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Learn about Guerrilla Warfare in the Civil War at the Filson Historical Society

This weekend, the Filson Historical Society Conference will explore how civilians, spies, slaves, freed people, women and irregulars helped fight the Civil War on multiple fronts. From October 23 to 25, The Filson is featuring scholars and historians who have developed cutting-edge research on the topic of “The Hard Hand of War: Irregulars and Civilians in the Civil War.” Themed panels will include Guerrilla Warfare, Naval War, The War and Its Aftermath in Kentucky, Codes and Conduct of War, and Justifying and Surviving Violence. Two keynote speakers will address the issue of “Women and the Turn Toward Hard War: Putting the Female in Civilian and the Girl in Guerrilla” and “Time Will Tell: What We Can Learn about the Civil War from Modern Conflicts.”

The conference is free to members, and $5 per day for non-members. For a full conference schedule, go to

Thursday, October 23 – Saturday, October 25
Filson Historical Society
1013 South Third Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Free to members, $5 per day for non-members



• Thursday •

Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Clifton Center
The Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose first recording won a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy, have proved that old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music could be a living, ever-evolving sound. They have built a large and enthusiastic following, as evidenced by their sold out performance at the Clifton Center in 2011.
October 23, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Clifton Center
2117 Payne Street
Louisville, KY 40207

Chili Night Out at The Peterson-Dumesnil House
The Crescent Hill Community Council will host this free, family-friendly event. Bring a dish to share, or just come and enjoy hot dogs, special "Crescent Hill recipe" chili, s'mores, ghost stories, and mingling with fellow neighbors. Costumes are welcome!
October 23, 6 – 8 p.m.
Peterson-Dumesnil House
301 S. Peterson Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Moonshine & Madness II at the Galt House
Start with some “spirits” at Haymarket Whiskey Bar where you can enjoy a specialty Mint Julep inspired cocktail then head to Eastern Cemetery in the Highlands where you’ll learn Louisville’s haunted history, spooky sites, and tales from beyond with our paranormal historian. Conclude with a trip to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Park, which features a ¼ walking trail with over 5,000 illuminated carved pumpkins.
October 23, 7 - 10:30 p.m.
Galt House
140 N. 4th Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202


• Friday •


Run Like Hell 5K for Cystic Fibrosis
More than just a run, the RUN LIKE HELL, is a unique 5K run, walk or crawl with participants dressed in costumes to raise funds for cystic fibrosis. All paid participants will receive a "blood" red technical race shirt and at the conclusion of the race all participants are invited to an after-party at Sully's Saloon, located at Fourth Street Live!
October 24, 6 – 11 p.m.
Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park
20 River Road
Louisville, KY 40202
$35 early fee, $40 day of event

Literally, a Haunted House at Culbertson Mansion
30 years and still Haunting! Since 1985, the volunteers and staff at the Culbertson Mansion have been scaring the bejeezus out of Kentuckiana with Literally, a Haunted House, which raises money for the restoration of the historic Culbertson Mansion. In seasons past the House has been inhabited by deranged dentists, paranormal entities, undead monstrosities, evil cults and a dark carnival. In honor of our 30th year, we pay tribute to some of the best scenes and horrors from our past, a 'Greatest Hits' so to speak. Be prepared to encounter fan favorites from the past, plus several new, dark twists...
October 24, 7 – 11 p.m.
Culbertson Mansion
914 E Main Street
New Albany, Indiana 47150

Frankie Ballard at Mercury Ballroom
Country music singer/songwriter Frankie Ballard is riding high thanks to his immediate classic Helluva Life, which scaled Billboard’s country airplay chart earlier this year. Ballard, 31, has followed up "Helluva Life" with a summertime smash "Sunshine & Whiskey,"  the title track to his hit sophomore album. “My bread and butter is playing live,” Ballard says. “I’m always trying to push myself to the next level with my stage performance.”
October 24, 8 – 11 p.m.
Mercury Ballroom
611 S 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
$20 in advance; $22.50 day of show


• Saturday •


18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove
You are invited to join Locust Grove and the Illinois Regiment of Virginia as they bring the spirit of the past alive with the Market Fair. Participate in 18th century style entertainment, purchase replicas of 18th century military and household items, enjoy food and drink, and meet and converse with early Americans. Mock battles for our country’s independence feature General George Rogers Clark’s own militia, the Illinois regiment, as well as British Dragoons and Marines, and German Hessians. Native Americans will be present as well - whose side will they be on this year?
October 25, 10 - 4:30 p.m.
Locust Grove
561 Blankenbaker Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
Adults $8, Children $4

