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    Here’s your weekly installment of where to go and what to do in and around Louisville, Kentucky this weekend! 
     
     
     
    30th Annual Best of Louisville
    Join Louisville Magazine and the National MS Society for the 30th Annual Best of Louisville, sponsored by Hilliard Lyons! Come enjoy the best of everything Louisville has to offer including food and drink from local vendors, a silent auction, and a dance floor full of Louisville’s brightest and, well, best! Make sure to use #BestofLou to post from the event! You can see a full list of 2015's Best of Louisville winners here! Tickets to the event are $30 at BestofLou.com and $30 at the door - the event was sold out last year, so better get your tickets now!
    When: July 30, 6 - 10 p.m.
    Cost: $30 online or at the door
     
     
    Sundown Street Party
    Join Norton Commons for their Sundown Street Parties, hosted by Tea Station Chinese Bistro. Enjoy live music, food and drinks in the beautiful Norton Commons Town Center. Street parties are located just east of the intersection at Norton Commons Blvd. and Meeting Street.
    When: July 16, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Norton Commons Town Center, 10712 Meeting Street, Prospect, KY 40059
    Cost: Free!
     

    GILT Designer Outlet
    The Gilt Designer Outlet will house a selection of Gilt's top designer brands - from men's and women's apparel and accessories to home goods, kids goods and more - all at up to 90% off retail prices. There will be thousands of items on sale at the shop. Zac Posen, Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka John Varvatos, Ben Sherman and Missoni are among the top brands that will fill this temporary 26,000 square-foot- brick-and-mortar retail space.
    When: Thursday, July 30 - August 15 - opens 10 a.m.
    Where: GILT Designer Outlet, 4600 Shelbyville Rd. Louisville, KY 40207
    Website
    Cost: Free!

     
     
    The Alabama Shakes with Belle Adair
    Enjoy The Alabama Shakes and Belle Adair at the Iroquois Amphitheater!
    When: July 30, 7:30 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville, KY 40214
    Cost: $45-$55
     
     
    Cracker with Happy Chichester
    Hard-edged rock music and twangy country music are both styles that Cracker’s two co-founders, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, have embraced to some degree on nearly every one of their studio albums over the last two decades. On Berkeley To Bakersfield, however, instead of integrating these two genres together within one disc, they’ve neatly compartmentalized them onto their own respective regionally-titled LPs. Check out Louisville.com's interview with Johnny Hickman of Cracker here.
    When: July 30, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
    Where: Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206
    Cost: $20
     
     
    The Benefits Firm Annual Golf Scramble
    Proceeds from the scramble will benefit Kosair Charities and the West End School. This afternoon scramble has a tee time of 2 p.m. with registration between 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Breakfast and/or lunch is available during the registration period, with snacks and drinks served throughout the scramble. Your registration fee includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments on the course and a dinner reception. There will also be an after party at a location to be determined. Prizes are awarded for Top Three Teams, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. Don’t have a foursome? Don’t worry! You can register as an individual player or as a team of two or three.
    When: July 31, 2 - 7 p.m.
    Where: Nevel Meade Golf Course, 3123 Nevel Meade Drive, Prospect, KY 40059
    Cost: $125 per player
     
     
    Varanese Brings Bourbon to the Beach
    Varanese Restaurant is partnering with Maker's Mark and taking bourbon to the beach in conjunction with the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop. The event will include an outdoor tiki tent, drink specials and beach decorations. The tropical drink specials include a Pineapple Basil Smash with honey roasted pineapple, basil, tea, agave nectar and Maker's Mark for $8 and a Summer Shandy with Maker's Mark, orange juice, a lager or light beer, ginger beer and an orange slice for $8. Attendees will be able to ride free trolleys during the hop, running along Frankfort Avenue from Cannons Lane to River Road.
    When: July 31, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    Where: Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
    Cost: Prices vary
     
     
    SONICBernheim: Blue Moon
    SONICBernheim is a site-specific lecture/performance series exploring the relationships between sound, music, and nature. This audio event takes place in nature by the light of the second full moon of the month! The program features a short lecture by people exploring different aspects of sound followed by experimental sound performances by regionally acclaimed sound artists.
    When: July 31, 7:30 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Bernheim Forest, 2499 Clermont Road, Clermont, KY 40110
    Cost: $5 Bernheim Members; $7 Non-Members

     


    From Lemons to Lemonade Block Party
    Join The Center For Women and Families for an old-fashioned summertime block party. Enjoy a free glass of lemonade, grab a bite to eat from the Food Trucks, stroll the booths and enjoy musical stage performances as the center celebrates its return to its 2nd street home and partners with its non-profit neighbors to highlight the amazing community work taking place all around The Center.
    When: July 31, 12 - 3 p.m.
    Where: Center for Women and Families, 927 South 2nd Street, Louisville, KY 40203
    Website
    Cost: Free!

     
    Reach Out for Kosair Kids
    Reach Out is hosted by Willie 94.1 and the Glasgow Shrine Club. This event has free activities for kids, rain or shine. The parade will kick off at 8:30 a.m. (CST), and activities will begin at 9:00 am (CST), and all proceeds raised benefit Kosair Kids. Most activities will be held indoors in the air-conditioned convention center. New activities for 2015: Mini Cheerleading, Mini Basketball Clinic, Live Auction, Silent Auction, Womanless Beauty Pageant, Antique Tractor and Car Show, Karaoke, Kids Activities, Cake Walk, Scavenger Hunt, Hearts for Kids, Zaxby’s Wing Chomp, Hot Wheels Race, Mascots 15-Minute Door Prize Giveaways and Kids’ Prize Giveaways. There will be prizes such as an XBoxOne, XBox360, 12 bicycles, four tricycles, two portable basketball goals and much more!
    When: August 1, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Where: Cave City Convention & Visitors Bureau , 502 Mammoth Cave Street, Cave City, KY 42127
    Cost: Free Admission!
     
