It’s St. James weekend in Louisville, which means more than 160,000 people from all over will flood into Old Louisville to shop, stroll, socialize, sip and saturate themselves in the work of more than 700 artists, 97 of which are from Kentucky.
The 62nd annual St. James Court Art Show takes place Oct. 5-7 in the historic neighborhood and, as always, is free and open to all. Along with the art, there will be food and drink options as well, and the festival will go on whether rain or shine.
Of those 700 artists, 60 percent are returning, and in fact, 34 of them have exhibited at St. James more than 25 years. On the flip side, this will be the inaugural year for 57 participating artists, and all those rookie booths will be located inside the St. James Court area.
Hours of juried art show are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7.
But just because the spotlight will be on St. James this weekend, it doesn’t mean it’s the only gig in town. Here’s a roundup of a few other events worthy of your time before, after or instead of St. James …
The UnFair — Oct. 5-7
Most Louisvillians who make the effort to park and brave the St. James crowds also make it a point to check out this smaller art festival located inside and outside the nearby Mag Bar, at 1398 S. Second St.
The event was started by local artists who felt left out of the big show, and now it’s in its 22nd year — not too shabby.
Along with local art and local beverages, you can expect local music as well, and this event is free of charge, too. The UnFair opens at about the same time each day as St. James, but you can expect festivities to last a bit longer.
Porktoberfest — Friday, Oct. 5
This annual Butchertown event was mentioned last week in our Oktoberfest roundup, but it never hurts to give a reminder, especially when bacon is involved. The fundraiser takes place at Copper & Kings and features 15 vendors offering up pork-inspired dishes.
Expect local drinks, local beer and, most likely, local pork from the neighborhood. The free event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5.
Nunnlea Craft Fair — Oct. 6-7
Although this is only the 13th year of this annual arts festival, the location where it resides is 157 years old, so there. And since everyone has art on the brain during the first weekend in October, why not jump on the bandwagon?
If you’re looking for some locally made arts and crafts but don’t feel like fighting the masses, this is the perfect spot for you to check out. There will be booths inside the historic mansion, plus on the grounds as well, selling all types of handmade trinkets and crafts including jewelry, gourd art, needlework, glass, basketry, wood crafts and pottery.
The free fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7. The Historic Nunnlea Home is located at 1940 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy.
Louisville AIDS Walk & Pet Walk — Saturday, Oct. 6
Celebrating 25 years strong, the Kentuckiana AIDS Alliance’s annual Louisville AIDS Walk serves as the area’s largest awareness and fundraising event. Thousands will participate, and organizers say registration is still open.
There is no fee to participate in the one-mile walk, but attendees are encouraged to get pledges from family and friends. And if you raise at least $50, you’ll get a free T-shirt.
The AIDS & Pet Walk starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park. The event is fun and family friendly, and you’re also encouraged to bring your dogs. Besides the walk, there will be a festival atmosphere, complete with bouncy castles for kids, food trucks, community booths and much more.
We also mentioned this third annual aviation festival last week in our “7 Questions With” piece, but we thought we should remind you it was going down — or rather up — this weekend. The event will feature vintage airplanes, knowledgeable pilots and even plane rides, as well as food, drink and activities for the kids.
It runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
#IAmPublicArt — Saturday, Oct. 6
Celebrate the afternoon celebrating art at the Carnegie Center’s annual #IAmPublicArt event in New Albany.
The event features live painting and public art installations by local artists, as well as live music, face painting and lots of skateboarding. Participating artists include Liz Richter, William Sieg III, Braylyn Stewart and Juliet Taylor.
Since 2010, the Carnegie Center has added more than 20 pieces of art to the public domain in New Albany, and this free event will add even more. It takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. (after the Harvest Homecoming Parade) on Bank Street between Spring and Market streets.
KMAC Bourbon Bash — Saturday, Oct. 6
KMAC’s annual fundraiser features a winning combination of bourbon, art, music and food. For $100, patrons can sip on bourbon from distilleries like Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Peerless and more, plus there will be a bourbon slushy bar manned by Old Forester.
Along with that, there will be a taco bar, appetizers from Mayan Café, ice cream from The Comfy Cow and — wait for it — chocolate chip cookies from Please & Thank You, among many other treats. Music will be spun by OKDeejays, and there will be many coveted items in a silent auction, including trips to Stockholm and Mexico and tickets to the Elton John concert at the Yum! Center.
The event takes place at KMAC, 715 W. Main St., from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Louisville Zoo’s ‘World’s Largest Halloween Party’ — Through Oct. 28
Beginning Thursday, Oct. 4, the Louisville Zoo will hold its annual “World’s Largest Halloween Party” from Thursdays through Sundays in October.
The event is geared toward children 11 and under and features non-scary trick-or-treating throughout the zoo.
Kids are encouraged to dress up, and there will be special experiences along the way, besides filling bags with candy.
The party starts each night at 5 p.m., and the trail closes at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are available for nonmembers online for $10.50 or at Meijer stories for $8.50 (while supplies last). Zoo members get discounted pricing.