Fun Events in Louisville

2019 St.Patrick's Day Parade in Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Every year, Louisville, Kentucky hosts a one-of-a-kind St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It’s a celebration of Irish heritage, love of Louisville, and overall camaraderie. This year, the parade takes place on Saturday, March 9th, at 3pm.

Organized by the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, this is a Louisville tradition beloved by many of the city’s residents drawing in green-wearing lovers of the Irish from all over. Kicking off at the intersection of Baxter Avenue and Broadway (1248 E. Broadway), the parade follows the Baxter Avenue/Bardstown Road corridor through the Highlands eventually concluding around 6pm.

The parade itself provides fun and entertainment for the whole family. Floats, costumes, music, and cheers are shared with over 100,000 parade goers. Kids love the fun decorations, wildly dressed participants, and goodies that are often handed out. Adults love to experience the Irish culture, celebrate with friends, and enjoy a good Irish brew! Truly, it’s fun for all ages.

St. Patrick's Day Parade on Bardstown Road in Louisville KY...

Holiday Themed Louisville Events for 2015

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If you are searching for a holiday activity or two to get into the Christmas spirit, Louisville, KY has you covered. From church pageants and visits with Santa to local shopping fairs and extravagant dinner parties, there is truly an event to please everyone! Adults and children alike are sure to enjoy our city’s large variety of holiday themed events during the month of December.

Holiday activities are a great way to experience the wintry beauty of a new area of Louisville as well. Check out our list here and you’ll be feeling downright jolly in no time!

Where to See Holiday Lights in Louisville, KY

Holiday Themed Louisville Events for 2015

Nothing fills me with more holiday spirit than twinkling Christmas lights. Whether it’s a leisurely drive through a festive neighborhood or a light show visited by the masses, seeing carefully hung strings of those blinking bulbs reminds me to take a breath and enjoy the season. While there are numerous light-filled events all over the city, here are some of our favorites:

Lights Under Louisville – Located in the Louisville Mega Cavern, Lights Under Louisville is a drive through light show. It’s fully underground! Check out more information here....

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Get in the Holiday Spirit at Light Up La Grange!

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This event is truly a treat for people of all ages. On Saturday, December 5, 2015, gather with your family and friends to experience the lights, sounds, and smiling faces that come with the most wonderful time of the year!

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The event runs from 3pm until 8pm. There will be holiday lightings in 3 separate locations in downtown La Grange: at the Railroad Museum, along Main Street, and at the Courthouse Square. If you’re visiting to see the one and only Santa (and Mrs. Claus, of course), you’ll find them at Courthouse Square. Enjoy festive holiday music and Christmas cheer while you’re at it!

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7 Summer Camps to Check Out in Louisville, KY

7 Summer Camps to Check Out in Louisville, KY

It may be hard to believe, but summer break is just around the corner! We’re just weeks away from having the kids home and looking for something to do. Aside from hitting the pool or joining a summer reading club, a summer camp or two is a great way to keep your little ball of energy from talking about the dreaded summertime boredom. We are lucky; Louisville has so many camp options that it would be impossible to name them all!

Here is a list of some of our favorites:

1. The YMCA.

The Louisville area YMCAs offer numerous summer camps for ages 6 - 14. Themed week-long camps provide children with a fun and safe environment to experience all sorts of sports and games while learning about sportsmanship in the process. From traditional sports to fun with water play, there is truly a camp for everyone to enjoy. Camps run the entire length of the summer and cost $122/week ($142 for non-members).

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3 Ways to Fall in Love with Louisville, Kentucky!

3 Ways to Fall in Love with Louisville, Kentucky!

3 Ways to Fall in Love with Louisville, Kentucky

Whether you are a Louisville native, or just visiting for a weekend, it is quite easy to learn why this city is loved by so many. Our city’s proudest event, the Kentucky Derby, is less than three months away! With that being said, now is the best time to truly immerse yourself in all of the beauty that our area has to offer. Nothing describes Louisville better than horses, bourbon, and world-class food. (Check out our favorite Mint Julip recipe here. You're welcome.) In order to highlight these perfectly southern festivities, we want to spotlight a local touring company that promises to bring you all of these in a way that you have to see to believe.

Mint Julep Tours offers an authentic Kentucky experience that caters to anyone interested in diving deeper into the history of the Bluegrass. With three options to focus on (Kentucky horse country, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, or the city’s culinary scene), there is a tour to entertain any Kentucky enthusiast.

