The biggest show in the landscape industry is just a month away. While there will be plenty to do at the expo center Oct. 23 to 24 – such as operating equipment, meeting with manufacturers and seeing new products – don’t forget about all there is to see in the city.
Here are just a few fun things to do while you’re in Louisville, Kentucky, for GIE+EXPO.
Known for its bourbon, Louisville is the perfect place to enjoy drinks from your favorite distilleries.
If you want to get a taste of what used to be called “Whiskey Row,” visit the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience (528 West Main Street). Visitors start their tours by going through video -experiences where they learn the history of Evan Williams and later pass by the artisanal distillery. The tour is concluded with tastings and a visit to the gift shop, which has everything from personalized bottles to bourbon-scented soap.
Other stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail include Proof on Main, Bristol Bar & Grille, Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar, Blu Italian Grille, Maker’s Mark and Brown Hotel Lobby Bar.
Each night after the show ends, head to Fourth Street Live! for free concerts (400 S. 4th Street). After dealer day on Wednesday, Oct. 22, Montgomery Gentry – known for songs like “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Lucky Man,” “Roll With Me” and “My Town” – will perform at 9 p.m.
Opening for Montgomery Gentry is Jeni Carr and her band, TwangTown. They will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Their style is a mix of classic country and Southern Rock, and their songs include “Famous By Now” and “In My Own Backyard.”
On Thursday, Oct. 23, The Crashers will perform at 8 p.m. This Louisville band has also found national fame with songs like “She’s Got This Love” and “Never Let You Go.”
Closing out the concert series is Olivia Henken with opener Josh Logan at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Henken and Logan were on Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice.
There are plenty of places to eat in and around Fourth Street Live! such as Eddie Merlot’s, Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and the Hard Rock Café.