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.

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Mar 31: Go Confidently Series featuring Lizzie Velasquez

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On Tuesday, March 31, Lizzie Velasquez, 25-year-old motivational speaker, anti-bullying activist, and author will share her life experiences living with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight. Lizzie has overcome enormous burdens and adversity, from being bullied for looking different to her physical and emotional journey to choosing happiness. Lizzie’s 2013 “How Do You Define Yourself?” talk […]

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Apr 1: Hat Party at KMAC

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This is no April Fool’s joke: you have about a month to find a hat for Derby.  KMAC is having a hat party featuring couture milliners Loreta Corsetti, Laura Whitlock, and Barbara Donboro on April 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the KMAC Gift Shop that is free and open to the public. There […]

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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 2: Jerry Seinfeld at the Louisville Palace

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For those of us who still mourn the passing of Seinfeld, this comedy stand-up by Jerry Seinfeld is just the shot in the arm we all need to keep going. He is still just as hilarious and dead-pan as he always was. He will perform at the Louisville Palace on April 2 at 7 p.m. […]

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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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Mar 4-Apr 12: Humana Festival at Actors Theatre

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The 39th Annual  Humana Festival of New American Plays will take place from March 4 through April 12. Each year, thousands of theatergoers come to Louisville for the opportunity to see groundbreaking works before they travel to stages across the nation and around the world. For more information, click here: actorstheatre.org

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Apr 8: Chai and Chit Chat, Showcasing Beaded Treasures Project

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Louisville is home to many refugees from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Sister Cities of Louisville has created a wonderful program called the Beaded Treasures Project, where they teach the women refugees from these countries how to create wearable art and create their own businesses. On April 8, they will be showcasing their wares at is […]

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Apr 9: Hats Off for Hosparus

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You too could wear Patti Swope’s Derby Hat. Or Susan Sweeney Crum’s fascinator. Everyone is looking for a hat this Derby season, so why not buy one made or donated by a local celebrity, where the proceeds go to a good cause. Margaret’s Consignments will host the Fourth Annual Hats Off for Hosparus event where there […]

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Apr 11: Cured and Crafted Outdoor Artisan Market

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Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. will host Cured & Crafted, an outdoor artisan market, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Local and regional purveyors of country ham, cheese, chocolate and more will sample their products at this free event held in the courtyard of the distillery, located at 1121 E. Washington St. in […]

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Apr 11: Handcraft Festival at Maker’s Mark

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Maker’s Mark focuses on handmade things, so it is only fitting that they host the third annual Handcraft Festival at their Loretto distillery on April 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30 artists and craftspeople, 11 food trucks, cocktail classes, live music and most importantly, BOURBON. The event is located at […]

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Apr 11: The Lewis and Clark Experience at The Frazier History Museum

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The Lewis and Clark Experience is an immersive interactive exhibition, that will begin at the Frazier History Museum on April 11. Visitors will forge rivers and cross mountains, encounter new people, cultures and fantastic new species of animals, seek the Northwest Passage, and ultimately discover the diversity of the new nation. For more information, visit […]

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Apr 17: KMAC Couture

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“Art Walks the Runway” in this third annual KMAC Couture fashion show on April 17, where designers use unusual items to create one of a kind couture clothing. This is an amazing display of talent each year, with designers getting more and more creative every outfit and every show. This year’s event will be outside […]

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Apr 17: Fillies Derby Ball

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The Fillies Derby Ball is where the REAL royalty is in Kentucky. It is on this night, Friday April 17, that the Queen of the Derby Festival is crowned. There will also be dinner and dancing with the royalty as well. To purchase tickets, click here: tickets.completeticketsolutions.com. For more information, click here: discover.kdf.org

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Apr 17: They’re Off Luncheon

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Friday, April 17 is the luncheon nobody wants to miss, because officially Derby has begun. The 59th Annual “They’re Off” Luncheon will be at the Galt House Hotel with Jay Bilas as the keynote speaker. Do what everyone else does and go to the luncheon and take the rest of the day off. (Only kidding). […]

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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 18: Thunder Over Louisville

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For Louisvillians, Thunder Over Louisville is the official kick-off of Derby, even though it is two weeks before Derby. The air show and fireworks are something that we look forward to seeing all year. Whether you watch from Waterfront Park, from a downtown venue, from television, or from your own secret viewing spot (as many […]

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Apr 18: “Hats Off by Helen” Trunk Show

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StyleBlueprint FACE of Louisville Helen Overfield is having a trunk show for her Derby Hats and fascinators on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Her business Hats Off by Helen, has one of a kind headwear. The trunk show will be at 7502 Pine Knoll Circle, Prospect, KY 40059. Visit her Etsy shop www.etsy.com and […]

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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 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 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 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 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 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: 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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