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    The opportunities this weekend are endless! Since it is Thunder weekend, we have compiled a list of where to go to watch Thunder this Weekend.  Subscribe to's Weekender for more lists like this delivered straight to your inbox!
    Triple Crown Conference Center | Hats For Hope
    Hats for Hope began in 2004 when a handful of volunteers from KFC, YUM! Brands, Inc., Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC and Golden State Foods were looking for a way to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.  Twelve years later, Hats for Hope – a silent auction of hundreds of new, designer and gently worn Derby hats as well as a variety of other gift packages – draws hundreds each year to an event of support and celebration. Beginning with the 2016 Hats for Hope event, we will work through Kosair Charities in order to expand our support for children’s cancers.
    When: April 21, 6:00-9:30 pm
    Where: Louisville Triple Crown Conference Center, 1776 Plantside Drive
    Cost:  $30 in advance, $40 day of event
    Mellow Mushroom | 90 Days to Forecastle Barrel Roll Out
    Join The Forecastle Foundation, Sierra Nevada brewmaster Steve Dresler, and Sierra Nevada barrel-aging leader James Conery at Mellow Mushroom Highlands - Louisville for a rollout of unique, specialty offerings. 15% of all F&B proceeds will go back to The Forecastle Foundation. So swing by, grab a bite, raise a pint, and do your part to protect the world’s natural awesome!
    When: April 21, 5 PM - 10 PM
    Where: Mellow Mushroom, 1023 Bardstown Rd.
    Cost: Free
    Seneca Golf Course Driving Range | Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest
    Take a shot at a hole-in-one and the $1 million dollar prize during the Kentucky Derby Festival's most competitive event.
    When: April 22, 10 AM-8:30 PM
    Where: Seneca Golf Course Driving Range, 2300 Pee Wee Reese Rd.
    Cost: $1 per shot and free for spectators
    Galt House Hotel | They're Off!® Luncheon
    The official corporate kick-off of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival – the 60th annual They’re Off! Luncheon. More than 1,500 Derby Festival supporters and patrons are expected to be in attendance for this community tradition, which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House East Hotel, site of the festive event since 1974. Notable speakers include Jay Bilas, Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews, Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and Terry Bradshaw as well as many others in a long list of luminaries who have entertained They’re Off! Luncheon audiences for the past 59 years.
    When: April 22, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
    Where: Galt House Hotel, 140 North Fourth St.
    Cost: Unknown
    A Reader’s Corner Bookstore | Derby Book Signing by Bill Doolittle
    Well known sportswriter, Bill Doolittle will be a A Reader's Corner Bookstore 2044 Frankfort Avenue signing his new book about the greatest 2 minutes in sports! 200 pages of history and 175 photos with an app that links to videos and archives. Meet Bill and enjoy treats from Carrie, our Southern Belle!
    When: April 22, 5-7 PM
    Where: A Reader's Corner Bookstore, 2044 Frankfort Ave.
    Cost: free
    Side by Side Studio | Adult Craft and Color
    Come to craft, color or both! CRAFTING: We will be crafting and learning how to embroider constellations! We will provide all the materials all you need to bring is yourself! We will provide a variety of coloring sheets to choose from, as well as all of crayolas’ 120 crayons, a large variety of colored pencils, and markers! BYOB: Bring your own beverage of choice. Please visit link to Register!
    When: April 22, 7-9 PM
    Where: Side by Side Studio, 2528 Frankfort ave.
    Cost: $15
    Bomhard Theater | In Frame: The Man Behind The Museum Hotels Premiere Screening
    A new documentary by Edward Heavrin will give viewers an unprecedented look at the world through the eyes of the creative visionary and driving force behind 21c Museum Hotels. In Frame: The Man Behind the Museum Hotels follows 21c Museum Hotels’ vibrant and outspoken co-founder Steve Wilson as he navigates his way through a maze of art fairs and construction sites to bring his artistic vision – from both minutiae to momentous – to life. There will be a post-show discussion in the theater with filmmaker Edward Heavrin and 21c Founder Steve Wilson, moderated by Gill Holland of The Group Entertainment, LLC. A portion of ticket sales will benefit The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts.