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2014 Warbirds Over Louisville: Presented by the River City Radio Controllers

2014 Warbirds Over Louisville

An event made possible by the River City Radio Controllers

2014 Warbirds Over Louisville

Calling all radio control aircraft enthusiasts! Visit the area’s well-known E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, located on Louisville’s East End, to experience this year’s Warbirds Over Louisville. From 10am until 5pm, on October 11th and 12th, all are welcome to attend. Whether you are a seasoned radio control veteran or just interested in enjoying the show, this is an event like no other in the city! The River City Radio Controllers will provide you with the opportunity to witness various aircraft in action. All aircraft, from WWI models to modern, are invited to participate. There is a $15 landing fee, and on-site camping is allowed.

The River City Radio Controllers Club has been present in the city of Louisville for over 40 years. This group of around 130 radio control pilots have been presented with...

2014 Middletown Family Fun Festival and Craft Show

2014 Middletown Family Fun Festival and Craft Show

2014 Middletown Family Fun Festival

If you are searching for a source of family-friendly entertainment this weekend, check out the Middletown Family Fun Festival and Craft Show. The event gets rolling in full swing this evening, September 5, from 6 pm to 10 pm. Festivities resume tomorrow morning at 10 am and continue all day until 9 pm. Speaking from experience, this is a great activity that will truly entertain the entire family. Whether you are interested in simply walking around to take in the crowds and vendors or there to shop and support a variety of Louisville-based businesses, you will not be disappointed!

Friday evening begins with Opening Ceremonies to celebrate everything that the unique area of Middletown, KY has to offer. At that time, vendor booths and the Kidz Fun Zone also open for all to enjoy. Over the course of the remainder of the evening, you can expect to experience performances by local musical groups and entertainers at various locations along Main Street.

Saturday brings even more fantastic performances, opportunities to explore vendor booths, multiple children’s activities, and...

Louisville Parish Picnics 2014

2014 Louisville Parish Picnics

Fun for the whole family in Louisville KY!

Carnival rides, raffle prizes, games and chicken dinners. It is that time of year to visit your local Parish Picnic!

 Catholic communities throughout all of the Archdiocese of Louisville are currently rallying their church, school, and neighborhood members to participate in fundraising and donating in preparation for their parish's annual picnic. Even if you aren't a member of the church, you will certainly be able to join your friends and family for a good time at your closest picnic celebration. Every parish is different; however, some of the activities you may find are bake sales, hole-in-one golf tournaments, silent auctions, carnival games, book sales, carnival rides, and much more. So, check out the list of Louisville's picnics and festivals, gather your crew, and head out for a weekend of good family fun.

 Be sure to let us know where to find the best home cooked food and baked goods are hiding!

May

29-31: Saint Edward (May 29th Ride Night)

30-31: Ascension, Our Mother of Sorrows

 

June

5-7: Saint Athanasius (June 5th Ride Night), Saint Peter the Apostle (June 5th Ride Night)

6-7: Holy Trinity (Louisville)

7: Most Blessed Sacrament, Saint Aloysius (Pewee Valley), Saint Catherine (New Haven),

Saint Charles, (St. Mary, KY)

12-14: Saint Pius X (June 12th Kid’s Night)

13: Saint Luke

13-14: Our Lady of Lourdes (June 13th Children’s Night), Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Saint Elizabeth of    Hungary, Saint Lawrence, Saint Margaret Mary

14: Saint Aloysius (Shepherdsville), Holy Cross

19-21: Saint Paul (June 19th Ride Night), Saint Raphael (June 19th Ride Night)

20-21: Saint Albert the Great, Saint Bartholomew

21: Saint Gregory

26-28: Saint Bernadette (June 26th Ride Night)

27-28:...

2014 Pegasus Parade with Route Map and Street Closure Map

2014 Pegasus Parade 

Route Map and Street Closure Map

It’s time for the show piece of the Kentucky Derby Festival – the 2014 Pegasus Parade!  The Pegasus Parade will proceed down Broadway on Thursday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m.

The Pegasus Parade is the oldest event in the Kentucky Derby Festival. The Parade began in 1956 with a modest budget of $640.  It is now one of the largest parades in the country, attracting a wide variety of celebrity participants and thousands of spectators every year.  The parade lasts about two hours, spans seventeen blocks, and offers free public viewing for about 90% of the parade route.  It is estimated that the Pegasus Parade brings over $22 Million to the local economy – quite a long way from its humble origins!

This year’s parade theme is “Call of the Wild”, and appropriately features Jeff Corwin, of Animal Planet fame, as its theme marshal.  The Kentucky marshal is actor and Lexington native, Josh Hopkins of “Cougar Town” fame. 

