The Kentucky Derby attracts so many people, it’s not difficult to feel like a tourist in your own hometown.

So why not be a tourist in your own hometown?

The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau “Hometown Tourist Celebration” starts today, a month-long program to encourage locals to really notice the Louisville attractions they walk past every day.

The month-long event is held in conjunction with the Travel Industry Association’s Annual National Tourism Week.

From the CVB news release:

The CVB has been encouraging Indiana and Kentucky residents to “be a tourist in their own hometown” for a decade. In addition to the 2-for-1 discounts (valid May 7 to 31) at 42 area attractions, a dozen restaurants and 10 hotels, there are a half a dozen events to which the public is invited. Offers are valid for anyone with a Kentucky or Indiana ID, local college ID or military ID.

Events include:

• Wednesday, May 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is the Hometown Tourist Kick-Off Celebration and Attractions Showcase at Fourth Street Live!. Those who collect five stamps from the nearly two dozen attractions at the event will have the chance to spin the prize wheel. Representatives at each booth will have information about its Hometown Tourist discount offer as well as upcoming special events. Free to attend.

• The Louisville Visitors Center at Fourth and Jefferson streets is offering 25 percent off entire purchase (excluding sale items and candy). In the Visitors Center, Sullivan University will have free HTC cookies and cupcakes as well as a large edible chocolate sculpture of iconic scenes of Louisville. Have your picture taken with a medieval costumed character from the Frazier History Museum, Catfish Louie, Locust Grove Regency Era costumed character and the Glacier Run Bear family mascots. For a complete list of participants and offers, or for more information about these events, visit www.gotolouisville.com/hometowntourist.

• Friday, May 11, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. is the Louisville Bats Baseball Game Tailgate Party. Held on Boy Scout night, the tailgate party is held just outside the stadium at the corner of Witherspoon and Preston and is free to attend. There are prizes for all kids and a grand prize drawing for the adults. Look for Catfish Louie, the Glacier Run Bear family mascots, Churchill Charlie, the Kentucky Derby Museum’s miniature-pony – Winston, a Louisville Slugger Baseball Player from the 1880s and the Mega Cavern tour jeep. For a complete list of participants and offers, or for more information about these events, visit www.gotolouisville.com/hometowntourist.

• From Whiskey Row to Theatre Square to NuLu – and everywhere in between – downtown Louisville has 70 fine dining and casual restaurants, 11 of them new in the last 12 months. Come sample a taste of what downtown has to offer during Fleur De Licious, May 11 to May 20. For a list of participating restaurants and the specials they will offer check out www.fleurdelicious.info.

• The Louisville Visitors Center’s “Picnic at the Waterfront” themed open house on Thursday, May 17, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., features mascot Catfish Louie and book signings by historian Rick Bell, author of “Waterfront Park A Riverfront Renaissance.” Sullivan University’s students will provide free samples of picnic-style food. Free to attend. For a complete list of participants and offers, or for more information about these events, visit www.gotolouisville.com/hometowntourist.

• Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., visit the CVB’s Hometown Tourist booth at the Old Louisville Spring Fest held in the 1200 and 1300 blocks of First Street. For a complete list of participants and offers, or for more information about these events, visit www.gotolouisville.com/hometowntourist.

• Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. is the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 101-style seminar “From Our Family to Yours: Family Reunion Workshop,” which includes a presentation by the CVB’s Family Reunion Service Specialists and a “meet and greet” with hospitality industry partners who specialize in family reunions. Admission is free to anyone who is planning a family reunion in Louisville, but seating is limited to two guests per reunion. Reservations are required; contact Saundra Robertson at [email protected] or 502-379-6110.

PossibiliTours Walking Tours provide historical and architectural anecdotes about Possibility City while exploring the heart of downtown on foot. You’ll explore Fourth Street, Whiskey Row, Museum Row on Main, and the civic district. Held Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (May through October), a local volunteer leads you on a free, one-hour walking tour (weather permitting) departing from the Visitors Center at 4th and Jefferson. Call 502-379-6109 one day in advance to reserve your spot. Walk-ins are taken based on availability.

For a complete list of participants and offers, or for more information about these events, visit the Hometown Tourist webpage here.

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