20 Things You Have To Do In Louisville This Fall

SEPTEMBER

September’s Waterfront Wednesday with Lake Street Dive, 23 String Band and Sean Rowe

When: Wednesday, September 17th 6:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Where: Big Four Lawn, Downtown

The last Waterfront Wednesday of the year! Free, live music, a cash bar and food vendors all in your own backyard! Bring a blanket and head on down to the Big Four Lawn to enjoy an evening of good tunes and good company with half of the city’s population. Be there or be square.

WFPK-WaterfrontWednesdayConcert - KatieHerzigCredit: David Black

Seven Sense Festival

When: Saturday, September 20th 12:00 PM – ?

Where: Schnitzelburg, Preston Street

A street festival anchored by Zanzabar, The New Vintage, Greenhaus and Purrswaytions that will likely be the block party of the year. Breweries the likes of New Albanian and West Sixth will be debuting one-of-a-kind and seasonal beers throughout the day. Local food vendors like El Taco Luchador, North End Cafe, Lil Cheezers and Momma’s Mustard, Pickles and BBQ will make the scene, Old Forester and Fireball will be a thing and there will be more live music than you can shake a stick at, including Lazy Sunday, The Pass, Tall Squares and The Moonlight Peddlers. Admission is free. Don’t miss out!

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Dracula

When: September 12th – October 31st

Where: Actors Theatre, Downtown

We’ve all heard the story of Dracula, but have you experienced it live, up-close and personal? Actors Theatre brings Bram Stoker’s novel to life like you’ve never seen it before. Get into the Halloween spirit in classy way, with a night out at the theater.

draculaCredit: Actors Theatre of Louisville

6th Annual NuLu Festival

When: Saturday, September 27th 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Where: NuLu

A street festival to kickoff Idea Festival! Come out for micro-brewed beers courtesy of the Beer Store, local food vendors, live music and even pole vaulting! A great way to familiarize yourself with NuLu if it’s still an uncharted territory for you – there are plenty of new restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and galleries to keep you entertained well after the sun goes down.

NuLu 3Credit: LuAnn Snawder Photography

Louisville Mini Maker Faire

When: Saturday, September 27th 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Where: NuLu

“A showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness” right next door to NuLu Festival. Artists, inventors, crafters, bakers, scientists and all other creative minds come together to inspire and exchange ideas. A celebration of all things Louisville and Kentucky-made.

Maker FiareCredit: Tom Preston-Werner

Autumn N’ Spires

When: Sunday, September 28th 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Where: Churchill Downs

A day at the races with the live music of A Lion Named Roar and the Southern Sirens in the autumn weather! Of course, there will be bourbon cocktails. Save some room for the Holy Mole, Lil Cheezers and Longshot Lobsta food trucks.

Churchill DownsCredit: Jeff Kubina

2nd Annual Louisville Music Awards

When: Sunday, September 28th 7:00 PM

Where: Headliners Music Hall, Highlands

An evening recognizing and honoring Louisville’s greatest talent. Come out to see who is named the Best Singer/Songwriter of the Year, Best DJ of the Year, Best Hip Hop Artist of the Year and more! Don’t forget to cast your vote now!

GramaphoneCredit: Chris 

The Moth

When: Tuesday, September 30th 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Where: Headliners Music Hall, Highlands

The Moth is a monthly, interactive storytelling event. Any and all people are invited to share their five-minute stories onstage. Potential participants put their name into a hat at the beginning of the evening and storytellers are randomly selected to have the chance to tell their story. September’s topic is “rivalry.” Stories are often humorous, often moving and sometimes both. Come out to tell your own story or take in the real-life accounts of others.

PoetryslamCredit: Crosa

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exBEERiment

When: Thursday, October 2nd 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Where: Louisville Science Center, Downtown

Kentucky Science Center – it’s not just for kids! Come out for a night of exploring the science of brewing, grub on food from local food trucks and, of course, sample local beers. Bring your exBEERiment ticket to Louisville Brewfest on October 17th for free admission!

