Ford's Thunder on the Ground

Saturday, April 22, 2017
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM


You can do a lot more at Thunder Over Louisville than simply look to the sky. With a slew of entertainment options available on the ground, there is sure to be something for everyone!

From the Thunder FoodFest to the Interactive Display Area to the Kid’s Play Areas on the Great Lawn, there’s refreshments and entertainment galore.

  • North Great Lawn: 9 am
  • Chow Wagon: 11 am
  • Meijer Family Fun Zone: 11 am

Each location offers FREE admission with a 2017 Pegasus Pin®, a Beer Garden, Thunder Sound, and Food Vendors.


Thunder Food Fest

More than 115 vendors will be available at the Chow Wagon, Great Lawn, West Belvedere, and along Witherspoon.

Get your Official Derby Festival Merchandise, including Thunder Wear at 11 different locations:

  • Waterfront Chow Wagon
  • South Great Lawn
  • East Great Lawn
  • 2nd Street and River Road
  • 3rd Street and River Road
  • 4th Street and River Road
  • Preston and Witherspoon
  • Bingham and Witherspoon
  • River Road and Bingham Way
  • Southern Indiana
  • Merchant Row Along Witherspoon at the great lawn. Vendors will be selling a wide variety if things including sunglasses, caricatures, and more!

Saturday, April 22, 2017
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM


  • Pin Wagon: 4th and River Road
  • Bingham Way/Festival Plaza: Top of the steps leading to Chow Wagon
  • Preston and Witherspoon: Northeast corner
  • 2nd Street and Main Street: Northwest side of Main Street

Saturday, April 22, 2017
11:00 AM


  • Xperience – on behalf of Ford Motor Co.
  • Great Big Idaho Potato
  • Active Heroes
  • Kentucky National Guard
  • U.S. Air Force Flight Simulator
  • U.S. Army Display featuring static Blackhawk
  • U.S. Marines Chin Up Challenge
  • Merry-Go-Round
  • Moon Bounce Obstacle Course
  • Rock Wall
  • Super Slide Typhoon
  • Ali-Baba Magic Carpet
  • Round-up
  • Sizzler
  • Lil Scrambler
  • Hampton Car Ride
  • Charlie Chopper
  • Himalaya
  • Ships Ahoy
  • Slide


Saturday, April 22, 2017
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM


Admission is FREE with a 2017 Pegasus Pin®. Free kids’ activities including bounce houses, face painting, photo opportunities, and Big Red Chair. Sampling of snacks and great view of the show.

Fanzone Interactive Display: Sign up for Meijer’s mPerks and receive a FREE Meijer Tote!