Category Archives: festival

Finnigan’s Fest of Funky Fresh Fun @ The Bard’s Town

<THEATER> April 3-5, 10-12 Finnigan’s Fest of Funky Fresh Fun The Bard’s Town 1801 Bardstown Road • 876-0532 $16; 7:30 p.m. Now that the Humana Festival is coming to an end, it’s time to showcase a more local crew of playwrights, directors and actors in the annual Finnigan’s Festival of Funky Fresh Fun. This […]

GonzoFest 2014

<MUSIC> April 3-5 GonzoFest 2014 Thursday: The Monkey Wrench, 7 p.m. Friday: Kentucky Science Center/Muhammad Ali Center, 5:30 p.m. Saturday: 418 E. Main St., 3 p.m. The fifth incarnation of GonzoFest, Louisville’s annual celebration of all things Hunter S. Thompson, draws to a close this weekend. Both controversial and beloved, Thompson was a pioneering […]

Louisville Comic Con @ Kentucky International Convention Center

<GEEKS> March 28-30 Louisville Comic Con Kentucky International Convention Center 221 S. Fourth St. $35+; various times It’s not even Derby yet and we’ve got some pretty big (but nerdy) names coming into town for Louisville’s annual Comic Con next weekend. Hosted by the folks at Wizard World, the three-day sci-fi and comic book […]

Weekender: March 15-16

<ART> Saturday, March 15 ‘Art [squared]’ PUBLIC Gallery 131 W. Main St. • 235-3088 Free: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Being anonymous can be fun, dangerous or dangerous fun. The Louisville Visual Art Association found out last year that we like the thrill of buying art without knowing the artist who created it. So it’s time […]

Creative Diversity Studio at Winter Fair

Creative Diversity Studio is participating in this year’s Winter Fair at the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4936 Brownsboro Rd. on Friday, Dec. 6 from 2-7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Festival of Faiths

    Nov. 14-15 Various venues and times Can interfaith activism address environmental issues like the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline? A daylong event during the fall installment of the Festival of Faiths will explore the possibilities, with insight from regional leaders and academics in energy, faith and the environment. For those without a whole day […]

Weekender: Oct. 25-27

Monster Mash Costume Ball Saturday, Oct. 25 Peterson-Dumesnil House 301 S. Peterson Ave. • 426-8880 $25 adv., $30 door; 7-11 p.m. Animal welfare advocates know that sometimes humans can be monsters and do terrible things to innocent animals. Luckily, there are good people who provide medical treatment, rehabilitation and safe homes for these four-legged […]

Weekender: Oct. 18-20

‘The Glass Mendacity’ Oct. 18-20 The MeX Theater, Kentucky Center 501 W. Main St. • 584-7777 $16; 8 p.m. (2 p.m. Oct. 20) Big Daddy is back in town. From the Louisville Repertory Co. comes a theatrical mash-up the likes of which you’ve never seen: Take three masterpieces by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, stick […]

Weekender: Oct. 11-13

Butchertown Porktoberfest Friday, Oct. 11 The Pointe 1205 E. Washington St. • 262-8580 Free; 5-10 p.m. You have to love living in a town that has events with names like Porktoberfest. Sure, it may be a while before it catches up with England’s Cheese Rolling Festival or even Florida’s Felssmore Frogleg Festival, but this […]

International Festival of Film

Oct. 10-13 Various locations $10-$50 In a city as music-lovin’ as Louisville, movies often take a back seat. Thankfully, some have been working for years to bring the focus back to this essential and thoroughly influential medium. The International Festival of Film features 137 films showing over the course of four days — feature-lengths, […]

Weekender: Oct. 4-6

Charles Eisenstein Friday, Oct. 4 First Unitarian Church 809 S. Fourth St. $10-$50; 7 p.m. In the face of macro issues like global warming or economic collapse, do the everyday acts of kindness and care have any significant impact on the world at large? Charles Eisenstein, TED speaker and author of “Sacred Economics: Money, […]

St. James Court Art Fair

The St. James Court Art Fair is Oct. 4-6. Friday and Saturdays hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 502-635-1842 or visit

Weekender: Sept. 27-29

Louisville Irish Fest Bellarmine University 2001 Newburg Road $5-$8; 7-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.) Whether you already love the Louisville Irish Fest or haven’t yet been, get ready because it’s going down this weekend. You can dig into delicious Irish vittles from Molly Malone’s, O’Shea’s, Shenanigan’s and more, […]

Weekender: Sept. 21-22

•African Heritage Festival @ KY Center for African American Heritage Saturday, Sept. 21 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Free; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. African-Americans in Louisville and Jefferson County have a long and rich history, one deserving of recognition and celebration throughout the year, not just during a predetermined “history […]

Highlands Fest @ Baxter Avenue

Saturday, Sept. 14 Baxter Avenue (900 block) Free; 1-11 p.m. Did you know there are only a handful of spots in the country where you can walk with a drink in hand, strolling from bar to bar, enjoying the life on the street? New Orleans, Vegas, Key West and Memphis’ Beale Street are a few […]

Vintage Motorcycle Weekend

Sept. 13-15 $5; various times and locations If you have any interest in bikes, bands, beer or beautiful women, then the Kentucky Kick Down has your weekend covered. Get yourself out there and sign up for the pool tournament or the Miss Kentucky Kick Down Contest. Walk around with that PBR in hand. Score […]

Weekender: Aug. 31-Sept. 2

•KY Bluegrass & Bourbon Fest Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Louisville Water Tower $8, $11 (after 6 p.m.); 5-11 p.m. (Sat.-Sun), 1-7 p.m. (Mon.) Adding bourbon to something is never a bad idea — unless it’s breast milk or your gas tank, I suppose. Anyway, the annual Kentucky Bluegrass Festival is now adding bourbon to its […]

WorldFest @ The Belvedere

Aug. 30-Sept. 2 The Belvedere Free; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Mon.) For 12 months now, I have been trying to replicate the lunch I had at the decennial WorldFest last year. Best described as a plump wiener topped with pineapple, potato chips and a special sauce, a Colombian hot dog sounds […]

Zombie Attack @ Highlands

Thursday, Aug. 29 The Back Door & Monkey Wrench Free (donations accepted); 6 p.m. The living dead will once again rule the Highlands when the Zombie Attack returns for its ninth year. Things get started with a pre-attack party at The Back Door (1250 Bardstown Road) that will feature a showing of “Return of […]

Generations Picnic @ Shelby Park

Saturday, Aug. 24 Shelby Park 600 block of Oak Street Free; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Seems like most Louisville neighborhoods have an annual festival or fair that celebrates their history, culture and community. Smoketown and Shelby Park may soon have theirs. The Smoketown Community and Shelby Park Neighborhood Association are hosting what they hope will be […]