Where to Go and What to Do This Weekend in Louisville (April 11 - 13)

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Thunder Over Louisville is this weekend, but if you feel like avoiding the crowds and doing something else entirely, we have you covered. 
 
The Fillies Derby Ball at the Galt House
This is one of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s oldest and most anticipated events. The highlight of this black tie event is the coronation of the Derby Festival Queen, to be selected by the traditional spin-of-the wheel. Suzanne Thompson, 2014 Fillies President, will do the honors. In her first royal act, the Queen will “knight” individuals to the Court of the Pegasus for their contributions to the community. Following the pomp and ceremony at the Fillies Derby Ball, hosted by Andy Treinen and Kelsey Starks of WHAS Good Morning Kentuckiana, guests including the Mayor and a who’s who of local businesses will enjoy live music by Burning Las Vegas and dancing. The entertainment is Robbie Bartlett for cocktails and dinner. A full list of times for the events can be found on their website.
April 11, 6:30 – 11 p.m.
Galt House West Archibald Cochran Ballroom
140 N 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
discover.kdf.org/fillies-derby-ball/
502-572-3856
Ticket packages vary
 

Here Come the Mummies at The Mercury Ballroom
A 5000 year old foul-smelling and manly tribe, capable of infinite funkiness. Here Come The Mummies are a funk, swing and R & B band, best known for their live performances in which band members perform in full mummy attire bandages. It consists of various professional musicians based in Nashville, Tennessee. You don’t want to miss this!
April 11, 8 - 11 p.m.
The Mercury Ballroom
611 S 4th Street
Louisville, Ky 40202
www.mercuryballroom.com
502-583-4555
$25
 
Thunder Over Louisville: #ThrowbackThunder
Join the opening ceremonies of the Kentucky Derby Festival as Thunder over Louisville lights up the sky.  FoodFest and Ford’s Thunder On the Ground open at 11 a.m., airshow at 3:00 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Featuring the Thunder Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park, the Belvedere Beer Garden, and the East River Road Beer Garden. (Open 11a.m. – 11p.m. NO FOOD, DRINK, TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.)
April 12, 11 a.m. - whenever the traffic ends.
Waterfront Park & The Great Lawn
Louisville, KY 40202
www.ThunderOverLouisville.org
 

Maker's Mark Handcraft Festival 2014
Take a jaunt on down to our little slice of heaven to enjoy a self-guided tour with food samples, cocktail samples, food trucks and live music while you stroll around the beautiful historical landmark we call “home.” The Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival promises a day of tasting, history and memories in lovely Loretto with the chance to meet Rob Samuels.  There will be 27 vendors selling their handmade wares from bourbon bottle tags to Maker’s Mark-inspired paintings on staves and much more including Sycamore Hill, Kentucky for Kentucky and Legendary Boot Company from El Paso, Texas. Find everything at the Marker’s Mark Handcraft Festival– gifts for yourself, family or friends of all different sizes and price points. Pinot’s Palette will be offering three Maker’s-themed classes on the distillery lawn by the clubhouse that day. 
April 12, 10 – 4 p.m.
Maker's Mark Distillery
3350 Burks Spring Rd.
Loretto, KY 40037
www.makersmark.com
270-865-2099
Free
 

Grilled Cheese Celebration at Bristol East 
Ready for Grilled Cheese Day? Bristol East will be offering its world famous green chili wonton grilled cheese along with two very special grilled cheeses all day Saturday. They'll also have a grilled Kenny's Cheese Awe-brie cheese sandwich with local strawberry preserves, roasted pecans and honey for the sophisticated pallet. And for those of you who want to embrace your inner fat kid, Mac and grilled cheese with pulled pork will be offered, along with referrals to cardiologists.
April 12, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Bristol East
300 N Hurstbourne Pkwy.
Louisville, Kentucky 40222
www.bristolbarandgrille.com
502-721-0335 ext. 103
Price of meal varies
 
The 2014 Commonwealth Sneaker Showcase at The Gillespie
Put your J’s on (or your favorite sneakers) and head to the Commonwealth Sneaker Showcase.  Featuring exclusive sneakers from Nike, Jordan and many other popular manufacturers, the sneaker showcase brings in the best sneaker vendors for you to buy, sell, and trade along with.
April 13, 12 – 5 p.m.
The Gillespie
421 West Market Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
css14.com
502-584-8080
$5-10
 

The 20th Annual Whitehall Bridal Show
Now in its 20th year, the Whitehall Bridal Show is the perfect opportunity to peruse Louisville's premier wedding vendors, featuring caterers, florists, DJs, planners, photographers and many more. Guests will enjoy booths throughout the first floor of the historic mansion, as well as under a tent on the garden terrace. Proceeds from this event benefit Whitehall House & Gardens, a historic home owned and operated by the not-for-profit Historic Homes Foundation, Inc.  This year's selection of vendors features the very best that Louisville has to offer, including: Carol Grisanti Weddings, Crushed Ice Events, Denny's Valet Parking Service, Fifty Chairs, First Impression Fine Stationery and Events, Fun Time Photo Booth, Highland Chamber Players and many more. 
April 13, 12:30 – 4 p.m.
Whitehall House & Gardens
3110 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40206
www.historichomes.org
502-897-2944
$10/each; brides and grooms are free
 

Louisville Master Chorale Performance 
Join the Louisville Master Chorale closing their 2013-2014 season with a performance of a trio of pieces by Gioacchino Rossini, Ludwig von Beethoven and Henryk Gorecki. Leading with Stabat Mater, the program features a pre-concert program and lecture with David Paul Gibson. Stabat Mater is a solemn and profoundly moving composition based on the sorrow of Mary during Christ’s crucifixion. Rossini's operatic genius is evident throughout this engaging and melodic masterpiece.
April 13, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
1000 Beckley Station Road
Louisville, KY 40245
louisvillemasterchorale.org
502-657-5248
$20.00
photo courtesy of Chris Parypa Photography / Shutterstock.com
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