A place to come together, Forecastle, brings artists from around the world to the waterfront of Louisville for a whale of a good time.

Founded in 2002 by Louisville native JK McKnight, Forecastle has grown from a small, community event to one of the nation’s most anticipated summer festivals, drawing tens of thousands of fans from across the world to Louisville’s scenic 85-acre Waterfront Park.

In addition to featuring a who’s who of musical acts such as The Killers, Jack White, The Black Keys, Outkast, Beck, Sam Smith, LCD Soundsystem, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, and more. Forecastle has consistently promoted local artists as well as focused on environmental activism and outdoor recreation. Past Forecastles have featured prominent organizations, industry leaders, and distinguished speakers, such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Riverkeepers), Rob Caughlan (Surfrider Foundation) and Christopher Childs (Greenpeace International).


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Kentucky marks the spot when it comes to bourbon – seriously, 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced here! As a result, Forecastle is about much more than just the music. It’s a celebration of unrivaled local eats, drinks, and Kentucky flair! As you cruise around the grounds, sip on some bourbon, soak in the waterfront views, and shop from some of the best in the Commonwealth.

The 2020 Forecastle Bourbon experience is expanding to the masses! Now all Forecastle patrons will be able to interact with the full array of offerings with no additional membership fee or minimum commitment. The immersive Bourbon experience will be held in a shaded area with relaxing lounge areas and seating, intimate workshops, interactive experiences, and direct access to bourbon distillers and ambassadors. Stay tuned for full details coming in early 2020.***Must be 21+ to consume alcohol

NEW to 2020!🌊Cruise the Ohio River on the historic Mary M. Miller paddlewheel boat and arrive at Forecastle in style, fully equipped with brunch tapas and complimentary beer/wine* to start your musical adventure. At day’s end, come aboard and celebrate with a champagne toast* 🥂and late night small bites. Complimentary valet parking included from Forth Street Wharf. Add a Forecastle Ferry ticket to your order during checkout.

*Must be 21+ to consume alcohol

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Treat yourself to the ultimate Forecastle experience with Yacht Club or VIP. Lounge in the air-conditioned Boathouse with a private bar as a Yacht Club Member. Take it to the next level with VIP and enjoy Mast and Boom Stage viewing areas, private bars and more! Cruise through other perks like misting lounges, specialty bars, priority entrance lanes into the festival, spa services, and boatloads more.