Kroger's Fest-a-Ville℠

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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, Derby of the Dead, Battle of the Bounce, Chow Wagon, Fitness Jam, Ohio Valley Wrestling Run for the Ropes, 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 ahoy, a giant slide and much more. Helicopter rides return this year for $40 (April 27 – May 4).

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


Download the Schedule: Miller Lite Music Stage Schedule 2018

Thursday, April 26th
11:30 AM 3D2
4:00 PM Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
8:00 PM Kirby’s Dreamland

Friday, April 27th
11:30 AM Ma’am Overboard
4:00 PM The Wilson Brothers
8:00 PM Radiotronic

Saturday, April 28th
11:30 AM Me & You
4:00 PM Rock Station
8:00 PM Wax Factory

Sunday, April 29th
12:00 PM University of Louisville Jazz Band
3:00 PM The Wulfe Brothers
7:00 PM The Jesse Lees

Monday, April 30th
11:30 AM Potluck Ramblers
4:00 PM Rear View Mirror
8:00 PM Shane Dawson

Tuesday, May 1st
11:30 AM The Echoes
4:00 PM Stone The Crow
8:00 PM The Killer Lips

Wednesday, May 2nd
11:30 AM Kentucky Blue
4:00 PM Rusty Dimes & The Good Times
8:00 PM J.D. Shelburne

Thursday, May 3rd
11:30 AM da Mudcats
4:00 PM Midnight Radio
8:00 PM The Velcro Pygmies

Friday, May 4th
11:30 AM Blues and Greys
4:00 PM Junction Creek
8:00 PM The Goldy Locks Band

Free rides (kids 12 and under) 4 PM – 6 PM daily, courtesy of AETNA Better Health of Kentucky.

Rides at the Pegasus Play-Ville include:

-Fun Slide
-Drop & Twist
-Ali Baba
-Lil Wheel
-Ferris Wheel
-Hampton Car Ride
-Round Up
-Truck Ride
-Bounce House
-Ships Ahoy
-Merry Go Round
-Ninja Jump
-Alien Adbuction

Hours for the Pegasus Play-Ville are:

Thursday, April 26 / 4pm – Close
Friday, April 27 / 4pm – Close
Saturday, April 28 / 11am – Close
Sunday, April 29 / 12pm – Close
Monday, April 30 / 4pm – Close
Tuesday, May 1/ 4pm – Close
Wednesday, May 2 / 4pm – Close
Thursday, May 3 / 4pm – Close
Friday, May 4 / 11am – Close

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
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
Curly Fries
Deep Fried Oreos
Deep Fried Pickles
Deep Fried Twinkies
Elephant Ears
French Fries
Fried Fish
Frozen Tropical Drinks
Funnel Cake & Sticks
Garlic Bread
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:

Are tickets available for the national act concerts?

Priority Viewing tickets are available for the following shows: MAX, Tyler Farr, Sheila E., and Judah & the Lion. 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 2018 Pegasus Pin is required for entry to the event and those can be purchased outside the front gates.

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 Saturday, April 28. All military personnel will get FREE admission to the venue between 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM.


Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville Daily Schedule

Thanks to Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation, there will be free admission on opening day. On  Opening Day ONLY, patrons will not need a Pegasus Pin to enter Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville.

11:00 AMChow Wagon

12:00 PM – Opening Ceremony/Ribbon Cutting

7:00 PM – A-Corde on Great Stage

8:30 PM U.S. Bank Balloon Glimmer


11:00 AMChow Wagon

4:00 PM – 8:00 PMKen-Ducky Derby

5:00 PM – 7:00 PMFitness Jam

8:00 PM – Waterfront Jam Saturday Concert: Belterra Casino Resort Concert featuring Tyler Farr with special guest Mitchell Tenpenny (97.5 WAMZ)

*FREE ADMISSION FOR VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY all day (11 AM-11 PM), courtesy of Belterra Casino Resort.

12:00 PM – Chow Wagon

12:00 PM – 4:00 PMV Foundation Celebrity Bocce Tournament

1:00 PM – Mascot Party

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM YMCA Healthy Kids Day Presented by Humana (featuring the miniFun Run)

2:00 PM – Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Inflatable Rehearsal

5:00 PMWaterfront Jam Celebration Sunday Concert Presented by WJIE: Jason Gray with Chris August and Andy Gullahorn


11:00 AMChow Wagon

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Battle of the Bounce

6:00 PMGreat Steamboat Race

6:00 PM – 9:00 PMBeerFest Presented by American Founders Bank

8:00 PM – Antler Presentation (Great Steamboat Race) on Miller Lite Music Stage

8:00 PM – Waterfront Jam WFPK Wednesday Concert: Lone Bellow featuring special guest Billy Raffoul