We told you last week that more of these roundups were coming, because, well, there are more things to do in Louisville in September than you can shake a s’more stick at. Here’s a handful of events you should know about this week. Plan accordingly.
Communion Residency @ Headliners Music Hall — Thursday, Sept. 17
Communion started nine years ago in the UK as a way to help artists get in front of fans by curating a diverse lineup with bands from different regions and genres. The popular showcases quickly spread to the U.S., and now there are nine cities where they happen regularly. Louisville is one of these, and the next show is Thursday at Headliners with bands/musicians Josh Rouse, Freedom Fry, Mothers, Lilly Hiatt, Clara-Nova, and The Foxery. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $13 in advance.
Smoketown GetDown for Democracy @ Smoketown — Friday, Sept. 18
The past, present and future of the Smoketown neighborhood will be celebrated at this second annual event organized by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and many other organizations. Along with info booths from Smoketown businesses, there will be food, live music, dancing, beer from West Sixth Brewing, voter registration, and a live art wall. The GetDown runs 4-10 p.m. at the corner of Shelby and Lampton streets. Admission is free.
Butchertown Oktoberfest @ St. Joseph Catholic Church — Saturday, Sept. 19
Beer! Fall! Colder weather! Beer! Who doesn’t love a good beer-centric German fest smack dab in the middle of Butchertown? This annual event features live music, food, beer and an art fair. It runs from 3 p.m.-midnight, and admission is free. St. Joseph is located at 1406 E. Washington St.
Kentucky Kick Down @ Barret Bar — Saturday, Sept. 19
Vintage bike enthusiasts, beer fans and live music connoisseurs will gather on Barret Avenue Saturday afternoon to mix, mingle and ogle at old motorcycles. The annual event features a contest for bikes that are 25 years or older, a memorial ride for Sid Biberman, an art show featuring local artists, live music, the Miss Kentucky Kick Down contest, vendors, a pool tournament, and lots of food and drinks. Bands signed on include Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, The Hot Wires, Smoke Signals and more. Runs noon-2 a.m., and admission is $5.
FlatFest @ Flat12 Bierwerks — Saturday, Sept. 19
The folks at Flat12 in Jeffersonville are partnering with the Tim Faulkner Gallery to bring you FlatFest, a day-long art, music and beer festival that’s meant to celebrate all things local. The event will feature some of our top graffiti and alternative artist like Patrick Jilbert, Melody Dennison, Art Cartel and more, as well as musicians and bands including Hot Prowlers, Second Man, Van Buren and others. This event runs noon-midnight, and admission is free. Flat12 is located at 130 W. Riverside Drive in Jeffersonville — right near the base of the Big Four Bridge — so why not park and walk?
Louisville Pride Fest @ Highlands — Saturday, Sept. 19
We highlighted the inaugural Louisville Pride Fest last week in a separate story, so we won’t double up on details other than to remind you that it takes place in the Highlands (Bardstown Road from Beechwood Avenue to Grinstead Drive) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission is free, and there’s now an event schedule here.
CQ Jam for WaterStep @ Captain’s Quarters — Saturday, Sept. 19
Captain’s Quarters is our own little Destin tiki bar, so any event held here will make you feel like you’re on vacation. Saturday’s third annual “CQ Jam for WaterStep” is a big bash for a good cause — and boaters are encouraged to drop anchor and join the party. The suggested $20 cover charge includes live music by The Stilry Row Band, Wayne Young and the New Legends, The Decades Show Band, and Old School. It also benefits WaterStep, a nonprofit that works to improve lives around the world with safe water. The event starts at 3 p.m., and Captain’s Quarters is located at 5700 Captain’s Quarters Road off River Road.
Louisville AIDS Walk @ The Belvedere — Sunday, Sept. 20
The 22nd annual Louisville AIDS Walk is the largest single-day fundraiser that directly supports client services for the Kentuckiana AIDS Alliance (KAA). Both people and pets are encouraged to meet at The Belvedere at 1 p.m. to walk and help promote AIDS awareness and education. Included in the festivities will be a Kid Zone, performances by the Louisville Gay Men’s Chorus, VOICES of Kentuckiana and Robbie Bartlett, music by DJ Fierce Tease and after parties at Play and Bearno’s By the Bridge. Once again, WAVE-3’s Dawne Gee will emcee the event, which runs from 1-5 p.m.