The leaves are changing and there’s a crisp chill in the air. It’s finally fall, y’all, and we couldn’t be happier. There is so much to do this time of year, and you certainly don’t want to miss out on anything our beautiful city has to offer. Grab your calendars and get a pen ready; here are some fall events around town to check out!
Louisville’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular — Through November 1, 2015
Hours: Dusk ’til 11 p.m. during the week; dusk ’til midnight on Friday and Saturday
Come see 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a ¼-mile walking trail, illuminated at night as an “art show” daily from dusk to 11 p.m. during the week and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $9 for children 3 to 12. Get tickets in advance to avoid the long ticket line. All proceeds from the event benefit Louisville Metro Parks Foundation. No pets or animals are allowed other than service animals. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here: http://www.jackolanternlouisville.com
Historic Old Louisville’s Victorian Tales of Terror — October 15-18, 2015
Old Louisville Information Center
Hours: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Society of the Unseen Hand will lead you through Old Louisville on this part walking, part outdoor theater tour in search of a ghost. This event will surely send you quivering into the Halloween season. Tours leave from the Old Louisville Information Center every 15 minutes and last between 45 and 60 minutes. Tours start at 7 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit: oldlouisville.org.
“The World’s Largest Halloween Party” — October 15-18, 22-25 & 29-30, 2015
Hours: 5 p.m. to close
The Louisville Zoo is hosting it’s annual Halloween party every weekend this October. If scary isn’t your thing, join the Zoo for a magical night of Halloween fun filled with storybook scenes, consumed characters and trick-or-treating for kids 11 years old and under. The party starts and 5 p.m. with the last call for entering the Zoo at 8:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here: www.louisvillezoo.org/halloween
Wine on the River — October 17, 2015
Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park
Hours: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Calling all wine enthusiasts. Saturday, October 17 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., more than 25 vineyards, distributors and wineries will be on the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park. Attendees will receive a passport to keep track of their favorite red, white or bubbly during this fun, explorative and educational event, all while supporting Dare to Care Food Bank. Your $55 ticket purchase will include admission into the event, a souvenir tasting glass and samples of all beverages. Must be 21 or older to attended and present a valid ID. For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit www.wineontheriverlouisville.com
Fried Chicken Show Down — October 17, 2015
ReSurfaced Lot at 10th Street and the Ohio River
Hours: Noon to 5 p.m.
The Second Annual Fried Chicken Throwdown will be held at the ReSurfaced lot located at 10th Street and The Ohio River from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 17th. This culinary competition will award a cash prize of $500 to the Best Chicken, Best Side and Best Dessert. Admission is free with tastings sold for $3 for chicken and $2 for sides and desserts. The winners are chosen by attendees and the best part is all proceeds benefit Slow Food Bluegrass’ Garden Grant Program. Participating restaurants include: Royals Hot Chicken, Wilthshire on Market, Joella’s Hot Chicken, Farm to Fork, Over the 9, Roux, Marketplace and Gelato Gilberto. For more information, click here: www.slowfoodbluegrass.org
Cyclouvia — October 18, 2015
Bards town Road to Baxter Avenue
Hours: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cyclouvia is taking over the Highlands for the fourth time on Sunday, October 18. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. the street along Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue will be open to all non-motorized users, with police assisted motor crossing at Eastern Parkway, Grinstead Drive and Highland Avenue. Many businesses along the way will be open and offering specials for the event. For more information, visit: www.louisvilleky.gov
Louisville Uncorked — October 22, 2015
The Foundry at Glassworks
Hours: 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Grab two of your closest friends and get your taste buds ready for Louisville Uncorked. Participants get together in teams to taste and score different wines. At the end of the night, scores are tallied and the team that brought the wine with the highest score wins. Each guest is asked to bring three bottles of the wine matching this year’s theme, chardonnay. Each guest is also encouraged to donate a minimum of $15 for the charity the event supports, Fund for the Arts. Make plans to head to The Foundry at Glassworks, located at 815 W. Market St., Suite 200, for this fun evening from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Teams must register online in advance. For more information and to register, click here: louisvilleuncorked.com
Olmsted Park Conservatory’s Boo La La Halloween Ball — October 24, 2015
Louisville Marriott Downtown
Hours: Cocktails 6 p.m., dinner 7:30 p.m.
Olmsted Park Conservancy’s annual Halloween fundraiser party will be held at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on October 24. The costume/black-tie ball will feature cocktails, dinner, dancing and a costume contest. Cocktails are served at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $250 per person with dinner or $75 for admission after 9 p.m. for cocktails and dancing. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here: olmstedparks.org.
2015 Spirit Ball Masquerade & Dance | Museum Halloween Party — October 24, 2015
Conrad Caldwell House Museum
Hours: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Spirit Ball celebrates mystery, opulence and romance. In order to celebrate the ghostly season in true 19th century style, the masquerade ball in held in the heart of Old Louisville, the nation’s most haunted neighborhood. Treat yourself to heavy hors d’hoeurves by LadyFingers, an open bar, a bourbon tasting provided by Four Roses, music by Sheryl Rouse and photos by Robert Pieroni. There will be a silent auction and the chance to have your future told by one of three spiritualists. Tickets are $100 and all proceeds go to the upkeep and preservation of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here: ww.conrad-caldwell.org.
Disturbia at the Distillery — October 30, 2015
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Hours: Dinner at 6 p.m., event at 7 p.m.
Get in the spooky spirit of Halloween by experiencing Disturbia at the Buffalo Trace Distillery on October 30 at 6 p.m. Start the evening off with an optional ghost tour followed by dinner and spirits pairings. During dinner, guests can sit back and enjoy the Bluegrass Mystery Theatre while deciding for themselves “who did it?!” There will be an optional costume contest as well. For reservations and more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (502) 696-5930.