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    Quick, delete your Monday morning alarm. It's the start of a three-day weekend and the unofficial kickoff to summer in Louisville: there's tons of stuff to do and places to go! If you'd like a list like this delivered to your inbox every single week, subscribe to Louisville.com's Weekender here! 
     
     
    Hot Sünner Nights | Gralegarten
    Treat yourself to the real taste of Cologne (Köln), Germany in Louisville. Sünner, the first brewer of Kölsch will be served in authentic Kölsch Kranz serving trays along with authentic 200ml (7oz) Kölsch Stange glassware to replicate the Cologne experience in the US. In Cologne, Kölsch is served in “bottomless glasses." As the customer drinks his or her beer down, servers (köbes) bring a fresh one to replace it without being asked. This is a weather pending event, please check facebook status in the event of likely inclement weather.
    When: May 26, 5 p.m. 
    Where: Gralehaus / Holy Grale 1001 Baxter Ave. 40204
    Website: www.holygralelouisville.com
    Cost: $2.50 per 7oz stange + $3 Underberg!

     

    Steve Hofstetter | Laughing Derby
    Hofstetter's national TV debut came on ESPN's Quite Frankly, where Stephen A. Smith yelled at him for three minutes. Hofstetter has also appeared on CBS' "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson," Showtime's "White Boyz in the Hood," VH1's "Countdown," Sundance's "On the Road in America," and ABC's "Barbara Walter's Special," where he thankfully did not cry.
    When: May 26, 7 – 10 p.m.
    Where: Laughing Derby, 1250 Bardstown Rd. 40204
    Website: wwww.laughingderby.com
    Cost: $15
     
     
    “The Revival” Ribbon Cutting | Hillbilly Tea
    Join Hillbilly Tea for their official opening, followed by afternoon tea.
    When: May 27, 2:30 – 5 p.m.
    Where: Hillbilly Tea, 106 W. Main St. 40202
    Website: www.hillbillytea.com
    Cost: Price of food and beverage varies


     
    Art of the Pin Lapel Art Show | Studio Post Office
    The show focuses on the cultural obsession for enamel pins. Wearable, tradable, and exceptionally cheap to produce, custom enamel pins are bringing individual flair to hats, denim and jackets around the world, and giving artists the chance to make their work into an affordable and collectable commodity.This event will feature the collective works of Sean Äaberg of Pork Magazine, Anna Gross of Midlander Press, Tallboy and Krusty of Night Watch Studios, Jim and Connie of Print Mafia and several other national and local artists. Drinks will be provided by Against the Grain.
    When: May 27, 7 – 10 p.m.
    Where: Studio Post Office, 123 W. Oak St. 40203
    Website: www.studio-po.com
    Cost: Free

     

    Kentucky Reggae Festival | Louisville Water Tower
    The sound of steel drums and the savory smell of Caribbean-inspired foods make this the premiere Memorial Day event for those longing for summer. Flavorful dishes from the Jamaican Association of Louisville, Caribbean Market featuring arts, crafts, jewelry, beads and more. All surrounded by the contagious and soul-satisfying sounds of live, authentic reggae music. 
    When: May 27 - 29
    Where: Louisville Water Tower 3005 River Rd. 40207
    Website: www.kentuckyreggaefestival.com
    Cost: $13 before 6 p.m. $17 after 6 p.m.
    Kids 10 & under free. Free parking! No food, drink, tents or pets allowed!
     

