September is the perfect month to enjoy your porch or patio. It’s also the perfect month to get outside and enjoy so many events around town. Until then, abide by the porch rules (as seen in photo below): read a book, sip iced tea, enjoy the season, feel the breeze, listen to the birds, RELAX, take a nap, converse.
August 30-31, 2014 : The Four Roses Kentucky Bluegrass and Bourbon Experience
For years, Louisville has celebrated the last days of summer with live bluegrass music, savory barbeque, and a glass of bourbon. The Four Roses Kentucky Bluegrass and Bourbon Experience is the perfect way to toast summer goodbye. Located at The Waterfront Tower, admission is $10 before 6:00 p.m. and $14 after 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.kentuckybluegrassfestival.com.
August 29, 2014 through September 1, 2014: WorldFest
WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 11th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education on Labor Day weekend on Louisville’s Belvedere downtown. Admission to WorldFest is free all four days of Labor Day weekend, Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Monday, September 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit: www.louisvilleky.gov.
September 1, 2014: Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle
Join Mayor Greg Fischer for the 20th Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle. Whether you are a cyclist, hiker, or paddler, the mapped-out routes will take you through Louisville’s most beautiful sites including Waterfront Park, Riverwalk, and Beargrass Creek to name a few. Don’t want to go alone? Dogs are welcome on leashes too! For more information on the different routes available and start locations, visit www.hikebikeandpaddlelouisville.com.
September 6, 2014: Chef Edward Lee Featured on “Mind of a Chef” on PBS
Edward Lee, chef-co-owner of 610 Magnolia and MilkWood, will be featured on the PBS show Mind of a Chef on September 6 at 1:30 p.m.. This Anthony Bourdain-produced show is takes the viewers inside the minds of some of the most notable chefs in the world. You can see the trailer by clicking here. Visit the website here: mindofachef.tumblr.com.
September 6, 2014: Field & Fork at the Parklands
September 6 is the benefit dinner Field & Fork: An Evening at The Parklands of Floyds Fork. The evening begins with cocktails along the banks of Floyds Fork, followed by a three-course dinner set in a beautiful walnut grove, not yet open to the public. After dinner, there will be a private concert performed by the 23 String Band in the nearby meadow. For more information, click here: www.theparklands.org.
September 6-7, 2014: Art Fair at Mellwood
The Mellwood Art Center is eager to host its 6th Annual September Art Fair at Mellwood on September 6 and 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. With 165 artists, new and returning, there will be all-day entertainment, food from Café Bristol, fair delights from Festival Cuisine/Associated Enterprises, and an expanded children’s arts and crafts activity tent. Additionally, Gallapalooza and St. Joseph’s Orphanage will have charity booths for those in need. This event is free and perfect for all ages. mellwoodartcenter.com.
September 7, 2014: Art in the Park
Sunday, September 7 from noon until 3 p.m. is the Art in the Park Picnic at Cherokee Park, at Hogan’s Fountain. This is a free family event sponsored by the pARTnership of the Speed Art Museum. There will be art activities, games, music, and square dancing. Food will be available for purchase from Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot and drinks from Rooibee Red Tea. A suggested donation of $5 will support the volunteer arm of the Speed: the pARTnership. For more information, visit their website here: www.speedmuseum.org.
September 7, 2014: Auditions for Louisville’s Got Talent
Louisville’s Got Talent is now accepting registrations for its auditions on September 7. Louisville’s Got Talent is for youth ages 7-18 who can sing, dance, act or play an instrument, or who have some other performing arts talent. It’s a unique opportunity for kids to showcase their performance skills, compete for cash prizes and entertain an audience in the Live Finale, which is judged by local celebrities, artistic professionals and a representative from Heyman Talent Agency.It’s also a fundraiser, created by 13-year-old Jake Latts, for CenterStage Acting Out. CenterStage Acting Out is a non-profit, touring, children’s theatre troupe that brings live musical theatre into Louisville schools.Registration for auditions is now open. Round 1 auditions are September. 7 at 3 p.m. in the JCC dance studio . The Live Finale is September 21 in the JCC Auditorium at 3600 Dutchmans Lane. Visit their website for more information here: jewishlouisville.org.
