Category Archives: festival

Weekender: Aug. 17-18

•Community Block Party Saturday, Aug. 17 Actors Theatre of Louisville 316 W. Main St. • actorstheatre.org Free; 1-10 p.m. Actors Theatre of Louisville is throwing a party and wants you to crash it. Celebrating 50 years as a theater company, Actors hosts the ultimate block party in front of its building at Main and Third […]

Kentucky State Fair

Aug. 16-25 Kentucky Fair & Expo Center kystatefair.org $8 ($8 for parking); various times Hellfire! It’s time for the state fair! Where else can you see gluttony in all its glory — whether it’s served like a hunk of beef between Krispy Kreme donuts or deep-fried like a Twinkie? But before you eat, stop by […]

Weekender: July 20-21

•Mag Bar Benefit Saturday, July 20 Magnolia Bar 1398 S. Second St. facebook.com/MagBarOldLou $10; 8 p.m. Any Kentuckianan who reads LEO surely heard about the terrible incident last month at Old Louisville’s venerable Mag Bar, when a car drove into the front door, hurting some and requiring electricians, plumbers and the like by the dozens. […]

Pokécon @ Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel

July 19-21 Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel 830 Phillips Lane sukoshicon.com/pokecon $15-$35; 3 p.m.-midnight (Fri.), 10 a.m.-midnight (Sat.), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.) It’s like Christmas in July for anime fans. You still gotta catch ’em all at this convention celebrating everything Pokèmon. The three-day show features games, anime industry guests and voice actors from the […]

Louisville Ballet holding audition for “Nutcracker”

The Louisville Ballet is holding auditions for local children aged 7-18 to perform in “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.” Audition information and applications are available online at www.louisvilleballet.org/DanceSchool. Completed applications must be returned by Aug. 9 to attend the Aug. 18 audition. There is a $20 audition fee. “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” runs Dec. 7-22 in Whitney Hall […]

UniverSoul Circus @ Kentucky Fair and Expo Center

July 8-9 Kentucky Fair and Expo Center 937 Phillips Lane universoulcircus.com $16-$28; various times The big tent is getting a makeover. The UniverSoul Circus’ “Turn’t Up Tour” adds an international flair to its national circus tour with acts from all ends of the earth, including Magic Cat Illusions from South Africa, the Giang Bros. head-balancing […]

Kentuckiana Pride Fest @ The Belvedere

June 14-15 The Belvedere kypride.com Fri.: Free; 8 p.m. Sat: $5; noon There’s more talent at this year’s Pride Fest than you can shake a rainbow-colored stick at. The parade on Friday kicks things off as community organizations, businesses and people roll down Main Street in the name of pride, equality and acceptance. The route […]

International Festival of Magic @ various locations

June 14-16 Brown Theatre and other venues 315 W. Broadway louisvillemagicfestival.com Various times and prices Magic draws in people of all ages. No matter how old, cynical or skeptical you’ve become, you can’t help but ponder, “How did they do that?” Whether it is sleight of hand or grand illusions, the Louisville International Festival of […]

VinylFest @ Crowne Plaza Louisville

June 14-16 Crowne Plaza Louisville 830 Phillips Lane vinylfest.net $20; various times The Christian Science Monitor reported there was a 16-percent increase in vinyl record sales in 2012, and that’s on top of a 36-percent increase in 2011. So what is it about vinyl? Is it the feel, the experience of placing the needle on […]

Weekender: June 8-9

•‘Metal Up Your Eye’ Saturday, June 8 Alley Theater 1210 Franklin St. facebook.com/GhostCatStudio Free; 7 p.m. For the latest installment of the annual exhibition of heavy metal music and metal-compatible art, founders, noisemakers and artists Dave Pollard and Eric “Rico” Rakutt are returning for a third year of loud art and visual music. Pollard recently […]

Greek Fest @ The Belvedere

June 7-9 The Belvedere (Fifth & Main) louisvillegreekfest.com $2 (under 9 free); 4-11 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.), noon-6 p.m. (Sun.) Put down that tiny little cup of Chobani or Oikos yogurt. The time has come to stuff your face with some authentic eats. Greek Fest returns this weekend for a three-day celebration of […]

Weekend visual art events

The 14TH Annual Arts of the Green at the Courthouse Square in La Grange is on June 1-2. The festival hours are 10-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to food vendors, a new event has been added this year on Saturday night with the sale of beer and wine for the first time. […]

Weekender: June 1-2

•Americana World Festival Saturday June 1 Iroquois Amphitheater 1080 Amphitheater Road Free; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The 23rd annual Americana World Festival will be bigger and, as a result, even better than ever. After years at the Americana Community Center, the festival moves to Iroquois Amphitheater thanks to a new partnership between these two south Louisville […]

Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival

May 31-June 1 Check’s Café 1101 E. Burnett Ave. Free; 6 p.m.-midnight What Germantown lacks in physical beauty she makes up for with loads of personality, most notably a penchant for fun. In addition to an abundance of dive bars, the nabe throws some lively street parties, including this weekend’s Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival. Now in […]

Weekender: May 25-27

•Instant Installation Invitational Saturday, May 25 Swanson Contemporary 638 E. Market St. • 589-5466 swansonreedgallery.com Free; 7-9:30 p.m. This is the second “ready-set-create” Instant Installation Invitation organized by artist/curator Ezra Kellerman. Nicknamed the “iii Spring Meet,” the live art competition comes with hefty cash prizes totaling $1,000. So what do the artists have to do […]

Abbey Road on the River @ Belvedere

May 23-27 Belvedere 500 W. Main St. • arotr.com $15-$120; various times Abbey Road on the River was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, with the simple hope of honoring The Beatles’ legacy: make the world a happier place. Throughout the past 13 years, the festival has hosted more than 250 tribute bands, each with equally diverse […]

Weekend visual art events

Howard Steamboat Museum & Mansion, 1101 E. Market St. in Jeffersonville, 812-283-3728, is holding its 21st annual “Victorian Chautauqua.” The arts, crafts, garden and antique fair features the Carriage House antique show, book signings, music, mansion tours, herb and perennial sale, and a wide array of arts and crafts booths. Saturday, May 18 from 10 […]

Weekender: May 18-19

•GARDENZART Saturday, May 18  Hidden Hill Nursery & Sculpture Garden 1011 Utica-Charlestown Road, Utica, Ind. 812-282-0524 • hiddenhillnursery.com Free; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. I’m stating the obvious when I say gardens consist of plants, flowers and shrubs. But any respectable garden should have a bit of stone, metal or glass for decoration … in addition to […]

Louisville Loves Mountains @ Green Building

Friday, May 17 Green Building  732 E. Market St. kftc.org Free; 4 p.m. The fifth annual Louisville Loves Mountains Festival, hosted by the now 30-year-old Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, takes place at the Green Building this year (due to rain). It provides Louisvillians with many of their favorite things all in one place: beer, food, […]

Festival of Faiths @ Actors Theatre & Galt House

May 15-19 Actors Theatre & Galt House 583-3100 • festivaloffaiths.org Free-$100; various times This year marks the 18th annual Festival of Faiths, hosted by the Center for Interfaith Relations. Because this particular festival is being constructed to honor the Dalai Lama’s visit to the city (May 19-20), it has been aptly named “Sacred Silence: Pathway […]