Old Louisville is a historic district and neighbourhood in central Louisville. It is the third largest such district in the United States, and the largest preservation district featuring almost entirely Victorian architecture. Many of the buildings are in the Victorian era styles of Romanesque, Queen Anne, Italianate, among others. There are also many restaurants, coffee shops and souvenir shops where you can spend your free time.
Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville is a two week long race. In addition to the race itself that is very exciting, there are a number of traditions that play a huge role in the Derby atmosphere. The mint julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup is the traditional beverage of the race. The Derby is also called as The Run for the Roses, because a lush blanket of 554 red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner.
Thunder over Louisville is the annual kickoff event of the Kentucky Derby Festival and is is an airshow and fireworks display held in mid April in Louisville. It is the largest annual fireworks display in North America and has been held since 1990. Thunder lasts throughout the day, and the fireworks display last for around a half of hour, along with a synchronised soundtrack through PA and radio.