September 8-19, 2014: 502 Lunch Week
Mark your calendars for 502 Lunch Week, September 8-19, 2014. Restaurants will offer a special 2-Course menu, including a beverage, for just $10 – $15 per person, depending on the restaurant. There are no coupons or tickets to buy. Simply visit any of their participating restaurants and order from the 502 Lunch Week menu for a great value. For a list of participating restaurants, visit www.502lunchweek.com.
September 10, 2014: The Black Keys at the Yum! Center
The Black Keys are making a stop at the Louisville Yum! Center as part of their new Turn Blue album tour, which was released May 13. Ticket bundles, including a ticket, t-shirt and a cd, can be ordered at their website www.kfcyumcenter.com.
September 12, 2014: Gladys Knight at the Palace
I would not miss an opportunity to see Gladys Knight live, especially at the Palace. She will be here on September 12. For tickets and more information, click here: Louisvillepalace.com.
September 12-October 31, 2014: Dracula at Actors Theatre
A Louisville favorite, Dracula begins September 12 at Actors Theatre and ends appropriately on Halloween. Each year, this play never fails to scare me to death, and I keep going back for more. For more information and tickets, click here: www.actorstheatre.org.
September 12-13, 2014: The Louisville Ballet presents Giselle
Steeped in the Romantic-era traditions, Giselle tells the tale of a young peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. When a group of supernatural women summon Giselle from her grave and target her lover for death, it is Giselle’s love that frees him from their grasp. For tickets, click here: www.kentuckycenter.org.
September 13, 2014: Corkestra at Norton Commons
September 13, 2014 is the second annual Corkestra at Norton Commons to benefit Paws With Purpose from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The full Louisville Orchestra will be playing at the Norton Commons amphitheater along with a wine and bourbon tasting featuring an assortment of delicious libations. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. VIP tickets are $55 each. Purchase yours at the Norton Commons Sales Office located at 10712 Meeting Street. You can also purchase tickets online by visiting: pawswithpurpose.org. Tastings are $10 each and will be sold at the event.
September 14, 2014: The Dirt Revival
The Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) will celebrate organic farming with local food and live music at The Dirt Revival on Sunday, September 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Raising Hope Organic Farm in Fisherville. During the family-friendly outdoor festival, Kentucky chefs will prepare organic beef dishes and offer vegetarian sides for attendees to eat while enjoying music from popular Latin folk band Appalatin and visiting booths to meet regional farmers and producers. Tickets are $40 per person for adults ($20 for children ages 12 and under) and include most food, one drink and membership to OAK. Parking will be provided by Shakes Run subdivision. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit thedirtrevival.splashthat.com.
September 16, 2014: Sallie Bingham at Carmichael’s Bookstore
On Tuesday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m., Carmichael’s is pleased to welcome author Sallie Bingham for a reading from her new book The Blue Box: Three Lives in Letters, a family history centered around three generations of women spanning the Civil War through the Jazz Age. Of the book Ms. Bingham writes, “From roughly 2008—2011, I’ve had the deep pleasure and privilege of working on a collection of papers found in the top of my mother’s closet after she died, letters from long forgotten relatives, mainly women, in Virginia, West Virginia, and Georgia, covering more than 150 years. I’m calling the book that resulted, ‘The Blue Box’ to commemorate the large, sky-blue box in which my sister Eleanor found this treasure trove.” For more information or to purchase the book, click here: www.carmichaelsbookstore.com.
