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    Cherokee Triangle Art Fair

    The Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is a juried fair with more than 200 artists’ booths. The outdoor event is in Louisville’s historic Cherokee Triangle neighborhood on tree-lined Cherokee Parkway between Willow Avenue and Cherokee Road adjacent to the Gen. John Breckinridge Castleman statue. The Art Fair includes dozens of veteran exhibitors as well as new artists not only from Louisville and Kentucky, but also from out of state. Art Fair patrons can view and purchase original art and often meet and talk with the artists. Fairgoers also enjoy food, drink, entertainment and music. 
     
    April 25 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    April 26 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Cherokee Triangle
    Louisville, KY 40204
    cherokeetriangleartfair.org
    Free!
     
     
    BFA Thesis Project Exhibit Opening Reception at Schneider Hall Galleries
    Twenty-five candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Louisville will showcase their thesis projects. The student work featured in the exhibitions represents each of the Hite Art Institute’s studio areas including drawing, painting, photography, glass, sculpture, textile and performance installation. Each student’s collection is comprised of pieces that represent their unique vision and his or her readiness to enter the professional art world after graduation.
    April 23, 5 – 7 p.m.
    April 24, 5 – 7 p.m. at Cressman Center
    Schneider Hall Galleries
    104 Schneider Hall
    Louisville, KY 40292
    louisville.edu/art
    Free!

    Show Boat LIVE on the Belle of Louisville
    A casino night aboard the Belle of Louisville with Kentucky Opera! While aboard, we’ll be rolling on the river with performances throughout the vessel from Kentucky Opera’s Studio Artists. Cruisers can also try their hand at casino style games including Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette, for a chance to win some fabulous prizes! At the end of the evening, merchandise and prizes will be awarded via a live auction.
    April 23, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
    Belle of Louisville at Waterfront Park
    401 West River Road
    Louisville, KY 40202
    kyopera.org/showboatlive/
    $30 in advance / $35 at the dock
     
     
     
    Running Wild Pasta Party
    Tickets are $20; featuring a buffet style pasta dinner with bread, and salad served from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. All guest over the age of 21 will receive a complimentary drink from Michelob Ultra. Enjoy a slice of Kern’s Kitchen’s Derby Pie for dessert. Entertainment includes music, bar, and selfie station featuring Louisville favorites. All guests will receive a swag bag with an official Urban Bourbon Trail passport, Louisville’s Culinary Experience pasta measuring cup, and an official 2015 Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon Louisville Slugger muddler. 
    April 24, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Kentucky International Convention Center Hall 2D
    221 Fourth Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    derbyfestivalmarathon.com/race-information/pasta-dinner-information/
    $20

    F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop
    Explore the Clifton, Crescent Hill and Butchertown neighborhoods by way of a trolley ride. This event draws attracts thousands of people to enjoy free trolley rides to participating shops, restaurants and galleries along the Frankfort, Mellwood and Story Avenue corridor.
    April 24, 6:00-10:30 p.m.
    Frankfort Avenue, Story Avenue, and Mellwood Avenue
    Louisville, KY
    www.fatfridayhop.com/Home.aspx
    Free!

    Great BalloonFest: Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow
    The 41st annual U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race will come together with the 22nd annual U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow and other events to create the U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest.
    April 24, 6 – 9 p.m.
    Kentucky Exposition Center
    937 Phillips Ln
    Louisville, KY 40209
    discover.kdf.org/u-s-bank-great-balloonfest/
    $8 KEC parking fee

    IF Girls Rise: the Opening Reception to Girls IdeaFestival
    The IF Girls Rise reception, hosted by the Louisville Girls Leadership Board of Directors, provides an opportunity for community leaders and allies to come together to show their support for local young women. This evening of networking, fun, and education will showcase the knowledge that LGL participants have gained over the year and will preview the discussions that will be held at Girls IdeaFestival that same weekend.Please join us for food, an open bar, and great conversation with brilliant young women in our LGL program.
    April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Atlantic No. 5
    605 W. Main St.
    Louisville, KY 40202
    https://www.facebook.com/events/376016742600609/
    $35

    Symphonic Swing with Five By Design
    Vocal sensations Five By Design and the Louisville Orchestra bring you a big band blast!  ‘Begin the Beguine,” ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” and more.  You’re certain to be “In the Mood.”
    April 24, 8 – 10 p.m.
    Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall
    501 West Main Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    www.louisvilleorchestra.org/louisville-orchestra-pops/symphonic-swing-with-five-by-design/
    Ticket prices vary
     
     
     
     
     
    Cave Hill Cemetery Walking Tour
    Among the notable Louisvillians buried in Cave Hill Cemetery are many connected with the history of the Kentucky School for the Blind and the American Printing House for the Blind. Our tour will take you to their gravesites and tell their stories. The park-like grounds of the cemetery are a treat for the senses, especially in the spring.
    April 25, 12 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    American Printing House for the Blind, Inc
    1839 Frankfort Avenue
    Louisville, KY 40206
    www.aph.org/museum/saturday_fun.html
    Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required

    Southwest Fiction Writers’ Conference
    Have you always wanted to write fiction but need help getting started? Or are you eager to sharpen your characters and put the finishing touches on that novel you’re writing? Then join us at the Southwest Regional Library (9725 Dixie Highway) for the Southwest Fiction Writers’ Conference!The Southwest Fiction Writers’ Conference includes writing workshops, networking, and local author interaction. From “Writing Emotionally Authentic Characters” to “Synopsis, Query, Pitch,” these sessions cover
    April 25, 10 – 3:30 p.m.
    Southwest Regional Library
    9725 Dixie Highway
    Louisville, KY 40272
    www.LFPL.org
    Free!

