Weekender: Sept. 15-16


•Irish Hill Roots Fest

Saturday, Sept. 15

Gary’s on Spring
204 S. Spring St.
Free; 11 a.m.

Phone the neighbors, wake the kids. Because one can never have enough local neighborhood celebrations of music, art, food and drink, the Irish Hill neighborhood has organized its first “Roots Fest.” While the more literal-minded of us might go in expecting tin whistles and Clancy Brothers standards, this one — applying what we here like to call Louisville Logic — features the Latin-via-Appalachian fusion of Appalatin, the Bluegrass Messengers, the Blues Chasers, and the Louisville Blues. Irish Hill is, of course, a glorious melting pot, and the various musical styles will be met with scrumptious food from Gary’s on Spring, Four Roses bourbon, craft beer, Walden Theatre acting up, arts and crafts, and a shoe drive benefiting WaterStep. —Peter Berkowitz


Woody Pines

•National Jug Band Jubilee

Saturday, Sept. 15

Waterfront Park
Free; 1 p.m.

I’d like to hear the conversation that follows, “Momma, I’m joining a jug band!” After the palm print on the side of your face begins to fade, you foist your thumb out on the roadside on the first of many thankless nights busking. Then, just a few times a year, you embark on the festival circuit, in places like Raleigh, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Louisville. This city’s ties to jug band music begin at the birth of the music itself, and for the last eight years, the National Jug Band Jubilee has brought attention to the region’s origin story. Past years have featured the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Pokey Lafarge, and what this year’s line-up lacks in name recognition it makes up for in energy, sincerity and all-out fun. —Damien McPherson


•‘Knight for a Princess’

Saturday, Sept. 15

Frazier History Museum
829 W. Main St.
$60 ($50 members); 7:30 p.m.

The Frazier History Museum is celebrating the opening of its “Diana: A Celebration” exhibit by throwing a costume party. The exhibit will explore the life and humanitarian work of Princess Diana with more than 150 objects ranging from her wedding gown to rare home movies and photos. The Saturday evening party includes music from DJ Prism and DJ Syimone, one free drink and appetizers, sword-fighting demonstrations and lots more. Partygoers are encouraged to dress in their very best British-themed costume, and a group of celebrity judges will award the cash prize to the best get-up. And as Diana would have wanted it, proceeds go to the House of Ruth, which cares for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. —Sara Havens


Jane Goodall

•International Day of Peace

Sunday, Sept. 16

Swing Garden at Waterfront Park
Free; noon-5 p.m.

Though best known for decades spent studying chimpanzees, Jane Goodall has since set a goal that’s even loftier than understanding humans’ closest living relatives: world peace. Through her nonprofit Roots and Shoots — a global humanitarian and environmental youth program — Goodall launched the International Day of Peace in 2004. Since then, the day has been observed annually throughout the world, from the Coliseum in Rome to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, from African refugee camps to suburban backyards. And for the second year, Louisville will participate in the Day of Peace with a celebration at Waterfront Park’s Swing Garden. With a focus on peace education, conservation, community advocacy, social justice and international affairs, the day will include hands-on activities, live music, local food and a parade featuring giant peace dove puppets made from reused materials. —Sarah Kelley

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