Outdoor Events and Festivals

Welcome to the great outdoors!

Louisville Water Tower has played host to iconic weekend music festivals, employee picnics, fundraising walks, family reunions, and more for over 30 years.

In addition to the magnificent river view, we offer:

  • 10-acre lawn with abundant space for tents, games, etc.
  • Convenient location right off of I-71 at Zorn Avenue
  • Ample free parking
  • Adjacent to the historic Louisville Water Tower – a perfect backdrop for group photos


Spaces and Capacity

The following details are estimated maximum measurements, per designated locations. Many variables may alter these estimates, therefore capacities listed are approximate values.

Please speak with staff about additional capacity.

East Lawn
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This space may accommodate:

  • 950’ x 380’
  • Cars Only: 1000
Water Tower Plaza
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This space may accommodate:

  • 30’ x 65’ between the Water Tower and Pumping Station No. 1
  • Reception Style: 250 – 300


Additional Event Information

Outdoor Rental Rates

An outdoor rental includes the East Lawn and Water Tower Plaza.

Rental Rates
Amount of People:

  • 499 and under : $500/day


Outdoor rental rates include the rental and the following amenities:

  • Open vendor policy
  • Free Louisville Pure Tap® service with two week advance notice
  • On-site staff person for the duration of the event
  • 24-hour rental time

Vendor Requirements

There are no restrictions in choosing vendors for food, beverages, equipment, music, parking services, security, flowers, photography, etc. as long as they supply proper licensing and insurance.

Rental Process

Rental applications are reviewed by the Louisville Water team and notifications of approval/denial will be sent out within two weeks of the application submission date. During that time, the available date is placed on a hold without a deposit. A signed contract and deposit are required within 14 days of the event’s approval to secure your date. Please keep in mind that Summer and Fall are busy seasons for outdoor events, so we encourage you to book your date as soon as possible.

Eligible events must meet the following criteria:

  • Single-day event
  • Hours of the event are between dawn and dusk
  • Maximum of 500 attendees
  • Event purpose meets one or more outcomes
    • Contributes to the local economy, businesses and tourism
    • Supports and contributes to the well-being of residents and visitors
    • Supports and includes people from all sections of the community
    • Supports and respects Louisville Water’s vision, mission, and its culture
  • Experience and suitability of the event organizer

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Download Rental Agreement

To schedule a site visit, please call (502) 897-1481 or
complete and submit our contact form.

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Our Address:
3005 River Road
Louisville, KY 40207

Contact Us
By Phone: (502) 897-1481
By Email: zornrental@LouisvilleWater.com
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