    Middletown Market at Celebration Hall
    April 25th is the next Middletown Market with vendors really shining up their Derby wares! Check out the beautiful jewelry, fascinators and hats, lovely oils to make you smell and feel good, fun foods and a delicious lunch!
    April 25, 11 – 2 p.m.
    Celebration Hall
    11711 MAIN STREET
    Louisville, KY 40243
    middletownoutdoormarket.com
    Free!
     
    Da'Ville Classic Drum Line Showcase
    The Da’Ville Classic Drum Line Showcase is comprised of community and high school drum lines from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
    April 25, 3 – 6 p.m.
    Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall
    501 West Main Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    discover.kdf.org/daville-classic-drum-line-showcase/
    1-800-928-3378
    $10

    Schnitzelburg Rock
    The Schnitzelburg Rock is a new all-day music festival, which will take place on April 25, 2015. It will be held at The Cure Lounge, located at 1481 South Shelby Street in Louisville. The concert will feature 10 local musical acts. Headlining the festival will be and Jack Holiday & the Westerners, a popular freak folk rock group; and The Mighty Auroch, a well-known doom metal band.  The Schnitzelburg Rock will take place the same day as the Spring Schnitzelburg Walk. The goal is to bring more people to the Germantown neighborhood and to increase attendance at the Schnitzelburg Walk. Attendees to the Schnitzelburg Rock will be allowed to come and go as they please and will be encouraged to visit the Schnitzelburg Walk between bands. 
    April 25, 4 – 10 p.m.
    The Cure Lounge
    1481 south Shelby Street
    Louisville , KY 40202
    www.facebook.com/schnitzelburgrock?__mref=message_bubble
    502-619-2178
    $8, with an early-bird rate of $4 before 8 p.m.

    Kentucky Bourbon Festival Bardstown Sampler
    Sample fine Kentucky Bourbons while enjoying delicious Kentucky cuisine, pick up souvenir Bourbon glasses and bid on Bourbon-related items at the silent auction. Be one of the first to purchase your 2015 festival pin. Help us celebrate the announcement of this year’s scholarship winners.
    April 25, 6 – 9 p.m.
    Guthrie Opportunity Center
    900 Nutter Drive
    Bardstown, KY 40004
    www.kybourbonfestival.com
    $60
     
     
     
     
    Mayor’s Derby Brunch on the River
    Come out and enjoy a festive brunch featuring a traditional Kentucky breakfast, live riverboat jazz, horse-drawn carriage rides and tours of the Farnsley-Moremen property, including the newly renovated Moremen Family Chapel.
    April 26, 11 – 1:30 p.m.
    Farnsley-Moremen Landing
    7410 Moorman Road
    Louisville, KY 40272
    www.riverside-landing.org/
    502-935-6809
    Tickets are $65 for individuals or $500 for a table of 8

    Tour de Lou at Waterfront Park
    The Kentucky Derby Festival is partnering with Louisville Bicycle Club to produce Tour de Lou. The Festival’s second annual bike event is for all ages and all levels of experience. The Tour de Lou route will be an open course, which will start and finish at Waterfront Park near Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville.  There also will be two separate distances based on experience levels: the course highlights include an Olmsted Park Tour, including Shawnee, Chickasaw, Wayside, Iroquois and Cherokee parks.  Cyclists on the more experienced rides will also travel through all areas of the city from Downtown and Churchill Downs to the South End and Highlands.
    April 26, 11:30 – 2 p.m.
    Waterfront Park
    1 River Road
    Louisville, KY 40202
    discover.kdf.org/tour-de-lou/
    $45

    GospelFest at the Chow Wagon
    GospelFest will be held on Sunday, April 26, on the Music Stage at Chow Wagon.  Check back for a complete list of 2015 performers. GospelFest opens at 2 pm and will feature choir performances beginning at 3 pm. GospelFest returns to the Chow Wagon Stage in Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront.  Admission is free with a 2015 Pegasus Pin.
    April 26, 2 – 5 p.m.
    Waterfront Park
    1 River Road
    Louisville, KY 40202
    discover.kdf.org/gospelfest/
    Free with a Pegasus Pin


    Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert
    This is the sixth year for the Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert to be part of the Derby Festival’s main event schedule. Admission is free with a 2014 Pegasus Pin. The beautiful setting in Iroquois Park will offer music lovers a scenic and relaxing venue for this popular concert.
    April 26, 4 – 7 p.m.
    Iroquois Amphitheatre
    1080 Amphitheater Road
    Louisville, KY 401214
    discover.kdf.org/louisville-youth-orchestra-concert/
    Free with a Pegasus Pin
     
     
     


     
     
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