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In addition to the community events below, please check the following links for current calendars of events from our neighborhood and city institutions:

Old Louisville Events:

**="must do's"

Early April
Central Park Cleanup
Join Old Louisville neighbors volunteers, and Metro Parks in this annual spring sprucing-up of our beloved Central Park.  It's all light work, planting, fertilizing, grading, mulching, seeding, trimming, painting, weeding and cleanup.  A barbeque lunch will be provided at noon for all workers.  Begins 8:30AM in the park.

**April -May 8, 2005

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 23) which is internationally known for its impressive air shows and spectacular world record displays of fireworks and a half-mile rainbow of fire, Chow Wagons (April 23-May 7), The Great Balloon Glow (Friday, April 29), The Great Balloon Race (Saturday, April 30), mini-Marathon (comes through Old Louisville, April 30) , The Great Steamboat Race (Wednesday, May 4), the Pegasus Parade (Thursday, May 5), the Kentucky Oaks (Friday, May 6), and of course, the 131st Running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7.   It's an exciting fun-packed three weeks by anyone's standard, and the best (and most beautiful) time of all to visit the city.
Click here for the official event list by date (you can click on each event for more details)

Late April
2nd Street Neighborhood Association Bedding Plant Sale
"Every gardener's dream from the best bedding plants to fantastic hanging
baskets"  begins 9AM.  Contact the information center for details (see below) or see more information and order form in the April Newsletter

May 8 - October 2, 2005
First Sunday Concerts Series in Central Park
This year the First Sunday Concerts begin on May 8, which is a 2nd Sunday, the day after the Kentucky Derby.  They'll Continue throughout the summer on the First Sunday from 2:00 -4:00 PM at the Ramey Amphitheater in Central Park, the last being on the Sunday of the St. James Court Art Show.

**June 22 - July 17, 2005

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Performances are offered completely free of charge and are held in the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater located in the middle of 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 forty or so years, over one half million people have enjoyed the Festival’s summer productions. 
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
This year: 
Macbeth & Comedy of Errors

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival web site

**June - mid October
Farmer's Market
Wednesdays 3 :00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Walnut Street Baptist Church Parking Lot, Third & St. Catherine
Saturdays 8:00 a.m. noon or until sold out.
Corner of Preston & Breckinridge, Mayzeek Middle School
Sponsored by Farm Works.  
The farmer's market is a compelling reason to look forward to summer. These markets are not huge, selling only the freshest of the season, but it gives Old Louisvillians an opportunity to purchase farm fresh produce never available any more in local groceries.  It's somewhat mind-boggling to realize how many (especially) younger people have little idea about simple pleasures of the sweet fully-developed flavor of a fresh tomato, strawberry, blackberry or peach.  Be discriminating, but, by example, we have gone to the market on Wednesday and purchased flavorful cucumbers at three for $1.00, because they were Monday's cucumbers, and not Wednesday's cucumbers for $.50 each.  And don't miss the honey lady, with her delightful variety of home-made honeys, berry-flavored honeys and honey salsas.  Come early in the season for the more robust Kentucky wildflower honeys.  Fresh herbs/plants and flowers are also sold when available. The selection changes weekly.  

**July 9-10
Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour

Showcasing 12 beautiful hidden gardens along the 2nd Street corridor   Tour hours are 10 am to 5 pm.  Tickets are $10 in advance, call 502-635-5244  or order ON LINE .  Tickets are $12 weekend of the tour and may be purchased at Saint James Court and Magnolia Ave., across from Central Park.  more info .

*August 6
Old Louisville Yard Sale Extravaganza
Ten Blocks of Third Street, The Central Park Neighborhood and the Conrad Caldwell House on St James Court were just the highlights from last year's sale.  This year's sale will be bigger than ever,  a one-day summer yard sale extravaganza that may be the largest neighborhood sale in Louisville, with more associations joining than ever before... Just getting to wander around the front and back yards and gardens of all those Victorian mansions is treat enough for many.  Click here for more information, including (for yard sellers) 40 tips for a successful sale.
You can also contact the Old Louisville Information Center for more information.


**Sept 30, October 1 & 2  2005 (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 
Art Show Web Site 

September 10
St. Catherine Street Yard Sale

Turn Out Your Attic, Turn On Our Lights
On Saturday, September 10, the West St. Catherine Neighborhood Association will be holding a series of yard sales in our neighborhood.  The proceeds will all go toward the renewal of period lighting on our street, and we need your help!  You can….

  1. Browse the sales, finding your own riches among the long-loved, slightly used items we will be selling at incredibly low prices….
  2. Donate some of your own items, because, as the saying goes, your trash may be someone else’s treasure, or…
  3. Simply make a cash contribution of your own: since the WSCNA is a 501 C-3 organization, it is tax deductible.
Join us, in any way possible, to make this event a success.

October 28, 29 & 30
Victorian Ghost Tour
Sponsored by the West St Catherine Neighborhood Association,  the walking tour is from 6:00-7:30 PM (every 15 minutes) and starts at The Rock at St James Court across from Central Park.  Cost is $25 per person ($20 for advanced sales).  Call the Old Louisville Information Center at 635-5244 for more info or tickets, and see the special article by the Courier-Journal: Hauntingly Beautiful.  Tickets can also be purchased at the start of the tour.  Proceeds will help pay for period street lighting along St Catherine St.


**December 3-4, 2005 (Saturday-Sunday)
Old Louisville Holiday House Tour
Take a look inside eight of Old Louisville's finest homes decorated for the holidays.  Enjoy a "Taste of Old Louisville."  $20 advance purchase, $25 on the days of the tour.   MORE Information,
more info from the OLIC
Tours 12:00 noon until 6:00 P.M. both days  

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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