by the Louisville Metro Parks Department, is a unique, state-of-the-art, outdoor theater venue in Iroquois Park.

Amenities:
The amphitheater recently underwent an $8.9 million renovation. It is a state-of-the-art performance venue, with 2400 tiered seats (50% under cover), 300 square feet of festival lawn area, handicap accessibility, a 55' X 33.5' proscenium stage, spacious left and right wing areas, modernized dressing rooms with shower and bathroom facilities, restrooms, 5,000 square feet of rain shelter, community room, green room, orchestra pit, box office, concession areas and free parking.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Iroquois Amphitheater
1080 Amphitheater Road
Louisville, KY 40214

(502) 368-5865
(502) 368-5955 fax

www.iroquoisamphitheater.com

Jefferson Memorial Forest - Horine Conference Center

Location:
On one of the highest points in Louisville Metro, the Horine Conference Center and its beautiful views are an excellent location for business retreats, meetings and weddings.

Amenities:
Conference facility with seating for up to 50 participants, a state-of-the-art multimedia system, a fully-equipped kitchen, a den with fireplace and additional conference rooms for breakaway meetings. An outdoor patio offers a unique panoramic view of Louisville.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Jefferson Memorial Forest - Horine Conference Center
11311 Mitchell Hill Road
P. O. Box 467
Fairdale, KY 40118

(502) 368-5404
(502) 368-6517 fax

www.memorialforest.com

Jefferson Square Park

Location:
Jefferson Square Park is bounded by Jefferson Street, Armory Place and Sixth Street. The park is approximately .84 of an acre with 3,750 square feet.

Amenities:
This is a centrally located downtown venue with paved and turf areas. It has electrical outlets, water spigots, stage, benches, trees, trash bins and is in an area with many local points of interest and activities.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department
Permits and Licenses Division
444 S. Fifth Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-3591
(502) 574-5245 fax

www.louisvilleky.gov/ipl

Contact IPL

Locust Grove

Location:
Historic Locust Grove is a 55-acre National Historic Landmark, featuring an elegant manor house built in the 1790s, along with a modern visitors center. It is located minutes from downtown on Blankenbaker Lane between Brownsboro Road and River Road.

Amenities:
Locust Grove welcomes groups for family events, community events, retreats and business meetings. The visitors' center and grounds, including gardens, combine to accommodate up to 1,500 people. The visitors' center itself can accommodate up to 200 people standing. Rentals include use of a small kitchen, with a microwave, conventional oven, refrigerator and sinks, along with restrooms, 100 chairs and 18 tables of varying sizes.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Locust Grove
561 Blankenbaker Lane
Louisville, KY 40207

(502) 897-9845
(502) 897-0103 fax

www.locustgrove.org

lghh@locustgrove.org

Louisville Gardens

Location:
The Gardens is a multi-purpose indoor facility at 525 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard, between Sixth Street and Armory Place. The facility has 23,700 square feet of rentable space on two floors and is adjacent to a public parking facility.

Amenities:
This is a centrally located downtown venue that may be used to host trade shows, indoor festivals, concerts, sporting events, convention meetings, etc. Available spaces include the Mary Helen Byck Arena which can accommodate up to 6, 850 people standing, The Gardens Theatre which can accommodate up to 400 people, the Board Room which can accommodate 175 people seated and the East Room which can accommodate 120 people seated.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Louisville Gardens
525 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-0088
(502) 574-0065 fax

Louisville Memorial Auditorium Location:
Louisville Memorial Auditorium is located at 970 S. Fourth Street at the corner of Fourth and Kentucky streets. Amenities: Louisville Memorial Auditorium provides a comfortable and affordable theater for concerts, stage plays, talent competitions, student performances, business meetings, dance recitals, graduations, speaking engagements and religious gatherings. This beautiful theater has been designated a Louisville Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Louisville Memorial Auditorium has 1,742 plush theater seats, an 85' by 50' stage, 10 dressing rooms and a new "state of the art" sound and lighting system. Other amenities include a collection of historic flags from World War I and World War II which are displayed in lit flag cases throughout the theater corridor and the world's largest Pilcher pipe organ which has 5,288 pipes located in 6 separate chambers within the theater. Reservations, Fees, Deposit:

Louisville Memorial Auditorium
970 S. Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40203

(502) 584-4911
(502) 574-1487 fax

www.louisvillememorialauditorium.com

Louisville Metro Parks

Festivals and events are welcome at most of Louisville's 123 Metro Parks and 17 Community Centers. The scheduling of festivals and events will be subject to the availability and expected use of the park by the public. Access to major park facilities will be maintained during festivals and events.

Metro Parks reserves the right to cancel a festival or event if safety concerns arise or if there is risk to the park or its facilities.

Metro Parks must approve all festivals and events held within the boundaries of the parks system in advance. If an event extends beyond a park, impacts traffic outside the park or includes alcohol, permits must also be secured from the Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department/Permits and Licenses Division. The Director of Metro Parks will also establish all fees for festivals and events. A rate sheet can be viewed online at www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks.

For any event at which food, beverages or merchandise will be sold, Metro Parks requires event producers to obtain vending permits.
(See Vending, Location and Personal Conveyance, Section 21)

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Louisville Metro Parks
Athletics/Field Rentals
(at Louisville Tennis Center in Joe Creason Park)
3783 Illinois Avenue
Louisville, KY 40213

(502) 456-8171
(502) 456-8168 fax

www.metro-parks.org

Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

Location:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Park is located between Sixth and Seventh streets, between Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Federal Place and it is approximately .86 acres.