The Pegasus Parade has a lengthy history of attracting a wide array of celebrities.  Some past Grand Marshals include local celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Colonel Harland Sanders, and Diane Sawyer. It also has attracted musicians such as Loretta Lynn and Bill Monroe, actors including Williams Shatner and John Wayne, and the 2013 University of Louisville Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.  The 2013 Teams took the National Championship and Runner-Up positions respectively and were greeted with great acclaim at the Parade.

In addition to the celebrity marshals, the parade is kicked off with the inflatable Pegasus Balloon, “Peggy Bank”, followed by some of the United States’ finest equestrian...

2014 Taste of Kentucky Derby Festival Event

2014 Taste of Kentucky Logo

Spring is in the air!  The flowers are in bloom!  Riverside Park looks like a gigantic putting green!  And of course, Derby is right around the corner! 

One of the first harbingers that Derby is near is the Taste of Derby Festival.  The Taste of Derby Festival is held annually to benefit the Dare-to-Care Food Bank and is presented by Brown-Forman.  The event will be held this year on April 9, 2014 at Louisville Slugger Field.  Taste of Derby will go from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $80.00 per person, and every dime of the proceeds goes to the Dare-to-Care Food Bank, with $50.00 of the proceeds being tax-deductible for purchasers.  Tickets do tend to sell out though, so check out the website  for availability.  Additionally, tickets are not sold at the door, and the event is for those of us Louisvillians who are 21 and over. 

Louisville is home to an impressive array of stellar local restaurants, celebrity chefs, internationally-renowned distilleries, and some seriously good times.  The Taste of Derby Festival takes advantage of these assets by featuring samples from over sixty representatives of Louisville’s phenomenal restaurant scene, celebrated distilleries, and world-class beverage producers.  In addition to the sampling of these local superstars, check out their Bloody Mary contest and silent auction.  It’s a great excuse to get gussied up in your finest cocktail attire and try some small-batch bourbons or do a wine-tasting with your friends.

The Taste of Derby Festival is in its 28th year as a fundraiser for the Dare-to-Care Food Bank, and is in its sixteenth year as the event we know now.  During that time, Louisvillians have participated enthusiastically,...

Trick or Treating in Louisville 2013

Louisville Trick or Treating Rained Out!

Halloween in Louisville

Since it looks like Trick or Treating in Louisville is getting rained out this year check out some Louisville alternatives!

Halloween events Oct. 30:

Bass Pro Shops, Lewis and Clark Parkway (Clarksville)
 6 to 7 p.m.

Assumption High School
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Highview Baptist Church Fall Festival, 7711 Fegenbush Lane
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Halloween trick or treating and indoor events Oct. 31:

Mall St. Matthews 5 to 7 p.m.

Oxmoor Mall 5 to 7 p.m.

Jefferson Mall 6 to 8 p.m.

Bass Pro Shop, Lewis and Clark Parkway (Clarksville)  

Trick-or-treating 6 to 7 p.m.
Free Craft 6 to 8 p.m. 

St. Matthews Baptist Church, Grandview Avenue
6:30 to 8 p.m.

The Crossroads United Pentecostal Church, Vine Street (Radcliff)
7 to 8:30 p.m.

Shepherdsville Fire Department, Conestoga Parkway (Shepherdsvillea)
Trunk or Treat will be moved to the gym in the back of the station if it rains
5 to 7 p.m. 
5 to 6:30 p.m. they will have chili, hot dogs and desserts

Kroger at Stonybrook
6 to 8 p.m.

Westport Baptist Church
6 to 8 p.m.

The Salvation Army in Portland
6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fern Creek Fire Station, 6200 Bardstown Road
Community Halloween Party
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo

Louisville Zoo's Largest Halloween Party Louisville Real Estate ProsIf you're looking for Halloween fun that is not too scary for children, then look no further than the Halloween party at the Louisville zoo. Billed as "The Worlds Largest Halloween Party", it is a safe and fun time for the whole family. Kids can dress up and trick or treat along the zoo paths that have treat stations set up throughout. There is a hay maze, and lots of characters around for photo opportunities.

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An artificial pumpkin display features over 200 artificial pumpkins carved and lit up for display, along with nightly carving demonstrations. Oh, and there are animals too. The Louisville Zoo exhibits more than 1,700 animals! During this event, you have an opportunity to see animals such as giraffes, snow leopards, rhinos, and maned wolves. The Meijer Mobile Virtual Playground will be there from October 24-27 with free games and giveaways.

The Louisville Zoo is located on 134 acres surrounded by the some great Louisville neighborhoods like Audubon Park and ...

