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Old Louisville Events
Calendar 2001
This month's neighborhood meetings & events calendar

City Wide Annual Events   City Wide Upcoming Events
Updated by the Louisville Convention & Visitor's Bureau
City Fest  Louisville Outdoor Festivals and Events

Old Louisville Events:


Kentucky Derby Festival - although the Derby Festival is city-wide, Old Louisville is conveniently located only minutes away by car from most major events, and a case can be made that Old Louisville may be the finest base of operations for out of town visitors.  It is possible to walk to most major events, including the Derby itself, from Old Louisville, if a 30-60 minute walk doesn't intimidate you.  Kentucky Derby Festival Headquarters are located at 3rd and Kentucky, on the northern edge of Old Louisville.

The festival includes hundreds of events, most notably the Opening Ceremonies/Thunder Over Louisville (good picture)  (Saturday, April 21) which is known for spectacular world record displays of fireworks and a half-mile rainbow of fire, Chow Wagons, The Great Balloon Glow (Friday, April 27), The Great Balloon Race (Saturday, April 28), mini-Marathon (comes through Old Louisville) April 28, The Great Steamboat Race (Wednesday, May 2), the Pegasus Parade (Thursday, May 3), the Kentucky Oaks (Friday, May 4), and of course, the 127th Running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5.   
A new event, a children's festival, will be held in Old Louisville's Central Park on Sunday, May 6.  Come for reggae, jazz, dance groups, Youth Performing Arts School, comedians and children's choirs. (free).
Click here for the official event list by date (you can click on each event for more details)

June -July

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Performances are offered completely free of charge and are held in the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater located in inner city Central Park in the heart of Old Louisville's historic preservation district. This outdoor amphitheater seats up to 1,000 audience members, with additional seating available on the lawn right and left of the stagehouse.  The Festival's average summer attendance is 10,000 people each season. In the last thirty–nine years, over one half million people have enjoyed the Festival’s one hundred and nine summer productions.  This year's schedule:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
preview June 20, opens June 21, runs June 21—June 24, June 26—July 1 and July 11, July 13 and July 15 in Central Park

Love’s Labors Lost
opens July 5 (no preview), runs July 5—July 8, July 10, July 12 and July 14 in Central Park

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival web site
All performances begin at 8:00 p.m., dress comfortably and casually for these open-air performances.  Concessions are available.  The amphitheatre is wheelchair accessible. 
All performances are FREE

June - October
Farmer's Market, Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Walnut Street Baptist Church Parking Lot, Third & St. Catherine
(There is also a Farmer's Market Saturday Mornings 6:30 a.m. until sold out at the St. Louis Bertrand parking lot, 6th and St. Catherine.  Exact starting and ending date not certain.)

July 14 & 15
Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour
Your chance to take a peek into eight of the beautiful gardens behind those magnificent mansions.  10am-4pm each day, $8 in advance or $10 day of tour. Start at the corner of St. James and Magnolia across from central park and pick up your tour map with directions for walking or driving.
Contact the Information Center for your early bird tickets.

August (Dates to be announced)
Jazz in Central Park
Bring the family, lawn chairs, and a picnic to enjoy two afternoons of nationally known Jazz musicians in beautiful Central Park.  FREE  
detailed info from the 2000 festival which was held Aug 26/27

October 5, 6, 7 (Friday-Sunday)

St. James Court Art Show
Enjoy the fall weather and wonderful art work from all over the country in one of the nation's oldest, largest, and most prestigious open-air art shows: 10:00am-6:00pm Friday and Saturday, and until 5:00pm Sunday.

The St. James Court Art show is a juried show with nearly 700 artists exhibiting throughout St. James and Belgravia Courts, Fountain Court, along Third, Fourth and Magnolia Streets.  Come to the show rain or shine.  As well as artwork and crafts, you'll find plenty to eat and drink as well.
More info

December 1-2 (Saturday-Sunday)
Old Louisville Holiday House Tour
Take a look inside some of Old Louisville's finest homes decorated for the holidays.  Ask about the Victorian tea.  $12 advance purchase, $15 on the days of the tour.   MORE Information
Tours 12:00 noon until 7:00 P.M. both days  
Contact the Information Center

More information and tickets for the Garden Tour, Victorian Christmas House Tour, etc. can be obtained from:

The Old Louisville Information Center
1340 S. 4th Street in Central Park
Louisville, KY 40208
Tuesday through Friday 1-5 PM
Closed Mondays
(502) 635-5244
fax (502) 635-5245
Please note: it seems the Old Louisville Information Center changes its hours between 3-6 times a year.  It is not always possible for OldLouisville.com to keep up with this, so it may be prudent to verify with them before you make a trip.

Also check out the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council's web site for more information on Old Louisville's neighborhood events and fundraisers.

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