     
    Live History Play at Lanier Mansion
    Come join the young maid Mary on a journey through the Lanier Mansion, and help her solve a long-hidden mystery that leads to a surprising treasure. Part fact, part fiction, Live History is a unique way to tour one of the most impressive homes in Indiana. The one hour performances will be held at 10:30, 2:30, 5:30 and 7:30.
    When: August 1, 10:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Lanier Mansion, 601 Wesst 1st Street, Madison, IN 47250
    Cost: Adults: $12; Children: $5
     
     
    Strivefest 2015 at La La Land
    La La Land is a place where dreams come true!! Strive is turning our favorite local recording studio into a wonderland of fun for all ages! Some of the fun will include: - instrument-making with Jim McGee, kids dance with Alexandercalls!,  drum circle, face and body painting, with performances from  Appalatin, Small Time Napoleon (w/ Meg Samples) and DJ Alli w/ live drums and horns (late night dance party!)
    When: August 1, 2 - 10 p.m.
    Where: La La Land, 1139 Lexington Rd., Louisville, KY 40204
    Cost: $5 under 12; $10 all others
     
     
    Downtown Louisville Food Tour
    A progressive walking food tour of the Downtown Area. We'll combine a little history, a dash of local culture and some of the best food Louisville has to offer into a fun and memorable experience. All food and drinks are provided. The tours are approximately 3 hours long and we casually walk about 1.2 miles. Check out Louisville.com's article about these foodie experience!
    When: August 1, 11:30  a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    Where: Saturday tours begin near the YUM! Center
    Cost: $55
     
     
    Jamaican Independence Celebration
    Come celebrate, eat some Jamaican jerk chicken, and dance to all the best reggae, dancehall, soca and more with Ras Blenda & DJ Mixa. There will be a full bar and a cash prize for best female Jamaican attire.
    When: August 1, 11 p.m. - 3 a.m.
    Where: Shah's Mongolian Grill, 9148 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY 40299
    Cost: $5 before midnight, 21+ food prices vary.
     
     
    Bridal Show at Nunnlea Historic Home
    The Nunnlea Historic Home provides a park-like setting for both ceremonies and receptions. A variety of local wedding experts will be on hand to help you plan your special day. A more intimate atmosphere provides a less stressful bridal show environment.
    When: August 2, 1 - 3 p.m.
    Where: Nunnlea Historic Home, 1940 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40220
    Cost: Free for all guests!
     
     
    Louisville Fresh Fest
    The Fresh Fest is the defining old-school hip-hop music festival in Louisville Kentucky, held on The Belvedere, that combines the four elements of hip-hop culture: dance, art, dee-jaying and emceeing! This is the 3rd Annual Louisville Fresh Fest and will feature Rakim, Das Efx, Keith Murray and more! B-Boy crew KEF will be performing.
    When: August 2, 4 - 11 p.m.
    Where: West Belvedere, River Road, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: $30 / $40
     
     
    Dancing With the Stars Live!
    Hosted by Dancing with the Stars All-Stars champion Melissa Rycroft, the ‘Perfect Ten Tour’ is bringing a one-of-a-kind touring production to the Louisville Palace. Kicking off this summer, Dancing with the Stars: Live! features the faces you know and love including pro dancers Witney Carson , Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, and troupe dancers Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Sasha Farber and Jenna Johnson. The dancers are unleashed in the 90-minute action packed live show, produced by Faculty Productions in association with BBC Worldwide, treating audiences to exciting and romantic performances, from choreography never before seen on the show, to some of the most memorable numbers from all ten years of Dancing with the Stars.
    When: August 2, 7 - 10:30 p.m.
    Where: Louisville Palace, 625 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: $79.50 / $59.50 / $49.50 plus applicable fees (all seats reserved)
     

    GrateVille Dead – A Tribute to 50 Years & Jerry Garcia’s Birthday
    Continuing the celebration for the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary and Jerry Garcia’s Birthday will be the inaugural festival “GrateVille Dead” with tribute sets from Louisville’s finest musicians. The festival will feature local musicians as well as the headlining #1 Bluegrass act hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, The Rumpke Mountain Boys.
    BAND SCHEDULE:
    3pm- Hot Iron Skillet
    4:30pm- Louisville's Merry Pranksters
    6pm- Dead Set One w/ members of Slow Down Johnny
    7:30pm- Dead Set Two w/ Phiasco
    9pm- Tribute to Jerry and The Grateful Dead featuring The Rumpke Mountain Boys

    In addition to a day celebrating Jerry Garcia’s birthday with music, local vendors will be on-site with bourbon barrel wood burning, paintings, jewelry, clothing, silver work and more.  Lil’ Cheezers and Momma’s Mustard & BBQ food trucks will be vending food. Long time fans of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, craft beer from Sweetwater, Goodwood and Cumberland Brews will be available for purchase.
    When: Saturday, August 1 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    Where: Brown Foreman Amphitheater – Waterfront Park, 1601 River Road (Between the former Tumbleweed and the Louisville Rowing Club)
    Website
    Cost: Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 Day at the gate if available. Limited number of tickets will be sold. Advance Tickets available for sale at The Monkey Wrench, Goodwood Brewing and Cumberland Brews. This is a family-friendly event, children 10 and under are FREE!

     
     
     
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