Embrace the end of summer with these amazing Louisville happenings this August 2014!
Through August 17, 2014: Shakespeare in the Park
Kentucky Shakespeare presents Shakespeare in the Park through August 17. All shows are free to the public, with the pre-show starting at 7:15 p.m. and the production starts at 8 p.m. These theatrical performances run all summer long in Central Park in Old Louisville. These shows have been wildly popular this summer. They will present the following plays:
- Love’s Labour’s Lost
- As You Like It
- King Lear
- Women of Will
For more information, including a schedule of events, visit their website kyshakespeare.com.
August 1, 2014, through August 30, 2014: Monsters: A Celebration of Horror Classics at Louisville Palace
The Louisville Palace is bringing back its horror film series Monsters: A Celebration of Horror Classics from Universal Studio. After a five-year hiatus, the cinematic figures of fear who have become enduring legends are returning in the ten movie series. Movie-goers are encouraged to dress in their finest ghoulish attire for the screening of their favorite film. Tickets for individual movies are $5 and season passes are $30. For a complete schedule of movie showings and to purchase tickets, visit www.louisvillepalace.com.
August 2, 2014, through September 27, 2014: The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
America’s largest award-winning murder mystery dinner show, where everyone is a suspect and the murderer might be sitting at your table, has made its way to Louisville. The interactive and improvised comedic murder mystery takes places in between each course of the four-course, sit-down meal. The performers are dressed just like everyone else. Throughout the night, murders and mayhem will occur, hidden clues will come forth and the detectives will help everyone try to solve the crime. There will be a prize package for the top sleuth who comes closest to solving the crime. For more information, a list of available shows and to purchase tickets visit www.thedinnerdetective.com.
August 4-10, 2014 The PGA Championship at Valhalla
On August 4-10, 2014, Valhalla Golf Club will host the 2014 PGA Championship. Notables include Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler, just to name a few. For more information, visit their website www.pga.com
August 5, 2014 “Tales of the Tin Cup Event with Golf Professional Butch Harmon
On Tuesday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m. golf professional Butch Harmon, his son Claude Harmon III and SKY sports announcer David Livingstone will present Tales of the Tin Cup at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Harmon will discuss his career, teaching such golf pros as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and more. All proceeds benefit The First Tee of Louisville. Tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for children. For more information, or tickets visit www.thefirstteelouisville.org
August 9, 2014: St. Joseph Children’s Home Summer Picnic
One of the many highlights of summer in Louisville is the St. Joseph Children’s Picnic. Every year in August, generations of friends and family gather at the St. Joe’s Picnic to play games, visit, eat, drink and volunteer. All proceeds from the picnic support St. Joe’s kids. This year the picnic will take place on Saturday August, 9. For more information visit www.sjkids.org.
August 10, 2014: Carmichael’s Kids Grand Opening
Carmichael’s Bookstore is expanding their services with a store dedicated just for children. To celebrate, the bookstore is hosting a grand opening celebration street party August 10, from 1 – 4 p.m. on Longest and Bardstown Road. www.carmichaelsbookstore.com
August 13, 2014: Free Moosetracks Ice Cream in support of Salvation Army
Denali Flavors, developers of the legendary Moose Tracks flavor of ice cream, has partnered with Velvet Ice Cream to host a free ice cream give-away on Wednesday, August 13 in downtown Louisville. Ten thousand scoops of Velvet Moose Tracks ice cream will be served at 4th Street Live! as part of the 10,000 Scoop Challange issued by Denali Flavors to help generate $10,000 for The Salvation Army of Louisville. For each scoop served, Denali Flavors will donate $1 to The Salvation Army of Louisville. During the event ice cream lovers can tweet the hashtag #10KScoops for a chance to win free ice cream for a year from Denali @Moose_Tracks. www.paradisedivision.org
August 14, 2014, through August 24, 2014: The Kentucky State Fair
A tradition since 1902, and arguably one of the best parts about summer, is The Kentucky State Fair. There is food, music and fun to be had for all ages. Discount tickets are sold at the check-out lanes at Kroger in Kentucky and Southern Indiana from July 6 through August 13 at 10 p.m. For more information about exhibits, parking, concerts and all the fair has to offer visit www.kystatefair.org.
August 16, 2014: Tuxes & Tails
The Kentucky Humane Society’s 21st annual fundraiser, Tuxes and Tails, will be held August 16 at the Galt House. This event benefits the Kentucky Humane Society, who found homes for over 90% of its homeless cats and dogs last year. For more information, click here: www.kyhumane.org.
