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    Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest

    the 45th annual U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race will come together with the 25th annual U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow and other events to create the U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest. Taking place the weekend before the Kentucky Derby, these five events attract tens of thousands of spectators to the Kentucky Exposition Center and other locations
    throughout Greater Louisville.

    When: April 28-29
    Where: Bowman Field & KY Expo Center
    Website: Great BalloonFest

    Cost: See website
     

    Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: Soul2Soul World Tour | KFC Yum! Center

    Grammy award-winning superstars, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, announced their “Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017” kicking off in New Orleans in April. The 65-city tour celebrates the 10th anniversary of the record-breaking “Soul2Soul II” tour, the highest-grossing country music tour of all time, and the first time Faith Hill has toured since 2007. The tour will make a stop at the KFC Yum! Center on Friday!

    When: April 28, 7:30 p.m.
    Where: KFC YUM! Center, 1 Arena Plaza
    Website: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

    Cost: $40+
     

    Opening Reception for Rupert Vandervell Exhibit | First Light Gallery

    Just a week after their grand opening, First Light is excited to present the opening reception for their first exhibit, Rupert Vandervell's "Man on Earth" Series, in which he seeks to "imagine what it might be like to be the last man on earth."

    When: April 28, 4-9 p.m.
    Where: First Light Gallery, 1009 E. Main St.
    Website: First Light Gallery
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    Neigh-Maste | Waterfront Park

    Head to Waterfront Park to relax and recharge at Neigh-Maste as part of Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville! This is an all-level yoga class open to all ages and fitness levels. This event offers participants the opportunity to kick-off the Derby Festival season in a fun, healthy way. Certified instructors from 502 Power Yoga, Betsy’s Studios and Buti Yoga will lead the class on the Great Lawn inside of Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville.
    Stay and enjoy lunch after the event.

    When: April 28, noon-2 p.m.
    Where: Waterfront Park, 1 River Road
    Website: Neigh-Maste
    Cost: Free with 2017 Pegasus Pin

     

    Festival of American Music II: All Concertos | The Kentucky Center

    Two world-premiere compositions are center-stage for the Festival of American Music II. Teddy Abrams offers his new composition, Muhammad Ali Portrait, a work inspired by Ali as a symbol of hope and a catalyst for positive change. And then the Louisville Concerto II brings together 4 Louisville-based musicians to collaborate and
    create a multi-dimensional new work.

    When: April 28, 11 a.m. & April 29, 8 p.m.
    Where: The Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St.
    Website: Festival of American Music II
    Cost: $20+

     

    Running Wild Pasta Party | KY Expo Center

    Carb up before the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon! A ticket to the Running Wild Pasta Party includes a buffet-style pasta dinner with bread and salad, dessert and a complimentary drink.
     
    When: April 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
    Where: Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane
    Website: Running Wild Pasta Party
    Cost: $20

     

    Shakespeare in the Parks Tour: Julius Caesar

    Founded in 1949, Kentucky Shakespeare — a not-for-profit, charitable organization and professional theatre — is the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States. For their Shakespeare in the Parks tour, Kentucky Shakespeare will be performing the ever-popular Julius Caesar in various parks around Louisville throughout April and May. They'll be performing at four different parks over three days this weekend.
    Check the website for details.

    When: April 28-30, times vary
    Where: See website
    Website: KY Shakespeare
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    How To Be A Transgender & Queer Advocate/Ally | YMCA Safe Place

    This Friday, Louisville Trans Men and Louisville Youth Group present "How to be a Transgender & Queer Advocate/Ally," an evening for transgender and genderqueer people and cisgender allies to discuss advocacy and allyship. They'll begin by screening "Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric," followed by a discussion by five diverse transgender and genderqueer panelists. This free event is open to all ages. Light refreshment will be served.

    When: April 28, 6-9 p.m.
    Where: YMCA Safe Place, 2400 Crittenden Drive
    Website: YMCA Sace Place
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    Old Louisville Live: The Louisville Crashers | Central Park

    This Friday, The Louisville Crashers will rock Central Park. The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council is proud to announce the return of Old Louisville LIVE, a free performing arts series in Central Park. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

    When: April 28, 7-10 p.m.
    Where: Central Park, Fourth & Magnolia
    Website: Old Louisville Live
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    KDF's Fest-a-ville Waterfront Jam Series: Daya

    The Kentucky Derby Festival's Waterfront Jam returns this year at Kroger's Fest-a-ville! The concert series includes over 30 local and regional bands and 7 national concerts on two stages. This Friday, they're excited to present Daya! Her distinct vocals are climbing the charts after she released her highly anticipated gold-certified full length debut album.

