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    2016 Kentucky State Fair

    It's that time of year again! The Kentucky State Fair begins Thursday, August 18 and runs until Sunday, August 28. Come out to the Expo Center to experience the animals, showcases, contests, concerts, fair food, and of course the Midway. Even if you came last year...and the year before that...the State Fair promises a fun-filled day for the whole family. Check out our website for the daily schedules.

    When: August 18 - 28, 7am - 9pm
    Where: Kentucky Expo Center, 937 Philips Lane
    Cost: $10+



    Pokemon Go Nights at Slugger Field

    "Pokemania" is coming to Louisville Slugger Field! Come catch 'em all with the Bats on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 as we host two nights full of Pokemon Go. Enjoy special game night Pokemon Go promotions, contests, discounted ticket options and more! There will be lures activated on the PokeStops near the field for the full three hours each night, and don't forget about our Gym! There will also be contests for the most Pokemon caught and the strongest Pokemon caught, with prizes for the winners both Friday and Saturday.

    When: August 19, 5pm - 8pm & August 20, 6pm - 9pm
    Where: Slugger Field, 401 East Main Street
    Cost: $8-$16 (in advance only)


    Whiskey Sour Day at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse

    Jim Beam is kicking off Whiskey Sour Day by celebrating this classic cocktail on Friday at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse. Whiskey lovers  (of legal drinking age) are invited to a day filled with bourbon tastings, live music and insight into the history and heritage of Jim Beam with the 7th generation Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe. Guests will also be given the opportunity to have any purchases signed by Fred Noe. Join us in a There will be fun, hands-on cocktail classes throughout the day.

    When: August 19, 10:30am - 5:30pm
    Where: Jim Beam American Stillhouse, 526 Happy Hollow Road, Clermont KY 40110
    Cost: Varies


    Girls' Night Out Dress Swap

    Clean out your closets, ladies! Let's have a fun girls night out while raising money for a great organization! Here's how it works: Your admission fee is a gently-used dress or purse from your closet (you can bring up to 10 items). Your items will be displayed along with everyone else's and everything will be available for purchase for $20. You get to make some room in your closet, get fabulous deals on like-new items and have a great time with friends all for a great cause. All the proceeds will go directly to my service trip to Kenya through the Africa Yoga Project. So, it's really a win-win for everyone!

    When: August 19, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Where: Over the 9, 120 South Tenth Street
    Cost: Free with clothing donation


    Mapped Out:Benefitting LVA's Mural Art Program

    Louisville Visual Art, in partnership with Center for Neighborhoods and Louisville Metro Government, announces Louisville's first ever city-wide mural initiative: MAP! Join us at Garage Bar as local artists live-paint 8ft x 8ft murals, enjoy food, drink, and a silent auction of the art you saw created—all while supporting a wonderful new program!

    When: August 19, 6pm - 9pm
    Where: Garage Bar, 700 East Market Street
    Cost: Free to attend


    Shop N Rock Concert at Westport Village

    Westport Whiskey & Wine will be hosting The Tarnations this Friday as part of Westport Village's Shop N Rock summer concert series. Good music, good friends, and of course, good whiskey and wine. Also, we'll have a beer cart outside to offer a well-rounded variety of beverages. Grab your chairs, some friends, and come prepared to dance and enjoy.

    When: August 19, 6:30pm - 9pm
    Where: Westport Whiskey & Wine, 1115 Harr Lane, Suite 140
    Cost: Free to attend


    Jeff Dunham: Perfectly Unbalanced Tour

    The best performers always come to town during the Kentucky State Fair, so get ready for Jeff Dunham! His ventriloquism is endlessly entertaining for all ages, so bring the whole family.

    When: August 19, 7pm - 11pm
    Where: Freedom Hall, 937 Phillips Lane
    Cost: $30+


    Rumours and Radiotronic Perform at the Jeffersonville RiverStage

    Every Friday, local and regional bands will perform on the RiverStage as part of their summer concert series. This weekend, come see Rumours (a Fleetwood Mac tribute band) perform with Radiotronic! Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome. No alcohol is permitted. Food vendors and a beer garden are available on site. 

    When: August 19, 7pm - 9pm
    Where: Jeffersonville RiverStage, 100 West Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
    Cost: Free to attend


    An Evening of Jazz at the KCD Theater

    Join Lincoln Foundation for the 21st Annual Evening of Jazz on August 19 at The KCD Theater located on the Kentucky Country Day Campus. The evening of exceptional entertainment will benefit the Whitney M. Young Scholars Program. This year’s concert will feature The Dick Sisto/Steve Allee Quartet with Jeremy Allen and Jason Tiemann playing original music from their recent nationally acclaimed CD entitled “Earth Tones."

    When: August 19, 7pm - 10pm
    Where: KCD Theater, 4100 Springdale Road
    Cost: $100


    Butchertown Get Down Week 3: Top Gun

    The Butchertown Get Down, presented by Lunazul, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, and Domaine de Canton, continues into week 3! This weekly, movie-themed dance party is taking over Louis's the Ton every Saturday night throughout the months of August and September! The dance party features drink specials with Lunazul, PAMA, and Domaine de Canton! Week 3 features an epic dance and DJ set by JP Source, themed off of Top Gun!

    When: August 19, 11pm - 2am
    Where: Louis's the Ton, 1601 Story Avenue
    Cost: Free with RSVP



    Muhammad Ali Center | Jill's Wish Fighter Fun Run 5K

    The Jill's Wish Fighter Fun Run 5K, presented by Anthem and named in honor of the Jill’s Wish Foundation co-founder and breast cancer fighter Jill Conley, will take place this Saturday! The timed run/walk will start at the Muhammad Ali Center, wind through beautiful Waterfront Park and then end back at the Ali Center. Walkers and strollers are welcome. The special guest will be motivational speaker Chris Koch, the 37-year-old man from California born without arms or legs. For more information and to register, please visit the website below.

