Gonzo Birthday Bash

Thursday, July 18, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00PM
Frazier History Museum

Join us for a Gonzo Birthday Bash to celebrate Louisville’s Hunter S. Thompson on what would have been his 82nd birthday. Friends, fans, and special guests will gather to toast him and eat cake in his honor at the Frazier History Museum.

Food provided by Adrienne & Co. Bakery, Another Place Sandwich Shop, and Jimmy Can’t Dance. Each guest will receive a ticket for one complimentary Flying Dog Brewery beer. Other drinks are available for purchase.

The night is a collaboration between the Library Foundation and the Frazier, in what the Mayor has proclaimed the Year of Gonzo.

Freak Power, Thompson’s bid for Sheriff in Aspen, is currently on exhibit at the Frazier


After Hours At The Speed

Friday, July 19, 2019
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Speed Art Museum

On the eve of GonzoFest Louisville stay up late with us at the Speed to celebrate the opening of "Gonzo! An Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson"!

5 – 7 pm: Family Writing Workshop with Young Author’s Greenhouse Education Court
5 – 7 pm: Keep an eye out for Hunter S. Thompson and a Kentucky Derby horse roaming the first floor, courtesy of Squallis Puppeteers North Building
5 – 9 pm: Frazier History Museum presents “Gonzo” style cartoons with Bellarmine University professor Dr. Eric Roorda Atrium
6 pm: Screening of the 2019 Sundance Shorts (tickets sold separately) Speed Cinema
6 pm: Tour of Gonzo! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson with curator Erika Holmquist-Wall and Thompson scholar Dr. Rory Feehan Loft Gallery
7 pm: WFPL President Stephen George in Conversation with Juan Thompson (son of Hunter S. Thompson) and author Ron Whitehead Grand Hall
7:30 pm: The Speed is Decadent and Depraved Tour, exploring the permanent collection Meet in Sculpture Court
— Specialty cocktails from Bulleit Bourbon: Frontier Whiskey
— A special menu designed for After Hours by Wiltshire at the Speed


9th Annual GonzoFest Louisville

Saturday, July 20
Noon - 8:00 PM
Louisville Free Public Library, Main Library

GonzoFest Louisville is a literary and music festival honoring the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson. Through spoken word, art, panel discussions, live music & more, GonzoFest Louisville celebrates the life & work of HST in his hometown of Louisville, KY at the Louisville Free Public Library Main Branch. 2019 will mark the ninth year of GonzoFest Louisville.