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    Bourbon Making Workshop | Moonshine University

    Roll up your sleeves and get ready to make some bourbon! This day-long production workshop combines classroom instruction, hands-on bourbon distilling and sensory activities for professionals, learners and enthusiasts of all levels. Instruction includes thorough analysis of the individual components of the distillate and the production process, as well as an examination of standards of identity, the science of aging and batching and bourbon’s relationship to other whiskeys.
    When: October 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Where: Moonshine University, 801 S. Eighth St.
    Website: Bourbon Making Workshop
    Cost: $500 per student

    Whiskey Chicks VIP Distillery Tour | Four Roses

    Join the Whisky Chicks on a unique behind-the-scenes tour of this infamous distillery built in 1910 and featuring a spectacular Spanish Mission-Style architecture rarely seen in Kentucky. The artisans at Four Roses handcraft 10 distinct Bourbon recipes, and then mingle them together by hand to create their family of award-winning brands. Get ready, because the journey will begin at the Whisky Chicks Loft in downtown Louisville, where we will begin our journey with coffee (which may include bourbon) and light refreshments (which may include bacon donuts). We will travel by luxury bus to the Four Roses Distillery and spend the afternoon touring, tasting and having lunch. As always, whisky dudes are welcome!
    When: October 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Where: Whisky Chicks Loft, 110 W. Main St.
    Website: Distillery Tour
    Cost: $65

    Republic Bank First Friday Hop | Downtown Louisville

    The Republic Bank First Friday Hop is every first Friday and includes downtown art galleries, retailers and restaurants that will be open extended hours with specials/discounts and refreshments. Ride the Republic Bank First Friday Hop in style by “hopping” on the brand new, eco-friendly, zero-carbon ZeroBuses, which replaced the old trolleys in February. Each First Friday night, the new ZeroBus drops you off at all the best shopping spots downtown has to offer. Riding the Republic Bank First Friday Hop is fun – and it's free!

    When: October 7, 5-11 p.m.
    Where: Downtown Louisville
    Website: First Friday Hop
    Cost: Free to attend

    First Friday Art Opening | Tim Faulkner Gallery

    Come to Tim Faulkner Gallery for the October First Friday Opening featuring new work from seven artists in the area. These talented artists’ works are not to missed. If you are a new art lover or a seasoned art collector, then the kick off to our fall season will not disappoint. In addition, the TFG bar will be open with a fresh selection of drafts and specialty cocktails to help give you that little nudge to appreciate the more obscure works.
    When: October 7, 6-11:30 p.m.
    Where: Tim Faulkner Gallery, 1512 Portland Ave.
    Website: First Friday Art Opening
    Cost: Free to attend

    Luke Bryan's Farm Tour 2016 | Highlands Farm

    Luke Bryan is a superstar-in-the-making, and his explosive career growth from his first to his second to his third studio album, Tailgates & Tanlines, is the proof. With his unique blend of down-home accessibility, movie star good looks and relatable lyrics, Luke is set to explode in a major way. Not a flash-in-the-pan, overnight sensation, he has built his career from the ground up and wouldn’t have it any other way. The gates open at 5 p.m., and the music starts at 6 p.m.
    When: October 7, 6-9 p.m.
    Where: Highlands Farm, 1377 Hutcherson Lane, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
    Website: Luke Bryan Farm Tour 
    Cost: $49+

    Wig Out! Street Party | South Fourth Street

    Wig-Out in October at the Republic Bank First Friday Hop this Friday. There will be a wig contest, wig styling and decorating contest, glamour shots, fashion contest, fabulous food and a specialty Wig-Out drink feature! Breast Cancer Survivors, Cancer Awareness and the LGBTQ communities come together for an absolutely fabulous and outrageously fun Friday night.
    When: October 7, 6-9 p.m.
    Where:  S. Fourth St.
    Website: Wig Out! Street Party
    Cost: Free to attend

    22nd Annual Belknap Fall Festival | Historic Douglass Loop

    Join us at the Historic Douglass Loop this Friday for the 22nd Annual Belknap Fall Festival presented by Perelmuter & Goldberg Orthodontics. On the music stage, the festival will kick off with neighborhood favorites Carl Stuck, Anemic Royalty and Mary Mary. Grab dinner from one of several food trucks, including Black Rock Grille, and sip the taste of the season with a Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest at the beer garden. Grab some friends and head on down to the Highlands for a fun fall evening!
    When: October 7, 6-11 p.m.
    Where: Historic Douglass Loop, 2200 Bardstown Road
    Website: Belknap Festival
    Cost: Free to attend

    Zakir Hussain & Niladri Kumar | The Kentucky Center

    Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain performs a duo concert with a frequent collaborator, sitar master Niladri Kumar. Enjoy an evening of invention and interplay from these musical sparring partners at the Kentucky Center.
    When: October 7, 8-9:30 p.m.
    Where: The Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St.
    Website: The Kentucky Center
    Cost: $35+

    Blackfoot Gypsies | Zanzabar

    The Blackfoot Gypsies have created a place that dreamers, night flyers and adventure seekers can gather and embrace the triumphant harmony of spirit and music­ made by humans, for humans. With four years, four releases and countless miles under their belt as a two-piece band, Zack Murphy and Matthew Paige have called on fellow brethren Dylan Whitlow (bass) and Ollie Dogg (harmonica) to join forces and help expand their already wide spectrum of American music.

