Madame Foo Foo Couture Derby Hat Show at Rodeo Drive: April 18-20

 

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Get your hat for Derby from Madame Foo Foo and your jewelry from Gypsy at Rodeo Drive from Thursday April 18 through Saturday April 20.  These beautiful custom made hats are made by local designer Lisa Roedemier.  Gypsy jewelry is made by Jeanette Simon.

Additional Happenings

Apr 25: Schnitzelburg Spring Walk

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Pubs and Schnitzelburg go together hand in hand. Head on down to this hub of neighborhood pubs for the annual Spring Walk on Saturday April 25 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Spring Walk is a beer walk to the many neighborhood pubs in the area and a block party. For more information, click […]

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Apr 25: Louisville Orchestra’s Block Party on Main St.

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On Saturday, April 25, Teddy Abrams closes Main Street at 5 p.m. and broadcast a live performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Concert outside the Kentucky Center to celebrate the final concert of the Louisville Orchestra’s 2015-16 season.  The Louisville Orchestra is encouraging anyone to come with their lawn chairs and enjoy a full evening of music […]

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Apr 25: Seeds & Starts Sale

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Get your garden started soon and be a part of the Mayor’s Day of Service! The Louisville Grows Seeds and Starts Sale will be at the People’s Garden at Shawnee Park on Saturday April 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will support Bridge Kids International and Kentucky Refugee Ministries. For more information and […]

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Apr 25: Kentucky Derby Festival Mini Marathon and Marathon

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It’s the moment you runners have been training for all winter, through the snow and the misery and the sub-zero temperatures. The mini-marathon and marathon will be held on Saturday April 25. If you are not a runner, be sure and go out to support all the runners, it means so much to them. For […]

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Apr 23-25: Balloon Festival

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One of the best things about Derby is not the horses, it’s looking up in the sky and seeing a fleet of hot air balloons gliding across the Louisville horizon. The official balloon activities start on Thursday, April 23 and go through early Saturday, April 15. But, the balloons always seem to be out all […]

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Apr 19-25: Vegetarian Celebration Week at Rainbow Blossom

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Vegetarians, it’s time to celebrate! Rainbow Blossom is devoting an entire week from April 19 through April 25 to highlighting the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. There will be classes at their store in the Highlands all week. Come see what over seven million American vegetarians are all about. All events, descriptions and […]

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Apr 1-26: Enjoy the “Decader” at Bourbons Bistro

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How convenient that Bourbons Bistro turns ten years old during Derby season? To celebrate this decade, they are offering a special cocktail all month just for their birthday, called “The Decader”. This is a “simple, a Bourbons Bistro selected barrel bourbon, either on the rocks or neat, served in a take home Bourbons Bistro labeled […]

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Apr 16-26: Hole In One Classic

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Want to win a million dollars? All you have to do is make a Hole-in-One. Why not?  The Stock Yards Bank & Trust $1 million dollar Hole-in-One Golf Contest as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival starts Thursday, April 16 and continues until Saturday April 25. The Semi-Finals are Sunday, April 26 and the Finals […]

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Apr 17-26: Spring Clearance Sale at Merridian

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Big clearance sale at Merridian Home Furnishings is going on now through April 26. They are making way for lots of new inventory, and you can save up to 60% on dining tables and chairs, coffee tables, barstools, and more. Be sure to look for the red tagged items. www.merridian.com

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Apr 18-26: Give a Day

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Surely, you can give just a few hours, maybe one day or maybe more for a volunteer service project. The Mayor created this Give A Day service three years ago and it has been a great hit in our community ever since. There are already plenty of volunteer activities that are organized that you can […]

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Apr 23-May 1: Chow Wagon and Fest-a-Ville

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The Chowwagon, where diets be damned for two weeks, opens up on Thursday April 23, along with Kroger’s Fest-a-ville on the Waterfront. This boils down to great food (think elephant ears and meat on a stick) pared with different entertainment every night. This is open through Friday, May 1 and the hours are 11 a.m. […]

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Apr 26: Gardenaganza 2015

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The Louisville Nature Center will host Gardenaganza on Sunday, April 26 at 9 a.m.. There will be booths from Margaret Shea’s Dropseed Native Plant Nursery Native Plants, Wallitsch Garden Center Vegetables and perennials shrubs, trees and more from the Jefferson County KY Master Gardener Association, Inc. There will also be a silent auction, music and food. The Louisville […]

