Photo courtesy of Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce.
Photo courtesy of Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce

The Gaslight Festival began in 1969 as a small street party; today it’s one of the largest festivals in the region and is a top 20 festival in the southeast United States, drawing up to 200,000 people annually. That’s a big street party.

The 2014 Gaslight Festival promises more neighborhood fun as the main drag in Jeffersontown closes beginning Sunday, Sept. 14, for a family-friendly celebration.

2014 Gaslight LogoNot your ordinary weekend festival, Gaslight actually runs a full week, through Sunday, Sept. 21. Sponsored by the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce, the festival now sports a motorcycle rally, car show, golf scramble, poker rally, 5K run/walk, parade, balloon glow, children’s playground, live entertainment and more than 150 arts, crafts and commercial booths.

Heck, there’s even a pipe smoking contest, which is the longest-running event at Gaslight.

Entry to the festival is free. Pets are not permitted.

Kevin Gibson covers everything from food to music to beer to bourbon. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono (pissed her off a little, too). Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he co-hosts a local radio show and plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies. Check out his blog, 502Brews.com, or feel free to call him names on Twitter: @kgramone.


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