Kroger's Fest-a-Ville℠

Thursday, April 27, 2018 – Friday, May 4, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM: Daily Hours
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Sunday Hours


(Food, drink and pets are NOT permitted)

Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville entry is a 2018 Pegasus Pin!

ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE featuring the Waterfront Jam Concert Series with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides and more. Happy Hour Weekdays 4-6 PM, $2 Beers.

Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront returns for its twelfth year in 2018. Sponsored by Kroger, the party starts on the Great Lawn on Thursday, April 26 and runs through Derby Eve, Friday May 4. It promises to have something for everyone- and admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin.

The 900,000-square-foot venue will host several Festival events including the U.S. Bank Great Balloon Glimmer, Battle of the Bounce, Chow Wagon, Fitness Jam, Ohio Valley Wrestling Run for the Ropes, Passport GospelFest, V Foundation Celebrity Bocce Tournament, HappyTail Hour, Ken-Ducky Derby, YMCA Healthy Kids Day Presented by Humana (featuring the miniFun Run), BeerFest Presented by American Founders Bank, Neigh-Maste on the Waterfront and the awards presentation for the Great Steamboat Race, among others.

Fest-a-Ville also offers a wide variety of activities for children, featuring a expanded midway-area and attractions at Pegasus Play-Ville including merry-go-round, ships away, a giant slide and much more. Helicopter rides return this year for $40 (April 26 – May 4).

From the opening day ribbon-cutting to Derby Eve, Fest-a-Ville will be the downtown destination at Kentucky Derby Festival time.


Thursday, April 27
11:30 AM – Handcar Prophets
4:00 PM – The Killer Lips
8:00 PM – Wax Factory

Friday, April 28
11:30 AM – Halfacre & Haywood
4:00 PM – Jeni Carr
8:00 PM – Shane Dawson

Saturday, April 29
12:30 PM – Me & You
5:00 PM – The Monarchs
8:00 PM – Kirbys Dreamland

Sunday, April 30
2:00 PM – Passport GospelFest

Monday, May 1
11:30 AM – Kentucky Blue
4:00 PM – Rearview Mirror
8:00 PM – Unlimited Show Band

Tuesday, May 2
11:30 AM – Blues and Greys
4:00 PM – Stone The Crow
8:00 PM – Soul Circus

Wednesday, May 3
11:30 PM – Joe DeBow Band
4:00 PM – Mary Mary
8:00 PM – J.D. Shelburne

Thursday, May 4
11:30 AM – The Hoboz
4:00 PM – Audio Addiction
8:00 PM – Velcro Pygmies

Friday, May 5
11:30 AM – 3D
4:00 PM – D Man & The Alley Hounds
8:00 PM – Goldy Locks

Feast on everything from cookie dough to turkey legs and elephant ears.  There’s something for everyone!

Here’s a sampling of some of the food booth fare offered:

Biscuits & Gravy
Blooming Onion
BLT Sandwich
Cheese Fries
Cherry Limeade
Chicken Doner Kebab
Chicken on a Stick
Chicken Pita
Chicken Tenders
Chicken Wings
Chopped Sirloin Sandwiches
Cinnamon Rolls
Corn Dog
Crab Cakes
Curly Fries
Deep Fried Mushrooms
Deep Fried Oreos
Deep Fried Pickles
Deep Fried Pork Chop
Deep Fried Twinkies
Elephant Ears
French Fries
Fried Fish
Fried Potato Chips
Fried Veggies
Frozen Tropical Drinks
Funnel Cake & Sticks
Garlic Bread
German Chocolate Cake
Gourmet Funnel Cake
Greek Salad
Hot Chocolate
Hot Dogs
Ice Cream Cone/Sundaes/Shakes
Italian Sausages
Lemon Shake Ups
Mini Donuts
Old Fashioned Soda
Pecan Rolls
Philly Cheese Steak
Philly Chicken
Polish Sausages
Pork Chops on a Stick
Potato Skins
Potato Wedges
Red Velvet Funnel Cake
Ribeye Steak Sandwich
Steak on a Stick
Strawberry Shortcake
Sweet Tea
Tater Tots
Turkey Legs
Veggie Platter
Wild Bills Old Fashioned Soda
Wood Fired Pizza

For information on becoming a food vendor, call Concessions by Cox at (614) 297-0735 or email:

Rides at the Pegasus Playville include:

-Drop & Twist
-Ali Baba
-Lil Wheel
-Hampton Car Ride
-Ships Ahoy
-Merry Go Round
-Ninja Jump
-Alien Adbuction


Hours for the Pegasus Play-Ville are:

Thursday, April 27 / 4pm – Close
Friday, April 28 / 4pm – Close
Saturday, April 29 / 11am – Close
Sunday, April 30 / 12pm – Close
Monday, May 1 / 4pm – Close
Tuesday, May 2 / 4pm – Close
Wednesday, May 3 / 4pm – Close
Thursday, May 4 / 4pm – Close
Friday, May 5 / 11am – Close

Are tickets available for the national act concerts?

Priority Viewing tickets are available for the following shows: Daya, Hunter Hayes, Sugarhill Gang and Jimmy Eat World. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

How do I purchase food and drinks?

Food and drink tickets are required for food and beverage.  These tickets may be purchased at designated ticket booths or automated ticket distribution machines.  Cash or credit card is accepted at ticket booths and ticket machines.

Are ATMs available?

We offer ATMs on the venue in multiple locations. Ticket booths will accept cash or credit cards.

Are phone charging stations available?

Phone charging stations are available.  They are located near the ATM’s.

Does Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville offer recycling?

Recycling is important to KDF.  Recycling receptacles are scattered throughout the venue.  You will find them next to the garbage cans.  The receptacles accept plastic bottles, cans and cups only.

Is first aid available?

First Aid stations are located in multiple locations on the venue.

Is KDF merchandise available?

KDF merchandise is offered in a tent near the main entrance of the great lawn area.

What about Pegasus Pins?

KDF Pegasus Pins, old and new, are available for sale in the Pin Trailer near the front gate of the Chow Wagon.  Also, a 2017 Pegasus Pin is required for entry to the event and those can be purchased outside the front gates.

What is Pegasus Play-Ville?

Pegasus Play-Ville is a midway area.  For midway, a separate ticket is required.  Those special tickets can be purchased at the large ticket booth in the Pegasus Play-Vile area.

Is there special pricing for Happy Hour?

Happy Hour is offered weekdays from 4-6pm.  Beers are available for only $2.00 each.

Do you offer other alcoholic beverages in addition to beer?

We offer beer, but also offer wine, bourbon, vodka and a great variety of spirits for sale on the venue.  Check out our bars for specifics.

What is the policy on pets?

Pets are not permitted on the venue.  An exception is made during HappyTail Hour, Dog owners are encouraged to bring their pet/s and mingle with other dog lovers during this special programming.

Do you have any other restrictions or policies for the venue?

Food, drink, coolers, cans, bottles, bikes, blades and skateboards are not permitted in the venue.  All personal bags are subject to search.

Where can I park for the event?

In Downtown Louisville, there are more than 52,000 public parking, off-street spaces within a 10-block walk to the River.  For more information on garage and lot locations visit one of these websites at: or or contact the Parking Authority of River City (PARC) at (502) 587-PARK.

Will rain or weather cancel the event?

Very rarely, we will close or postpone the event due to weather.  We will notify our media outlets if we do so.

Do you offer special programming for military?

Yes, military day is featured on Friday, May 5. All military personnel will get FREE admission to the venue between 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM.