Signature Events

Southern Indiana is home to several signature events as well as access to some of the region's most famous events. The Kentucky Derby is run at Churchill Downs. This world-renowned venue is about 8 miles from Southern Indiana communities of Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany. Explore the region's signature events below and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on Southern Indiana events.

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Thunder Over Louisville Bridge Fireworks

Thunder Over Louisville

Watch a spectacular air show during the day; then enjoy one of America’s largest fireworks shows set to music at Thunder Over Louisville. On the banks of the Ohio River, this kicks off the official Kentucky Derby Festival.

Great Steamboat Race

The Great Steamboat Race occurs annually just before the Kentucky Derby. Visitors can ride on the racing Belle of Louisville or the Belle of Cincinnati and enjoy food, drinks, and live entertainment.


Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby

The top 20 Thoroughbreds compete in the “greatest two minutes in sports” on the first Saturday in May at The Kentucky Derby.

Taco Walk

Enjoy unique tacos created by local restaurants, grab a beverage, and be sure to stop and browse in the local retail shops.

Abbey Road on the River

Abbey Road on the River, the world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival returns to Jeffersonville over Memorial Day weekend.

Southern Indiana Renaissance Faire

Have fun exploring Old World demonstrations by chain mail makers, spinners, potters, and blacksmiths. Southern Indiana Renaissance Faire donates funds for local arts and entertainment scholarships.

Star Valley Strawberry Festival

Indulge in all things strawberry at this annual festival held in Borden every year on the Saturday before Memorial Day. 


Monarch Festival Mount St. Francis

Southern Indiana Pride Festival & Parade

Featuring a pride parade, live entertainment, food and more than 50 vendors at this event that celebrates Southern Indiana as a place where kindness and diversity thrive. 

Rollin’ on the River Beer Festival
Enjoy great brews, food and live music on the Howard Steamboat Museum’s beautiful campus while attending this new craft beer festival on the banks of the Ohio River.

Wine Walk & Shop
Enjoy more than a dozen wine-tasting stations, hors d’oeuvres and live music at the 15th annual Wine Walk & Shop.


Jeffersonville RiverStage

Riverfront Independence Day Celebration

Live music, fireworks, food, drinks, and activities at New Albany Riverfront Amphitheatre. Free admission. 

4th of July Parade & Celebration of Freedom

Celebrate our nation’s freedom with this program that starts at Warder Park in Jeffersonville.


Street Rod Nationals 2020

Street Rod Nationals

See thousands of classic cars and street rods at this annual car lover’s event. 



Big Four Arts Festival

This annual arts festival is a must stop for art lovers and the general public.

Steamboat Nights

Come to Jeffersonville to experience this one-of-a-kind steamboat heritage festival. Enjoy live music, silent disco, and a blacklight experience. 

Monarch Festival at MountFest

Regional arts festival featuring live entertainment and musicians throughout the day, food trucks, local beer and wine, kids activities and an amazing butterfly experience.


Experience the Falls of the Ohio in an immersive light experience.

Louder Than Life

Louder Than Life, the largest rock festival in the United States is a can’t miss each year with their impeccable lineups.

Bourbon & Beyond

Bourbon & Beyond is a mixture of music, food, and of course BOURBON! 


Harvest Homecoming

Autumn on the River

Each year, thousands gather at this annual fall festival to enjoy a parade, a car show, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and helicopter rides. Proceeds benefit Historic Bethlehem, Inc. which oversees the restoration of the 1927 Bethlehem schoolhouse.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Marvel at more than 5,000 professionally-carved jack-o’-lanterns, grouped in themed scenes.

Harvest Homecoming

New Albany’s Harvest Homecoming festival is one of Indiana’s largest! Enjoy a parade, rides, live music, a pumpkin chunking contest (using a gravity-powered trebuchet), kid’s events and booths.

St. James Court Art Show

Contemporary crafts and fine art show featuring over 700 artists are held among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes.

Literally, A Haunted House

Not for the faint of heart, this annual haunted house is held in the Culbertson Mansion’s carriage house.


Charlestown Christmas

Light Up Charlestown

Kick-off holiday season with one of the premier holiday events in the region with this extraordinary light show.

Schimpff's Confectionery Holiday Candy Making Demonstrations

Watch the staff Schimpff’s make ribbon candy and candy canes just as they did in 1891, in the beloved candy store and museum.

Pop's Reserve Release Party

The release of Pop’s Reserve is an annual treat for Huber wine lovers. 

New Albany's Jingle Walk and Light Up

Stroll through historic New Albany’s uptown and downtown while you sample wine, shop at unique clothing boutiques, gift stores and art galleries. Watch the Christmas tree lighting and sing carols in Bicentennial Park. Enjoy extended hours and specials in the vibrant city’s shops.

Light Up Jeff

Start your holiday season with a parade, inflatables, refreshments, train rides, and a visit from Santa!  

Light Up New Albany

Feeling active this winter? Participate in this Holiday activity with games, music, cookies and crafts.

Small Business Saturday

Celebrate Small Business Saturday by shopping locally!


holiday shopping

Elf Training Camp

Welcome to a place where Christmas past and present become one. Get into the holiday spirit at this event which features snowball fights, a candy cane hunt, make-your-own reindeer food and more! 

Lights Under Louisville

An underground winter wonderland! Drive your vehicle through the Louisville Mega Cavern and experience the only underground holiday light show in the world.