     
    Kentucky Flea Market Memorial Day Spectacular | Kentucky Expo Center
    Enjoy ne of the region’s finest flea markets, with dealers from across the country featuring antiques, collectibles, bath and body, jewelry, surplus, crafts, candles, and more.
    When: May 27 – 30
    Where: Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, 937 Phillips Ln, 40209
    Website: www.stewartpromotions.com
    Cost: Free
     

    Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Flea Market | Waterfront Park
    Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Flea Market is a quirky local market full of antiques and uniques, food vendors, local non-profits and more. Over 125 vendors from all over the South will be setting up with some awesome items. This event is family/pet friendly, with plenty of parking, food & drink plus live music by Hot Brown Smackdown.
    When: May 28, 10 – 6 p.m.
    Where: Waterfront Park Festival Plaza, 231 Witherspoon, 40202
    Website: www.facebook.com/RockCreekMarket
    Cost: Free


     
    Night Air by Ben Sears | Carmichael’s Kids

    Carmichael's Kids is excited to welcome Ben Sears, who will present his graphic novel and will hand out free activity books and one-of-a-kind sketches!  Ben Sears is a cartoonist, illustrator and musician born and raised in Louisville, where he continues to live and work. His Double+ characters have appeared in a number of ‘zines and online anthologies.
    When: May 28, 11 – 12 p.m.
    Where: Carmichael's Kids, 1313 Bardstown Rd. 40204
    Website: www.carmichaelsbookstore.com 
    Cost: Free


     
    Louisville on the Lawn | The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
    This weekend the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum will host a chic, pop-up picnic of epic proportions. The setting is perfect, taking place on the vast lawn of the 130-year old 10,000 square foot mansion, surrounded by the beautiful historic houses and ornate fountain on St. James Court. What to Expect: Partygoers, dressed all in white, are invited to bring their own food and libations for the sprawling picnic.

    Attendees will enjoy live jazz music courtesy of singer Karan Chavis and the RCW3 band. Partygoers must don their favorite dapper, white outfits for a chance to win Best Dressed in White, and are also encouraged to bring decorations and elaborate fixings like candelabras and centerpieces— as there will be a prize for best-decorated table as well. The event will also feature a silent auction, a photo booth, and lawn party traditions like napkin twirling and sparkler lighting!
    When: May 28, 6 – 10 p.m.
    Where: Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St. James Court, Louisville, KY 40208
    Website: www.eventbrite.com
    Cost: $35

     

    Music by the Water Concert |  Louisville Leopards & Small Time Napoleon
    Join Norton Commons for the first Music by the Water Concert of 2016 featuring the nationally-acclaimed Louisville Leopard Percussionists and local favorites Small Time Napoleon. Norton Commons will have food trucks for your enjoyment, don’t forget your chairs and blankets! Service animals only in the amphitheater area.
    When: May 28, 6:30-10 p.m.
    Where: Norton Commons Amphitheater, Meeting St. Prospect, KY 40059
    Website: nortoncommons.com
    Cost: Free!

     
     
    Bravo Does Broadway Showcase and Dance | Kosair Shrine Center
    Join Bravo Dance Studio for a one-of-a-kind dance showcase set your favorite Broadway hits. Bring your dancing shoes! Following the show, we'll celebrate with general dancing and desserts. A cash bar will also be available.
    When: May 28, 6:30-10:00 PM
    Where: Kosair Shrine Center, 4120 Bardstown Rd. 40218
    Website: www.bravodancestudio.com
    Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
     
     
    “Teacup Serenade” by Lyndi Lou | Revelry Boutique Gallery
    “Teacup Serenade” is Lyndi Lou’s fourth solo show with Revelry. Using woodburning and watercolors, Lyndi creates an ever-unfurling world of anthropomorphic creatures with familial ties to one another. In her previous exhibitions, we’ve met generals and pilots as well as luchadors and a loveable wine-drinking little koala. “Teacup Serenade” is a continuation of the previous work, as well as some new sculptural work
    When: May 28, 7 – 10 p.m.
    Where: Revelry Boutique Gallery, 742 E Market St. 40202
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/273087529692962/
    Cost: Free
     
     
    Kenny Chesney | Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
    This concert also features Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion.
    When: May 28, 7 – 11 p.m.
    Where: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, 2800 South Floyd St. 40202
    Website: kennychesney.com/events/13529
    Cost: Ticket prices vary
     
