The Garvin Gate Blues Festival is held the second weekend of October on the streets of Historic Old Louisville, the largest Victorian preservation neighborhood in the USA. Many of the top names in blues music have performed here since the festival began in 1988.
The GGBF is an annual two-day arts and music festival featuring local and national performers and is considered to be one of the most prestigious blues festivals between Chicago and Mississippi.
This free event is presented by Four Roses Bourbon and The Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association and is sponsored by Louisville Metro Government District 6 Councilman David James. Proceeds from sponsorships and vendor sales benefit the Garvin Gate Neighborhood and the Old Louisville Preservation District.
Oak Street and Garvin Place will both be closed off to traffic for two days while bands perform on one of our two stages. In addition to the live entertainment the festival has an array of food and drink vendors, along with over 50 crafts booths. Nearby off-street parking is available on a first-come basis.
The festival’s crafts area is set among a block of 1880-90s Victorian homes on the quiet tree-lined Garvin Place cul-de-sac, with vendors selling jewelry, pottery, paintings, art, and a host of artisan oddities. Our booths are open late, which helps make this festival a very unique Old Louisville event.
A celebration of both the blues and the arts, this festival attracts a multi-racial, intergenerational audience and takes place this year on Friday, October 10, from 6:30 - 11:15 pm, and Saturday, October 11, from 2 - 11:15 pm at The Garvin Gate on Oak Street, between 4th & 6th Streets, one mile south of downtown Louisville.
Due to the large crowds we ask that you leave your pets at home, service dogs only, and please, no coolers, cans, or bottles in the festival area. Supporting our parking lot on Fourth Street and our food and drink vendors within the festival area goes a long way to help pay for this free event. Thank you very much.
St. James Court Association
Garvin Place Properties
3rd Street Neighborhood Association
Reginald Meeks - KY State Representative
Ginny Ehrlich, The Gallery at 133
Mary Martin, Semonin Realtors
Old Town Wine and Spirits
Dismas Charities, Inc.
You can make a donation to keep the blues alive at Garvin Gate using PayPal. It’s quick, easy and safe to make a donation of any amount to the Garvin Gate Association that produces the Garvin Gate Blues Festival.