Amenities:
The area is landscaped with paved and turf areas. It has electrical outlets, water spigots, fountains and trees and is in an area with many local points of interest and activities.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department
Permits and Licenses Division
444 S. Fifth Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-3591
(502) 574-5245 fax

www.louisvilleky.gov/ipl

Contact IPL

Otter Creek Park - Conference Center

Otter Creek Park offers one of the region's most picturesque facilities for both business and pleasure. With its panoramic view of the Ohio River, the park's Conference Center lends itself to any event. Enjoy the comforts of a modern facility with seating for up to 250 people. Ideal for weddings, business meetings or social events.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Otter Creek Park - Conference Center
850 Otter Creek Park Road
Brandenburg, KY 40108

(502) 574-4583
(502) 574-4584 fax

www.ottercreekpark.org

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing

Location:
Riverside is a 300-acre cultural asset featuring two historic homes, a modern visitors center, a large outdoor pavilion and well-tended grounds. It is in the southwest portion of the community, along Moorman Road near the Greenbelt Highway.

Amenities:
The Riverside Visitors Center has a capacity for 200 people standing in its large carpeted auditorium, which features a breathtaking view of the Ohio River. Rental of the Visitors Center includes use of a catering kitchen, cloakroom, restrooms, 120 chairs, 20 rectangular tables and/or 12 round tables. Riverside's open-air pavilion allows you to enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting at Riverside while under shelter. The pavilion features an outdoor fireplace and additional restrooms.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing
7410 Moorman Road
Louisville, KY 40272

(502) 935-6809
(502) 935-6821 fax

www.riverside-landing.org

Riverwalk and Bike Trail

Location:
The RiverWalk and Bike Trail is an asphalt trail that runs beside the Ohio River from Waterfront Park to Shawnee Park.

Amenities:
There are multiple entrances and exits and connections to other public parks and facilities which include parking, restrooms, trash bins and areas that are local points of interest and activities.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department
Permits and Licenses Division
444 S. Fifth Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-3591
(502) 574-5245 fax

www.louisvilleky.gov/ipl

Contact IPL

Theater Square

Location:
Theater Square is located between Broadway and Chestnut streets on Fourth Street in the historic entertainment district of downtown Louisville.

Amenities:
This historic downtown location includes paved cobblestone streets, a stage, sculptured landscaped areas, electrical outlets, water spigots, trees, trash bins, Toonerville Trolley stops and it is in an area with many local points of interest and activities.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations Department
Permits and Licenses Division
444 S. Fifth Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-3591
(502) 574-5245 fax

www.louisvilleky.gov/ipl

Contact IPL

Waterfront Park

Location:
Waterfront Park, 85 acres along the river's edge, is called "the front door to the city" with an exceptional scenic view of the Ohio River and Louisville Metro skyline. It is located between Second Street and Frankfort Avenue along River Road.

Waterfront Park accommodates many different types of events and various areas offer different amenities. A map of the park is available at www.louisvillewaterfront.com.

Amenities:

Festival Plaza is a rectangular plaza ideal for hosting the vending component of large events. Its 3.5 acres accommodate up to 20,000 people and features potable water, electrical and sanitary services, restroom facilities, a shady grove of trees, green lawn area and a surface of crushed granite, which is perfect for tents and concession booths.

Louisville Wharf is adjacent to and can be combined with Festival Plaza to provide a larger venue. It includes the nostalgia of an old-time wharf while offering the conveniences of a modern event space. It features 2.5 acres, accommodates 15,000 people, and offers electrical service, 1,000 feet of river's edge for commercial docking. The west side of the Wharf offers amphitheater seating for 600 people.

The Great Lawn is a massive green space of 12 acres and accommodates more than 25,000 people for large concerts, viewing fireworks, sporting events and many other uses. It is a gentle sloping surface, bordered by a 20-foot sidewalk and stadium stair seating for over 1,000. The lawn is equipped with 1200 amp electrical service. A paved area with two 200 amp electrical services can accommodate concessions and the engineered turf withstands heavy equipment.

Linear Park consists of more than a mile of scenic paved pathways on a 27-acre site. Amenities include semi-private picnic groves, charcoal grills, semi-private hillsides, public parking lots, restroom facilities, some minor electrical service and two children's play areas (not available for exclusive use).

Harbor Lawn is located immediately east of the harbor inlet. The lawn is a triangular sloped surface surrounded by a 20-foot concrete pathway. The space accommodates several thousand people and is ideal for small group gatherings, weddings or blanket picnics.

The Overlook offers dramatic views of the Ohio River. It is 1 acre in size and can accommodate several thousand people. It has park benches throughout, along with a shady canopy of trees.

The Brown-Forman Amphitheater is located in Phase II of Waterfront Park. It can accommodate several thousand on grass risers and the surrounding hillside. There is a concrete slab and 400-amp electrical service for a stage. There are two 200-amp electrical services on the east and west side of the amphitheater for concessions. The space can be easily gated for paid admission events.

Phase II Picnic Groves - there are several picnic groves in Phase II.

Fees based on attendance expected.

Reservations, Fees, Deposit:
Waterfront Development Corporation
129 E. River Road
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 574-3768
(502) 574-4111 fax

www.louisvillewaterfront.com

events@louisvillewaterfront.com