Art and Music Scene

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Louisville has an abundance of performing and visual arts for your family’s enjoyment. There are vibrant, historic venues with performers to fill them. There are community centers built on shared experiences. And the best part is that everything is accessible and inclusive.
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 W Main Street, Louisville, KY
(502) 536-8944
An established non-profit performing arts theater in downtown Louisville, Actors Theatre strives to unlock human potential, build community, and enrich the quality of life by engaging people in theatre that reflects the wonder and complexity of our time. 
Brown Theatre
315 West Broadway, Louisville
(502) 584-7777
Hearkening back to the glory days of Louisville's theater district, the Brown Theatre is a lavish, lovingly restored showplace. State-of-the-art technology combines with Old World splendor to create a performance space as beautiful to look at as it is comfortable to sit in. Seating approximately 1,400 patrons, the Brown stands today as the Grand Dame of Louisville's artistic community.
Bunbury Theatre
604 South Third Street #301, Louisville
(502) 585-5306
Since 1986, they have provided live performances within the historic1920s-era Henry Clay Building with a mission to highlight and develop thought-provoking and engaging productions that bring to focus issues of identity and social interest.
CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center
3600 Dutchman’s Lane, Louisville
(502) 238-2709
This community theater that delivers quality performances and musicals has a passion to fulfill their collective mission to “open minds, one act at a time.”
Derby Dinner Playhouse
525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN
(812) 288-8281
Just over the bridge from downtown Louisville is one of the oldest and largest continually operating professional dinner theatres in the country. Each dinner theatre production comes alive with the magic of lights, costumes, a live orchestra, and a stage full of professional performers. 
Little Colonel Playhouse
302 Mt Mercy Drive # 8020, Pewee Valley, KY
(502) 241-9906
Founded more than 60 years ago to foster the art of drama by presenting plays of an educational as well as entertaining value to its members and the public, this quaint, country playhouse makes for a charming and delightful experience.
Old Forester’s Paristown Hall
724 Brent Street, Louisville
(502) 584-7777
A performing arts venue with the energy of a nightclub. Old Forester’s Paristown Hall presents today’s hottest indie rock bands, tomorrow’s rising pop stars, contemporary performances by the Louisville Orchestra, and events celebrating Louisville’s diverse international music community spanning the globe.
The Bard’s Town Theatre
1801 Bardstown Road, 2nd Floor, Louisville
(502) 749-5275
With live theatre productions, comedy shows, and improv performances, this theatre puts particular emphasis on producing new works by Kentucky playwrights, serving as a platform for these voices to be heard.
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
501 West Main Street, Louisville
(502) 584-7777
Since 1983, KCPA has served as the home for Louisville’s nationally-renowned arts scene, and the primary performance space for our resident companies - Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra, StageOne Family Theatre and PNC Bank Broadway in Louisville – as well as our Kentucky Performing Arts Presents events, and productions by local community theatres.
WhoDunnit Murder Mystery Theater
8127 La Grange Road, Louisville
(502) 649-1829
WhoDunnit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation for the performing arts and a Kentucky original, dedicated to the principle that a well-crafted mystery is a beautiful thing. 
21c Museum Hotel
700 W Main Street, Louisville
(502) 217-6300
For more than a decade, 21c has been engaging visitors and locals alike with some of the world’s best contemporary art. 
Frazier History Museum
829 W Main Street, Louisville
(502) 753-5663
This history museum documents stories using artifacts, exhibitions, and guided tours led by a talented staff of educators.
Kentucky Derby Museum
704 Central Avenue, Louisville
(502) 637-1111
Visitors can enjoy two floors of interactive exhibits, a 30-minute guided historic walking tour at Churchill Downs Racetrack, and get their heart racing and emotions soaring watching the Museum’s signature 18-minute movie, “The Greatest Race” on a 360°, 4K high-resolution screen.  
Kentucky Science Center
727 West Main Street, Louisville
(502) 561-6100
Already recognized as a leader in inquiry-based learning, the Center is advancing a statewide science literacy campaign to encourage people of all ages to explore science in everyday life. Its flagship location on Louisville, KY’s historic Museum Row, welcomes visitors from across the globe with 3-floors of interactive exhibits and films on a 4-story screen.
KMAC Contemporary Art Museum
715 W Main Street, Louisville
(502) 589-0102
KMAC exists to spark curiosity, inspire meaningful connections, and foster a deep sense of inclusion, belonging, and purpose that ripples beyond the museum’s walls
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
800 W Main Street, Louisville
(877) 775-8443
Celebrating the role of baseball, this factory tour and hands-on experience in the place where the famous Louisville Slugger bats are made is a unique experience nowhere else to be found.
Louisville WaterWorks Museum
3005 River Road, Louisville
(502) 583-6610
Louisville Water Tower and WaterWorks Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting materials relating to Louisville Water, past and present. Come out to see how our city’s water is processed.
Muhammad Ali Center
144 N 6th Street, Louisville
(502) 584-9254
A multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. 
Roots 101 African American Museum
124 North First Street, Louisville
(502) 384-1940
A healing place for visitors to see themselves in history, explore the African-American story, and to grow a greater understanding of the achievements, cultural contributions, and the experiences of African-Americans.
Speed Art Museum & Theater
2035 South Third Street, Louisville
(502) 634-2700
Whether you’re an art aficionado or don’t know a Dali from a Degas, you can find fresh inspiration and meaning at the Speed. With modern architecture, expanded programming, interactive exhibits and inviting outdoor spaces, the Speed offers countless opportunities for everyone to create their own connections and experience art at their own speed.
Fourth Street Live!
411 South Fourth Street, Louisville
(502) 584-7170
An open-air live music venue, surrounded by restaurants and nightlife in the heart of downtown Louisville.
Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Road, Louisville
(502) 584-8088
A premier live music, concerts, and events venue.
Iroquois Amphitheatre
1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville
(502) 368-5865
Large outdoor performance hall presenting live bands & movies, plus a small experimental theater.
KFC Yum! Center
1 Arena Plaza, Louisville
(502) 690-9000
Huge indoor arena hosting concerts, University of Louisville basketball games and more.
Louisville Palace Theatre
625 South Fourth Street, Louisville
(502) 583-4555
This premier music venue in downtown Louisville was designed by architect John Eberson and exhibits ornate gold ornamentation and a curved, vaulted ceiling with 139 sculptures of the faces of historical figures.
Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar
230 East Main Street, Louisville
(502) 582-9945
Locally owned and operated, this is the best blues, rock and jazz music you’ll find in Louisville.
The Mercury Ballroom
611 South Fourth Street, Louisville
(502) 583-4555
Splashy, contemporary live music venue in a historical setting.