St. James Art Fair is just around the corner!

St. James Court Louisville KY

Mark your calendars for the 57th annual St. James Court Art Show. October 4th through October 6th, the St. James-Belgravia Historic District will be host to 750 artists, and over 300,000 visitors. The St. James Court Art Show is an impressive gathering of arts and crafts from over 750 artists. This event is nestled in the heart of Old Louisville, with one of the country’s largest concentrations of Victorian homes serving as the perfect backdrop for this annual fall event. On more than one occasion, a survey of artists by the trade journal Sunshine Artist has voted this event as the best art show in the nation.

At the show you will find, photography, paintings, fiber, clay, glass, jewelry, crafts, face painting, food, and much more. While you’re there, the historic Conrad Caldwell House, which is at the center of the art show, is open for visitors. Tours will be offered at the reduced price of $5, and they will be hosting “Conrad’s Café” which offers food and cocktails served on the front yard, as well as in the large air-conditioned hall. You can also relax in Central Park, which is a 17 acre park that is part of Louisville’s famous Olmstead Park System. Frederick Olmstead designed New York City’s famous Central Park, as well as a numerous parks across the United States.

St. James Court Art Festival Hours are Friday & Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00pm, Sunday from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Admission is free, no pets allowed. 



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Basketball Stars Coming to Louisville

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For the 40th consecutive year some of the best high school basketball players in the country will be relocating to Louisville to star in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic.  This year’s event will take place on April 19th and will once again feature a bevy of high-flying playmakers committed to some of the top college programs in the country.  The Classic has always offered those living in Louisville a sneak peak at their program’s top incoming freshmen and this year is no different.  

Among those committed to play in the event are Indiana signees Devin Davis, Luke Fischer, Stanford Robinson, and Troy Williams and Kentucky signee Derek Willis.  Meanwhile, Cards fans will be keeping a close eye on Anton Gill and Akoy Agau, both of whom will be moving to Louisville to start their college careers soon and hoping to find a home in Louisville fans’ hearts during this showcase event.  Former stars that have participated in the event include Kentucky’s Jamal Mashburn and Rex Chapman, Indiana’s Isiah Thomas, and Louisville’s Pervis Ellison and Darrell Griffith.

Tickets are $11 and on sale at all TicketMaster locations or available at the Freedom Hall Box Office.  A purchased ticket also provides admission to the “Night of the Future Stars” event on April 18th, which will include a slam dunk and three point competition among other activities....

2013 Taste of Derby Festival a Deliciously Fun Time

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Some events provide the excitement and some events provide the fun, but only the Taste of Derby Festival combines those elements with tremendous food and drink.  This year’s “Taste” will take place on April 17th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Louisville Slugger Field, a great location and prime riverfront real estate.  Louisville has hosted the event for 15 years and there will be a little something for everyone, especially foodies relocating to Louisville for the Derby festivities.

The event has the feel of an upscale cocktail party, but admission is open to anyone that purchases the $80 ticket available by following this link.  Once admitted guests can expect signature dishes from over 65 of Louisville’s finest restaurants and beverage companies, a bourbon tasting, a Bloody Mary contest, wine tasting, and more!  A silent auction will also be held with all the proceeds going to help benefit the Dare to Care food bank for the less fortunate living in Louisville.  

The event usually sells out early and no tickets will be sold at the door so those who don’t act quickly will be stuck in their homes.  In Louisville word always travels fast about a good party, especially one with good food and bourbon!

 

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2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Louisville KY

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The 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade is upon us! Saturday, March 9 at 3 pm the fun will start at Broadway and Baxter and flow down Bardstown Road until it reaches Mid City Mall (1250 Bardstown Road- if you get to Rosewood you've gone off the route).

You can expect about 125 participants in the parade- some throwing candy, beads or other neat items for kids. Everyone is encouraged to set up shop on the sidewalk (either side) and have a great time. Remember though, the language can get a bit colorful the closer you are to the bars (Molly Malones, Finnegan's Ale House and O'Shea's Irish Pub). It's all in good fun, no unfriendly rowdy behavior, just make sure to bring some earmuffs for your kiddos if you don't like excited colorful language and you want to hang at the bar scene. Expect around 50,000 people to attend- based on last years numbers.

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If you're lucky the Irish Pope will stop by and bless your baby


I can't wait to see what they do with this year's theme -- "Forty Shades of Green" . There won't be any hanky panky though, as this is one of Louisville's Best Kid Friendly events. It's my guess that they are referencing the parade-goers that feel a bit green the next day from...