About The Big Four™ Arts Festival
Each year, the Big Four™ Arts Festival invites guests to join us on the first weekend in September under the Big Four Bridge to enjoy exceptional art from renowned local, national and international artists. Nestled in the shaded tree lined aisles of the festival you will find nearly 200 artists including many brand new, never-before-seen emerging artists sponsored and featured by the Big Four Arts Festival. The Big Four Arts Festival located just under the Big Four Bridge is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday Thanks to the support of B4B Promotions and Design Web Louisville.
About the festival for Visitors:
The Big Four Bridge Art Festival is a free public arts festival in the heart of Downtown Louisville. This year we will be celebrating for the second time and 2018 is looking like it will be even bigger and better. Surrounded by a beautiful venue with entertainment, food, beverages, and childrens’ activities in a family-friendly atmosphere the 2018 Big Four Arts Festival will feature an all new line up of new Emerging artists and a curated selection of favorites from last year too. Parking is again going to be ample and easy to navigate with our dedicated trolley offering lot-to-gate service up and Down River road all day long.
About the festival for Artists:
The Big Four Arts Festival in Louisville, KY is held in Waterfront Park at the Big Four Bridge Lawn – four gorgeous acres of tree lined walks overlooking the Ohio River. Better than 2 million people visit Waterfront Park annually and 25,000 stroll the Big Four pedestrian bridge each weekend. The Festival is known by artists for its easy access, spacious booth layouts, and many artist amenities. The 2017 inaugural Festival was the largest attended two-day event ever at the Big Four Bridge Lawn with a 2-day attendance estimated at 50,000. Artists are chosen by an independent panel of 3 judges. This year we have allotted spaces for over 200+ quality, juried local and national artists.
The Big Four Arts Festival Awards and Auction Party
About the Awards and Auction Party:
Each year, the Big Four™ Arts Festival invites our guests to also attend the Awards and Auction Party Saturday evening at 7:30 pm just after the Festival closes for our first night. Awards are presented to our 2018 artists, and guests for this one night only event can view the art of our award-winning artists, enjoy delicious food and beverages and, of course, get the opportunity to acquire works of art through the silent auction! The auction supports the Festival’s Emerging Artist Program and the greater Louisville arts community. This is one of the most highly anticipated nights in Louisville’s social calendar, and tickets are just $10. Our silent auction features items from Loom House and Doug Green, with more to be announced.Buy Your Tickets
Music At The Big Four Arts Festival
Two Days of Music and Entertainment on the Riverfront!
Our weekend will be filled with music, entertainment, food, and more!
- 12:00 to 1:45 – Kentucky Blue
- 2:00 to 2:45 – Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
- 3:00 to 4:45 – Fresh Cut Grass
- 5:00 to 6:45 – The Pranksters
- 11:00 to 11:45 – Dagnabbit
- 12:00 to 12:45 – The Frogmen
- 1:00 to 2:45 – MVP
- 3:00 to 4:45 – Robbie Bartlett Trio
*lineup subject to change
Lots of Activites for Kids, Families, and Grown-Ups!
Foggy Bottom Farm will be coming with llamas (pink llamas will be there from 12-5pm), angora rabbits, and other kid-friendly animals. There will also be a children’s paint and drawing station where children will be encouraged to paint on our HUGE collaborative canvas project, as well as rock painting for a take home memento.
The Loom House will be in our children’s area all day and will be bringing baby looms for children to practice and learn about the art of weaving.
A kite display will soar (weather permitting) and there will be LOTS of food trucks on site, offering delicious culinary options.
Stay at AC Hotel Downtown Louisville in NuLu!
Room Rates Starting At $115 For Big Four Arts Festival
The brand-new AC Hotel Downtown Louisville is offering room rates for the Big Four Bridge Arts Festival of $115 for a room with either a king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds. This is a significant discount from their typical room rates starting at $299. The cut-off date for reservations is August 3rd, so make sure to reserve your room now! You can reserve your room by calling 1-888-236-2427 and be sure to tell them that you are a member of the Big Four Arts Festival Artist Block Group!
A Family-Friendly Event
- This is an event for the entire family.
- Emerging artists and demonstrations showing artists at work.
- Chalk art and hands-on art experiences for all ages.
Easy Access from Downtown Louisville
- On the Ohio River at the Big Four Bridge Lawn
- Three Acres of tree lined walks
- Ample parking
- Trolley runs to and from all parking areas