Kentucky Kick Down celebrates vintage motorcycles. | Courtesy of Kentucky Kick Down
Kentucky Kick Down celebrates vintage motorcycles. | Courtesy of Kentucky Kick Down

Vintage motorcycle enthusiasts will be in hog heaven this weekend as the annual Kentucky Kick Down festival takes over Barret Avenue in front of Barret Bar. Founded by Louisvillians Scott Halbleib and Scott Shuffitt, the show is open to all makes of bikes at least 25 years or older and, of course, anyone who appreciates a motorized machine on two wheels.

And because drooling over the relics may make one hungry, the festival part on Saturday, Sept. 17, also offers up food trucks, along with a memorial ride for Sid Biberman, live music, an art show, the Miss Kentucky Kick Down contest, games and more from noon-10 p.m.

Hell on wheels. | Courtesy of Kentucky Kick Down
Hell on wheels. | Courtesy of Kentucky Kick Down

The event officially kicks off on Friday, Sept. 16, with a pre-party from 6 p.m.-2 a.m. at Haymarket Whiskey Bar. And then on Sunday, Sept. 18, there’s a Kick It Gathering and Ride Out planned at Retro Wrench, 1212 S. Seventh St., from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Participating food trucks on Saturday include Holy Molé, Country Loves Breakfast, Louisville Tube Station, High-Five Doughnuts and Seafood Lady, and the live music lineup features Whiskey Bent Valley Boys (2 p.m.), Voodoo Economics (3), Vice Tricks (4), Black Foot Gypsies (5), Red Hot Rebellion (7) and John Boy Slim (8).

The Friday and Sunday events are free, while there’s a $5 admission on Saturday. Kids under 12 are free.

Nearly 200 bikes participated in the show last year, and thousands came out to look mean and dirty.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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