Friday & Saturday, October 7 & 8, 2016



The second weekend in October in historic Old Louisville, the largest Victorian preservation neighborhood in the U.S.



An annual two-day arts and music event featuring local and national performers, a celebration of both the blues and the arts, this festival attracts a multiracial, intergenerational audience. In addition to continuous live entertainment from two stages the festival has an array of food and drink vendors and over 50 crafts booths.



The second weekend of October, Friday, October 7, 6:30 - 11:15 pm, and Saturday, October 8, 2 - 11:15 pm. Please support our parking lot on 4th St., and our food and drink vendors within the festival area, it helps to pay for this free event. Please leave your pets at home, service dogs only, no coolers, cans, or bottles allowed.



One mile south of downtown Louisville, on Oak Street and Garvin Place, which are closed to traffic for two days. Limited paid off-street parking and free on-street parking is available. We’re on several TARC bus routes. The festival’s crafts area is set among a block of 1880-90s Victorian homes on a quiet tree-lined cul-de-sac.



This free blues music festival is presented by Four Roses Bourbon and The Garvin Gate Neighborhood and sponsored by Louisville Metro Government Councilman David James, Genscape & FMS Commercial Cleaning. Proceeds from sponsorships and vendors benefit the Garvin Gate and Old Louisville neighborhoods.



Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 Headliner

The Garvin Gate Blues Festival Presents


Back by popular demand Karen Lovely returns after her first appearance at The Gate in 2011

Karen Lovely

Saturday Oct. 8, 2016 Headliner

The Garvin Gate Blues Festival Presents

Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child" brings his real Mississippi blues to Garvin Gate

Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child"

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 Special Guest

The Garvin Gate Blues Festival Presents

Louisville White Lightning Curtis returns!
Curtis Marlatt was a big part of our blues scene in the '80s & '90s.

Curtis Marlatt

Many of the top names in blues music have performed at Garvin Gate since the festival began in 1988.


Garvin Gate is one of the most prestigious blues festivals between Chicago and Mississippi.


We send a huge thank you to all of our sponsors.


Title Sponsors

Premier Sponsors


Signature Sponsors

GGBF Sponsors


Daniel C. Mason Agency


GGBF Contributing Sponsors

Ginny Ehrlich, The Gallery at 133

Bob Bajandas

Tom Isbel

GGBF Media Partners

GGBF Beverage Partners

GGBF Association Partners


Please find a moment to thank our sponsors.


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or consider a one time donation to the festival using PayPal.

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