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Running Out of Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer? Try These Family-Oriented Summer Festivals

While there's plenty of festivals to choose from this summer in Louisville, knowing what everyone will enjoy might not be easy. If you're looking for fun, family-friendly events over the next few months that will engage and educate kids and adults alike, think about saving the date for a few of the following.

The Kentucky State Fair

Located at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville and running from August 15th to 25th, the Kentucky State Fair has been taking place every year since 1816 and has been the state's official fair since 1902. Attracting more than 600,000 attendees, this fair offers indoor and outdoor exhibits spread out over 520 acres of space and includes events like rooster crowing contests, pig racing, and amusement park rides. With plenty of exhibitions, this event features illusionists and acrobatics, as well as craft competitions as diverse as quilt making, beer brewing and fine arts. The event is capped off with the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show, where more than 2,000 breeds of horse travel from all over the world to compete for more than $1.2 million in rewards. Whether you come for a day or plan to visit more than once, there's something here for everyone.

Kentucky State Fair 2013

WorldFest On Labor Day Weekend

Held on the Labor Day weekend from August 30th to September 2nd, the 11th annual WorldFest takes place at The Belvedere in Louisville. A celebration of world cultures that is recognized as one of top 10 festivals of the fall, WorldFest features international music, dance and food, as well as The Parade of Cultures, which has local and regional residents in their native dress representing a multitude of other cultures. In addition to the craft booths selling inspiring goods from all over the world, there are also free crafts and activities for children. As an event celebrating the cultural diversity of Louisville, WorldFest is a fun event providing a cultural education for the whole family, and since it's free for everyone, make sure you bring your canned goods to support the Dare To Care Food Bank.

NuLu Festival

Occurring on the last night of the IdeaFestival, the NuLu festival is a free, family-friendly event that will be taking place on the 700 block of East Market Street on Sunday, September 28th. Meaning "New Louisville," the 5th annual NuLu festival will be celebrating the revitalization of the East Market district. As an area based around the ethos of sustainability, NuLu is home to many historic restoration projects and restaurants featuring organic and locally sourced ingredients. In block party style, the festival will be featuring booths from many local food and retail vendors, live music from Sonablast Records, and the best in micro-brewed beer from the Louisville Beer Store. With lots of music, food and interesting vendors, NuLu celebrates Louisville local at its best.

If you're trying to keep the children entertained over the summer, there's no shortage of festivals in the Louisville area that will pique the interest of both you and your children. Whether you like local music, international food, or wouldn't mind an old-fashioned block party, there are plenty of exciting festivals that the whole family can look forward to.

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