    When: August 20, 8am – 12pm
    Where: The Muhammad Ali Center, 144 North Sixth Street
    Cost: $28+


    Louisville Quest!: The New Adventure

    A sight-seeing tour, scavenger hunt and race, all rolled into one. Our New Adventure Route starts at the corner of 4th and Market and explores the fun locations in downtown Louisville. Each team will receive a packet of puzzles to solve and will encounter some fun challenges along the way! All Quests end with an award ceremony where teams compare notes and enjoy refreshments, and the top teams earn token awards.
    Enjoy! Explore! Compete!

    When: August 20, 10:30am
    Where: begin at Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 Fourth Street
    Cost: $35+


    7th Annual Taste of South Louisville

    This is the seventh year for this magnificent event on Millionaire's Row at Churchhill Downs. Come to share in some fantastic, diverse food and enjoying time with friends. Get your tickets early – over 700 attended last year! Please bring canned goods to the event to help neighbors in crisis. Restaurants and businesses of South Louisville and surrounding areas will be showcased. There will be Door Prizes and a large Silent Auction!

    When: August 20, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Where: Churchill Downs, 700 Central Avenue
    Cost: $25+


    4th Annual "Wicked in White" Reggae Night

    MixaMedia & Reggae In The Ville are at it again… It’s the 4th Annual “Wicked in White” Reggae Night at The Hard Rock Café! Get your best white outfits read for this party, complete with a full bar. All the best reggae and hip-hop will be blasting all night, so come ready to dance!

    When: August 20, 11pm – 3am
    Where: Hard Rock Cafe, 424 South Fourth Street
    Cost: Free to attend


    Garden Harvest Feast at Bernheim Forest

    Nothing tastes quite as good as a meal prepared with ingredients from your own garden. It's healthy, delicious and satisfying. Join local Brown-Forman Executive Chef Mark Williams, and Bernheim horticulturist Casey Hammett, in an unforgettably entertaining morning as they demonstrate how to create delectable dishes from the garden harvest! Whether you're an experienced chef or just learning, this will be a great experience.

    When: August 20, 10am - 12pm
    Where: Bernheim Forest, 2499 Clermont Road, Clermont, KY 40110
    Cost: $10-$15


    3rd Annual Boots & BBQ Bash

    Third Annual Boots & BBQ Bash, a fundraiser benefiting the Kosair Charities Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health, with support from the Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Foundation. The evening will include silent and live auctions, dinner and live music from Nervous Melvin and The Mistakes. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m., and music and dancing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear “country chic” attire.

    When: August 20, 6pm - 10pm
    Where: Gheens Foundation Lodge, 1421 Beckley Creek Park
    Cost: $100


    9th Anniversary Celebration at Varanese

    Varanese will celebrate its 9th anniversary the week of Monday, August 15 through Saturday, August 20. A special anniversary celebration will take place on Saturday, August 20  with $9 wine flights, Birthday Shot drink specials (made with Absolut Citron vodka, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur,and a lemon wedge) and complimentary anniversary cake made by Chef Varanese himself.

    When: August 20, 5pm - 12am
    Where: Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Avenue
    Cost: Varies



    Bluegrass Breakfast at the Frazier History Museum

    Join Garey Farms and the Frazier History Museum for a rooftop breakfast! The menu will include delicious options like freshly made sausage, egg and cheese on a pretzel slider; bacon, egg and cheese on a pretzel slider, hash brown casserole, breakfast burrito and muffins , all provided by Garey Farms. Oh, and of course there'll be fresh coffee. Mashbill will provide live music for the breakfast. 

    When: August 21, 9am – 1pm
    Where: Frazier History Museum, 829 West Main Street
    Cost: Free to attend


    KFC Yum! Center Presents The Soul Lounge

    The Soul Lounge 9th Annual Series of Jazz & Soul will be stopping at the KFC Yum! Center Norton Healthcare Plaza on Sunday, Aug. 21. Enter as a spoken poet, solo vocalist, vocal group or band for a chance to perform LIVE as a finalist in the competition. Series attendance is free and open to the public. 

    When: August 21, 5pm – 9pm
    Where: KFC YUM! Center, 1 Arena Plaza
    Cost: Free to attend


    Carl Broemel and Daniel Martin Moore Perform at Zanzabar

    Come out this Sunday to hear a couple of Kentucky natives perform at your beloved Z-bar! Daniel Martin Moore will join Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket to perform.

    When: August 21, 8pm – 10pm
    Where: Zanzabar, 2100 South Preston Street
    Cost: $12+


    Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians

    Come out and root for the Bats as they take on the Indianapolis Indians this weekend! Also, it's Werther's Weekend at Slugger, so don't miss out on that delicious caramel popcorn.

    When: August 21, 2pm
    Where: Slugger Field, 401 East Main Street
    Cost: $13+

    Hummingbird Festival at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

    Always a summer favorite! Yew Dell’s Hummingbird Festival offers the opportunity for all to learn about these amazing little birds, what makes them tick, how to attract them, how to keep them coming and a whole lot more. Local experts will catch and band birds, offering an excellent opportunity to see them up close and learn about Hummingbird research. We will have hummingbird plants for sale, kid’s activities, refreshments, tours and photography tips – so don’t forget the camera and binoculars!

    When: August 21, 3pm - 6pm
    Where: Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old La Grange Road, Crestwood, KY 40014
    Cost: Free with admission


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