DefocusCredit: Denis Charles

Fright Night Film Fest

When: Friday, October 3rd 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM| Saturday, October 4th 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Sunday, October 5th 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: The Galt House, Downtown

One of the largest horror conventions in the region is held right here in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a festival that’s often referred to as “The Sundance of Horror.” The festival will feature film screenings, workshops, panel discussions, celebrities, burlesque and more.

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ReSurfaced

When: [Every Weekend In October] Thursday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM | Friday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Saturday 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Sunday 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: 615 West Main Street, Downtown

ReSurfaced is a pop-up beer garden, outdoor cafe and event space that will be going strong all through October. There will be food trucks (oh, there will be food trucks), live music (including JaLin Roze and Small Time Napoleon) and of course, beer, wine and Heine Brothers coffee.

Come out to support Louisville’s best creative minds.

Resurfaced 2Credit: Urban Design Studio

Flea Off Market

When: Friday, October 3rd 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Saturday, October 4th 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Sunday, October 5th 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: NuLu

Food trucks, live music, and local vendors (and Bloody Marys, Margaritas and beer, of course). This destination of the First Friday Trolley hop is worth taking the time to spend the day. You’ll find locals peddling records, original artwork, arts and crafts, books, and much more. The Flea Off Market is great place to experience the culture of the city all weekend long.

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First Friday Trolley Hop

When: Friday, October 3rd, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Where: Downtown, Main and Market Street

It’s an art show, a street party and a chauffeur all-in-one.  Park at Slugger Field or the 4th Street Live! garage (for free!) and hop on a trolley for a ride around the East Market and Main street corridors to explore shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, The Flea Off Market and more!

Trolley Hop LuAnn SnawderCredit: LuAnn Snawder Photography

UnFair Louisville

When: Friday, October 3rd | Saturday, October 4th | Sunday, October 5th

Where: Mag Bar, Old Louisville

In protest against the St. James Court Art Show and the high cost for artists to obtain a booth, UnFair Louisville sets up in Mag Bar’s backyard during the first weekend of October. It is a 15-year tradition of Louisville artists gathering to show and sell original art. Come out to support local artists!

UnfairCredit: maggie

St. James Court Art Show

When: Friday, October 3rd 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Saturday, October 4th 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Sunday, October 5th 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Old Louisville

The St. James Art Fair draws hundreds of thousands of people each year to come dig on the creations of hundreds of artists. Everything from fine art to jewelry to arts and crafts can be found here – and you can even take it home with you, if you so desire! This Old Louisville fall art fair has been a tradition since 1957.

072111_NEWS_Art Fair_MRMCredit: The Ann Arbor News

Evil Dead: The Musical

When: Friday, October 3rd – Friday October 31st

Where: The Alley Theater, West Main Street (Downtown).

Fairly self-explanatory – Evil Dead: The Musical. Get into the Halloween spirit or charm that weird girl who wears a lot of black and sits in the back of your Psych 101 class with a night out at the theater. “SplatterZone” tickets are available, if you’re into getting the full experience of leaving covered in blood.

evil dead2Credit: The Alley Theater

Midnights At The Baxter

When: Saturday, October 4th 12:00 AM | Saturday, October 11th 12:00 AM | Saturday, October 18th 12:00 AM | Saturday, October 25th 12:00 AM

Where: Baxter Avenue Theater, Highlands

A seasonal spin on the traditional “dinner and a movie” type of date. Baxter Avenue Theater is getting in the Halloween spirit by showing horror films every Saturday night at midnight. Grab some popcorn and be prepared to be scared by their showings of The Exorcist, Scanners, The Hunger and Phantom of the Paradise.

Movie Theater Popcorn DanCredit: Dan

American Horror Story – Freak Show Premiere Party

When: Wednesday, October 8th 9:00 PM

Where: Chill Bar, The Highlands

If you’re a fan of American Horror Story, you’ll be a fan of this party. The season premiere of American Horror Story will be screened on a projector screen on the patio. The freak show, a performance by Blue Moon Circus, begins at 9:00 PM, the premiere airs at 10:00 PM.

Popcorn and drink specials for all!

blue moon circus2Credit: Blue Moon Circus

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Where: Iroquois Park, South End

When: October 9th – November 2nd

Come out to Iroquois Park to enjoy the fall weather and something like 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a quarter-mile walking trail. If there’s ever been a been way to get into the Halloween and autumn spirit, this is it.

