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    WorldFest 2016

    WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 14th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education this Labor Day weekend.

    "Cities that embrace and encourage their international citizens and cultures will thrive, have a stronger quality of life and will attract new growth and jobs,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. 'WorldFest is a great event for exploring and celebrating Louisville’s many faces and cultures and we always look to make it more vibrant, diverse and educational. So, it’s exciting to add many new features and attractions for the 14th Annual WorldFest.”

    When: September 2-4, 11am - 11pm; September 5, 11am - 7pm
    Where: The Belvedere at Waterfront Park
    Website: WorldFest 2016
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    Friday

    PRFBBQ Rock and Roll Rager 

    The PRFBBQ is happening this week in Louisville! It will take place over four days, from September 1-4, at three different venues with over 60 bands. On Friday, it's the Rock and Roll Rager at Mag Bar! Get ready for a non-stop rush of intense and in-your-face noise rock, sludge, stoner rock and thrash punk from all over the mid-west. For info on the other days, check out the website below.

    When: September 2, 5pm
    Where: Mag Bar, 1398 S. Second St.
    Website: PRFBBQ
    Cost: $10
     

    The Flea Off Market

    Home to over 200 artists, craftspeople, collectors, start-ups and local businesses of all kinds, The Flea is one of Louisville's favorite places to shop local. Flea patrons can expect to find used books, records, fine arts and crafts, antiques, jewelry, vintage clothing, bath and body products, candles, furniture and homewares, used tools, terrariums, fresh-cut flowers, organic produce and meat, bicycles, tarot readings...there's kinda everything under the sun. We also offer a great lineup of food and entertainment including live theater, live music, dozens of food trucks, and a bar with seasonal cocktails and a selection of local craft beers.

    When: September 2, 4pm - 8pm; September 3, 11am - 8pm; September 4, 11am - 5pm
    Where: 1007 E. Jefferson St.
    Website: Flea Off Market
    Cost: Free to attend
     

    Royals Hot Chicken Presents Springbreak on the Patio

    Springbreak Forever invades the patio at Royals Hot Chicken during the Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop! Specials include: $2 Hamms Beers, $5 8oz Slushies and $15 Bottles of Prosecco

    When: September 2, 9pm - 2am
    Where: Royals Hot Chicken, 736 E. Market St.
    Website: Springbreak on the Patio
    Cost: Free to attend
     

    Who Me? Fresh Art by Tad DeSanto Opening Reception at Craft[s] Gallery

    Join us this weekend for the opening reception for a new exhibit at Craft[s] Gallery, Who Me? Fresh Art by Tad DeSanto. DeSanto uses oil sticks and his fingers to paint on wood or Masonite, often including a variety of other materials. HIs work has been received with enthusiasm and is open to an array of interpretations. His work will be on display from September 2-29.

    When: September 2, 6pm - 10pm
    Where: Craft[s] Gallery, 572 S. Fourth St.
    Website: Who Me? Fresh Art by Tad DeSanto
    Cost: Free to attend
     

    Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Play at Zanzabar

    Like usual, Z-bar has some exciting live shows this weekend. Come out on Friday to see Nashville rock and roll band Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown perform, along with Johnny Conquerro and Otis. 

    When: September 2, 8pm
    Where: Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St.
    Website: Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
    Cost: $12+
     

    Days of the Dead

    This gothic by-the-fans, for-the-fans convention is coming to Louisville! Days of the Dead rejects the idea of an impersonal, autograph-fueled convention and instead invites like-minded friends and fans to this welcoming 'social gathering.' Full of special events, horror-themed parties and several of the hottest celebrity guests and artists, Days of the Dead promises to be the gothic horror convention you've always wanted.

    When: September 2, 5pm
    Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane
    Website: Days of the Dead - Louisville
    Cost: $25+
     

    JD Shelburne Plays at Baxter's 942

    One of our most talented local musicians is playing at Baxter's! At age 19, Taylorsville-native JD Shelburne taught himself how to play guitar and sing, and now he's one of Kentucky's fastest-rising country stars. He's performed with over 40 national acts and at venues like the Yum! Center, Freedom Hall and Churchill Downs. But this Friday, the show is free, so make sure you don't miss this chance!

    When: September 2, 8pm
    Where: Baxter's 942, 942 Baxter Ave.
    Website: JD Shelburne
    Cost: Free to attend
     

    Louisville Women's Volleyball vs. Santa Clara

    Come out to cheer on the Cardinals this Friday as our women's volleyball team takes on Santa Clara. Go Cards!

