Style Blueprint: 16 Louisville events and happenings in August

By Elizabeth Gerber | Style Blueprint

Didn’t summer just start?! Time does fly when you’re having fun. Finish off summer with a bang at these great August events in Louisville.

August Events and Happenings in Louisville
Night falls on a bustling Main Street in Louisville, setting the scene for a great summer night out.

August 5: Reach Out for Kosair Kids

The 6th and final Reach Out for Kosair Kids will take place on Saturday, at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City, Kentucky. Admission to the family-friendly event is free. Kids 18 and under are welcome to play games to win tricycles, bicycles, Xbox gaming systems, portable basketball goals and many more prizes. Additional activities include inflatables, Hot Wheels races, karaoke, dunking booth and a cake walk.

August 5: St. Matthews Street Festival

On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Frankfort Avenue, between Lexington Road and Bauer Avenue, will be transformed into one of the best street festivals in Louisville. You’ll find bands, food, vendors, and activities for both adults and children. Area retailers, restaurants and live entertainment will be showcased. Family fun and activities include the free Kids Zone, Fun Zone and Wellness Fair. You will find vendors who have something special, unique ,or delicious to share with everyone.

August 7-11, 2017: Louisville Design Week

Louisville comes together for a weeklong celebration of its creative community once a year through the annual AIGA Louisville Design Week. Get ready for five consecutive days of lectures, workshops, and meet-ups all dedicated to celebrating the future of the Commonwealth.

August 10, 2017: Margaritas in the ‘Ville

Kick back at Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille for LEO Weekly’s 5th annual contest presented by el Jimador Tequila on Thursday, August 10. Everyone will receive a sampling card to try a margarita from each participant, with votes deciding the People’s Choice award. Because what’s better than enjoying a few margaritas on the river after work?

August 11 & 12, 2017: Derby City Jazz Festival

The 2nd annual Derby City Jazz Festival will take place at Churchill Downs on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12. Head to the Paddock for two great days of smooth jazz and the best food, culture, and spirits that Louisville has to offer. Brown-Forman is the signature event sponsor, so be prepared to sample some of the finest in bourbons, whiskeys, and champagnes that Kentucky has to offer. Tickets start at $50.

August 12, 2017: PurpleStride

Wage hope in the fight against pancreatic cancer at the inaugural PurpleStride Louisville event held on Saturday, August 12 at The Parklands of Floyds Fork at Beckley Creek Park. The timed 5K and awareness walk is aimed at fostering hope and inspiration while raising funds, awareness and support for fighting pancreatic cancer. In addition to the walk, the event will feature children’s activities, music and refreshments. Registration starts at $30 and is now open.

Through August 13, 2017: Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

For 11 weeks in the summer (through August 13), Kentucky Shakespeare presents Shakespeare in the Park. All shows are free to the public, with the pre-show starting at 7:15 p.m. and the production beginning at 8 p.m. These theatrical performances run all summer long in Central Park in Old Louisville. “Kiss Me Kate” will run through August 6, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” will be on August 8, and the Louisville Ballet will present “Lady Lear” on August 9-13.

August 17-27, 2017: Kentucky State Fair

It’s time to celebrate all things Kentucky at the Kentucky State Fair. The 11-day festival celebrates local and statewide heritage with blue ribbon competitions and special exhibits. And don’t forget those main stage concerts and carnival rides. Tickets are available now at a discounted price of $6 until 10 p.m., August 17. Gate admission is $10.

August 19, 2017: Bourbon Country Boil

Woodford Reserve’s Summer Dinner Series Finale pays tribute to the old Southern “Low Country Boil” with a Kentucky twist. Enjoy an evening of Woodford Reserve cocktails, distillery tours, and a fun, interactive culinary experience that perfectly wraps up your summer calendar.  Enjoy live music provided by Grits & Soul as you dine under the stars. You must be 21 and older to reserve, and reservations are required. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m.; distillery tours at 6:30 p.m.; and dinner at 8 p.m. The cost is $75 per person.

August 21, 2017: The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

21c Museum Hotel is hosting a conversation with Sharon Louden and contributing artist Jen Dalton that will coincide with the hotel’s latest exhibit.  They will discuss the vast influence visual artists exert on society. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 6 p.m.

August 23, 2017: Mint Julep Tours Southern Supper Series – Butter My Biscuit

Mint Julep Tours is hosting a series of progressive dinners inspired by some of the South’s favorite dishes. This month’s theme is Butter My Biscuit. Participants will start with an appetizer from Le Moo, then move on to dishes from Village Anchor and Picnic. Each dish is paired with a cocktail. The cost of the event is $119, which includes the three dishes with cocktails, guided transportation, and tax and gratuity at each venue.

August 26, 2017: Brew at the Zoo

Are you ready for one of the most popular events of the summer? It’s time again for Brew at the Zoo, which sold out in one hour last year. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 26, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be craft beer and food tastings, a silent auction, animal encounters, and live entertainment. A selection of nonalcoholic beverages and water will also be provided, and “designated driver tickets” are available for those not drinking. Tickets start at $40. All proceeds benefit the Louisville Zoo.

August 26, 2017: Louisville on the Lawn

The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum will host a chic, pop-up picnic on the lawn of the 130-year old mansion. Party-goers, dressed all in white, are invited to bring a picnic supper to enjoy while they listen to live jazz music. There will be awards for Best Dressed in White and Best Decorated Table. The event will also feature a silent auction, photo booth, and lawn party traditions like napkin twirling and sparkler lighting. Sign-in begins at 6 p.m., with the event kicking off at 7 p.m. Guests will need to bring their own tablecloth, tableware, utensils, glassware and food. Tables and chairs will be provided. Alcohol will be available for purchase for those over 21. Tables of 8 are available for $300 and tables for 6 are $200. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. The event will take place rain or shine.

August 26, 2017: Louisville Zombie Walk

It’s time once again for zombies to take over the streets of Louisville. Last year, over 42,000 zombies participated in the annual Louisville Zombie Walk. The three-quarter mile walk, beginning at Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway, culminates with a block party at the end (near Highland Avenue) featuring live bands, entertainment, food vendors and a costume contest. New to the Zombie Walk for 2017 is the Zombie Market. This Zombie Walk is free and open to the public — the only requirement is that you dress the part. The fun starts at precisely 8:29 p.m.

August 26 & 27, 2017: Art in Speed Park

This 25-year-old art fair is a good warm-up to the St. James Court Art Show in the fall. Art in Speed Park will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 26 & 27 in Sellersburg, Ind. This fine art juried fair is a tradition in the area and it’s free to the public. Take I-65 North to exit 9, then follow the signs two miles to Speed Park.

August 30, 2017: WFPK Waterfront Wednesday

It’s time again for the WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series. August’s free concert on the Big Four Lawn will feature music from Iron & Wine, James Lindsey and In Lightning. Grab your chairs and blankets, pack a snack and head down to the riverfront to enjoy an evening of music.