    When: April 28, 9-11 p.m.
    Where: Great Lawn at Waterfront Park
    Website: Waterfront Jam Series
    Cost: Free with a 2017 Pegasus Pin

     

    SATURDAY

    Pig & Swig at Fourth Street Live!

    Get ready for a taste of Kentucky! Pig & Swig will return for its second year, with dozens of local and regional craft beers and bourbons, smoked meats, vendors and live music. This free event is perfect for a Saturday afternoon and evening with friends and family. The festival starts at 1 p.m. with local bands playing all day. Performances include local favorites Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, The Killer Lips and Gas Money. The event will showcase over 30 craft beers, and over 30 bourbons will be available for tastings. Tickets are not required to enter, but you can buy food and drink tickets to enjoy everything that Pig & Swig has to offer.  

    When: Saturday, April 29, 1 p.m.
    Where: Fourth Street Live, 400 S. Fourth St.
    Website: Pig & Swig
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    2017 KDF Maration and miniMaration

    2017 will mark the 44th year for the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and 16th year for the Marathon! Runners from all 50 states and several foreign countries annually complete our scenic road race that finishes in downtown Louisville. The miniMarathon now attracts more than 15,000 entrants each year and is ranked among the nation's top 50 races by USA Track and Field. Over 3,000 participate annually in the Marathon.

    When: April 29, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Where: Start Line at Main St. and Brook St.
    Website: Marathon & miniMarathon
    Cost: $95+ for Marathon; $85+ for miniMarathon

    Spring 2017 Schnitzelburg Walk

    It's time for the Spring Schnitzelburg Walk! This year, check out these events throughout the Schnitzelburg neighborhood:

    Check's: Live Music featuring Moondance
    Monnik Beer Co: Live music starting at 5 pm featuring Parlour, Twenty First Century Fox, Satellite Twin, Freddie Was A Boxer, The Feedback & Of Asaph
    Four Pegs: Live music by Casey Powell Music
    Goss Ave Pub: Night Market featuring circus performers and live music by Artemisia
    Lydia House: Live music by Dead Room Cult and Friends
    Finn's: Live music, a spring Southern Buffet with a pig roast and drink specials all night

    When: April 29, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
    Where: Schnitzelburg Neighborhood
    Website: Spring Schnitzelburg Walk
    Cost: Free to attend
     

    International Bazaar | Muslim Community Center

    Everyone is invited to the International Bazaar at the Muslim Community Center of Louisville! The bazaar, with a selection of vendors both local and out-of-state, will span from noon to 6pm both days. The bazaar will have a wide selection of products and displays including henna/mehndi, ceramics, calligraphy, clothing and home decor. There will also be traditional dance sessions, music and artists at work. This event is child-friendly, with plenty of entertainment and activities!

    When: April 29-30, noon-6 p.m.
    Where: Muslim Community Center of Louisville, 8215 Old Westport Road
    Website: International Bazaar
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    Ken-Ducky Derby 2017 | Waterfront Park

    Get ready for one of the most exciting events in Louisville! It's time for the 14th Annual Ken-Ducky Derby, 30,000 rubber ducks are dropped into the Ohio River! Cheer your duck to victory as they race to the finish line. One lucky duck will win a brand new Ford F150 truck provided by Swope Family of Dealerships. 2nd and 3rd place ducks will walk away with cash prizes. And every duck in the race has the chance to win one million dollars! All duck purchases benefit individuals with disabilities at Harbor House of Louisville. 

    When: April 29, 4-8 p.m.
    Where: Waterfront Park, 1 River Road
    Website: Ken-Ducky Derby
    Cost: 2017 Pegasus Pin admission

     

    Derby Cocktail Party | Bowman Field

    The 2nd Annual Jill’s Wish Derby Cocktail Party Committee and Friends invite you to honor and celebrate Jill Conley while dancing the night away and supporting those battling with breast cancer! This year’s party with a purpose welcomes the locally and nationally loved “America’s Got Talent” stars – Linkin’ Bridge! Linkin’ Bridge will get the groove going, and then Thumper and the Plaid Rabbits will keep the party pumpin' till midnight. Nibbles will be provided by Captain Quarters and Pepperwood Catering, and drinks by Brown Forman and Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey.

    When: April 29, 6 p.m.-midnight
    Where: Bowman Field - Hangar 7, 2700 Gast Blvd.
    Website: Derby Cocktail Party
    Cost: $65 in advance; $75 at the door

     

    KDF's Fest-a-ville Waterfront Jam Series: Hunter Hayes

    The Kentucky Derby Festival's Waterfront Jam returns this year at Kroger's Fest-a-ville! The concert series includes over 30 local and regional bands and 7 national concerts on two stages. This Friday, they're excited to present Hunter Hayes! Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, and five time Grammy Nominee, Hunter Hayes has taken country music by storm. Opening the show is Kentucky native, Carly Pearce, who is sure to wow the crowd with her own style of contemporary country and bluegrass music.