    When: September 2, 7:30pm
    Where: KFC Yum! Center, 1 Arena Plaza
    Website: Women's Volleyball Tickets
    Cost: $8
     

    Andy Woodhull at Comedy Caravan

    Andy Woodhull was the first comedian to make his network television debut on the Tonight Show: Starring Jimmy Fallon. Since then, he's appeared on other network shows and at comedy festivals and contests across the country, and his album "Lucy" was named in the top 10 comedy albums of the year. Come out to see him perform at the Laughing Derby.

    When: September 2, 7:15pm and 9pm
    Where: The Laughing Derby at Comedy Caravan, 1250 Bardstown Road
    Website: Andy Woodhull
    Cost: $15
     

    Grind Burger Kitchen Presents Barks 'n' Burgers

    Join us with your favorite four-legged friend for our final Dog Party on the Patio of the summer! Sponsored by Copper & Kings, this event will benefit the Arrow Fund, a program dedicated to fighting animal cruelty. Copper & Kings will be donating a dollar for every cocktail sold and Grind will be matching it. Come hang out with the neighborhood's best pups, play giant Jenga, Connect Four, and Corn Hole and enjoy your favorite burger paired with our neighbor Copper & Kings' cocktails!

    When: September 2, 5pm -10pm
    Where: Grind Burger Kitchen, 829 E. Market St.
    Website: Barks 'n' Burgers
    Cost: Free to attend

     

    Saturday

    DeaFestival 2016

    DeaFestival is the state’s only day-long celebration of deaf and hard of hearing art, language and culture. More than 50 visual and performing artists will combine to make DeaFestival 2016 a community, family-friendly day to remember. “You’ve Always Had the Power Within You” is the theme of the 12th biennial Festival, hosted by the Knowledge Center on Deafness and the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for the past 20 years. The theme will be woven through the three performance programs beginning with the Children’s Program, featuring interactive storytelling, followed by Spotlights, a showcase for theatrical performers, dancers and comedians. Jam Tent will round out the day with the top deaf and hard of hearing hip hop and rock ‘n’ roll musicians in the nation.

    When: September 3, 9:30am - 9pm
    Where: The Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St.
    Website: DeaFestival 2016
    Cost: Free to attend
     

    Fleur de Flea

    Louisville's finest outdoor vintage urban market. Located on the Waterfront Plaza with the scenic Ohio River in the background, locals and tourists who visit will be glad they did. Over 150 vendors from all over Kentuckiana are selling their unique goods, including vintage clothing, books, records, primitives, antiques, repurposed, recycled, collectibles and so much more. You never know what you might find at the Fleur de Flea! This is the last one until spring of 2017, so don't miss out!

    When: September 3, 2pm - 6pm
    Where: Waterfront Park Festival Plaza, 231 Witherspoon St.
    Website: Fleur de Flea
    Cost: Free to attend


    Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience

    For years, this is how Louisville has celebrated the last days of summer. Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience will again feature all of your favorites – 2 days of incredible live bluegrass music from musicians across the country, barbecue, a craft vendor tent, plus the chance to enjoy some of the area’s most popular bourbons – and even taste a few of the unique craft bourbons that help make Kentucky the bourbon capital of the world. There’s no better place to toast summer good-bye than the Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience. We can’t wait to see you there! 

    When: September 3-4, 4pm - 11pm
    Where: Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road
    Website: Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience
    Cost: $13-$17; $20 for a two-day pass
     

    Pollywog Play Parties: Behaving Like Bugs and Bees

    Float like a butterfly, buzz like a bee – this pollywog bunch is a sight to see! Early learners will explore the amazing life of insects and their relatives by meeting live critters, going on an insect safari, dressing like a bug, and much more. Pollywog Play Parties offers a unique learning experience for children under the age of 5 to connect with nature. Each play party includes a song and story circle, outdoor exploration, and various art projects, science investigations,role-playing challenges and opportunities for play.

    When: September 3, 10:30am - 12pm
    Where: Bernheim Forest, 2499 Clermont Road, Clermont, KY 40110
    Website: Pollywog Play Parties
    Cost: $10-$15 per child

     

    Improv Anonymous: Do or Do Not

    Got the back-to-school blues? Cheer up at the Bard's Town with a little comedy made up right on the spot by Improv Anonymous! These guys are hilarious professional improvs...at least as far as we're concerned.

