For more than a decade, Norton Commons has hosted a fall festival for kids of all ages across the city. This year’s event, on Saturday, October 27, from 2 pm to 5 pm will welcome children for trick or treating and other family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon artistry, a hay maze for little ones and a special train that will offer rides around the town center.
Marketing Director Marilyn Patterson said she expects a few thousand in attendance, both Norton Commons residents and many visiting families enjoying the festivities. “My favorite part of the festival is seeing so many children enjoying themselves in their Halloween costumes. It’s nice to see not just Norton Commons kids, but kids from all across the Louisville area.”
For Kenny Andreozzi, owner of Commonwealth Tap, each October is an extra special celebration because when the Norton Commons fall festival takes place, he gets to celebrate another anniversary of his business, now at five years and going strong.
Andreozzi is partnering again this year with neighboring business Pet Station, a pet grooming business, to offer what they have dubbed Bark-Tap-Toberfest. The pet salon provides fun family activities such as dog tricks and demos and a pet photo contest.
When the kids are done trick or treating, that’s when Andreozzi offers a street party for the adults beginning at 5 p.m. offering alcohol, beer and wine on tap. Local restaurants as well as food truck Flavaville will be on hand for party appetites.
New this year is entertainment with WFPK’s DJ Matt Anthony spinning tunes as well as live music from the Times Band, a 10-piece blues and soul band. Another bonus, according to Andreozzi, will be the Magnolia photo booth set up to capture memories of the fun.
“My favorite part of the festival is seeing the block completely empty and then transformed with tents and musicians,” said Andreozzi. “Seeing people excited to be there to celebrate what we’ve built over the last five years; that’s super rewarding.”
Here are some pictures from last year’s fall festival.