Kroger's Fest-a-Ville℠


April 25 – May 3, 2024

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 2024 Pegasus Pin!

The ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE featuring concerts with local and regional acts, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides and more.

Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront will return for its 18th year in 2024. Sponsored by Kroger, the party starts on the Great Lawn and runs through Derby Eve. It promises to have something for everyone – and admission is free with a 2024 Pegasus Pin.

The 900,000-square-foot venue will host several Festival events, including the L&N Federal Credit Union Great Balloon Glow, Chow Wagon, Ohio Valley Wrestling Run for the Ropes, HappyTail Hour, Ken-Ducky Derby and more.

Fest-a-Ville also offers a wide variety of activities for children, featuring midway-area and attractions at Pegasus Play-Ville Presented by Norton Children’s, including merry-go-round, ships ahoy, a giant slide and much more.

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


  • Nightly Drone Show: Thursday, April 25 through Friday May 3, 9:30 p.m. A Nightly Drone Show will take place each evening during the nine-day run of Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. Three different drone shows, featuring an estimated 75-100 drones, will be in rotation during the event, so Festival goers can attend multiple times and see an entirely new show.
  • Two Balloon Glows: Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, Parade of Balloons, 7:30 p.m., Glow, 9 p.m., Great Lawn. Come early, get a prime-viewing spot, grab dinner and see the balloons parade over before the Glow. This one-of-a-kind experience features balloons on the field but they do not ascend. As the pilots fire their burners, guests can watch the balloons glow against the night sky synchronized to a special musical score. Walk around the field, talk to pilots and see one of the Derby Festival’s most colorful and picturesque events. Sponsor: L&N Federal Credit Union. Contributing Sponsors: Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay, Kentucky State Parks, KRC Roofing and Construction and UA Local 502. Official Broadcast Partner: WLKY TV. Media Sponsor: 106.9.
  • Taylor Swift Silent Disco: Saturday, April 27, 6-9 p.m., in the Grove. Swifties, get ready to shake it off at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville! Secure your spot at the Swiftie themed silent disco where Louisville Silent Disco will be playing Taylor Swift hit songs on two channels (a third channel will feature Top Hits). Channel your inner Swiftie and come decked out in your favorite Taylor era as you wear glowing wireless headphones and dance to the music on the Waterfront. Pre-sale tickets: $15, includes a 2024 Pegasus Pin. $20 at the gate, includes a 2024 Pegasus Pin. Produced by Louisville Silent Disco. Purchase tickets in advance at
  • Double the Car Show Fun: Exotic Cars & Coffee Presented By Speedwash Car Wash returns for the second straight year on Saturday, April 27 from 4-8 p.m., on the Great Lawn. Enjoy exotic cars, muscle cars, imports and German and American favorites from all over the region under the lights. Media Sponsor: ALT 105.1. Making its Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville debut is a Custom Car Showcase Presented by USO & Individuals Car Club on Sunday, April 28 from noon-5 p.m., on the Great Lawn. Featuring beautifully painted and detailed custom cars from all across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Barbie On the Big Screen Movie Night: Wednesday, May 1, 8:30 p.m., in The Grove. Enjoy the hit movie “Barbie” under the stars on the big screen.
  • Louisville Turners Circus: Thursday, May 2, 6-7:30 p.m., Great Lawn. The local circus company will perform aerial and ground circus acts, including aerial silks, rope, sling, aerial hoop, and dance trapeze.

Rides at the Pegasus Play-Ville include:

– Ali Baba
– Car ride
– Charlie Chopper
– Expo Wheel
– Fun House/Fun Slide
– Little Wheel
– Musik Express
– Revenge of the Pirates
– Round Up
– Sizzler
– Ships Ahoy
– Zumor

Thursday, April 25 / 4pm – Close
Friday, April 26 / 4pm – Close
Saturday, April 27 / 12pm – Close
Sunday, April 28 / 12pm – Close
Monday, April 29 / 4pm – Close
Tuesday, April 30/ 4pm – Close
Wednesday, May 1 / 4pm – Close
Thursday, May 2 / 4pm – Close
Friday, May 3 / 11am – Close

How do I purchase food and drinks?

Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville is now cashless. Food and drinks can be purchased with your Debit or Credit Card, or on a card you pre-load onsite at designated booths or automated distribution machines. Only cards can be used for purchasing food and beverage.

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 – just look for the trailer on the Chow Wagon side of the venue!

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 2024 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 $4.00 each at the Beer Garden.

Do you offer other alcoholic beverages in addition to beer?

We offer beer, but also offer wine, bourbon, vodka, gin 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, scooters 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 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 3. All military personnel will get FREE admission to the venue between 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM.

June 21 - June 21