The 13th Lebowski Fest in Louisville gets going this evening at Executive Strike & Spare on Phillips Lane.
As usual, the two days of festivities include games themed around the 1998 cult classic film “The Big Lebowski,” a movie party (tonight) and bands (Saturday afternoon). The festival culminates in Saturday night’s bowling party at Strike & Spare.
Lebowski Fest was started in 2002 in Louisville by fans of the film. The Lebowski Fest team stages versions of the festival in other cities, but the Louisville event is always a huge deal. Last year, I went to the bowling party and filed this for Here & Now. Listen below:
Here’s a schedule of events for the festival:
July 11th – Noon – Lebowski Live Lunch Radio Hour – Live in studio performance by Bobby Bare Jrs’ Young Criminals’ Starvation League broadcast on WFPK.org (We ain’t one-at-a-timing here) – Limited Seating – All Ages @ WFPK Studios 619 S. 4th St. – Free
July 11th – 8pm – Movie Party – Music by Those Darlins and The Features + Screening of The Big Lebowski with Liam! – All Ages – Doors 8pm. Show at 9 Movie at 11pm @ Executive Lawn – 911 Phillips Ln – Rain or shine – $20 adv / $25 day of
July 12th – 4pm – Garden Party – Lebowski-themed games and music by Bobby Bare Jrs’ Young Criminals’ Starvation League, March Madness Marching Band, Tony and The Tan Lines and King Kong – All Ages – @ Executive Lawn – 911 Phillips Ln – Rain or shine – $15 adv / $20 day of
July 12th – 8pm – Bowling Party – Unlimited bowling, costume, trivia and other contests w/ special guest Liam! Bowling and shoe rental included. Bowling is general admission and not guaranteed – All Ages 8pm to Midnight @ Executive Strike & Spare – 911 Phillips Ln. – $25 adv / $30 day of
July 12th – Midnight – Legendary After Party – Food trucks, DJ Sam Sneed and more dancing sweaty nerds than you can shake a marmot at. – All Ages – @ Executive Strike & Spare Lounge – Midnight to ??? – Free
July 13th – Lebowski Fest Poster Exhibit by Bill Green – 12 years of brilliant posters squeezed into one show. – All Ages – @ WHY Lou Two 806 E. Market St – 10:30-3:30pm. – Free