2017 ​​General INFORMATIOn for attendees -

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​​Before You Arrive

Register Online prior to your arrival!  After June 1, all registrations will be subject to a price increase. Onsite registrations will be via PayPal and will require a credit card. Click here to register early.

Cash is accepted but registering online is strongly advised. 

NOTE: Lessons are open to anyone with a FULL registration to the Festival. Get more information or Book Now!

Locate your emailed confirmation for your registration(s) and lesson(s). Have this ready at the registration table in case it is needed. You will not received a paper ticket or pass. We will have a list of all registrations at the Gillespie. 

Check the current traffic conditions in Louisville. Expect the possibility of long delays during rush hour. Note that 4th Street and at times 3rd Street will be closed for one block between Jefferson Street and Market Street for the reconstruction of the Convention Center. Click Here for traffic information

Please bring cash for the bar, food, and lessons. You'll also need cash to enter the Jack & Jill Contest. There are several ATMs located very close to the Gillespie. 

Check the map below to familiarize yourself with the area surrounding the Gillespie. 

When You Arrive

The Gillespie is at 421 West Market Street, between 4th & 5th Streets. Market Street is one-way running east. See the map below for parking suggestions. 

The first time you enter the Gillespie, you will need to pick up your wrist band, hand stamp, and/or ticket, depending on your registration.

If you registered for others, please try to have your entire party together at the same time when you first arrive. This will help speed distributing your materials. 

If you are registering onsite, please have a credit card ready. After June 1, all registrations will be subject to a price increase. Onsite registrations will be online via PayPal and will require a credit card. Click here to register early.

Cash is accepted but registering online is strongly advised. 

While at the Gillespie

You must always have your wrist band, hand stamp, and/or ticket while in the Gillespie. These items are not transferable after they have been issued to the registrant. If you lose your band, stamp, and/or ticket, you may be charged a replacement fee. 

You will be responsible for all of your personal belongings while at the Festival. 

In the evenings, we will have escorts and a shuttle to downtown hotels. Please ask a Festival worker if you need assistance. Louisville is a safe city, but we want to make sure you return to your hotel without incident. 

Check out the Fresh Empanadas and Authentic Argentine Food available for Late Night Dining!

Make sure you check the Special Events and Milongas page for details on all the fun! Learn More

​Local Area Details - see map below

The Louisville Visitor’s Center is located at 301 South 4th Street in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Getting Around

The city is laid out on a simple grid system. Named streets run east and west, numbered streets run north and south. The river is always to the north. 1st Street separates the East and West street addresses. Main Street separates the North and South street addresses. Some streets are one way as indicated on the map below. You will find that downtown Louisville is a safe and clean place to eat, explore, and play. Always be aware of your surroundings and at night travel in groups, but you should be safe as you travel around our city. Yellow Cab, Green Taxi, Uber, Lynx, and other taxi services are available.


Like most large cities, Louisville has its share of construction. The big news is that almost all of the interstate and bridge work has been completed! The bad news is that Third and Fourth Streets are each closed for one block between Market St and Jefferson St. It may take a few more minutes to drive around a block or two to get to the Galt House or the Gillespie, depending on your direction. 


Your best bet is to find a garage and stay there. If you are staying at the Galt House, parking in their garage at their discounted rate is strongly suggested. Metered street parking is also available. Note time restrictions on all meters - these are enforced. The city of Louisville allows the use of the Passport Parking App for paying for and monitoring meters. The Festival will have an evening shuttle during the milongas for giving attendees a ride to their hotel or car.


Near the YUM! Arena on Main St are some great local restaurants.. Try Vincenzo's for fine dining. Dish is located directly across from the Gillespie and offers a great breakfast and dinner. Other local restaurants are spread throughout the area. Louisville is truly a foodie town, so expect a wait between the evening hours of 6:00 - 9:00. Call ahead for a table during these times. Yelp and Open Table are two valuable resources for finding a great table.

Faster options for a quick bite are in the area between 4th & 5th, but some of them will not have evening or Sunday hours.

And don’t forget the Louisville Tango Festival Cafe! Authentic Argentine dishes will be served during the evening milongas. Learn More

4th Street Live is a large entertainment district with some national chains and big nightclubs. Some of them include 4th Street Live Restaurants - Birracibo, Bourbon Raw, Brazeiros Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse, Goose Island Beer Bridge, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Hard Rock Cafe, T.G.I. Friday’s, Tavern on Fourth, The Sports and Social Club, plus several night clubs.

Waterfront Park is a huge green space that runs along the Ohio River to the north of Main Street. There is also a walking bridge across the river (It's a great place for an impromptu tango, by the way!). Visit LouisvilleWaterfront.com for details. Museum Row runs along Main Street with several museums concentrated in one area. They include The Frazier History Museum, Glassworks, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, KY Science Center, KentuckyShow!, KY Museum of Art & Craft, 21c Museum Hotel, The Muhammad Ali Center, and the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Click here for more details on museums near the Gillespie. 

Louisville Tango Festival, June 2-4, 2017