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Kentucky Bourbon Festival: Racing With the Spirits 2014

A great way to kick start your Derby season! “Bet the Ponies” with play money and watch the races on the big screen as the horses round the bend to the finish line (each participating distillery will have their own race, with special named horses. Race your friends on a special track and enjoy the weather. New for this year is the opportunity to test your luck at Black Jack & Roulette! Use the special "Bourbon Festival Cash" you acquire to bid on some great bourbon items at the end of the night! Enjoy Bourbons from sponsoring distilleries; it will be an evening of great fun, food, music and prizes. Must be 21 to attend.

April 25, 7 - 10 p.m.
Guthrie Opportunity Center
900 Nutter Dr.
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004


Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens at The Alley Theater

In a future universe consumed by eco-wars and the persecution of plastic, a notorious planet, Frottage III, offers refuge to the depraved in the shape of Saucy Jack’s, a dark and seedy cabaret club presided over by the alluring and charismatic Saucy Jack himself. All is not well... but enter the Space Vixens: a trio of interstellar, super-fashion crime fighters here to save the day by the Power of Disco! This award-winning musical has been performed to ecstatic audiences from West End Theatres to giant big-tops. Land at The Alley Theater, pull up a stool at Saucy Jack's and watch the fun unfold while you dance in your seat! Contains mature themes and language.
April 25, 8 - 10 p.m.
The Alley Theater
633 West Main Street
Lousiville, Kentucky 40202
$20 Adult, $15 Senior/Military, $12 Student

Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour By Cirque Du Soleil 

Since its world premiere in Montreal in October 2011, this electrifying production has thrilled audiences across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. Created by Cirque du Soleil and directed by Jamie King, THE IMMORTAL World Tour is a departure from the company’s previous touring shows featuring 49 international dancers, musicians, and acrobats, it is presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s unparalleled creativity. Through unforgettable performances, the show underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity, and the band includes some of the same artists who previously worked side by side with Michael. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.
April 25, 8 - 10 p.m.
KFC YUM! Center
1 Arena Plaza
Louisville, KY 40202
$54, $74, $105, $155

Louisville Girls Leadership presents Girls IdeaFestival®

Inspired by the annual multi-disciplinary IdeaFestival® that fosters creativity, innovation, and transformative learning, Girls IdeaFestival® will target high school girls, high school boys, and the adults in their lives. Confirmed speakers include: keynote speaker Barbara Sexton Smith and breakout session speakers Alli Truttman of Wicked Sheets of Kiley Lane Parker of Parker Lane, LLC. The LGL leadership team, made up of high school juniors and seniors, will also hold two panel discussions titled: Everything you wish you knew about girls, but were afraid to ask! The goal of this daylong event is to develop creative and innovative solutions to challenges girls face today. This year’s event will focus on addressing the way girls are portrayed by the media, encouraging girls to become more civically engaged, expanding girls’ career ambitions, and raising awareness of human trafficking. The ideas and solutions generated will be compiled for use in global and local action projects led by the incoming LGL Class of 2015.
April 26, 12:30 – 5 p.m.
Jefferson Community and Technical College Health Sciences Building
110 W. Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202

U.S. Bank Presents Kentucky Derby Festival's Great Balloon Race

The U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race is one of Louisville’s beloved family traditions.  In 2014, the Derby Festival will again feature both Friday and Saturday morning races.  The multi-race docket gives spectators young and old more chances to take in the exhilarating view of boundless colors and shapes.
April 26, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Bowman Field
2815 Taylorsville Rd
Louisville, KY 40205

Admission is free with a 2014 Pegasus Pin

The Devil Makes Three at Mercury Ballroom

The Devil Makes Three travels and travails serve as inspiration for their fourth album and their New West Records debut, I’m a Stranger Here, produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbach’s (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville. For a band that made its bones with dynamic performances, recording an album is almost like coaxing lightning into a bottle, but Miller and TDM3 succeed on I’m a Stranger Here. Now they’re continuing the journey that began when they found their way to the road that led them out of Vermont. “I can’t wait to get onstage, I love it,” Bernhard says. “Playing music for a living is a blessing and a curse, but for us there’s no other option.”
April 26, 8 - 11:30 p.m.
Mercury Ballroom
611 South 4th Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Kentucky Derby Festival Tour De Lou

This cycling event with start and finish near Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville at Waterfront Park. First annual Tour de Lou is for all ages and levels of experiences, featuring a 4-mile course for families, 20-mile ride for intermediate riders and 35-mile ride for experienced cyclists.

April 27, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Waterfront Park
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Entry fees

Kentucky Derby Festival Minifun Run

The second annual miniFun Run promotes healthy lifestyles and families. This kids’ fitness run with start near Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville at Preston & Witherspoon Streets. For ages 3-14. Free for spectators.
April 27, 1 – 6 p.m.
Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville

Preston & Witherspoon Streets
Louisville, KY 40202
Free for spectators, Entry fees for runners

Kentucky Derby Festival Gospelfest Presented By Passport Health Plan

GospelFest will be held on the Music Stage at Chow Wagon, featuring Minister Joe Leavell with 1 Purpose, and Jason Clayborn & The T.E.A.M. Also new for 2014- is the Gospelfest Super Choir. Performers include: Greater Friendship, Pleasant View, Cables, Bates, Lousville Connection, and many more.
April 27, 2 – 10 p.m.
Waterfront Park
Big Four Lawn in Louisville Waterfront Park
Louisville, KY 40202
Admission is free with a 2014 Pegasus Pin

RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons at Headliners Music Hall

Sexy and beautiful, each drop-dead diva will attempt to outshine her rivals in a fast-paced, live presentation hosted by popular judge Michelle Visage, with special guest DJ Mimi Imfurst. Exceptional venues will prepare their stages to welcome Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Carmen Carrera, Ivy Winters, Pandora Boxx, and Phi Phi O’Hara. Featuring cast members from this wildly successful and original competition produced by World of Wonder, a night with these frisky performers drawn from the first five seasons will be an unforgettable experience.

April 27, 10 - 11:55 p.m.
Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Rd
Louisville, KY 40206

$30 admission/$65 meet and greet

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