Saturday, Oct. 27
Brown-Forman Amphitheater, Waterfront Park
Free; noon-6 p.m.
What happens when the local farmer meets up with the social justice advocate who was hanging with the eco steward and the minister, who had a lunch date with the peace activist and the artist? It’s the ultimate vision of the Mighty Kindness Harvest Hootenanny, which aims to create a commonwealth full of respect, beauty and compassion, and the annual festival is taking place Saturday at Waterfront Park. Expect friendly folks — hippies, hipsters and everything in between — talking about important things like life, love and the pursuit of happiness. There will be two stages of music featuring Blunt Honey, Nick Peay, Andrea Davidson, Leigh Ann Yost, Kathleen Hoye and lots more. Peace and love, my friends, peace and love. —Sara Havens
Saturday, Oct. 27
2720 Frankfort Ave. • 896-6950
Free; 4 p.m.
Here we are at the time of year when darkness creeps in ever earlier and earlier. So what can you do about that? Maybe find a cozy hiding place? Thriller writer David Bell has just released a new novel entitled “The Hiding Place,” and he’ll be reading and signing at Carmichael’s Saturday afternoon. This story shows the aftermath of a child’s disappearance, with repercussions taking decades to arrive for the victim’s family and others involved. Just as he did with earlier book “Cemetery Girl,” Bell displays an exceptional sense for keeping the procedural details moving forward — but he also keeps them in perspective. This Western Kentucky professor writes about people experiencing a tragedy that may seem to come and go in a single moment but is actually setting a new course for many lives — each of which will now have newly decisive and demanding moments. —T.E. Lyons
Oct. 28-Nov. 25
636-4400 • churchilldowns.com
$3; 12:40 p.m. (Wed.-Sun.)
Churchill Downs opens Sunday with four weeks of racing through Thanksgiving weekend. The Fall Meet is traditionally strong, with a mix of races for accomplished older horses and tests for 2-year-olds completing their first season of racing. The lone “Downs After Dark” night racing event is Saturday, Nov. 17, with a Roaring ’20s theme: “The Golden Era.” Thanksgiving Day first post time is 11:30 a.m. Reservations required for Thanksgiving Day dinner — and you’d better hurry, as it always sells out early. The Clark Handicap is slated for Nov. 23, with all races Saturday, Nov. 24, carded for 2-year-olds, including the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, which is part of the new qualification prep series for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. —Bill Doolittle