It’s getting to be that time of year — soon there will be as many events taking place in Louisville as there are leaves on the ground. We aren’t complaining, but it makes it difficult for us to cover them all without leaving anyone out. So here’s the first of many event roundups to come as summer gives way to fall. It’s not a definitive list by any means, but it’ll highlight the things we think you should put on your calendar this week/weekend.
The annual African Heritage Festival is a celebration of unity, art, culture and history over two days, and it’s also a great chance to see the fancy Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage building at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Friday’s opening ceremony (7-9 p.m.) includes performances by Iya Sango Ronke, Emporium/G.I.V.E., Nana Yaa Asantewaa, Roots & Wings and the Pati Kele Drum Ensemble. And Saturday’s all-day event (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) features more live entertainment, sports, arts and crafts vendors, food, health screenings, children’s activities, a hair and fashion show and much, much more. Admission is free both days. Click here for more info.
Taking place this weekend, Sept. 12-13, the annual arts fest features more than 165 juried artists, 200 resident artists, live music, food, beer, wine and children’s activities. Booths will be set up both inside and out, making space for nearly 50,000 visitors. Admission is free, and festival times are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Click here for more info.
FleaTiques @ Mellwood Antiques & Interiors — Sept. 12-13
Lucky for you, FleaTiques is held in the same spot as the September Art Fair mentioned above — and that’s the venerable Mellwood Arts Center at 1860 Mellwood Ave. FleaTiques is rather new to the festival/art scene and is scheduled to take place the second weekend of each month through November. It just so happens that this month’s falls on the same days as the arts fest — so you can check off two events for the price of one, even though both are free. The folks who are a part of Mellwood Antiques set up booths outdoors at the FleaTiques from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and each month benefits a local charity. Upcoming dates are: Sept. 12-13, Oct. 10-11, and Nov. 14-15. Click here for more info.
Louisville Craft Beer Week began as a way to promote our thriving beer scene by offering both aficionados and novices the opportunity to learn more and appreciate all things beer. This is the event’s largest year yet, and you can find a detailed listing of more than 70 events at local bars and restaurants at LouisvilleBeer.com. Highlights include the Pedal for the Pint Brewery Tour at Flat 12 (Sept. 12), the AtG Smoke Out at Against the Grain (Sept. 13), Octoberfest Tasting @ Valu Market (Sept. 14), Yappy Hour at Apocalypse Brew Works (Sept. 18), and Beer Bingo at the Crescent Hill Craft House (Sept. 19), among many others. Click here for a full list.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ @ Kentucky Center — Sept. 15-20
First up for the PNC Broadway in Louisville series is Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” starting early next week from Sept. 15-20. It’s the classic fairy tale thrown into a musical setting penned by Broadway legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, who also are credited with “Oklahoma!,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music.” Tickets start at $31.25. Click here for more information.
September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, so it’s not a surprise that our state’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival is held this month in the heart of bourbon country — Bardstown. For six days, locals and out-of-towners get to sip, sample and suck down as many bourbons as they can while attending seminars, parties, and events that bring everyone in the bourbon industry together. Take a look a the jam-packed schedule and pray there are still tickets left. Click here for more.