Thunder Over Louisville, the annual kickoff event of the Kentucky Derby Festival, is an airshow and fireworks display in Louisville, Kentucky held on April 21, 2018.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Air Show – 2:30 PM
Fireworks – 9:30 PM
Galt House Event for Thunder (1st year event)
Location: Galt House Hotel
Thunder Over Louisville is the kick-off of the Kentucky Derby Festival, it is one of North America’s top fireworks and air shows! Galt House® Hotel is “front row” and home to Thunder Command Central. Come and enjoy Thunder at Galt House Hotel on April 21, 2018. Thunder packages are available on a first come basis.
Location: Big Four Bridge Lawn
SkyStar is thrilled to make its debut in Louisville’s Waterfront Park. The SkyStar Observation Wheel features 36 climate-controlled, 6 passenger gondolas. From the base of the Big Four Bridge, guests will soar above the Ohio River and enjoy unparalleled views of downtown Louisville. Ferris Wheel gondola rental for Thunder at Big Four Bridge ($1000 for up to 6 people)
Kentucky Derby Festival Thunder Over Louisville VIP Rooftop Party
Location: Humana Waterside Garage Rooftop
Enjoy a spectacular view of the largest annual fireworks display in North America and day-long airshow. VIP ticket includes: Premium viewing location of airshow and fireworks display, Appetizers and dinner, Complimentary bar, Private restrooms, VIP tent.
Thunder Business Boom
Location: KFC Yum! Center
New this year, the KFC Yum! Center is offering a networking event to enable members of the Louisville business community to connect, expand their professional network and discuss opportunities for collaboration. There is no better place to view the breathtaking and awe-inspiring fireworks show than the KFC Yum! Center. Our second floor Woodford Reserve Lounge, which overlooks Second Street bridge, is perfect for anyone looking for a top of the line experience. The KFC Yum! Center is also accessible to nearly 4,500 hotel rooms for guests who wish to stay and celebrate downtown after the show!
Thunder Tailgate Party
Location: Goodwood Brewing
Join us for a Thunder tailgate party at Goodwood featuring tailgate games, BBQ from Momma’s Mustard, Pickles & BBQ and live music from The Riflemen!
Kick-off your Thunder festivities in the comfort of our taproom with great food, beer and live music, then take the short walk down to the waterfront to enjoy the show!
VIP Craft Brewery Tasting Tour
Location: 4th and Liberty
Join the Original Craft Brewery Tasting Tour in Louisville Kentucky! As a part of your tour you will receive: Beer (Pint or Flight), Large Soft Bavarian Pretzel, Tours at the locations, Local History Trivia,
We will hit up Akasha Brewing Company, Mile Wide Beer Co., Gravely Brewing Co and Monnik Beer Co. this weekend
Location: Kentucky Science Center
Don’t wait for the forecast. ThunderBlast’s viewing area is covered and tickets include all-day access to the Science Center.
Enjoy some of the best seats in town for airplanes, fireworks, and fun – with the bonus of exclusive food trucks, clean indoor bathrooms, and hands-on programming inside and out.
Thunder at Slugger Field
Location: Louisville Slugger Field
Don’t battle half a million people for a spot to watch the show! Thunder at Slugger includes a reserved seat for the baseball game, air show, concert & fireworks in a safe, fun-filled, action-packed environment. Plus, access to clean restrooms! Starting at $20.
Location: Belle of Louisville
THIS IS A DOCKSIDE EVENT- THE BOAT DOES NOT CRUISE
BAR: Cash bar on-board
GIFT SHOP: Available
PHOTO: Taken during boarding, available for sale on-board.
ENTERTAINMENT: SYNC WITH DERBY FESTIVAL OFFICIAL STATION
Seating: Open seating, no assigned seats
Belle Boarding @ 2:30pm
Dinner @ 5pm
Dessert @ 7:30pm
FIREWORKS NORMALLY BETWEEN 9:30-10PM
Thunder at Joe’s
Location: Joe’s Crab Shack
Thunder Over Louisville is on April 21 this year, and our event will open at 3:30pm. Reservations, which include food, non-alcoholic beverages, a seat inside the restaurant, and first-come, first-served seating on our patio.
$200 for adults
$100 for children under 12
Thunder at the KY Center
Location:Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Families will appreciate convenient access to the Center’s restrooms, activities for the kids, and concessions without waiting in long lines. There will be multiple bars located around the building where adults can enjoy a variety of beer and wine options, including specialty cocktails and live music inside The Kentucky Center’s restaurant and bar SCENE at the Center (21+ only).
Thunder over Atria
Thunder Over Atria is a family friendly event with 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales benefitting the Navy SEAL Foundation. The mission of the Navy SEAL Foundation is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families.
Thunder Garage Party
Location:KFC Yum! Center Parking Garage
Louisville’s premier waterfront entertainment venue is inviting Thunder-goers to its KFC Yum! Center Garage Party. Beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, patrons can visit the arena’s rear loading dock and purchase food and drinks while enjoying hit music played by a DJ. The space, which will also offer portable restrooms and some seating, is located at the back of the arena, directly on River Road.
Thunder Viewing Party
Location: KFC Yum! Center
There is no better place to view the breathtaking and awe-inspiring fireworks show than the KFC Yum! Center. Our third floor party room, which overlooks Second Street bridge, is perfect for anyone looking for a top of the line experience. The KFC Yum! Center is also accessible to nearly 4,500 hotel rooms for guests who wish to stay and celebrate downtown after the show!
Location: Private Location
J Wagner Group, Kentucky Derby Festival, & Coxx Events Presents…….
8th Annual THUNDER LOUNGE at Thunder Over Louisville
“ONE OF THE BEST VIEWS OF THUNDER OF LOUISVILLE”
Saturday, April 21st @ Private Roof-Top Downtown
Thunder Over Louisville Open House
Location: Insider Louisville
Are you planning to be downtown for Thunder this year? If so, we’d like to invite you to visit our office at 5th and Market, just a block or so from all the action on the river!
As a community-focused nonprofit, we at Insider Louisville often make our facilities available to our loyal readers. During the Thunder Over Louisville events, it’s a perfect location to take a break from the crowds, relax on our spacious balcony, and enjoy refreshments before the fireworks.
We’ll be open rain or shine between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Thunder Saturday. Stop by if you can!
Fourth Street Live! After Party
Location: Fourth Street Live!
Join us for the OFFICIAL Thunder Over Louisville After Party with a Live show by
100% POLY! – FREE EVENT – 10pm
Find the full event calendar hereEvent Calendar
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