Signature Events

Southern Indiana is home to several signature events as well as accessible 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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April

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. 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.

May

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.

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.

Forecastle Music Festival

This weekend music festival draws tens of thousands for one of the region’s most anticipated music festivals.

June

Monarch Festival Mount St. Francis

Southern Indiana Prive 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. 

Monarch Festival at MountFest

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

July

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.

Jeff Goes Country

Jeffersonville RiverStage turns into a honky tonk once a year bringing in a country legend.

August

Street Rod Nationals 2020

Street Rod Nationals

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

September

LightFall

Steamboat Nights

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

LightFall

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

Louder Than Life

The largest rock festival in the United States is a can’t miss each year with their impeccable line ups.

Bourbon & Beyond

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

October

Harvest Homecoming

Jack-O-Lanter 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 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.

November

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.

December

holiday shopping

Old Fashioned Christmas in Historic Downtown New Albany

Welcome to a place where Christmas past and present become one. Get into the holiday spirit at this event which features caroling, Santa, and much more!