Where: Waterfront Park

What: Festival!

Contact: Kentucky Derby Festival | 502-584-6383 or 502-584-FEST

Website: discover.kdf.org/krogers-fest-a-ville/

General Information: 502.584.6383

Toll Free: (800) 928.FEST

Derby Festival Hotline at 502.584.FEST

(Food, drink and pets are NOT permitted)

Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville entry is a 2018 Pegasus Pin!

ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE featuring the Waterfront Jam Concert Series with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides and more. Happy Hour Weekdays 4-6 PM, $2 Beers.

Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront returns for its twelfth year in 2018. Sponsored by Kroger, the party starts on the Great Lawn on Thursday, April 26 and runs through Derby Eve, Friday May 4. It promises to have something for everyone- and admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin.

The 900,000-square-foot venue will host several Festival events including the U.S. Bank Great Balloon Glimmer, Battle of the Bounce, Chow Wagon, Fitness Jam, Ohio Valley Wrestling Run for the Ropes, Passport GospelFest, V Foundation Celebrity Bocce Tournament, HappyTail Hour, Ken-Ducky Derby, YMCA Healthy Kids Day Presented by Humana (featuring the miniFun Run), BeerFest Presented by American Founders Bank, Neigh-Maste on the Waterfront and the awards presentation for the Great Steamboat Race, among others.

Fest-a-Ville also offers a wide variety of activities for children, featuring a expanded midway-area and attractions at Pegasus Play-Ville including merry-go-round, ships away, a giant slide and much more. Helicopter rides return this year for $40 (April 26 – May 4).

From the opening day ribbon-cutting to Derby Eve, Fest-a-Ville will be the downtown destination at Kentucky Derby Festival time.


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Open 11a-11p daily ( except Sunday 12-10pm)
Thursday, April 26
12:00pm Opening Ceremony/Ribbon Cutting
7:00-9:30pm A-Corde on Great Stage
8:30pm U.S. Bank Balloon Glimmer
Friday, April 27
Noon – 1:00pm Neigh-maste on the Waterfront
6:00-7:30pm Ohio Valley Wrestling Run For The Ropes
6:00-11:00pm Derby of the Dead Presented by The Louisville Zombie Walk
8:00pm MAX featuring special guest Logan Henderson
Saturday, April 28
7:30am Runner’s Reunite
4:00-8:00pm Ken-Ducky Derby
5:00-7:00pm Derby Festival Fitness Jam
8:00pm Belterra Casino and Resort Concert featuring Tyler Farr
11:00am-11:00pm Military Day – Military Personnel get free admission with military ID
Sunday, April 29 Venue will open at 12:00pm and closes at 10pm
11:00am Tour de Lou Finish (Start is 8:30am; first finishers approx 11am)
1:00-4:00pm YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Time TBD V Foundation in Pa-Ville-ion for private use
Noon-4:00pm V Foundation Celebrity Bocce Tournament
1:00-3:30pm Mascot Party
2:00-3:30pm Pegasus Parade Inflatable Rehearsal
5:00-8:30pm Jason Gray with Chris August and Andy Gullahorn
Monday, April 30
6:00-8:30pm Entertainment on Great Stage
5:00-9:00pm HappyTail Hour
5:30-11:00pm LXC Chow Wagon Flag Football Showdown
Tuesday, May 1
9:00pm Shelia E. presented by CareSource
5:30-11:00pm LXC Chow Wagon Kickball Showdown
Wednesday, May 2
11:00am-1:00pm Battle of the Bounce
4:30-7:30pm 2nd Marine Division Band (Roaming Venue) (tentative)
5:00-9:00pm BeerFest
6:00pm Great Steamboat Race
9:00pm The Lone Bellow
8:00pm Antler Presentation on Chow Wagon Stage
Thursday, May 3
8:00pm Judah & The Lion featuring special guest The Brook & The Bluff
Friday, May 4
8:00pm Lost Kings featuring special guest Grandtheft
FAV Preview Wednesday, 4-6:30pm
Happy Hour, weekdays 4-6:00pm

Admission: 2018 Pegasus Pin