Fans of live theater have two busy choices. The Clarksville Little Theater has a full season of familiar productions like The Wizard of Oz, Steel Magnolias and Godspell, along with kids’ productions during the summer months. Visitors from across the region travel to Clarksville’s Derby Dinner Playhouse, which offers professional dinner theater presentations of popular Broadway musicals (with a live orchestra) and lighthearted comedies, as well as workshops for aspiring performers.
A popular local event, ClarkFEST is the highlight of October, with a parade, car show, 5K run and live music. Friday evenings from May to October, bring the lawn chairs or a blanket and settle in for free family-friendly movies in Gateway Park. Or visit the Southern Indiana Arts Center for gallery shows, concerts, lectures, and arts classes for kids and adults.
Just across the river, Louisville venues like the 22,000-seat KFC Yum! Center are a regular stop for national tours. Recent shows have included a wide range of performers, including Brantley Gilbert, Lumineers, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Lady Gaga, Keith Urban, Cher, Elton John, Carrie Underwood and more.
Known worldwide for the annual Run for the Roses — the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs — Louisville is also home to a broad range of sporting events. In addition to the beloved University of Louisville Cardinals and their Division I NCAA action, there’s pro baseball excitement with the Louisville Bats (AAA club for the Cincinnati Reds) and semi-pro soccer with LCFC and Racing Louisville FC. There’s off-track betting here in Clarksville and hot casino and thoroughbred racing at Indiana Grand Casino, just 90 minutes away.
If you enjoy nearby museums and similar cultural attractions, Louisville is also home to the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Louisville Zoo. There’s so much to do and it all begins here.