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Louisville — one of the most uniquely authentic destinations on the planet!

When you’re not at the show, get a taste of Louisville and experience something truly authentic. From Southern cuisine that have made it one of the best food cities in America to award-winning micro-distilleries, exhibits and craft cocktail destinations and let us not forget the famous Churchill Downs.

Show Highlights

Check out the exhibits, technology, and events featured at the show including, photos featuring more than 900 exhibitors on over 32+ acres.

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Top Attractions

Thoroughbred Horse Racing at Churchill Downs

Experience live horse racing during the Fall Meet, including twilight Thursday on September 30th where racing begins at 5:00pm and runs into the evening. Check out the Churchill Downs racing schedule and plan your visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum.

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Bourbon Experiences

Did you know 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky? Take a trip down Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail® or immerse yourself in Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Experience™, featuring 10 distillery experiences, one-of-a-kind exhibits and a city-wide cocktail and culinary trail.

Louder Than Life Music Festival – before the show

Feel the music at the nation’s largest rock festival taking place at the Highland Festival Grounds adjacent to the Kentucky Exposition Center, September 23-26. Headliners include Metallica, Korn, Staind, Nine Inch Nails, Mudvayne, Rise Against, Snoop Dogg, Machine Gun Kelly and many more!

Louisville’s Food Reputation

Louisville has more than 2,500 restaurants, numerous award-winning chefs, and even the Urban Bourbon Trail - earning it the title of “Culinary Capital of Bourbon Country.” Taste Louisville’s culinary scene for yourself.

Louisville is proud to present the Show Us Your Badge program – a special discount program for show participants to use while in Louisville. Take advantage of special offers and discounts from the city’s most popular sites, including retail shops, restaurants, and attractions. Just present your name badge at locations around town to receive amazing discounts and offers.

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Beware of unofficial hotel offers: Maritz Global Events is the official housing provider for The Utility Expo 2021 and the only company that can sell rooms within The Utility Expo 2021 official hotel blocks. Please be aware some third-party travel companies may attempt to solicit housing for The Utility Expo 2021. These companies are not authorized by Show Management and may provide false information regarding the availability of rooms at hotels within the show housing program. If you are contacted by a travel company other than Maritz, immediately notify Show Management at prondon@aem.org. Show Management works to prevent the unauthorized solicitation of The Utility Expo 2021 exhibitors and attendees.