Summer is over but don’t start mourning the fun just yet. There still are plenty of happenings around town in September to enjoy before the cold air arrives.
Louisville Events: September 2016
September 2-5, 2016: WorldFest
WorldFest is four days of great international food, entertainment, music, dancing and culture taking place in Downtown Louisville. Admission is free and the entire family is welcome. louisvilleky.gov.
September 3, 2016: DeaFestival
DeaFestival is coming to The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is a free event for all that celebrates the language, diversity, art and talent of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Immerse yourself in a world of visual wonders, artistic performances and various activities to gain a better awareness. deafestival.org
September 3-4, 2016: Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience
Celebrate summer’s end Kentucky style with a glass of bourbon, some live bluegrass music and savory barbecue. The Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience is three days of fun, marking the end of the season at Water Tower Park. The fun starts at 5 p.m. on September 4, 2016,and lasts until 11 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, events kick off at 4 p.m. and wrap up at 11 p.m. kentuckybluegrassfestival.com.
September 5, 2016: Subway Fresh Fit Hike Bike and Paddle
Subway’s Fresh Fit Hike Bike & Paddle is a twice annual event held every Memorial and Labor Day. Thousands of participants flock to Waterfront Park to enjoy a morning full of fun. Bring the entire family for this free, healthy hometown event. Various fitness demonstrations start the day, including yoga, tai chi, zumba, pickleball, NIA and much more. There are numerous vendor booths available for information and giveaways. After all of that, take your pick from a 5k hike, 15-mile bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River. This event is not a race and it is open to participants of all levels. You also can bring the family and try your hand at Stand-Up Paddle Boarding — or you can take a ride in a large “Voyager Canoe.” hikebikeandpaddle.org.
September 9-10, 2016: Louisville Ballet’s In the Upper Room
Celebrate the Louisville Ballet’s 65th season! The season kicks off with Stars +Stripes on September 9 and 10, featuring George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, a world-premiere piece from Robert Curran, and Twyla Tharp’s ’In the Upper Room’. louisvilleballet.org
September 9-October 31, 2016: Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula at Actors Theatre
It’s never too early to get into the Halloween spirit. Join Actors Theatre of Louisville for their adaptation of Dracula, which changes every year. For two hours, this suspenseful classic will captivate you! Don’t worry; you get a 15-minute intermission to catch your breath and relax. actorstheatre.org.
September 10, 2016: Dixie Soul Fancy Flea
September 11-18, 2016: Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival
The annual Gaslight Festival is the region’s fifth-largest festival and takes place in September 11-18, 2016. This popular event has everything under the sun: a motorcycle rally, live entertainment, a balloon glow and a golf scramble. Sadly, no pets are allowed. jtownchamber.com/gaslightfestival.aspx
September 15, 2016: Give Local Louisville
Give Local Louisville, a 24-hour day created online to inspire people to give generously to local nonprofits, will take place on Thursday, September 15, 2016. This was a huge success last year and, once again, the Community Foundation of Louisville and their partners will maximize the community’s generosity with Golden Tickets, prizes and bonus dollars. Together, we can make this the biggest day of local giving for our community. givelocallouisville.org
September 17, 2016: National Jug Band Jubilee
Rain or shine, it’s Jug Band Jubilee time. This free event will take place Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater, located next to the Big Four Bridge on the Waterfront, from 12 p.m. until 11 p.m. This is a family friendly event. No alcohol, coolers or pets are allowed. For more information, visit www.jugbandjubilee.com
September 22, 2016: The Dixie Chicks
Goodbye Earl and Hello, Dixie Chicks! The Dixie Chicks announced additional North American dates to their DCX MMXVI Tour — and Louisville made the list! The trio will be rocking out the KFC Yum! Center with special guest Elle King on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Tickets start at $49 and the show starts at 6 p.m. kfcyumcenter.com
September 23, 2016: Louisville Brewfest
Louisville has a great selection of local beer and it will be showcased at the eighth annual Louisville Brewfest on Friday, September 25, 2016, at Louisville Slugger Field. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests can partake of independent local beer, wine and bourbon, as well as food from vendors and a silent auction. Admission is $5 and includes a souvenir cup. Designated drivers are admitted free but you must be 21 or older to attend. keeplouisvilleweird.com.
September 24, 2016: NuLu Fest
We all love NuLu for its shopping, food and ambiance, and we are so proud of how far this area has come over the years. The seventh annual NuLu Fest on September 26, 2016, celebrates the revitalization of Louisville’s East Market District. Live music, microbrewed beers and lots of local food and retail booths by area vendors will be available. Oh, and did we mention it is FREE? nulufest.com.
September 28-30, 2016: IdeaFestival
Are you curious, an entrepreneur, interested in the future, a lover of TED talks? By all means, get thee to The Kentucky Center the weekend of September 28 through 30, 2016, for the IdeaFestival. There is something for everyone here — and be prepared for a lot of intellectual stimulation, all weekend! Check out the schedule here. www.ideafestival.com
September 29, 2016: Hip History Night at The Frazier
In case you missed the first one, there’s another great Hip History Night at The Frazier History Museum on September 29, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., where guests are “edutained” all evening — either through a talk, music, a demonstration or even a sampling. This Hip History Night will feature music from the Misty Mountain String Band, who is taking a break from their national tour to headline our celebration of everything that is cool about Kentucky– from Goodwood Brewing and Longwood Antiques to Louisville Slugger’s famous wooden bat and a stunning presentation by our own Heidi Potter of StyleBlueprint Louisville. Tickets are $15 but you can get a $5 discount with a donation to the Neighborhood House. fraziermuseum.org
September 30 – October 2, 2016: St. James Court Art Show
The 60th annual St. James Court Art Show will take place from September 30 through October 2, 2016 The juried fine arts and arts and craft show hosts 750 artists from across North America and is held in the heart of historic Old Louisville. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. stjamescourtartshow.com