    When: September 3, 11:30pm - 1:30am
    Where: The Bard's Town, 1801 Bardstown Road
    Website: Improv Anonymous
    Cost: $5
     

    Belle of Louisville Moonlight/Moonshine Cruise

    Sponsored by Kentucky Peerless Lucky Moonshine, if you're ready for a late night party on the river, this is the cruise for you! The historic steamboat Belle of Louisville is just the place to be for this moonlight trip on the Ohio River. Get ready for a moonshine tasting during the cruise! The concession stand and bar will be open for your convenience, and a DJ will provide music. It's all open seating, so bring on your friends and make it a frisky night of fun! Call for information or to make a reservation (reservations recommended), or purchase tickets online.

    When: September 3, 9pm - 11pm
    Where: Belle of Louisville, 401 W. River Road
    Website: Belle of Louisville
    Cost: $20
     

    Ed Monk, Kyowa and Waterfall Wash Play at Kaiju

    Louisville native band Ed Monk is playing at Kaiju! They'll be joined with Kyowa and Waterfall Wash, so be sure not to miss it!

    When: September 3, 9pm
    Where: Kaiju, 1004 E. Oak St.
    Website: Ed Monk
    Cost: $5
     

    Actors Theatre Presents The 39 Steps

    Four brilliant comic actors. Dozens of characters. One thrilling, hilarious noir adventure. Inspired by Hitchcock’s iconic film and the classic spy novel, this Broadway hit plunges you into the world of Richard Hannay, an ordinary man forced to go on the run after aiding a mysterious woman. From the shadowy streets of 1930s London to the wild moors of Scotland and beyond, The 39 Steps traces Richard’s madcap quest to keep government secrets out of the wrong hands. The show runs through September 18.

    When: September 3, 4pm - 6pm
    Where: Actors Theatre, 316 W. Main St.
    Website: The 39 Steps
    Cost: $25+

     

    Sunday

    Old Louisville Live: The NouLou Chamber Players

    Old Louisville Neighborhood Council is proud to announce Old Louisville Live, a new performing arts series coming to Central Park. Powered by the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, Old Louisville Live will take place at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater this Sunday, featuring the NouLou Chamber Players, an exciting new ensemble bringing together Louisville’s elite classical musicians to provide exceptional music making.

    When: September 4, 3pm - 5pm
    Where: Central Park, Fourth and Magnolia
    Website: Old Louisville Live
    Cost: Free
     

    Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Presents: An Explosion of Jazz and Soul

    The Soul Lounge brings you their Labor Day special to close out their summer concerts. Anthony David and Algebra Blessett will perform live, bringing you smooth and electric sounds of soul.

    When: September 4, 5pm
    Where: KCAAH, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.
    Website: Soul Lounge
    Cost: $75
     

    Kentucky Flea Market Labor Day Spectacular

    One of the biggest flea market events in Louisville! There will be over 1,000 booths set up, with a special selection of antiques. We've heard there will be over 25,000 shoppers in attendance, and you don't want to be one to miss out on this  once-a-year event!

    When: September 4, 10am - 5pm
    Where: Kentucky Expo Center, 937 Phillips Lane
    Website: Flea Market Spectacular
    Cost: Free
     

    Bats vs. Indians

    Root for your favorite baseball team as they take on the Indianapolis Indians this Sunday!

    When: September 4, 6pm
    Where: Slugger Field, 401 E. Main St.
    Website: Bats vs. Indians
    Cost: $13+
     

    2nd Annual Island Escape Reggae Party at Grady's Bar & Grill

    What better way to send summer off with a bang? Come by Grady's to join in on the fun as the 2nd Annual Island Escape Reggae Party takes off. There will be several DJs collaborating to bring down the house, hosted by OneSwagg.

    When: September 4, 6pm - 12am
    Where: Grady's Bar & Grill, 414 W. Oak St.
    Website: Island Escape Party
    Cost: $10
     

    The Bard's Town Presents Louisville Gypsy Jazz

    One of the Sunday staples at the Bard's Town, the Gypsy Jazz Jam Session is free and a whole lot of fun! 

    When: September 4, 5:30pm
    Where: The Bard's Town, 1801 Bardstown Road
    Website: Gypsy Jazz
    Cost: Free

     

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