Get ready for a gorgeous June, Louisville! After the nonstop events that May always brings, we are ready for the start of a warm, laid-back summer. To celebrate the spirit of summer — its long, sunshine-filled days, afternoon picnics in the park, evenings catching fireflies (sigh) — we’re focusing on staying outside for this June edition of “What to Wear.” Our picks include a concert by Old Crow Medicine Show, performing under the stars at Louisville’s historic Iroquois Amphitheater; The Prelude, the Waterfront Botanical Gardens’ annual outdoor summer fundraiser; and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the country.
To keep you cool and stylish, we’ve pulled together breezy looks from three of our favorite local Louisville boutiques: Work the Metal, Liv Boutique and Betty Jeffries, our favorite boutique on wheels. We also included some stylish and comfortable footwear from Water + Oak Outdoor Co. And our lovely models — Alisha Espinosa, Chloé Bell and Jennifer Pennington — are cast members performing in this season’s Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, all summer long. We had a great time shooting in Kentucky Shakespeare’s summer home, Central Park in Old Louisville, and its beautiful next-door neighborhood, historic St. James Court.
Ready for summer fun in Louisville? Let’s go!
The Event: Old Crow Medicine Show
- Friday, June 2, 2017
- Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
- Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road in Iroquois Park
- Tickets range from $39.50 to $49.50 each
The Grammy Award-winning, rootsy Old Crow Medicine Show travels through Louisville for a night under the stars at the Iroquois Amphitheater. On this tour the band performs Bob Dylan’s entire iconic album, Blonde on Blonde, for what we think will be an unforgettable night of country-infused folk rock by masters of the genre.
What to Wear: Odds are good that you’ll stay on your feet for this outdoor performance, so comfort is key. That said, a live concert is a great time to show some shoulder, to wear funky, statement jewelry and have fun with your look.
The Event: The Prelude
- Sunday, June 4, 2017
- Future Waterfront Botanical Gardens site, corner of River Road and Frankfort Avenue
- Tickets: $175 each
Louisville’s Waterfront Botanical Gardens – an outdoor environment in development – again hosts its annual fundraiser, The Prelude, to support building the planned Education Pavilion and the surrounding gardens. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Atria Hospitality, and Louisville Ballet artists will perform with local jazz legend, Dick Sisto. This outdoor event happens on the site designated for the future Waterfront Botanical Gardens, promising a delightful afternoon of art and sunshine.
What to Wear: Comfortable, pretty florals, from flirty to sophisticated, seem like the perfect fit for an afternoon event celebrating a beautiful outdoor space in the works.
The Event: Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
- May 31 through August 13
- Pre-show begins at 7 p.m. with performances starting at 8 p.m.
- C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater, Central Park, 1340 S. Fourth St.
- Free admission
For 11 weeks in the summer, Louisville’s beloved Kentucky Shakespeare Festival happens under the stars in Old Louisville’s beautiful Central Park. These are true community events and fun nights out, with food trucks, drinks available at Will’s Tavern and performances that even the youngest audience member can enjoy. This year’s performances include Much Ado About Nothing, Richard II and Julius Caesar as well as performances by community partners CenterStage, Louisville Ballet and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and more. Performances are free.
What to Wear: Casual and comfortable rule the day at this outdoor event, so we suggest light and flowy tees, denim and seersucker for nights when the heat turns up.
Thanks to our Kentucky Shakespeare actors who took time from their busy rehearsal schedule for this fun outdoor shoot in their home away from home. And thanks to the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum for letting us use this historic home in St. James as our base for the day.
And thanks to Sam English for capturing these gorgeous women in their element.
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