The Kentucky Reggae Festival is this weekend. | Courtesy Bisig Impact Group

Who doesn’t want reggae music and Caribbean food? The Four Roses Bourbon Kentucky Reggae Festival returns for its 28th year at the Louisville Water Tower Park this weekend.

The three-day festival, which features Jamaican culture and the islands through music, ethnic food and a Caribbean Vendor Market Friday through Sunday. There will be live reggae performances throughout the weekend, as well as a wide variety of food and cocktails made with Four Roses bourbon.

Jammin’

If you’re a reggae fan, you won’t be disappointed with the 11 regional and nationally known acts scheduled to play beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The bands performing will be PMA, Yard Squad, IDNIKA, Elementree Livity Project, Gizzae, Warrior King, Lion Heights, Roots of Rebellion, Dimachine, and Lazo & Exodus: A Tribute to Bob Markey. Between bands, DJ Mixa will spin.

More than jerk

Jamaican food will be available all weekend.

Authentic Jamaican food comes from the Jamaican Association of Louisville, A Piece of Jamaica and T-Bone’s Jerk Shack. If you’re not into the islands flavor, there will also be American festival food, including lemonade, funnel cakes, ribbon fries, burgers, corn dogs and more.

Cold beverages will be available in the Sailor Jerry Rum Bar and the Bud Light Build-A-Bar areas, featuring Four Roses Bourbon, Sailor Jerry Rum, Hendricks Gin, Reyka Vodka and Milagro Tequila. Specialty drinks include Four Roses Bourbon cocktails, Milagro Margaritas and Sailor Jerry Reggae Rum Punch.

The Kentucky Reggae Fest runs from 5-11 p.m. on Friday, May 25, and 2-11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27. Until Wednesday, online-only one-day general admission tickets are available for $10, $20 for a two-day pass and $30 for a three-day pass. At the gates, tickets are $15 per day, and kids 10 and younger get in free. Buy online tickets at KentuckyReggaeFestival.com. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, but leave pets, food and drink at home.

Lisa Hornung a native of Louisville and has worked in local media for more than 15 years as a writer and editor. Before that she worked as a writer, editor and photographer for community newspapers in Kansas, Ohio and Kentucky. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, and after a 20-year career in journalism, she obtained a master’s degree in history from Eastern Kentucky University in 2016.


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