Category Archives: fun

Historical Dainty Contest @ Hauck’s Handy Store

<GTOWN> Monday, July 28 Historical Dainty Contest Hauck’s Handy Store 1000 Goss Ave. Free; 5-10 p.m. Before you go any further into this staffpick: This contest has nothing to do with being dainty like a handkerchief. Instead, it is a physical competition, and the “dainty” is a noun, not an adjective. Here’s what happens: A […]

Maxwell @ Louisville Palace

<MUSIC> Tuesday, July 22 Maxwell Louisville Palace 625 S. Fourth St. $52+; 8 p.m. In 1999, when Maxwell released “Fortunate,” I was in love … with him … and his song. I loved his silky smooth voice and the way he melted my heart like a dab of butter on a steaming pile of […]

Jane Austen Festival @ Locust Grove

<FEST> July 18-20 Jane Austen Festival Locust Grove 561 Blankenbaker Lane $5-$20; various times After a painful, treacherous year in AP English literature, it is difficult for me to even think of classic authors such as Jane Austen. Thankfully, there are several people who don’t have the same problem. The Jane Austen Festival is […]

Beer with a Scientist @ Against the Grain

  <SCIENCE> Wednesday, July 16 Beer with a Scientist Against the Grain 401 E. Main St. Free admission; 8 p.m. “No one lives forever, no one. But with advances in modern science and my high level income, it’s not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300.” If only these words from […]

Weekender – July 3 – 6

<FILM> Thursday, July 3 ‘Stripes’ Underneath the Second Street Bridge Free; 7 p.m. In a fitting salute to our troops this Independence Day weekend, the Louisville Film Society will screen arguably one of the greatest Army movies of all time, “Stripes.” The late Harold Ramis and still-golfing Bill Murray-led classic will be available for […]

Merengue on Mellwood @ Eyedia

<FEST> Friday, June 27 Merengue on Mellwood Eyedia 1631 Mellwood Ave. Free; 5-8 p.m. Every month, the FAT Friday Trolley Hop offers folks an eclectic mix of live music, sales and entertainment along Frankfort Avenue. This month includes an Irish music “seisuin” — we are told that’s a fancy word for a jam session […]

Derby City Alternative League @ American Turners

<SPORTS> Thursday, June 26 Derby City Alternative League American Turners 3125 River Road Free; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sometimes I get bored in the summer sitting in bars. After the winter we had, there’s really no reason not to bask in the sun every chance we can get. We complained for so long, and now the hot, […]

‘Va Va Variety Show’ @ Headliners Music Hall

<SEXY> June 20-21, 27-28 ‘Va Va Variety Show’ Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road $20-$30; 8 p.m. Described as a “modern day Vaudeville-style burlesque variety show,” the newest Va Va Vixens production has arrived. Along with nonprofit Art Sanctuary, the same producers who have brought you a slew of sold-out productions have created another […]

Downs After Dark @ Churchill Downs

<RACES> Friday, June 20 Downs After Dark Churchill Downs 700 Central Ave. $10; 4 p.m. So you bought a Hawaiian shirt during your week in Destin, not realizing the fashion wouldn’t translate quite as well back home. We’ve all been there, man, and now Churchill Downs is thankfully offering a solution. This week’s Downs […]

Weekender – June 14-15

<ART> Saturday, June 14 ‘Graphica’ by Sparrow The Vault 1031 1031 S. Sixth St. $5; 8-9:30 p.m. After spending a great deal of his childhood in hospitals and under the care of doctors and nurses, 20-year-old Louisville artist Sparrow (Jesse Lane) wants to honor and help out the people who helped him. His upcoming […]

Moon Pies and Moonshine @ Oxmoor Farm

<SHINE> Friday, June 13 Moon Pies and Moonshine Oxmoor Farm 720 Oxmoor Farm Lane • 635-5083 $35 ($30 members); 6-9 p.m. On Friday, the Filson Historical Society will host the most summery summer event in the history of summer — and they know their history. Moon Pies and Moonshine at Oxmoor Farm is going […]

Lyndon Summer Festival @ Robsion Park

<FEST> June 13-14 Lyndon Summer Festival Robsion Park Free; 4-10 p.m. (Fri.), noon-10 p.m. (Sat.) While it has felt like summer for a few weeks now, summer does not officially begin until June 21. This is not stopping those in Lyndon, who will be bringing the Lyndon Summer Festival to crowds in what is […]

Moth GrandSLAM Championship @ Bomhard Theater

<STORY> Friday, June 13 Moth GrandSLAM Championship Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center 501 W. Main St. $20; 8 p.m. There’s nothing worse than a bad story that goes on endlessly. But slap on a five-minute limit, heated competition and the opportunity to judge others, and the Moth GrandSLAM is something I can get behind. This […]

Weekender: June 7-8

<FEST> Saturday, June 7 Americana World Festival Iroquois Amphitheater 1080 Amphitheater Road Free; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. You know the old adage that says Louisville is a melting pot? Yeah, I know that’s supposed to be America. But the Americana Community Center is celebrating the vast cultural diversity of the people who have settled by […]

Weekender | May 31 – June 1

<BEER> Saturday, May 31 Keg Liquors’ Fest of Ale St. Anthony’s Catholic Church 320 N. Sherwood Ave., Clarksville $40 ($30 adv.); 3-7 p.m. Without beer, there’d be nothing cold, frothy and refreshing to look forward to after a long workday besides a chocolate milkshake. Without beer, there’d be nothing to reward your laborious efforts […]

Louisville Youth Group @ Play Dance Bar

<BENEFIT> May 30-31 Louisville Youth Group Play Dance Bar 1101 E. Washington St. $10; 8 p.m. Be a drag, be a queen, be a sister, it’s free. But it’s not free to keep the Louisville Youth Group — which provides LGBTQ youth or the children of such parents with a safe space for activities […]

Vino, Bark & Brew @ Vines & Canines

<BENEFIT> Thursday, May 29 Vino, Bark & Brew Vines & Canines 1985 Douglass Blvd. Free; 6:30 p.m. Who doesn’t like an outdoor party that encourages you to bring your dogs? And you don’t even have to be a Highlands neighbor to attend — just a general love of dogs, food, music, wine and beer […]

‘Hard Candy’ with Joslyn Fox @ Play Dance Bar

<DRAG> Wednesday, May 21 ‘Hard Candy’ with Joslyn Fox Play Dance Bar 1101 E. Washington St. $10-$15; 10 p.m. Fans of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” don’t need any spoiler alerts here — “black horse” Joslyn Fox did not make it to this season’s finale, though she did win many fans during her stay on the […]

Old Louisville SpringFest

<FEST> May 16-17 Old Louisville SpringFest First & Ormsby (between Oak & Magnolia) Free; 5-9 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat.) As an Old Louisville resident, let me be the first to say: Old Louisville deserves more love. Sure, we get a pat on the back every fall during the St. James Court Art […]

‘MegaBite’ @ Kentucky Science Center

<FOOD> Thursday, May 15 ‘MegaBite’ Kentucky Science Center 727 W. Main St. $15-$20; 6 p.m. “We are everyone’s Science Center, and science is for everyone,” Kentucky Science Center executive director Joanna Haas says. But this foodie event is actually only for those 21 years old and older. The next chapter in a series of […]