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Big Four Lawn & Swing Garden

Home to the WFPK Waterfront Wednesday concert series, the Big Four Lawn is located adjacent to the Big Four Bridge. This beautiful and open green space offers impressive views of the Ohio River as well as panoramic views of the Big Four Bridge. It can accommodate concerts, festivals, walks/runs, weddings, galas, and many other events. Venture atop the walking bridge for an aerial view of this awesome venue.

Venue Features
  • Capacity Big Four Lawn: 250 - 15,000 Swing Garden: 50-5,000
  • Electricity: Includes one 400 amp source and one 
100 amp source
  • Water: Available in some areas
  • Nearest parking: Lincoln Parking Lot & Red Parking Lot
  • Rental includes the Swing Garden
  • Market lights featured in the Swing Garden make 
 the perfect ambiance to enhance any event
  • The Big Four Bridge ramp spirals around the lawn. At night, the bridge features special lighting
  • Concrete steps are located at the end of the venue 
 and offer built-in seating overlooking the river
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Brown-Forman Amphitheater

The Brown-Forman Amphitheater is a large, concrete apron semi-enclosed by a hillside. It includes stone and grass tiered seating. Offering stunning views of the downtown skyline and Big Four Bridge, the amphitheater is perfect for outdoor performances.

Venue Features
  • Capacity: 50- 2,500
  • Electricity: one 400 amp source, one 200 amp source, and several 110 outlets on every other light pole
  • Nearest parking: Tan Parking Lot and Turquoise Parking Lot
  • Floating docks by Towhead Island
  • Connected to a 20-foot wide esplanade that allows easy vehicular access for setup and is ideal for event merchandise and concessions
  • Can be easily gated for paid admission events
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Brown-Forman Lawn

The Brown-Forman Lawn is a large, open green space typically used for small events and festivals. It is adjacent to the Brown-Forman Amphitheater and includes a small picnic grove with charcoal grills and mature trees.

Venue Features
  • Capacity: 50-2,500
  • Electricity: Several 110-volt outlets on every other light pole
  • Nearest parking: Turquoise Parking Lot and Yellow Parking Lot
  • Connected to a 20-foot wide esplanade that allows easy vehicular access for setup and creates an ideal local for event merchandise and concessions
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David K. Karem Building

The David K. Karem Building offers a unique venue space with magnificent views. Whether you’re planning a company meeting, a family gathering, a rehearsal dinner, or an intimate wedding, everyone will enjoy this private space.

Venue Features
  • Meeting capacity: 20 - 30
  • Seated dinner capacity: 50 - 60
  • Standing cocktail reception capacity: 75
  • Nearest parking: Blue Parking Lot (paid)
  • Patio available
  • Kitchenette available
  • TV and DVD available
  • Restroom facilities
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Festival Plaza

The Festival Plaza is a rectangular shape venue ideal for events that require water and electricity. The Festival Plaza is adjacent to the Wharf. Park users frequently reserve both venues for larger events. Running along one side of the Plaza is a water feature and concrete steps for seating.

Venue Features
  • Capacity: 250- 10,000
  • Electricity: Light poles throughout the venue offer either 30 amps or 100 amps
  • Water: Substantial drinkable water sources
  • Nearest parking: Blue Parking Lot, Wharf Parking Lot, Downtown parking
  • Numerous park benches in shady areas
  • Shady tree grove and lawn area
  • Tetra art feature
  • Majority of the walkable surface is crushed granite
  • Partially covered by the expressways provide rain coverage and shade
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Great Lawn North

The North Great Lawn is the larger half of the Great Lawn. It sits at the banks of the Ohio River, offering the perfect backdrop for any event.

The Great Lawn is the centerpiece of our waterfront. The venue includes a massive green space that can accommodate large events such as concerts and festivals. We often refer to this area as our community’s lawn. This venue is home to events, including Forecastle Festival, Kentucky Derby Festival’s Fest-A-Ville, Ironman, and FunkFest.

Venue Features
  • Capacity: 2,500-20,000+ Approximately 7 acres
  • Electricity: 1200 amp electrical service available with an electrical distribution trailer (provided by Waterfront Park); two 100 amp sources until the expressway
  • Nearest parking: Green Parking Lot, Blue Parking Lot, Downtown parking
  • Paved area under the expressway perfect for merchandise vendors or concessions
  • Gentle sloping surface provides a natural amphitheater
  • Harbor Docks are nearby for boater participation
  • Can easily be fenced off for an admission based event
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Great Lawn South

The South Great Lawn is the smaller half of the Great Lawn that begins under I-64 and includes the grassy area toward downtown, as well as the public gardens. It also includes the paved area under the expressway perfect for merchandise vendors or concessions.

Venue Features
  • Capacity: 2,500 - 15,000+ Approximately 5 acres
  • Electricity: Two 100 amp sources until the expressway and one 100 amp source
  • Nearest parking: Green Parking Lot, Blue Parking Lot, Downtown parking
  • Public gardens can be converted into a hangout area
  • Nearby public art, Flock of Finns
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Harbor Lawn

The Harbor Lawn, is a beautifully manicured triangular space situated immediately east of the Great Lawn. The Children’s Play Area is nearby and available with the Harbor Lawn. This charming site is ideal for small gatherings, weddings, and festivals.

Venue Features
  • Capacity: 250 -2,500
  • Electricity: Limited
  • Nearest parking: Orange Parking Lot, Green Parking Lot
  • Harbor Dock entrance located within this venue and boater participation is an option
  • The lawn is triangular shaped with a tree-less, sloping surface, surrounded by a 20-foot concrete pathway
  • Can easily be fenced off for an admission based event
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Orange & Purple Upland Meadows

Located in an area called the Linear Park, the Upland Meadows are remarkable for both their landscape and botanical diversity. The Orange and Purple Upland Meadows both offer a semi-private hillside. The venue is perfect for weddings, family reunions, or organized picnics. Large tree hedges provide some seclusion and block visibility from surrounding areas. The Upland Meadows are quiet and create a haven for special, smaller events.

Venue Features
  • Capacity: 50-500
  • Electricity: Not available
  • Nearest parking: Orange Parking Lot, Purple Parking Lot
  • Large trees to provide seclusion
  • Expansive views of the Ohio River
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Wharf

The Wharf provides the nostalgia of an authentic pier while offering the conveniences of a modern event space. This venue is perfect for concerts, sailing regattas, or commercial boat docking. Park users frequently reserve both the Wharf and the Festival Plaza for larger events.

Venue Features
  • 100 feet of river’s edge for commercial docking
  • Sloped concrete surface – 7% grade
  • Size: 2.5 acres
  • Capacity: Due to State regulations concerning COVID19, capacity adjustments have been made to this venue.
  • Electricity: 200 amp service located on a mooring mast
  • Water: Available at nearby Festival Plaza
  • Parking: Blue Parking Lot, Wharf Parking Lot, Downtown parking
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Big Four® Bridge Thunder, Airshow, and Airshow Practice closure times:
Friday, April 19 – closed 11 AM until 5 PM (Airshow Practice)
Saturday, April 20 – closed 9 AM until 11:30 PM