If you live around the Jeffersonville, IN area, you’re probably getting ready for the big event of “Abbey Road on the River.” Parents of young children often struggle to find things to do that will be fun for the kids and enjoyable for grown-ups as well. Here are a few of the reasons why the WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River is the perfect place to let young ones burn off some energy while their parents or grandparents enjoy live music in a laid back atmosphere.
What really makes the festival family-friendly is the music itself. Younger generations may be introduced to The Beatles for the first time, or if they've seen the Netflix original series Beat Bugs they'll already know a lot of the lyrics. There are no profanities in the entire catalog of The Beatles' music, and most of their lyrics encourage peace and love. It's a special thing when grandparents, parents and children of all ages can spend time together and bond over some of the best music ever recorded.
Held at the Big Four Station Park, the festival's main stage and its viewing area are located right beside the park's expansive all-ages playground. There is ample lawn space near all the stages to lay down a blanket to have a picnic or dance in the grass. There are plenty of nearby sweets and treats for all ages. In addition to food inside the festival which includes the traditional crave-able concessions like elephant ears, chicken gyros and turkey legs, there are several family-friendly eateries within a few blocks of the park including Pearl Street Treats frozen yogurt and Parlour pizza.
Accessibility: The park features paved sidewalks which are great for stroller maneuverability. It's well-lit at night, and there is plenty of close-by free parking. The festival entrance is located at the base of the Big Four pedestrian bridge, so families can easily walk or bike across the bridge and enjoy the views of the river and the Louisville skyline.
TICKETS: General admission tickets are just $20 if purchased in advance with the discount code "Wave 3 News." They also include free admission for a 21 and under guest, so a family of four could attend the event for just $10 a person. Kids age 9 and under are always free! The festival wristbands allow for re-entry, so attendees are able to come and go as they please.
The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River will return to downtown Jeffersonville, IN on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-28, 2018. Grammy-winning rock group America (Ventura Highway, Horse with No Name, Sister Golden Hair) and the fathers of psychedelic rock Vanilla Fudge (Ticket to Ride, You Keep Me Hanging On) will headline the 2018 event, where more than 50 bands from around the world will perform on seven indoor and outdoor stages. Other festival highlights will include presentations by The Beatles' legendary sound and recording engineer Geoff Emerick and special concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the White Album, which is considered by many to be The Beatles' most quintessential rock album.
The WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River is produced with support from Wave 3 News, Budweiser, Bud Light, Four Roses, Southern Indiana Tourism (SoIn), Crosley, Gretsch Guitars, Fidelity Investments, The City of Jeffersonville, Jeffersonville Parks and Recreation, Buckhead Mountain Grill, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, Clark Memorial Hospital, Koetter Construction, Octopus's Garden, V.G. Reed Printing, 91.9 WFPK Relics, and WAKY 103.5.