     
    Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls | Mercury Ballroom
    A former member of punk-rock band Million Dead, Frank Turner turned his attention to a more folk-like, acoustic sound after the demise of his hardcore outfit. Exploring a different world, Turner focused on his love of folk and country, with acoustic guitar being the guiding force.
    When: May 28, 7:30 – 10 p.m.
    Where: Mercury Ballroom, 611 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Website: concerts.livenation.com/event/16005075BA813940…
    Cost: $22
     
     
    Memorial Weekend Country Concert | Corydon LIVE
    Corydon LIVE welcomes Clinton Spaulding, Rachel Coogle & Terry Schmelz to the stage for the Memorial Weekend Country Concert.
    When: May 28, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
    Where: Corydon LIVE!, 220 Hurst Lane , Corydon, IN 47112
    Website: www.corydon.live
    Cost: $12
     
     
    Boomtown Ball  | New Albany
    This family-friendly festival right across the bridge will feature an outdoor bazaar with regional and local vendors (offering records, books, antiques, crafts and more) and a lineup of music on the outdoor stage that includes Otis Jr. & Dr. Dundiff, King Mud, Typhoid Beach and Jamey Aebersold.
    When: May 29, gates at 1 p.m. music begins at 1:30 p.m.
    Where: Downtown New Albany, Ind. 47150
    Website: www.cityofnewalbany.com
    Cost: Free


     
    Beatersville Car and Bike Show | Tim Faulkner Gallery
    Check out the brand-new location for one of the best traditional rod and custom shows in the Midwest: the Tim Faulkner Gallery. On Saturday events scheduled include a cruise, bands and burlesque. On Sunday there will be a Miss Beatersville Contest, performances from bands including Tsnunami Samurai and Nellie Pearl, and of course the Beatersville car and bike show. See full schedule here.
    When: May 28-29 times vary
    Where: The Tim Faulkner Gallery, front gate at 1501 W. Main St.
    Website: www.beatersville.com
    Cost: $10 at the gate, kids under 12 free with an adult


     
    Turtle Run Winery Summer Concert Series | The Ron Jones Jazz Quartet
    Don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy the afternoon with a glass of wine and great music to welcome the iconic Ron Jones Jazz Quartet.
    When: May 29, 4 – 9 p.m.
    Where: Turtle Run Winery, 940 St. Peters Church Road, NE. Corydon, IN 47112
    Website: www.turtlerunwinery.com
    Cost: free


     
    Crawfish Boil | Garage Bar

    Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a Crawfish Boil party! Join Garage for crawfish aplenty accompanied by new red potatoes, sweet corn, artichokes & housemade Andouille. $25 per person seating also includes a housemade basil limeade. Kick back and listen to live music from Small Time Napoleon while we revel in holiday weekend festivities!
    When: May 29, 5 – 8 p.m.
    Where: Garage Bar, 700 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Website: www.garageonmarket.com
    Cost: $25 per person

     

    Cigars Bourbon and Blues | Match Cigar Bar
    Enjoy the pairings of Cigars, Bourbon, and Blues featuring vocals by Big Poppa Stampley!
    When: May 29, 7 – 11 p.m.
    Where: Match Cigar Bar, 207 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
    Website: facebook.com/thehousewheresoulresides
    Cost: Donations accepted
     
     
    Memorial Day Sunday Singles Dance | Moose Lodge 
    Join us for Kentuckiana's largest Singles Dance on Sunday. Hundreds of singles will be dancing and having fun. Entertainment will be provided by by DJ Kenny Sauter with Masters of Music. There will be a chance for attendees to win a $500 Prizes package, which includes an overnight stay and breakfast for two at the Seelbach, tickets for a show at Laughing Derby, $100 in gift certifcates to Sports & Social Club and two tickets to the next Sunday night singles dance. Text KYSINGLES to 72727 to get updates to your phone about our dances.
    When: May 29, 7:30 - 12 p.m.
    Where: Moose Lodge, 4615 Fegenbush Lane 
    Website: www.kysinglesdance.com
    Cost: $6 before 8 p.m. $7 after
     
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