Halloween in Brown Park
Come get your spook on at Brown Park! We'll be playing games, grooving to the music and passing out candy to the kiddos. Over 2,000 children attended in 2013 and we are looking for another record breaking crowd this year! Join the jam packed three hours of fun your family can have. The St. Matthews Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of St. Matthews are offering games, hayrides, a petting zoo, a fire truck, inflatables, entertainment, trick-or-treating, plus a whole lot more. Family’s will walk along the paths through the “haunted forest” collecting goodies from area businesses who will be set up along the way, awaiting the little “ghosts and goblins” with treats and surprises.
October 25, 11 – 2 p.m.
Brown Park
3940 Grandview Avenue
St. Matthews, KY 40207

11th Annual Bardstown Bound Boo Fest
Schlafly Beer, Bardstown Road, Baxter Avenue and The Douglass Loop celebrate Halloween in the Highlands! The Highlands shops, restaurants and bars open their doors and sidewalks for yet another scary event of shopping, sampling savings and drinking good beer on our city’s favorite strip. Schlafly Beer is happy to host its 11th year of bringing the BOO to the Bound!
October 25, 2 – 6 p.m.
Baxter Avenue, Bardstown Road, and The Douglass Loop
1285 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204

Fried Chicken Throw Down at ReSurfaced
The Fried Chicken Throw Down will be the closing event at ReSurfaced, concluding a six-week run of activities since the pop-up plaza was initiated on September 19th. This culinary competition will award cash prizes of $500 to the Best Chicken and $500 to the Best Side, and the winners will be selected by ballot voting among the attendees.
October 25, 3 – 6 p.m.
621 W Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Free, Tastes sold for $3 for chicken and $2 for sides

The 9th Annual Spirit Ball
This lavish masquerade event is held in one of the city’s most opulent mansions, the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum – right in the heart of Old Louisville, the nation’s most haunted neighborhood. This year in honor of the 100th birthday of the Belle of Louisville, the theme of the 9th Annual Spirit Ball shall be “Celebrating the Spirits of the Belle.” Beginning at 7 p.m., Spirit Ball ticket holders will enjoy gourmet cuisine, music, silent and live auctions, expertly mixed cocktails and a fabulous costume contest before hitting the after party at 9:30. After Party ticket holders will dance the night away from 9:30-12:30 with entertainment by Sheryl Rouse Crawford, cocktails and light Hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds go to the upkeep and preservation of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum.
October 25, 7 -12:30 a.m.
The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
1402 Saint James Court
Louisville, KY 40208
Spirit Ball & After Party $150, After Party Only $50 


• Sunday •


To Sir With Love
To celebrate Paul McCartney’s first ever visit to Louisville, Abbey Road on the River will host a 3-day tribute festival in his honor from October 24-26, 2014. The event will be held at the Belvedere Festival Park and Galt House Hotel and feature panel discussions and performances by three of Paul’s former Wings band members - Denny Laine, Laurence Juber and Steve Holley, as well as Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer Terry Sylvester of The Hollies and many other bands.
October 24 – 26 All Day
Belvedere Festival Park and the Galt House Hotel
140 N. 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Ticket prices vary

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society’s non-competitive 5K walk is an inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, create awareness about early detection and prevention, and raise funds for lifesaving research and free support programs. Registration starts at 10 a.m. for both the 1 p.m. walk and Humana's 11:15 a.m. attempt at Waterfront Park to break the Guinness World Record for world’s largest human awareness ribbon.
October 26, 1 - 4 p.m.
Waterfront Park
129 E River Road
Louisville, KY 40202

Annual Fright Light Party
Fiendish family fun abounds at our annual Fright Light Halloween Party. Activities and treats for the kids and our fan favorite Fright Light Laser Music Show for kids of all ages make this a ghoulishly good time.
October 26, 1 - 5:30 p.m.
Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium
University of Louisville, Belknap Campus
Louisville, KY 40292

Fall Bridal Show at the Pepin Mansion
You're invited to a bridal show at the historic Pepin Mansion in New Albany! Join some of Kentuckiana's premier wedding vendors for an afternoon of fun!
October 26, 2 - 4 p.m.
The Pepin Mannsion
1003 W. Main St. 
New Albany, IN 47105
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