Where to Go and What to Do This Weekend in Louisville (August 14 - 17)

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Kentucky State Fair 
A unique, family-friendly 11-day summertime celebration of all things Kentucky. This summer event is packed full of entertainment, music, food and fun for the whole family to enjoy! Don't miss out! The Kentucky State Fair starts Aug. 14 and runs through Aug. 24. So get some cotton candy, some caramel corn, ride the ferris wheel and see the show! 
August 14 - August 24, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Kentucky Exposition Center
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40209
hwww.kystatefair.org
502-367-5000
Adult $10; Child (3-12) $6; Senior (55+) $6 (Only $1.00 on Senior Day);Infants 2 and under Free;Parking is $8 per vehicle per entry
 
Umphrey's McGee Plays at Iroquois Amphitheater
Umphrey’s McGee is playing at the Iroquois Amphitheater at 7 p.m. on August 14th! Since forming in the late '90s, the musically muscular and relentlessly inventive Umphrey's McGee has cultivated an impressive presence both live and in the studio. Lauded by critics and adored by fans, the band continues to draw in new listeners with their singular style. They are also known for their innovative approach to distributing music and building community. Now in their second decade, Umphrey's McGee continues to wow fans globally. As their sound evolves with every passing show, the live concerts continue to be in high demand by their hungry fan base.
August 14, 7 – 10 p.m.
Iroquois Amphitheater
1080 Amphitheater Road
Louisville, KY 40214
http://www.iroquoisamphitheater.com/event/557183-umphreys-mcgee-louisville/
502-368-5865
Advance: $22.50; Day of: $25
 
Jim Beam Distillery Days Event at the American Stillhouse
Before summer winds down, celebrate the season with three warm-weather favorites – bourbon, barbeque, and country music – at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse! As part of the distillery’s Summer Concert Series, bourbon fans from all over are invited to spend the day enjoying mouth-watering barbeque from Fred’s Smokehouse, live music on the distillery lawn, and an inside look at how the world’s No. 1 selling bourbon whiskey is made. (Samples of “America’s Native Spirit” will be poured for guests of legal drinking age.) The festivities kick off at noon, and country band John & Allen will be perform live throughout the day.
August 15, 12 – 5 p.m.
Jim Beam American Stillhouse.
526 Happy Hollow Road
Clermont, KY 40110
www.americanstillhouse.com
502-543-9877
Concert admission: Free; Guided Tours: $10; Menu prices vary

5th Annual No Balls of Meat Female Comedy Contest at the Bard’s Town
This is the fifth year of the No Balls of Meat Annual Female Comedy Contest. Preliminary rounds are: Friday, August 15th and Friday August 22nd. The Finals are Friday, August 29th, with headliner Donna Carter. All shows are at 8 p.m. with a $6 admission. A full list of contestants can be found at the website below.
August 15, 8 – 10 p.m.
The Bard's Town
1801 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40205
www.thebardstown.com
502-749-5275
$6
 
Mayor's Cup 2014 Cricket Tournament
On August 16th and 17th, the Mayor's Cup Cricket Tournament is returning after a successful 2013 campaign filled with excitement, drama, and sportsmanship. In just over year, this tournament has grown to become one of the largest "Tennis Ball" cricket tournaments in the region, with this year’s edition hosting more teams and awarding larger amounts of prize money. This two-day tournament will consist of an initial round-robin stage, where each team is guaranteed at least 3 matches, and a knockout stage. The first day of the tournament will be conducted in some Louisville's largest state parks, whereas the second day will played on an official cricket pitch in Cox Park on the iconic River Road. More details and online registration are available at http://LouisvilleMayorsCup.com. The schedule for the tournament will be updated when registration closes. Keep checking the website for updates.
August 16 – 17, 12 p.m.
AB Sawyer Park and Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park
Louisville, KY 40207
LouisvilleMayorsCup.com
502-777-0271
$250 per Team; Free for Spectators
 

Katy Perry's Prismatic World Tour at the Yum! Center
International superstar, Katy Perry, will kick off the North American leg of her highly anticipated Prismatic World Tour in June and make a stop in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, August 16. She will be touring in support of her album PRISM, which debuted at number one on The Billboard 200. The platinum album has given Katy her biggest single yet with "Roar," while "Dark Horse" became her lucky 13th Top Ten hit on The Billboard Hot 100. The state-of-the art stage, specifically designed by Katy for the tour, allows her to get closer to her fans than ever before. The one-of-a-kind set design will provide concert-goers with a truly magical experience from every angle in the arena. Ticket offerings include a limited number of general admission tickets in the intimate “Reflection Section.”
August 16, 7:30 p.m.
KFC Yum! Center
1 Arena Plaza
Louisville, KY 40202
www.kfcyumcenter.com/events/detail/katy-perry-the-prismatic-world-tour
502-690-9090
Tickets start at $25.50
 
Shakespeare in the Park Presents King Lear
Shakespeare in the Park presents King Lear as part of their 2014 Summer Season. This is the last day of the show, so be sure to see it this Sunday! The pre-show entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m., and the play begins promptly at 8 p.m. Stop by Central Park in Old Louisville for a taste of Shakespeare to satisfy your hunger for the arts.
August 17, 8 – 10 p.m.
C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater, Central Park, Old Louisville
1340 South 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40208
kyshakespeare.com/now-playing/
502-574-9900
Free
 
The Shelby County Community Theatre Presents Funny Girl
The SCCT presents Funny Girl, the semi-biographical play based on the life and career of vaudevillian Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. Directed by Cyndi Powell-Skellie and based on the book by Isobel Lennart, Funny Girl includes hit musical numbers such as “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “People.” Directed by Cyndi Powell-Skellie, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, and based on the book by Isobel Lennart. The show will run August 8-10 & 15-17. This is the last show day so be sure to catch it while you can!
August 8, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Shelby County Community Theatre
801 Main Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065
www.shelbytheatre.org/current-season/
502-633-0222
Adults: $15; Seniors: $12; Students: $10; Dinner: $20
 
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