August 16, 2014: NAMI Louisville Step Forward for Mental Health Walk
NAMI Louisville is a grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the families and individuals in the Louisville area affected by mental illness. The programs and services offered are free public resources for education and support. The 2014 Step Forward for Mental Health Walk is Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. on the Waterfront Park Harbor Lawn. For more information on NAMI Louisville and to register for the walk visit www.namilouisville.org.
August 16, 2014: American Printing House Film Festival presents Ray
The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind invites Louisville to explore how blindness is depicted by Hollywood at the APH Museum Film Festival. The summer event shows films featuring an important character who is blind, and is followed by a discussion. The final movie in this summer’s series is Ray (2004), an account of the life and career of legendary R & B musician Ray Charles. The film will be screened from noon to 3 p.m. at The American Printing House for the Blind Museum Saturday, August 16. www.aph.org
August 16, 2014: Katy Perry at The KFC Yum! Center
International superstar, Katy Perry, is making a stop on her Prismatic World Tour in Louisville on August 16. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. Additionally, $1 from each ticket purchased will be donated to UNICEF.
August 21, 2014: GE Monogram Kitchen Demonstration at Stoneware
On August 21, Stoneware will feature its Third Thursday Lifestyle Series featuring a GE Monogram Kitchen Demonstration. This is a free event from 5 – 7 p.m. The Lifestyle Series is designed to showcase authentic, local makers of products that complement the Stoneware products and lifestyle. www.facebook.com
August 21, 2014: Straight from the Bottle Wine Tasting
The Ice House will host its wine tasting series with a delightful evening of sipping and educational instruction Thursday, August 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Ice House Lounge located at 217 E. Main St. in downtown Louisville, KY. An assortment of small appetizer pairings will be offered during the tastings and a cash bar will open for refreshments before and after each class. Tickets are $20 per person, per class, or $90 to attend the entire six-class series. Space is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets call 502-589-4700, or visit www.IceHouseLouisville.com.
August 22-23, 2014: Bourbon Women “Sip-osium”
Bourbon Women, a member-based organization founded in 2011 to promote and preserve the heritage of bourbon through educational, networking and charitable events, will hold its first-ever “sip-osium,” an immersive weekend of bourbon enjoyment and education, at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana, August 22-23. The member rate for the two-day conference, which includes cocktail receptions each day and a bourbon dinner Saturday evening, is $175; the non-member rate of $225 includes a one-year Bourbon Women membership. Tickets for Saturday only are $150 for members and $200 for non-members. The resort is also offering discount hotel room rates for sip-osium attendees. For more information and to register, visit bourbonwomen.org. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.
August 23, 2012: CONNECT at Bernheim Forest
Saturday, August 23 from 6:24 – 10:24 p.m., CONNECT at Bernheim again will challenge minds and delight the senses. Artists will set up around Lake Nevin with funky, fun and spontaneous art displays and demonstrations for the second year. This year’s art demonstrations include participants in CONNECTglow, a sculpture challenge in which participants create light sculptures without the use of a generator or AC power. This juried process will award the the top entrant $1,000 and $500 for the second prize. As always, CONNECT at Bernheim never fails to deliver great music, food, drink and entertainment to delight. For more information, click here: bernheim.org.
August 25, 2015: “Southern Heat” Preview at Seviche
Monday, August 25 at 6 p.m., Seviche’s executive chef Anthony Lamas will host a special dinner to preview his forthcoming cookbook “Southern Heat” written with Gwen Pratesi. This dinner will celebrate flavors of the South as well as the farmers and artisans that are contributing to the book. Reception is at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Price is $95 per person and includes beverage pairings, excluding tax and gratuity. Call today to reserve space at the communal table (502) 473-8560. Credit card number is required to secure the reservation. For more information, click here: www.facebook.com.
August 27, 2014: Waterfront Wednesday
This marks the 13th year that WFPK has hosted Louisville’s most popular after work concert series on the Waterfront. Concerts take place on the last Wednesday of every month, and start at 5 p.m. On August 27, Shovels and Rope will take the stage on The Big Four Lawn. Concerts are free and open to the public. Outside food and alcohol are prohibited, as there is a cash bar and upscale festival food provided. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. For parking details click here. www.wfpk.org.
August 29-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 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Monday, September 1 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, click here: www.louisvilleky.gov
August 29, 2014: Maker’s 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
August 30, 2014: Summer Story Walk
Saturday, August 30 from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., read to your family while you enjoy a stroll in the gardens at the Louisville Nature Center. The StoryWalk® Project combines wonderful children’s picture books with all the joys and benefits of taking a walk outdoors. This event is free and perfect for all ages. For more information visit www.louisvillenaturecenter.org.
August 30, 2014, through September 1, 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 p.m. and $14 after 6 p.m. For more information visit www.kentuckybluegrassfestival.com.
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