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Caufield’s Halloween Parade

When: Friday, October 10th 7:00 PM

Where: Bardstown Road, The Highlands

Get out to the Highlands to see the spookiest parade in town, put on by none other than Louisville’s own legendary Caufield’s Novelty, one of the leading theatrical distributors in the nation since 1920. There will be costumes, coffins, unicycles, hearses and all variety of floats to get you in the holiday spirit.

The parade starts at 7:00 PM at Baxter Avenue Morgue in the Highlands and marches down Bardstown Road to Mid City Mall.

caufield's halloween paradeCredit: baxterparade.com<!–b8429-related–>Dracula

When: September 12th – October 31st

Where: Actors Theatre, Downtown

We’ve all heard the story of Dracula, but have you experienced it live, up-close and personal? Actors Theatre brings Bram Stoker’s novel to life like you’ve never seen it before. Get into the Halloween spirit in classy way, with a night out at the theater.

draculaCredit: Actors Theatre of Louisville

The 2014 Louisville Outskirts Music Festival

When: Friday, October 10th 7:00 PM | Saturday, October 11th 5:30 PM | Sunday, October 12th 5:30 PM

Where: The New Vintage, Schnitzelburg

“Louisville’s inaugural female-centric music festival” will feature some of the city’s and region’s most talented female performers. Food trucks will be on-site! This event is all ages.

Outskirts Rockshop for Girls will be held October 11th and 12th, the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, with lessons hosted by musicians from Outskirts.

Lady PyramidCredit: Jason Dudgeon

Movie Night in Emerson Park featuring Beetlejuice

When: Thursday, October 11th 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Where: Emerson Park, Schnitzelburg

Join the Schniztelburg community for an evening in the park to enjoy an outdoor screening of the Tim Burton classic, Beetlejuice. The park will be transformed into a foggy graveyard, complete with sandworms and Beetlejuice himself. Food trucks will be on-site, as well as beer vendors. The event begins at 7:00 PM, the movie begins at 9:00 PM.

BeetlejuiceCredit: Nathan Rupert

Louisville Brewfest

When: Friday, October 17th 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Where: Louisville Slugger Field, Downtown

A celebration of local and regional bourbon, brews, wine and food. Against the Grain Brewery, Apocalypse Breweries, BoomBozz Pizza, New Albanian Brewing Co., West Sixth Brewery, Beer Engine, Old 502 Winery and more will all be present in one convenient location for your indulgence.

BeerfestCredit: thegreenisred

A Very Skeery HalloVVeen

When: Friday, October 24th 8:00 PM | Saturday, October 25th 8:00 PM | Friday, October 31st 8:00 PM | Saturday, November 1st 8:00 PM

Where: Art Sanctuary, Bucthertown

Louisville’s favorite burlesque troupe is doing it again just in time for Halloween. This vaudeville-style burlesque variety show will dazzle you with aerial acrobatics, contortionists, glitter, song and dance.

Whether you’re wanting a romantic evening with that special someone or just want to come out and see the beautiful people, the Va Va Vixens put on a variety show that is not soon forgotten. Leave the kids at home, though, this show is 18+.

vixensCredit: Va Va Vixens

The Moth

When: Tuesday, October 28th 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Where: Headliners Music Hall, Highlands

The Moth is a monthly, interactive storytelling event. Any and all people are invited to share their five-minute stories onstage. Potential participants put their name into a hat at the beginning of the evening and storytellers are randomly selected to have the chance to tell their story. September’s topic is “rivalry.” Stories are often humorous, often moving and sometimes both. Come out to tell your own story or take in the real-life accounts of others.

words that kill poetry slamCredit: Jessica Fenlon

Tim Faulkner Gallery Presents Bella Muerte – A Halloween Masquerade Ball

When: Friday, October 31st 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Where: Tim Faulkner Gallery, Portland

Celebrate Halloween ’90s warehouse art gallery style at the Tim Faulkner Gallery. “A decadent night filled with opulent costumes, lush music, theatrics and mouth watering treats.” $10 for those in costume, $13 for those who are not.

MasqueradeCredit: Luke Joyce

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