StyleBlueprint: 12 March events and happenings

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By Wesley Ware | StyleBlueprint

The luck of the Irish meets the luck of the Kentucky Derby. All around town this month, the arts are kicking up and Derby preparations are officially underway. Get out your calendars and start filling your month with all of these great March events and happenings in Louisville.

Through April 8: 42nd Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays

The 42nd Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays takes place all through March. Each year, thousands of theater-goers come to Louisville for the opportunity to see groundbreaking works before they travel to stages across the nation and around the world. Prices vary based on ticket packages, and showtimes vary daily.

March 4: Kentucky Crafted Market at the Kentucky Expo Center

Nearly 200 exhibitors of fine art, crafts, books and food will come together for a day of all things Kentucky. Enjoy two days of Americana, bluegrass and world music performances, specialty food products from Kentucky Proud members and hands-on activities. Tickets range from $5 to $10, and event hours vary daily.

March 4: Home, Garden & Remodeling Show at the Kentucky Expo Center

The Home, Garden & Remodeling Show is the largest home show in the region that has over 350 exhibitors and hundreds of new products for any homebuilding or remodeling project. With three stages for entertainment acts and featured speakers, an outdoor living pavilion, food courts and much more, this is no ordinary home show, but a great family-friendly event. Parking is $8, tickets start at $8, and the showtimes vary daily.

March 8: Lemonade Day Kickoff at KMAC Museum

It’s not Beyoncé’s latest album, it’s the KMAC’s first-ever Lemonade Day Kickoff event. Lemonade Day is an organization that helps today’s youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow — one lemonade stand at a time.

At the kickoff event, enjoy KMAC Museum’s exhibits, participate in a craft, snap some photos at the Lemonade Day photo booth and enjoy appetizers and of course, lemonade. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. There will also be speeches from Shark Tank deal winner Ryan from Ryan’s Ruffary, local restaurateur Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson and Lemonade Day’s 2017 National Entrepreneurs of the Year, Katie Vonder Haar and Hailey Hertzman.

March 10: St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Broadway & Baxter

It’s back and luckier than ever! The 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on March 10 at the corner of Broadway and Baxter. Wear your green to avoid getting pinched, and enjoy one of the city’s most loved events from 3-6 p.m. Be sure to arrive early to grab a good spot!

March 14: A Drink for You at Mint on Mellwood

The Sober Voyager Foundation provides hope to communities through the Mocktail Project and A Drink for You. This event is a social mixer to raise awareness about the Mocktail Project — a mission to help provide a choice, eliminate unnecessary social pressures and remove societal stigmas to create a safer, more inclusive drinking culture.

A dollar of each mocktail sold supports efforts to provide recovery to our communities’ most at-risk and vulnerable citizens. More than raising money, the goal of this event is for people to have fun without the social pressures of alcohol. Tickets start at $65.

March 15, 22 & 29: Kids Baking Competition at MESA

Watch contestants in MESA‘s first-ever kids’ baking competition battle it out in the finale of the competition with cupcakes. Event guests, the featured judges and an online audience will vote to select the grand prize winner. MESA will provide ingredients for each of the three rounds and will include a surprise ingredient to challenge contestants. Bakers will be judged for technique, flavor and presentation.  Each competition takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 plus gratuity.

March 17: Pearls & Pumps at Millionaire’s Row

Rock out in style with fellow fashion aficionados at the Pearls & Pumps Fashion Show on Saturday, March 17. The show will feature the new spring lines of all your favorite Louisville-area boutiques. There will be a brunch buffet, cocktails, celebratory Survivor Runway Walk, a photo booth and raffle items. All proceeds benefit Charles and Mimi Osborn Cancer Center and 3 Park Tower. This year’s fashion show will take place from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Millionaire’s Row at Churchill Downs. Tickets start at $85.

March 21: Spring Alive at Liv Boutique: Laugh, Love, Liv!

Six influential women representing different aspects of the Louisville community are coming together to host a spring-themed charitable, social and shopping event at Liv Boutique. Bringing together women from all over the community is part of a new community-minded initiative at Liv Boutique. In addition, Liv Boutique is partnering with Maryhurst and a percentage of the evening’s proceeds will go to that organization. The hosts include Austin Anderton, Ritu Furlan, Hollis Gargala, Annie Locke, Amanda Schriber and Elizabeth Woolsey. This event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and it is free and open to the public.

March 22: Runway for the Roses at Westport Village

Whether you are hosting a party at home, living it up in the infield, cheering in the grandstand or sitting on Millionaire’s Row, the Runway for Roses fashion show will have you looking your best this Derby. On Thursday, March 22, see the latest fashions from local Westport Village boutiques and walk away with the perfect ensemble.

Proceeds from this year’s Westport Village fashion show will benefit Maryhurst, the oldest nonprofit in Kentucky working with kids and families to prevent abuse, restore hope and empower survivors of trauma. Tickets start at $30 for early birds, and the event takes place from 5-9 p.m.

March 24: Third Annual NuLu Bock Fest

Local breweries, goat racing, music and the Inaugural Wurst Fest — sign us up! The third annual NuLu Bock Fest continues an annual spring ritual dating back to the mid-19th century to mark the changing of the season when the dark German lager, known as bock, was released across the city after a winter of aging. Wurst Fest will feature local restaurants that will create their own version of a cased sausage. And enjoy live local musicians in the hip NuLu neighborhood. This free event takes place from noon-7 p.m. at the 600 and 700 blocks of East Market Street.

March 29: Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show at Horseshoe Casino

It’s the biggest Louisville fashion show of the year — The Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show features a runway of the latest styles for spring and Derby outfits and accessories from local boutiques. The event is scheduled to be held in the showroom of Horseshoe Casino in Southern Indiana. (Check Horseshoe’s Facebook page for updates.) The night will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and the fashion show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35, and all ticket price levels include a 2018 Fashion Show pin.

Luck o’ the Irish to you this month!