StyleBlueprint: 20 Louisville events and happenings in November

By Wesley Ware | StyleBlueprint of Louisville

Ahhh … November — when it’s finally socially acceptable to turn up Michael Bublé’s Christmas album. For those of you who aren’t ready to jump right into the holiday season, don’t worry, there are lots of great November events to keep you busy until you have to start officially feeling the pressures that come after Thanksgiving.

Here are 20 Louisville events guaranteed to make you fall even harder for this city we call home.

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Nov. 2: Business Women First Wine and Networking

Louisville Business First is hosting an evening of networking and plenty of wine at Vincenzo’s. Connect and exchange business cards with fellow professional women while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and two glasses of wine for only $30. This event starts at 5 p.m., and there will also be great giveaways.

Nov. 3: Chenoweth Square Holiday Walk

Chenoweth Square’s annual Holiday Walk is a night of shopping, beverages, food and live music. Donations including bar soap, body lotion, toothpaste and hairbrushes for the Home of the Innocents will be taken during the event.

Nov. 3-4: Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs

Watch and wager on the Breeders’ Cup Championships from Del Mar Racetrack while watching live racing at Churchill Downs. Enjoy a two-track racing experience on the Big Board with analyst views of Churchill Downs races and Breeders’ Cup races. Stakes races for the day include the Chilukki (GII). General admission is $5, and prices go up from there.

Nov. 4: Healing Tree Gala

The second annual Healing Tree Gala will feature special guests and performers from Broadway, film and TV, a live auction of premium items, survivor testimonials and more. The dress is black tie optional, and there will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The event will be held at the 21c Museum Hotel, and tickets are $225 per person.

Nov. 4: Hosparus Health Candle Glow Gala and Glow Lounge

This elegant event benefits Hospice and palliative care patients and families, regardless of their ability to pay. From dress to décor to desserts, this signature fundraiser is a “Black & White Affair.” Individual tickets for for the gala are $250, and tickets to the after-party Glow Lounge are $60. The Glow Lounge features hors d’oeuvres, a premium open bar and live music. This is a great, affordable way to support Hospice and palliative care in the community.

Nov. 8: A Night With Janis Joplin

Enjoy a musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences. Her unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. This event is being held at the Brown Theatre, and tickets are $30.

Nov. 9: Third annual Louisville Mashed

Louisville Mashed is partnering with “[give] 502” and Family and Children’s Place to bring you the area’s best bourbon-themed event for young professionals. Tickets range from $40 to $50, and include tastings of premier bourbon and beer, food, networking with over 400 Louisville-area professionals and an awesome silent auction with tons of items for bourbon lovers.

Nov. 9-11: North American Championship Rodeo

The North American Championship Rodeo will stampede into Freedom Hall for the circuit finals of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. Top cowboys and cowgirls compete for more than $80,000 in prizes and the title of Regional Champion. As part of the Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo, riders represent Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Ticket prices vary depending on the day from $25 to $32, and VIP tickets are available for $55 to $57.

 Nov. 10: Eat, Drink, & Do Science

The Kentucky Science Center is hosting a night of tasting, pouring, pairing and science. At Eat, Drink, & Do Science, you’ll discover the neuroscience of flavor, chemistry of cooking, molecular gastronomy and the art of the cocktail. Taste, try, learn, explore and play in a kid-free, 21 and up, Science Center. Tickets are $40 for the general public and $35 for Kentucky Science Center Members.

Nov. 10-11: Louisville Ballet’s “Stravinsky!” featuring “Rubies” and “Firebird”

Louisville Ballet presents “Stravinsky!,” a celebration of the incredible ballet music of Igor Stravinsky, featuring George Balanchine’s “Rubies” and a world premiere of “Firebird” by Louisville Ballet resident choreographer Lucas Jervies. This event will take place in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center, and tickets start at $35.50.

Nov. 10-12: Festival of Trees and Lights

The 28th annual Festival of Trees & Lights at Louisville Slugger Field is where hundreds of volunteers design and decorate Christmas trees, wreaths and handcrafted holiday items, all of which are for sale to raise funds for Norton Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $5 for children under 12 and senior citizens (65+); $8 for adults. Children’s activities are free with admission.

Nov. 11: Louisville Beer Run

The Louisville Beer Run is a fun 5K run/walk with beer stops every .75 miles on the course. Participants will receive beer throughout the course, a 16-ounce beer at the finish, a Louisville Beer Run T-shirt and beer glass, along with an amazing after-party and free festival including music, food and drinks. The after-party and festival are free and open to the general public.

Nov. 11: Louisville ’90s Block Party

The Louisville ’90s Block Party is a nostalgic throwback with some of your favorite hip-hop, R&B and soul artists. The party will last all evening and will feature performances by Guy, Teddy Riley, Monica, Jagged Edge and Dru Hill & Next at the KFC Yum! Center at 8 p.m.

Nov. 11-12: Weekend of Wine and Design

Enjoy a weekend of early holiday shopping from international brands curated by Lee Robinson. This is the ultimate holiday season starter with cocktails and lunch. The first day will feature a talk by Mary McDonald, star of “Million Dollar Decorator,” and a floral arranging seminar the second day by Jana Dowds. Proceeds will be donated to support the Pendennis Historical Foundation.

Nov. 13: Lady Gaga at KFC Yum! Center

Grammy and Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Lady Gaga is coming to Louisville for her Joanne World Tour. You don’t want to miss your chance to see Lady Gaga’s powerhouse vocals live. Tickets range from $49 to $257, and doors open at 6 p.m.

Nov. 19: Pie Auction benefiting Kosair Charities

“Bake” a difference in the lives of Kosair Kids at the Kosair Shrine Center. Show off your baking skills, or lack thereof, and donate a dessert to the auction. This event will be a fun-filled afternoon of live and silent auctions and, of course, dessert.

Nov. 19: The Fall Wedding Show

The 2017 Fall Wedding Show will feature vendors from many departments, including catering, photography, videography, florals, decor and baking, in addition to DJs, photobooths, coordinators, bartenders, a spray tanning booth and much more. There will be food, drinks and goodies to give away, and the event is free.

Nov. 23: 47th annual Turkey Trot

The 47th annual Turkey Trot is an exciting 5K/10K race organized by the Northeast Family YMCA. There also will be a Kids Trot for children 10 and under that consists of a non-competitive age division race. All kids receive a T-shirt and award for their participation. This is a great way to spend Thanksgiving morning.

Nov. 24: 95th annual Bachelors’ Ball

The Pendennis Club is hosting its 95th annual Bachelors’ Ball. A portion of the proceeds received during this event will be earmarked to benefit local charities and other nonprofit organizations meaningful to the club’s membership. There will be a full open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Men’s tickets are $75 and women’s tickets are $50.

Nov. 25: Expecto Bar Crawl

Grab your robes and wands, head to the nearest portkey and transport yourself to Louisville for the Expecto Bar Crawl. Tickets include themed drink specials during the crawl, an exclusive beer stein souvenir cup, neck lanyards to ensure bar entry and drink specials, and your own unique wand at check-in.

Nov. 28-Dec. 3: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical”

Rediscover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life onstage at the Kentucky Center. The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heartwarming holiday classic. Tickets start at $33.