    When: April 22, 7:30-9 PM
    Where: Bomhard Theater, The Kentucky Center, 501 West Main Street
    Cost: $9
    Fond of Louisville | Earth Day Seed Swap
    Come celebrate Earth Day by swapping packets of seeds with other gardening enthusiasts! VERY casual. Bring partially used or unopened bags of seeds and trade with other guests to add some variety to your garden for free. The shop will be open and full of both local & homemade goods. There will be some delicious food samples, as well. :)
    When: April 22, 5 PM - 10 PM
    Where: Fond of Louisville, 2520 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 40206
    Cost: Free 
    Bernheim Forest | Full “Frog” Moon Hike
    April 22 @ 8:15 pm - 10:15 pm Full Moon Hikes provide ample opportunities to celebrate the heavens and the earth. Join us as we marvel at the moon, ponder distant planets, and explore creatures and features beneath on our portion of planet Earth. Registration and payment required by 4 p.m. the day before. Space is limited. No pets allowed. $5 per car weekend environmental fee for Non-Members applies.
    When: April 22, 8:15-10:15 PM
    Where: Bernheim Forest, 2499 Clermont Road, Clermont, KY 40110
    Cost: Bernheim Members $10; Non-Members $12
    Waterfront Park | Thunder Over Louisville
    FoodFest and Ford’s Thunder On the Ground open at 11:00 AM, Airshow at 3:00 PM, fireworks at 9:30 PM. Featuring the Thunder Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park and the East River Road Beer Garden. Admission is free with a 2016 Pegasus Pin. (Open 11AM – 11PM. NO FOOD, DRINK, TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.) North Great Lawn area opens at 9 AM. Admission is free with a 2016 Pegasus Pin. (NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.)
    When: April 23, 12 PM-12 AM
    Where: Waterfront Park, 1 River Road, 
    Cost: Admission is free with a 2016 Pegasus Pin
    Galt House | Thunder at the Galt House Hotel
    Enjoy your choice of 3 viewing party options in 3D! Party, parking, and panoramic views! Limited tickets available online. (no overnight room stay required.) Thunder VIP Rooftop Party: 1 p.m. - Midnight $125 per person, 21+ Over Only. Thunder Under Cover 1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. $75 per person Priority bleacher seats in our covered Suite Tower Garage. The view from this bleacher perspective is phenomenal and we also provide guests with 2 pairs of viewing 'fireworks glasses' to enhance your experience. Thunder in the Conservatory: 3:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. $125 per person. 21+ Over Only. Forget the Weather! View the festivities and fireworks of Thunder Over Louisville in our glass enclosed great room.
    When: April 23, 12 PM -12 AM
    Where: Galt House Hotel, 140 North Fourth St.
    Cost: Varies
    Baxter Jacks | Seneca Park | Volleyball Classic
    Ready, Set…Spike! With nearly 500 teams participating, the Kentucky Derby Festival Volleyball Classic is the country’s largest outdoor volleyball tournament. It promotes all levels of play and forms of competition – doubles, trips, quads and six-person – on both sand and grass. A great event! Come check out all the action. Call 582-3530 to register your team! Corporate divisions are available – 3 match guarantee. For more information, call the Volleyball Connection/Tandem Sport.
    When: April 23, 9 AM-9 PM
    Where: Baxter Jacks & Seneca Park,
    Cost: Free
    Historic Locust Grove | 18th Century Thunder - A Revolutionary War Encampment
    It’s Thunder weekend- 18th century style at Locust Grove, commemorating the arrival of Revolutionary War troops in 1778 under the command of General George Rogers Clark. Talk to the soldier-reenactors and their families, learn about battle tactics, and participate in a wreath-laying ceremony honoring Clark, with a 21-gun salute. You can chat with the women in the hearth kitchen, the doctor will demonstrate how he'd remove musket balls from victims, and kids are encouraged to sign up as new recruits. Concessions available. (This event does not include battles - it's all about the American troops.)
    When: April 23, 10 AM-4:30 PM
    Where: Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane
    Cost: $6
    Jeffersontown Community Center | Art for the Senses-Juried Art Event
    Join us for a fun day of awarded Art, Jazz music, food and beverages, door prizes and a silent auction with all proceeds going to Louisville Visual Arts.
    When: April 23, 11 AM-4 PM
    Where: Jeffersontown Community Center, 10617 Taylorsville Road
    Cost: Free
    Bernheim Forest | Spring Daffodil Viewing & Garden Luncheon
    are invited to partake in spring’s bounty from Bernheim’s Edible Garden, reflect on what we have learned from winter and witness firsthand the power of vision as we view daffodils that were lovingly tucked into the soil in the fall. Price includes appetizer, homemade spring asparagus soup, salad from Bernheim’s Edible Garden, beverage and dessert. Space is limited so make your reservation early. Registration and payment are due by 4 p.m. on the day prior. $5 per car weekend environmental fee for Non-Members applies.