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Apr 26: Louisville Youth Orchestra

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Enjoy two of the best things in Louisville on Sunday afternoon, April 26 at 4 p.m.: the Louisville Youth Orchestra and Iroquois Amphitheater. This impressive orchestra will play in this great outdoor venue as part of the Derby Festival event schedule. Admission is free with a Pegasus pin. Click here for more information: discover.kdf.org

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Apr 26-27: Louisville Cherokee Triangle Art Fair

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A non-Derby event that happens always the weekend before Derby is the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, which will be held Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Besides the over 200 juried artists there, there is great food, drinks and entertainment. For more information, click here: cherokeetriangle.org

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Apr 27: Great Bed Races

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If you are lucky enough to work for a company that participates on this, well, the rest of us are jealous. Bed races are quite simply that. Five man teams rig beds with wheels and try to push them around a track without crashing or collapsing. The Thorntons Great Bed Races is on Monday April […]

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Apr 27: Happy Tail Hour

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Fido RSVP’s “Yes” to the Happy Hour invitation at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville at Waterfront Park on Monday, April 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be live entertainment and cocktails at this pet friendly event. Pets need to be on leashes and possibly their owners too:) For more information, click here: discover.kdf.org

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Apr 28-30: Dawn at the Downs

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One of the biggest treats of Derby week is Dawn at the Downs, where you can watch the horses work out in the early morning on April 28 through April 30. Even better is listening to the live expert commentary and hitting up the breakfast buffet too. It’s worth setting your alarm and heading out […]

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Apr 29: Pimento Cheese Social

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With six different pimento cheese concoctions as the entree, it’s hard to pass up the Pimento Cheese Social held on the Wednesday before Derby each year. This year the event will be on Wednesday, April 29 at Stitzel-Weller Distillery. There will be six restaurants vying for the distinguished honor of best pimento cheese this year: Proof […]

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Apr 29: Great Steamboat Race

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Always held on the Wednesday before Derby, which this year is April 29, the Great Steamboat Race pits the venerated Belle of Louisville against the Belle of Cincinnati, racing on the Ohio River. For Louisvillians, this day is the last day you will “work” until the Monday after Derby. Some people get tickets on the […]

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Apr 29: BeerFest

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On Wednesday, April 29, watch the Great Steamboat Race while you are at BeerFest down at Fest-a-Ville at the Waterfront. The BeerFest will last from 6 to 10 p.m. and is presented by American Founders Bank. Tickets are $45 each and include tastings, a souvenir sampling and a BeerFest pin. For more information, click here: discover.kdf.org/beerfest […]

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Apr 30: Thurby

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Thurby is what Oaks used to be to local Louisvillians. A day to call our own without all the tourists. There’s great racing, specialty bourbon cocktails and live music from 91.9 WFPK. This is a favorite day to go to the track. For tickets, click here: www.churchilldowns.com

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Apr 30: Taste of Derby

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After Thurby on April 30, head down to the Kentucky Expo Center in the North Wing Lobby for the Taste of Derby from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. This event showcases cuisines from all over the country, mainly from top chefs from fellow “racing” cities. They will serve samples of their signature dishes paired with […]

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Apr 30: Ryan Adams at Iroquois Amphitheatre

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Whether Ryan Adams is here for Derby is unknown, but this concert is a must-see on this Thursday before Derby. You could go to Thurby and then drive a few miles south to catch this concert and the lovely Iroquois Amphitheater on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, click here: www.iroquoisamphitheater.com

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Apr 30: Pegasus Parade

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If there were a bucket list for all things Derby, this would be on it. Thursday, April 30 is the annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, which starts at 5 p.m. on Broadway. This is a great event for the whole family and a great way to see all the celebrities in town for the Derby. […]

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Apr 30: Celebrity Day at the Downs

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Locals call it Thurby, but this Thursday before Derby is billed as Celebrity Day at the Downs. Races begin at 11:30 a.m. and celebrities from the Pegasus Parade and other Festival events will be at the track for a day of racing. discover.kdf.org

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Apr 30: Ferdinand’s Ball

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Help ensure that the great thoroughbred horses get to live long and peaceful lives by going to Ferdinand’s Ball on Thursday April 30. This event does double good, as it is a fundraiser for the Old Friends Equine Retirement facility, which rehabilitates and houses retired thoroughbreds, and for the Muhammad Ali Center, which promotes peace. […]

