All around town this month, the arts are kicking up and Derby preparations are officially underway. Get out your calendars and start filling your month with all of these great March events and happenings in Louisville.
15 March Events in Louisville
March 1 through April 9, 2017: 41st Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays
The 41st annual Humana Festival of New American Plays will take place from March 1 through April 9. 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. The festival kicked off with an opening reception on February 23, and seven plays made it into the lineup this year. For more information visit actorstheatre.org.
March 2, 2017: “Five Things Live” with Tracy Clayton
Louisville Public Media is presenting “Five Things Live” with special guest Tracy Clayton on Thursday, March 2, at The Green Building Gallery, located at 732 East Market Street. Tara Anderson, the host of Five Things will speak with Tracy, who is not only a writer and the co-host of Buzzfeed’s wildly successful podcast “Another Round,” but also a Louisville native. Tracy will select five things – physical objects – that have been important in her life and talk about why they matter. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the talk begins at 6:45 p.m. There will also be a cash bar available. Visit eventbrite.com to register.
March 3, 2017: LMPD Awards Celebration
The Louisville Metro Police Foundation is once again hosting the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Annual Awards Celebration, which recognizes the outstanding service and achievements from the past year. This year’s celebration will take place at The Galt House from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tickets start at $48. Visit saferlouisville.com for more details.
March 3, 2017: Wine, Women & Shoes, a Fundraiser for Family Scholar House
Ladies, do you love wine? And do you love shoes? On Friday, March 3, the Family Scholar House will host its fundraiser with fashion and wine at The Henry Clay from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be a fashion show, as well as silent and live auctions. Tickets start at $250. Learn more at winewomenandshoes.com
March 3, 2017: Dress in Blue Day for Colon Cancer Awareness
Dress in Blue Day to promote National Colon Cancer Awareness Month is Friday, March 3. This is part of a public awareness campaign to increase colon cancer screening. When you dress in blue, be sure to tell your friends why and call your doctor today to make an appointment. Don’t let fear, embarrassment or any other reason keep you from taking the next step. Visit kycancerprogram.
March 3-5, 2017: International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference
The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) will host its annual conference in Louisville Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The conference will feature informative sessions on the evolving identity of Southern foodways, technology’s role in shaping the way we eat and how culinary professionals can adapt to the digital era. The conference is only open to culinary professionals, but the concluding event, the Cookbook Awards, which will be held on Sunday, March 5, is open to the public. Tickets for the awards and reception are $50 and may be purchased online. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a welcome cocktail followed by awards and Hot Brown smack down reception. Learn more at conference.iacp.com.
March 4, 2017: Speed Art Museum Gala
The Speed Art Museum’s annual Gala will take place on Saturday, March 4 from 7:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. Guests are invited to explore the entire museum and discover the cinema, galleries, exhibitions and site-specific commissions that make the Speed one of the flagship arts and cultural institutions of the region. This event supports the Museum’s mission, exhibitions, programming and vision, which embraces the Speed’s responsibility as a hub of creativity and culture. The night begins at 7:00 p.m. for benefactors, who will enjoy cocktails, strolling dinner, dancing and desserts. Late Night at the Speed, which includes drinks, dancing and desserts, will begin at 9:00 p.m. and last until 1:00 a.m. Tickets are not issued, but a confirmation email will be sent to you and your name will be at the check-in table as you enter. Attire is white or black-tie and valet parking is available. Tickets start at $200. Visit speedmuseum.org for details.
March 10-12, 2017: The Junior League of Louisville’s Tulips & Juleps Art and Gift Market
The Junior League of Louisville will host their 11th annual Tulips & Juleps art and gift market on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12. The three-day event will be held indoors at Louisville Slugger Field with special events going on all weekend. The market will be open Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost varies from $5 and $25. Visit juniorleaguelouisville.org.
March 11, 2017: AC2 – An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen
Join Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper on Saturday, March 11 at the Louisville Palace for an unscripted and uncensored night of conversation. The late night talk show host and the journalist happen to be longtime friends and will interview each other as well as take questions from the audience. Tickets start at $57.50. Learn more at ac2live.com.
March 11, 2017: Neko Case at Headliners Music Hall
Enjoy a night of music with your girl friends or significant other at Headliners when Neko Case takes the stage on Saturday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show is 18 years old and over. Tickets start at $30. Learn more at headlinerslouisville.com.
March 13, 2017: Kentucky to the World featuring Perry Bacon, Jr.
NBC News Senior Political Reporter and Louisville native, Perry Bacon, Jr. will be the next speaker in the Kentucky to the World series at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. He will share an insider’s view on more than a dozen years in Washington and on the campaign trail covering our nation’s most important political developments. Attendees will hear his insights on the rise of hyper-partisanship, the growing connection between celebrity and political success and how technology is reshaping media and politics. Following his talk, Perry and Congressman John Yarmuth will have a conversation about the future of politics and the media. Tickets start at $25 and student tickets are $15 with a valid ID. Visit kentuckycenter.org for details.
March 18, 2017: Pearls and Pumps Rock the Runway Event
Rock out in style with fellow fashion aficionados at the Pearls & Pumps Fashion Show on Saturday, March 18. The Rock the Runway fashion show will feature the new spring lines of all your favorite Louisville-area boutiques. There will be a brunch buffet, cocktails, celebratory Survivor Runway Walk, a photo booth and raffle items. All proceeds benefit cancer care for women at Baptist Heath. This year’s fashion show will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with doors opening at 10:30 a.m., at The Olmsted. Raffle tickets start at $10 and event tickets are $75. Learn more at supportbaptisthealth.org.
March 24, 2017: Mission Behind Bars and Beyond’s Annual Reveal at The Table
Get ready to grab a seat at The Table to learn how Mission Behind Bars and Beyond (MB3) has transformed its organization and the lives of returning citizens over the past year. Guests will enjoy live music and a mission-driven dinner from West Louisville’s The Table and Cup of Joy, then listen to makeover stories from returning citizens’ themselves. All proceeds will benefit MB3, a non-profit organization that works to reduce Kentucky’s recidivism rates through faith-based mentoring and programming. Learn more at missionbehindbarsandbeyond.org.
March 28, 2017: The Moth StorySLAM
On Tuesday, March 28, The Moth will host its StorySLAM at Headliners Music Hall. The theme of the SLAM will be Wonders. Participants will prepare a five minute story about life’s knee-buckling moments. The venue is 21 years and up. Tickets are available one week before the show at 3 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the stories begin at 8 p.m. Visit themoth.org.
March 30, 2017: Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show
The Kentucky Derby Festival Sprint Fashion Show is one of Kentucky’s premier fashion showcases of the year. The show features a runway of the latest styles for spring and Derby outfits and accessories from local boutiques. The event will be held in the Showroom of Horshoe Casino in Southern Indiana. The night will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the fashion show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and all ticket price levels include a 2017 Fashion Show Event Pin. Visit discover.kdf.org for more information.
Luck o’ the Irish to you this month!
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