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National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championship
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is comprised of over 200 basketball teams across twenty-two conferences and seven divisions. The NWBA was founded in 1948, and today consists of men's, women's, intercollegiate, and youth teams throughout the United States of America and Canada.
Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians
Your Louisville Bats open their three game Thunder Weekend homestand against the rival Indianapolis Indians tonight with the $1 Beer Happy Hour. All fans age 21 or older can enjoy $1 Bud and Bud Light beer throughout the stadium from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm with live music on the Overlook Deck.
April 18, 6:35 p.m. First Pitch
Louisville Slugger Field
401 E. Main Street
Bourbon Women's Distillery and Ghost Tour at Buffalo Trace
Join us for a night of education, networking and fun! The evening begins with passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails in the Elmer T. Lee Club House, followed by Bourbon tastings with Master Distiller, Harlen Wheatley. Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy a walking tour of the distillery....including the popular ghost tour. According to lore, there are more spirits residing at the Distillery than those aging in the warehouses. Featured on the popular TV show Ghost Hunters,® Buffalo Trace Distillery has long been rumored to have visits from the supernatural, most notably the ghost of Col. Blanton. Hear the legendary stories and get a look into the more haunted sites of the Distillery
April 18, 5:30 p.m.
Buffalo Trace Distillery
113 Great Buffalo Trace
Frankfort, KY 40601
$25 members, $35 non-members
The 2013 Fillies Ball
Benefiting the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, the Fillies Ball is the coronation ball where a queen is chosen from the Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses by the spin of the wheel. The night before Thunder, The Ball is an exciting and memorable Kickoff to The Derby Season. This year, rock the night away with the Crashers!
April 19, 6:30p.m.
The Galt House
140 4th St
$175 per person
Derby Festival Basketball Classic
The Derby Festival Basketball Classic has showcased some of the nation’s finest high school talent before the players move onto to collegiate and professional levels. Players such as Jamal Mashburn, Moses Malone, Rex Chapman, Pervis Ellison, Isaiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Darrell Griffith, Derek Anderson, Anfernee Hardaway and Michael Beasley have starred in the Classic.
April 19, 7p.m.
Tickets for the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic also offer free admission for the ticket holder to The Night of Future Stars held Thursday, April 18 at Floyd Central High School at 7 p.m.
Freedom Hall, Kentucky Exposition Center
937 Phillips Lane
XFC 23: Louisville Slugfest
The local and national superstars of XFC-Xtreme Fighting Championship return to Louisville in this professional MMA event.
April 19, 7p.m.
Louisville Chorus presents Charpentier's Te Deum and Gounod's Messe Solennelle "Saint Cecilia"
Soloists Mary Redden, Darlene Welch, Ricky Case and Alexander Redden are joined by Louisville Philharmonia—The Musician's Orchestra
April 19, 7p.m.
With Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett
April 19, 7:30p.m.
National Poetry Month Poetry Reading
Carmichael's welcomes Louisville poets Lynnell Edwards, Jeffrey Skinner, Frederick Smock and Jerriod Avant for a poetry reading in celebration of National Poetry Month and the publication of the biannual "A Narrow Fellow" poetry anthology. Included in the anthology are never-before published poems by the poets. The name of the journal comes from one of Emily Dickinson's best-read poems about "a narrow fellow in the grass." You won't want to miss this very special event.
April 20, 4p.m.
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Thunder Over Louisville
To some, it’s the official kick-off to the Kentucky Derby Festival. To others, it’s the unofficial beginning of spring. But to all, it’s simply one of the largest annual fireworks shows in North America and the setting for some of the most memorable moments you’ll ever share. So prepare yourself for Thunder Vision 2013, a sparkling display set to the symphonic sounds of TV through the years.
April 20, 3p.m. Air Show and 9:30p.m. FireworksDowntown on the River
Festival of the Dogwood
Audubon Park, one of Louisville’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods will be celebrating the Festival of the Dogwood April 19 to 21, 2013. After dark, residents will spotlight blooming dogwood trees. Drive through the park and enjoy the sensation of viewing the beauty of several different varieties of dogwood. On Sunday there will be a community concert featuring the River City Concert Band at 3:00 p.m. at Audubon Baptist Church, 1046 Hess Lane.
3rd Annual Harrods Creek Paddle
The 3rd Annual Harrods Creek Paddle is a celebration of Earth Day benefiting Kentucky Waterways Alliance. The paddle will begin at River City Canoe & Kayak starting at noon and ending at 4 pm. Interpretive stations, designed to educate paddlers about the history and current state of Harrods Creek, will be provided by local partner organizations throughout the paddle. Upon return from the paddle, we invite participants to join us for a dinner reception directly next door at Cunningham’s Creekside from 4-6.
River City Canoe & Kayak
6313 River Road
Prospect, KY 40059
$30, $20 for children under 18.
The Zombie Run
On April 21st, a biochemical leak is going to force Louisville into a apocalyptic zombie outbreak. At the starting line, you'll come across a flipped tanker, the source of the toxic compound. After the first kilometer, you'll enter into a military-controlled apocalypse zone. Beware, this is where your dash from zombies will begin. Around kilometer 3, you'll make it to a vaccination hydration center. The vaccine will fail, and you'll have to continue to sprint from zombies. The last 2 kilometers are a free-for-all, as you charge towards freedom. Zombies are everywhere. Helicopters circle overhead and military personnel distribute face masks for safety during your final steps.
Runners have the option of wearing a custom, latex free “life-balloon”. Our brain hungry zombies will try to pop your balloon and take your life before your reach the finish line. But if you’re not fast, don’t worry! Our course is designed like a zombie movie set, so if you don’t wear your balloon or survive the race, you’ll still have a spooky run. Dead or alive, all runners get to complete the entire course and attend the Quarantine Party.
April 21, 12:30p.m.
1080 Amphitheater Road