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May 1: Kentucky Oaks 141

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Let’s hear it for the girls!  Watch the fillies race for the lilies in the Kentucky Oaks. This great day of racing  is the day before Derby, on Friday, May 1 2014, in case you didn’t know. Don’t forget to try the signature drink, the Grey Goose Oaks Lily. Most importantly, don’t forget to wear […]

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May 1: Oaks Garden Party and Brunch

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The Original Makers Club will host their Oaks Garden Party and Brunch in the middle of Market Street on Oaks Day, Friday May 1 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $150 each and include a Southern brunch by Decca chef Annie Pettry, and Craft Cocktails from Woodford Reserve and Korbel. There will be a Cigar and […]

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May 2: Garden & Gun’s Derby Breakfast at Farmington

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Derby day breakfast is a must, and Derby day breakfast at Farmington is the place to enjoy this first meal of the day. Garden & Gun presents the Historic Homes Foundation Derby Breakfast at Farmington each year, where guest enjoy a Southern brunch, open bar and live entertainment for $150 per person. New this year […]

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May 2: Speed of Light/Derby Night Celebration

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Looking for something to do after Derby? Still have energy left in you after a long day at the track? The Speed Art Museum and 21c Museum Hotel Louisville are hosting a Speed of Light/Derby Night Celebration. There will be an open bar, music and lasers. Party begins following the race at the hotel at […]

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May 2: Kentucky Derby 141

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The first Saturday in May is sacred here in Kentucky. The Derby is an experience like no other. So, don’t miss a chance to go on Saturday, May 2 and be sure to wear your best frock and hat. Check out all the articles on our site to catch you up to speed on what […]

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Apr 24- May10: KMAC Couture Exhibition of Dresses

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Get up close and personal with the gowns that were featured in KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway 2015. From April 24 through May 10, all garments from the runway will be on display in the museum as part of a special exhibition. For more information, click here: www.kmacmuseum.org

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Thru May 17 : My Brother, My Enemy: The Civil War in Kentucky at The Frazier History Museum

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Back by popular demand, and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Frazier Museum presents My Brother, My Enemy: The Civil War in Kentucky. This exhibition, on display through May 17, explores the fracturing of Kentucky’s families and communities during the Civil War. Many families found themselves on opposite […]

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May 3: Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

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No need to go cold turkey after Derby weekend. Make an easy transition from Derby party to Cinco de Mayo on Sunday May 3 from 2 p.m.to 9 p.m. at Fourth St. Live. This is a celebration for the whole family, hosted by the Mayor’s Office for Globalization’s Louisville Latino Council. There will be face painting, […]

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May 8-10: Gardener’s Fair at Locust Grove

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Even if you do not have a green thumb, the Gardener’s Fair at Locust Grove is a delight. Held on the weekend of May 8 through May 10 from  10 a.m. to  5 p.m., there are over 70 vendors present. For sale are various herbs, perennials, local art and gardener’s tools. There will also be […]

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May 8: Wilco at the Iroquois Amphitheater

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Wilco will be performing live at the Iroquois Amphitheater on Friday May 8 at 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a great band at a great venue. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased here: www.iroquoisamphitheater.com

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May 10: Louisville Art Affair

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What a treat for mom on Mother’s Day! Take her to Mellwood Arts Center for the Louisville Art Affair on Sunday, May 10 from 12 to 6 p.m. There will be original and handcrafted arts and fine crafts by the region’s foremost artists. Works will include paintings, jewelry, pottery,fiber,glass, photography and other mediums. louisvilleartisans.org  

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May 16: Highlands Beer Festival

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The Highlands Beer Festival is legendary and this year it will be on May 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. in ValuMarket parking lot, across from the Back Door. Proceeds go directly to the Bluegrass Center for Autism. For more information and an updated list of beers, click here: www.facebook.com

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May 17: Buy Local Fair

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The Seventh Annual “Buy Local” Fair will be at the Louisville Water Tower Park on May 17 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be local businesses, farmers, artists and musicians as well as food, drink and entertainment. Admission is free and it is $5 per car to park. For more information, click here: www.facebook.com

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May 21-25: Abbey Road on the River

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It’s hard to believe it’s not really the Beatles performing live when you go to Abbey Road on the River every year. This is the world’s largest Beatle-inspired tribute festival held at Belevedere Festival Park. Come see over 60 bands over Memorial Day Weekend from May 21 to May 25. Special guest Julia Baird, John […]

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