When spring arrives in SoIN, it brings greener grass, longer days, and Thunder! For 27 years, the Ohio River banks in Jeffersonville and Clarksville, and in neighboring Louisville, Kentucky, have been home to the largest annual air and fireworks show in North America.
To help you have the best Thunder Over Louisville experience ever on Saturday, April 22, here is a list of restaurants’ “seat and eat” packages, parking info, helpful links, and a viewing map.
SoIN ‘Seat and Eat’ Packages
This event venue located in downtown Jeffersonville will have live bands, DJ Melly Mel, and food for sale. From 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., enjoy great music, some great food, and enjoy the air show and fireworks in a fun, safe environment.
Where: 300 Spring, 300 Spring St., Jeffersonville
Cost: Adults: $20; Children 12 and under: $5
Info: (812) 280-0300; https://www.facebook.com/300Spring
Big Four Burgers & Beer
Doors open at noon at this downtown Jeffersonville gourmet burger restaurant. Enjoy a buffet with certified Angus beef burgers, slow-cooked Carolina pulled pork, all-beef hotdogs, French fries, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, beer specials, and more! Wristband will guarantee table space on decks, with freedom to walk about and return to your space. Access to indoor restrooms.
Where: Big Four Burgers & Beer, 134 Spring Street, Jeffersonville
Cost: $65 per adult, $35 per child
Info: (812) 913-4967: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigFourBurgersBeer; www.bigfourburgers.com
Bristol Bar & Grille
You’ll enjoy the high river view and the food at the elegant Bristol Bar & Grille in downtown Jeffersonville. From 3-11 p.m., guests will enjoy a buffet of appetizers and entrees, and even a dessert and gourmet coffee station. Pricing includes buffet, non-alcoholic drinks, and sales tax. Bar drinks and parking costs are separate. Note: entire table must be reserved; every guest must have a wristband to access the event.
Where: Bristol Bar & Grille, 700 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville
Cost: Indoor seat: $180; patio: $115 (tent if necessary); limited view table and bar stools: $115
Info: (812) 218-1995; www.bristolbarandgrille.com
Buckhead Mountain Grill
Gather with friends and family at Buckhead’s Beer Garden. This is an outside tented event that will be held in the Buckhead lower lot. Enjoy appetizers, a full dinner buffet, and spectacular views along the Ohio River. Gates open at 2 p.m.; the tent event will remain open until after the fireworks. Corporate tent packages and inside/patio prime seating also available.
Where: Buckhead Mountain Grill, 707 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville
Cost: $50 child, $125 adult; purchase tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1422452?utm_medium=bks
Opening at 3 p.m., guests will enjoy a Cluckers’ buffet that includes their popular boneless wings, chips, coleslaw, and fried pickles. Buffet served 5-7 p.m.; other menu items will be available.
Where: Cluckers, 100 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville
Cost: $50 per seat; guests must purchase entire table: $200 for 4 seats, $300 for 6 seats.
Info: (812) 590-3662; www.cluckers-wings.com
Starting at noon, attendees can enjoy Flat12’s craft beers and delicious food from Urban Bread Co. Beginning at 6 p.m., VIP party-goers will enjoy reserved riverfront patio seating until midnight. All patrons will have full access to the taproom and indoor restrooms. Coolers, outside beverages, and pets are prohibited. All attendees must be 21+ with a valid form of ID.
Where: Flat12 Bierwerks, 130 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville
Cost: VIP, $200 for table of four
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1828154524100201; tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thunder-on-the-river-vip-package-tickets-32062051459
Kingfish and On the Rocks Patio Bar
Reserve your spot at this riverfront seafood restaurant and patio bar in Jeffersonville. Enjoy a buffet, reserved inside or patio seats, or outdoor tent seats (not reserved).
Where: Kingfish & On the Rocks Patio Bar, 601 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville
Cost: Tent: $80per person; Stool seats: $140 per person; Indoor seats: $170 per person; $395 table of four, lower deck
Info: (502) 339-0565; http://www.kingfishrestaurants.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/Thunder-2017-flyer.pdf
Olive Leaf Bistro
Treat yourself to riverside dining and Mediterranean cuisine at this Jeffersonville restaurant. A delicious buffet will include a hummus trio, prosciutto and melon bites, grilled salmon, lobster bisque, shrimp scampi, and pasta dishes. You’ll want to save room for baklava, mini crème brulee, or cannoli for dessert! Buffet will be open from 2-10 p.m. All seating options include buffet and non-alcoholic drinks.
Where: Olive Leaf Bistro, 130 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville
Cost: Call for pricing: (812) 913-1252
Rocky’s Sub Pub
Looking for a fun, safe, family-friendly area to enjoy Thunder? Rocky’s will again have their beer garden event, offering appetizers, a full dinner buffet, and kid’s entertainment. Enjoy the wonderful views from the lighted tent, or reserve a seat inside or a prime patio seating.
Where: Rocky’s Sub Pub, 715 Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville
Cost: $40 child, $100 adult; purchase tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1437445?utm_medium=bks
Stay in SoIN Packages
Market Street Inn
When you stay in historic Market Street Inn in downtown Jeffersonville, you will be treated to roof top deck views of the air show and fireworks. Guests will be treated to an all-day buffet, free parking, a street dance, an overnight stay, and a breakfast buffet the next morning.
Where: Market Street Inn, 330 W. Market St., Jeffersonville
Cost: $440-$660 + tax
Info: (812) 85-1877; http://innonmarket.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Market-Street-Inn-106535998096
Facebook video link: https://www.facebook.com/106535998096/videos/10202072562640178
Parking Space Available
Water Tower Square Business Park
The Water Tower Business Park in Jeffersonville will have parking available for cars and RVs again this year. Because there are limited number of RV and car parking spaces, reservations are encouraged. For a parking lot map and lot sizes and restrictions, visit the links below.
Where: Water Tower Square Business Park, 300 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville
Cost: $300 RVS, and $25 for RV car pass; $50 and $75 cars, reserved; $20 car non-reserved
Info: (812) 288-9057; FAQ: http://www.watertowersquare.com/thunder-faq.php; General info: http://www.watertowersquare.com/Thunder.php
Kye’s Event Venue
Located in Water Tower Square, this Jeffersonville event venue offers parking the day of Thunder. Parking passes can be purchased online and will be mailed to you through April 18th. From April 18-21, passes can be picked up at Kye’s.
Where: Kye’s, 500 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville
Cost: $20; purchase online
Info: (812) 285-8500; http://www.kye-s.com/thunder.html
RV parking, field in front of old Colgate Plant
Where: South Clark Blvd. and Woerner Ave., Clarksville
Cost: $150 per RV (no hook-ups), can stay Friday-Sunday; $15 per car day of event
Info: (502) 963-3650
Vintage Fire Museum
Where: 723 Spring St., Jeffersonville
Cost: $10 per car for the day, 25-car capacity
Info: (502) 599-2522 or (812) 948-8711
Jeffersonville Parks Department:
The City of Jeffersonville is accepting silent bids for boat dock use during Thunder Over Louisville. A dock will be assigned to a successful bidder based on the amount of the bid, size of vessel, and date the bid is received in the City of Jeffersonville’s office.