    When: April 23, 11:30 AM-1 PM
    Where: Bernheim Forest, 2499 Clermont Road, Clermont, KY 40110
    Cost: $20 for members; $30 for non-members
    Bernheim Forest | Poetry among the Trees
    Poetry Among the Trees Saturday, April 23; 1-2 PM Visitors are invited to join Kentucky poet Sarah McCartt-Jackson for an open writing project celebrating the role of trees in our lives. Meet Sarah in the Visitor Center and then venture outside to create a group poem. No registration required. $5 per car weekend environmental fee for Non- members still applies.
    When: April 23, 1-2 PM
    Where: Bernheim Forest, 2499 Clermont Road, Clermont, KY 40110
    Cost: FREE
    Soul Lounge | Soul Lounge LIVE on South Fourth Street
    Join The Soul Lounge Louisville KY as we present "Soul Lounge on South Fourth", an outdoor event at 4th and Chestnut streets, open and free to the public. We will feature LIVE performances by three local favorites "Ryan Marsh", "Big Poppa Stampley & The Groove", as well as "Kev. E and The Swagg Band". This event will serve as a means of entertainment during daylight hours 2-5pm for guests convening downtown for the fireworks show. We are also working in connection with a few of our neighbors to enhance this event.
    When: April 23, 2-5 PM
    Where: Soul Lounge, 312 W. Chestnut St.
    Cost: Free
    The Arctic Scoop | Book Making
    Learn techniques to create your one of a kind book. This is a beginning class and younger kids are welcome, but will need parental help.
    When: April 23, 2-4 PM
    Where: The Arctic Scoop, 841 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy
    Cost: $2 per book
    Jeffersonville Bristol Bar & Grille | Thunder Viewing
    Enjoy Thunder Over Louisville with an all-you-can-eat buffet, unlimited soft drinks and premier views of all the festivities at the Bristol Bar & Grille in Jeffersonville. The appetizer buffet begins at 4 p.m., followed by dinner stations at 6 p.m. Dessert trays and a coffee station are available from 8:30-11 p.m. The price includes all food, iced tea, coffee, soft drinks and sales tax. Alcohol, gratuity and parking are not included. Guests will receive wristbands so they can come and go as they please from the restaurant.
    When: April 23, 3-11 PM
    Where: Bristol Bar & Grille Jeffersonville, 700 W Riverside Dr, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
    Cost: $180 per seat ; $115 bar or patio seat
    Seneca Golf Course | Kids' Day at Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest
    Take a shot at a hole-in-one and the $1 million dollar prize during the Kentucky Derby Festival's most competitive event. Kids under 18 get two chances at a hole-in-one for $1 dollar.
    When: April 24, 10 AM-8:30 PM
    Where: Seneca Golf Course Driving Range, 2300 Pee Wee Reese Rd.
    Cost: under 18 get $1 for 2 shots and free for spectators
    Lots of Food | Spring Foraging Workshop
    Interested in eating more seasonally? Find out about Kentucky's springtime wild greens, edible flowers and fruits, and taste some of the surprises that are probably growing in your own backyard! Lots of Food is an urban orchard & market garden in the Portland neighborhood. Workshop starts at 1647 Portland Ave. and includes a short walk.
    When: April 24, 2-4 PM
    Where: Lots of Food, 1647 Portland Avenue
    Cost: Registration is on a sliding scale, $10-$25
    Central Park | Praise in the Park: Gospel Music Ensembles
    Old Louisville Neighborhood Council is proud to announce Old Louisville LIVE, a new performing arts series that is coming to Central Park next month. Powered by the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, Old Louisville LIVE will take place at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater beginning on Sunday, April 24. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
    When: April 24, 3-6 PM
    Where: Old Louisville's Central Park, 4th & Magnolia
    Cost: Free
    Hilltop Tavern | Cyclouvia Frankfort Fundraising Bike Raffle 4 Bikes
    Broke Down Bike Club is hosting a Raffle style fundraiser for Falls City Community Bike Works during CycLOUvia on the patio at hilltop.We will have many raffles throughout the day. More info to come. West Sixth Brewery will be partnering with Hilltop and serving beer on the "beer bike" with a % of proceeds going towards Falls City Bike Works, and donating items to raffle. CycLOUvia in Louisville, Kentucky, is a community celebration that promotes a healthier method of transportation in the burgeoning city. A handful of major streets are closed to automobiles during the one-day event, and cyclists, skaters, pedestrians and dogs are encouraged to ride and walk their way through the shop and restaurant-lined avenues. A performance from the Louisville Orchestra is among the additional attractions.
    When: April 24,
    Where: Hilltop Tavern,
    Cost: Free
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