The action will be fast and furious at Churchill Downs during Derby Week, but the place to really get the party started is at Fourth Street Live! Live concerts take center stage in the downtown entertainment complex on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, beginning nightly at 7 p.m.
On Thursday, country music takes over the street with chart-topping duo Dan + Shay as the headliner. Country singer Jake Rose opens the show at 7.
Celebrate your Oaks Day winnings on Friday night with the down-to-earth country of Justin Moore, who will play his new single, Kinda Don’t Care. Emerging country star Tyler Rich opens the evening’s show. And to keep the party going into the night, DJ Elephante brings his progressive music to Louisville after the country stars get the crowd going.
Of course, there’s no night that’s better for partying in Louisville than on Saturday after the big race. Winners and losers will head to Fourth Street at 7 for a night of progressive house, trance, electro house, and trap music from the amazing DJ Audien.
There is plenty of action in the weeks leading up to Derby Week at Fourth Street Live!, including the annual celebration of craft beer, bourbon, and BBQ known as Pig & Swig. The family fun event starts at noon on April 28, with games and a bouncy house for the kids. All day there will be live music from Small Time Napoleon, Southern Sirens, and Whiskey Bent Valley Boys.
Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse will be serving up a special menu so guests can try delicious samples of Fieri’s award-winning BBQ recipes. Swig Stations set up along the block will serve up your choice of more than two dozen bourbons. And craft beer lovers will choose from the offerings from nine different local and regional breweries.
Fourth Street Live! is home to the city’s most exciting Thunder Over Louisville After Party April 21. It’s a disco themed fireworks show, and you should bring your dancing shoes to boogie to the music of 100% Poly, performing both before and after the fireworks. It’s free to get in, so avoid the traffic jam getting out of downtown after the fireworks and dance the night away.
Another annual favorite on Fourth Street is the Kentucky Derby Festival Health Fair, presented April 26 for the 11th straight year. You can pick up information at health-related exhibits, participate in activities and get head-to-toe screenings in a fun environment. The event starts at 4, and includes two magic shows and an appearance by Doc McStuffins, star of a Disney animated series.
The Kentucky Derby Festival Health Fair is free, and lasts from 4-8 p.m.