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    1.   St. James Court Art Show

    Photo credit: St. James Court Art Show: Gabrielle Hoffman
    Six words form the question that is all a buzz this week around Louisville. Are you going to St. James? Well are you? It's this weekend, Louisville!
    October 2-4
    Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. -6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Historic Old Louisville, south of Central Park on St. James and Belgravia Courts and adjacent blocks of Third and Fourth Streets

    Photo credit: Erin Nevitt

    2.   Where to find corn mazes and hayrides around Kentuckiana
    Getting lost in a corn maze is the iconic autumn must-do thing to check off your bucket list. Find one from this list and get lost!

    The Fun Farm
    2690 Breckenridge Rd NE
    Corydon, IN 47112
    (812) 952-3580

    Happy Halloween Weekends at Holiday World
    Now through October 31
    452 East Christmas Boulevard
    Santa Claus, IN 47579


    Haunted Hike at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
    RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER! Sunday, October 4, 3p.m. to 9 p.m.
    12501 Harmony Landing Rd
    Goshen, Kentucky
    (502) 228-4362
     

    Many of the sites listed in the third listing also have hay rides and corn mazes, see below.

    Photo credit: Mulberry Orchard, Facebook


    3.   Where to find pumpkin patches around Kentuckiana
    Pick a pumpkin, any pumpkin! It's time to head to the area pumpkin patches!
     

    Deere Farms
    1565 St Johns Church Rd NE
    Lanesville, IN 47136
    (812) 952-1629

    Foxhollow Farm
    8905 KY-329
    Crestwood, KY 40014

    Gallrein Farm
    1029 Vigo Rd
    Shelbyville, KY 40065
    (502) 633-4849

    Joe Huber's Family Farm
    2421 Engle Rd
    Starlight, IN 47106
    (812) 923-5255

    Morgan's Run
    537 Dawkins Ln
    Smithfield, KY 40068
    (502) 743-0300

    Mulberry Orchard
    1330 Mulberry Pike
    Shelbyville, KY 40065
    (502) 655-2633

    Shady Lane Farm
    340 CE Smith Ln
    Shepherdsville, Kentucky
    (502) 599-3024
     

    Slow Poke Farm
    8910 Cedar Grove Rd
    Shepherdsville, KY 40165
    (502) 921-9632

    Sunny Acres Farm
    6516 Echo Trail
    Louisville, KY 40299
    (502) 727-9536

    Photo credit: Bernheim Forest, Facebook


    4.   Where to go for the best autumn hike around Kentuckiana and throughout Kentucky
    Take this list with you and venture off through the great Bluegrass state!

    Daniel Boone National Forest

    Red River Gorge

    Bernheim Forest

    Jefferson Memorial Forest

    The Parklands of Floyds Fork

    Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

    Blackacre Nature Preserve

    Mammoth Cave National Park

    Salato Wildlife Education Center

     

     

    Photo credit: Louisville Zoo, Facebook


    5.   Head to the Louisville Zoo for fall fun
    The Louisville Zoo is actually one of my favorite places to head in the fall and early winter. Most people think of flocking to the zoo in the summer, but I like lesser crowds and more active animals! The zoo has something for everyone, and is gearing up for their huge annual Halloween event this October.

    World's Largest Halloween Party - for 17 nights in October
    Runs October 2-4, October 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-30
    Prices vary depending on membership; click here for all the details

    Photo credit: Louisville Jack O'Lantern Spectacular, Facebook


    6.   Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Louisville
    My family has attended this Halloween/fall event since its inception in Louisville and it is truly "spectacular." Head to Iroquois Park starting October 8 for a magical night of pumpkin lights and dark lined paths.
    October 8-November 1
    Thursdays-Sundays, dusk to 11 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays dusk to midnight
    Iroquois Park
    5216 New Cut Road (Taylor Boulevard and Southern Parkway)

    Photo credit: Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Facebook


    7.   Waverly Hills Sanatorium
    4400 Paralee Dr
    Louisville, Kentucky
    (502) 933-2142
    This is another one of those places in Louisville that screams with horror and hauntings and everything eerie for the Halloween season. They offer haunted tours on Friday and Saturday nights now through the end of October. Rumor has it that this historic site in Louisville will be turned into a hotel some day! According to the Facebook page:

    Gate opens at 7:30pm and closes at midnight every Friday and Saturday night through October.
    Tickets are $20 sold at the door
    VIP tickets are $60 and includes the Mini Tour of the upper floors and a "Fast Pass" drop into the Haunted House! Limited quantity sold nightly on a first come first served basis!
    Parking is $5 per carload.
    ALL SALES ARE CASH ONLY!
    No cameras (including cell phone), No flashlights, no hand held objects permitted

    Photo credit: Sunny Side of Louisville, Facebook


    8.   What to do in Southern Indiana this fall

    When we think fall in Louisville, we almost always associate it with the sunny side of Louisville and of course, Huber's. You can also head to many other spots along the river north of Louisville. Check out Madison, Indiana, Hidden Hill in Utica, Huber's Orchard and Winery, hike at Mount St. Francis in Floyds Knobs, walk the Big 4 Bridge to Jeffersonville and/or head to the Falls of the Ohio for an afternoon. See this list for ideas when visiting southern Indiana.

    Photo credit: Erin Nevitt


    9.   University of Louisville Homecoming Week

    The University of Louisville Alumni Association invites the public to attend the 2015 Homecoming Parade, which will be held on Friday, October 23 at 6 p.m. This year's theme is Every Day is Game Day, and it is a family-friendly parade. See the UofL Alumni page for a full calendar of Homecoming events.

    Photo credit: Louheroes.org


    10.  Hit the Bourbon Trails or the new Lou's Brews Trail-perfect combinations of local drinks and crisp, cool walks

    Fall is a superb time of year for walking, and what better way than to head out on one of many Bourbon trails around the area, or take a tour of a distillery. Don't forget about the new  Lou's Brews Trail, featuring Louisville's own local craft beer breweries and tap houses. See Louisville.com's Bourbon links for all there is to know about bourbon!

    Be sure to check out the remainder of these top 10 fall festivals around Louisville and Kentuckiana!


    Cover photo courtesy of funtober.com; others credited within article
     

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    About Erin Nevitt

    Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!

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