    When: April 29, 8-10 p.m.
    Where: Great Lawn at Waterfront Park
    Website: Waterfront Jam Series
    Cost: Free with a 2017 Pegasus Pin

     

    Da’Ville Classic Drum Line Showcase | Louisville Palace

    The Da’Ville Classic Drum Line Showcase is comprised of community and high school drum lines from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. New this year, this event has expanded to include a College Fair and Greek Step Show.

    When: April 29, 2 p.m.
    Where: Louisville Palace, 625 S. Fourth St.
    Website: Da'Ville Classic Drum Line Showcase
    Cost: $10

     

    TheSlice: Spice, Style & Soul | KCAAH

    Getting its start as a modest festival preparing the city for the upcoming Kentucky Derby, TheSlice has grown  to be the premiere event in west Louisville. The one-day food festival serves up more than exceptional menu items from chefs and caterers throughout the metropolitan area. It offers tastes of southern cuisine as well as the influences of the city’s melting pot. To compliment your pallet, a variety of wines are also served. Another great attraction is the great live jazz, blues and R&B entertainment – all encapsulated in a unique and elegant atmosphere.

    When: April 29, 6-9 p.m.
    Where: Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.
    Website: TheSlice
    Cost: $65 in advance; $75 day of

     

    SUNDAY

    KDF's Tour de Lou

    The Kentucky Derby Festival is partnering with the Louisville Bicycle Club to produce PNC Tour de Lou, scheduled for this Sunday. The Tour de Lou route will be an open course, which will start and finish at Waterfront Park near Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. The course highlights include an Olmsted Park Tour, including Shawnee, Chickasaw, Wayside, Iroquois and Cherokee parks.  Cyclists will also travel through all areas of the city from Downtown and Churchill Downs to the South End and Highlands.

    When: April 30, 8:30 a.m.
    Where: Throughout Louisville
    Website: Tour de Lou
    Cost: See website

     

    Children's Tea with the KDF Queen & Princess | Crowne Plaza Hotel

    Now in its 10th year on the Kentucky Derby Festival schedule, the Fillies Children’s Tea with the Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses will be held this Sunday. Children are encouraged to dress like a prince or princess for this social event with the members of the Derby Festival’s 2017 Royal Court.

    When: April 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane
    Website: Children's Tea with KDF Queen & Princess
    Cost: $35

     

    Mayor's Derby Brunch on the River | Farnsley-Moremen Landing

    Come out and enjoy a festive brunch featuring a traditional Kentucky breakfast, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and tours of the Farnsley-Moremen property, including the newly renovated Moremen Family Chapel.

    When: April 30, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Where: Riverside the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, 7410 Moorman Road
    Website: Mayor's Derby Brunch
    Cost: $80 for an individual; $600 for a table of 8

     

    Community Celebration: Southern Accent Opening | Speed Art Museum

    Join the Speed Art Museum for a community celebration marking the opening of "Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art." The national exhibition explores the complexities and rich cultural legacies of the American South. The opening celebration will be free for all visitors and feature art-making activities, music, film and much more.

    When: April 30, noon-5 p.m.
    Where: Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St.
    Website: Southern Accent Opening
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    Louisville Youth Orchestra | Iroquois Amphitheater

    This is the seventh year for the Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert to be part of the Derby Festival’s main event schedule. The concert features nine Louisville Youth Orchestra ensembles and will be held this Sunday, April 30, at Iroquois Amphitheater. Admission is free with a 2017 Pegasus Pin. The beautiful setting in Iroquois Park will offer music lovers a scenic and relaxing venue for this popular concert.

    When: April 30, 4-6 p.m.
    Where: Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road
    Website: Louisville  Youth Orchestra
    Cost: Free with 2017 Pegasus Pin
     

    KDF's Fest-a-ville Waterfront Jam Series: Sidewalk Prophets

    The Kentucky Derby Festival's Waterfront Jam returns this year at Kroger's Fest-a-ville! The concert series includes over 30 local and regional bands and 7 national concerts on two stages. This Friday, they're excited to present Sidewalk Prophets! 2010 Dove Award winner for New Artist of the Year, Contemporary Christian band Sidewalk Prophets will bring their energetic live-performance to the Great Stage with singles from their latest album. John Tibbs and Hannah Kerr will open the show.

    When: April 30, 5-8 p.m.
    Where: Great Lawn at Waterfront Park
    Website: Waterfront Jam Series
    Cost: Free with a 2017 Pegasus Pin

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