September 19, 2014: Makers Mark after Dark
Maker’s Mark is providing a unique opportunity to tour the distillery after hours. The behind-the scenes, guided tour will showcase the bourbon making process, from grain to bottle. The tour departs at 1: 15 and returns at 7:30 p.m., and will showcase Maker’s Mark inspired cocktails and southern style appetizers. Participants will be able to hand-dip their own bottle of Maker’s Mark in the signature red wax to take home as a souvenir. bourbontrailtours.com
September 20, 2014: Zwanze Day 2014 at the Holy Grale
Join the Holy Grale on September 20 and take part in the international toast to the Cantillon brewery in Brussels, Belgium, for creating innovative lambics for over 100 years. The Holy Grale is one of 23 distinguished beer bars in the U.S. and 52 in the world to participate in this incomparable beer event. Tickets are first come first serve, cash only, and go on sale at the Holy Grale at 8:00 a.m. on September 20. One ticket per person. Toast is promptly at 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.facebook.com
September 20, 2014: Bike to Beat Cancer
Help those battling cancer at the Norton Cancer Institute, by participating in the Bike to Beat Cancer, a one-day cycling event, starting and ending at Kosair Children’s Medical Center on Brownsboro. Riders can choose between four distance options: 35, 65 or 100 miles, or they can ride in the Family Ride presented by Bluegrass Family Health. For more information, visit www.biketobeatcancer.org
September 26, 2014: Ladies Day at the Races
The Eighth Annual Ladies Day at the Races at Millionaire’s Row at Churchill Downs is September 26 starting at 1:30 p.m. until the last race. This is a fundraiser for the Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs. Tickets are $75 each or $500 for a table of eight. The day will include racing, lunch, a fashion show, live and silent auctions, and a trophy presentation at the end. Click here for more information: backsidelearningcenter.org
September 26, 2014: “Colors of Courage” Fundraising Event for Hope Scarves
Hope Scarves, one of our recent $5000 Charity Giveaway winners (along with Gilda’s Club), will have its annual fundraising event on Friday, September 26 starting at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at 11905 La Grange Road in Anchorage, Kentucky. Tickets are $75 each and limited to the first 400 sold. The event will feature food, drinks, live music and a live and silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit Hope Scarves, a nonprofit organization in Louisville that partners with survivors to share scarves and stories of hope with women facing cancer. For more information, click here: hopescarves.org.
September 26, 2014: 10th Anniversary FAT Friday Trolley Hop
Explore the shops, restaurants, and galleries along Frankfort Avenue via trolley at the FAT Friday Trolley Hop on September 26th from 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. This special 10th Anniversary Trolley Hop will include a scavenger hunt, live music, refreshments, retail sales and much more. Free trolleys run along Frankfort Avenue from Cannons Lane to River Road. For more information, visit www.fatfridayhop.org.
September 27, 2014: Taping of Secrets of the Louisville Chefs
The Secrets of Louisville Chefs team is excited to feature two local chefs, Allen Hubbard from Martini Italian Restaurant and Cindy Rubino from The Cafe, in their upcoming show on September 27. In partner with Bourbon Barrel Foods and Mint Julep Tours, guests will get an up-close and personal view of the cooking action and will sample the chef’s creations and participate in a champagne cocktail meet-and-greet with the hosts and producers of the show, immediately following the taping. The champagne greeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and the taping will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here mintjuleptours.com.
September 27, 2014: Jason Alexander joins the Louisville Orchestra’s Pops Series
On September 27, Jason Alexander will join the Louisville Orchestra’s Pops series. Jason will showcase all of his talents: singing, dancing and comedy at the Kentucky Center this night. For tickets and more information, click here: www.kentuckycenter.org.
September 27, 2014: NuLu Festival
As the official kick-off party to Idea Festival 2014, NuLu is hosting a street festival celebrating the revitalization of Louisville’s East Market District. Come enjoy live music by Sonablast Records, micro-brewed beers by Louisville Beer Store, and numerous food and retail booths by local vendors on the 700 Block of East Market Street. There will be activities for all ages. The event is free, family-friendly and OPEN to the public. For more information visit www.nulufest.com.
September 30-October 3, 2014: IdeaFestival
With an impressive lineup of speakers and programming, over 15,000 people will attend the IdeaFestival over four days. “Founded in 2000, IdeaFestival is a celebration for the intellectually curious. It’s an eclectic network of global thinkers and one-of-a-kind innovators bound together by an intense curiosity about what is impacting and shaping the future of the arts, business, technology, design, science, philosophy and education.” For more information, visit their website at www.ideafestival.com.