    When: October 7, 8-11 p.m.
    Where: Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St.
    Website: Blackfoot Gypsies
    Cost: $8+



    9th Annual Foxhollow Farm Fall Festival

    Foxhollow Farm hosts their 9th Annual Fall Festival October 8th, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The popular family-friendly event features old-fashioned carnival games, local food, music, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, hay rides, a petting zoo and pony rides. This year, the hosts have doubled the festival space to make room for new activities and vendors. Proceeds benefit Maryhurst, a non-profit residential facility offering hope and healing to abused and neglected girls. The farm donated $25,000 to the organization last year, funds that help bridge the gap between their needs and reimbursement.

    Admission to the event is free, with most activities ranging from $1-$5. Parking is $10 per car and carpooling is encouraged. For more information, visit the website below and download their new Festival map! Sponsored by Commonwealth Bank & Trust.
    When: October 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Where: Foxhollow Farms, 8905 Hwy. 329, Crestwood, KY 40014
    Website: Foxhollow Farm Festival
    Cost: Free to attend; $10 parking

    Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure | Downtown Louisville

    Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. This Race is unique in the fact that 100% of the net proceeds are allocated to our mission. 75% of the net income stays in our community to help fund local programs offering breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment. The remaining 25% supports the Susan G. Komen® Grants Program.
    When: October 8, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Where:  Slugger Field, 401 E. Main St.
    Website: Race for the Cure
    Cost: Free to attend

    Bowman Field Aviation Heritage Festival

    To celebrate and promote this wonderful community resource, the Bowman Field Friends (BFF) will be hosting the first Bowman Field Aviation Heritage Festival. This two-day event will feature rare vintage aircraft from all over the United States and will also showcase the many different aviation activities that currently operate at an airport today. Highlights of the festival will include rides in an original restored Ford Tri-Motor and DC-3 aircraft, two airplanes that operated from Bowman Field during its heyday as Louisville's primary airport. On Saturday, there will be a Hot Air Balloon Rally, a Four Miler Run and a pancake breakfast. On Sunday, there will be a Historic Aviation Showcase, vintage plane rides, food trucks and a craft beer and bourbon bar.

    When: October 8, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; October 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Where: Bowman Field, 2817 Taylorsville Road
    Website: Bowman Field
    Cost: $10 adult; $5 under 16; Free under 5

    Fall Jewelry Trunk Show | Butchertown Market

    Fall into fashion at Work the Metal! See the latest trends in fall fashion jewelry and get a head start on your holiday shopping. Check out statement necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, fall and winter scarves and more. Also, the first 50 people to arrive will receive a free gift.
    When: October 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Where: Butchertown Market, 1201 Story Ave.
    Website: Jewelry Trunk Show
    Cost: Free to attend

    FleaTiques | Mellwood Art Center

    Come to Mellwood Antiques at the Mellwood Art Center and enjoy this monthly event! Rain or shine, there are plenty of gems to scope out at this unique outdoor market. Food trucks will also be on site for those who consider shopping to be hungry work. For October's FleaTique event, part of the proceeds will be donated to charity Supplies Over Seas.
    When: October 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Where: Mellwood Antiques Interiors, 1860 Mellwood Ave.
    Website: Mellwood Art Center
    Cost: Free to attend

    Louisville Halloween Parade & Festival | Baxter Avenue

    The 14th annual Louisville Halloween Parade is going to be the best yet with the addition of an all-new Halloween Street Festival! This year, experience Louisville's biggest Halloween celebration, brought to you by, Louisville's Home For Halloween. The festival will be located on Baxter Avenue between Bardstown Rd and Hepburn and will open at noon and close at 8 p.m. The festival will include vendor booths and live entertainment, and there will be a variety of special events to make it an all-day, fun-for-the-whole-family event. The parade starts at 4 p.m., and it’s sure to be the biggest and best parade yet. There is no other event that celebrates Halloween quite like this!
    When: October 8, 12-8 p.m.
    Where: Baxter Ave. between Bardstown Road and Hepburn
    Website: Louisville Halloween Fest
    Cost: Free to attend

    Portland Art & Heritage Fair

    The Portland Art & Heritage is this Saturday! There will be arts and crafts, bicycle tours, live music all day, food and drink and the first-ever Portland Cornhole Tournament. Walk, bike or take the courtesy shuttle, but be sure to come visit!
    When: October 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Where: Portland Neighborhood
    Website: Portland Fair
    Cost: Free to attend

    Fall Foraging Workshop | Lots of Food

    Lots of Food hosts the annual Fall Foraging workshop this Saturday, as part of the Portland Art & Heritage Fair. Find out about and sample Kentucky's fruits, nuts & other foods that you can forage right here in the city. Find out how to nibble your way through your neighborhood!
    When: October 8, 2-4 p.m.
    Where: Lots of Food, 1647 Portland Ave.
    Website: Louisville Lots of Food
    Cost:  $10 for Portland residents; $20 for non-residents

    Improv Anonymous Presents: Kemping It Real | The Bard's Town

    Come start off the Halloween month with a little comedy made up right on the spot. This is a free show honoring our fallen friend, Ryan Kemp.
    When: October 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
    Where: The Bard's Town, 1801 Bardstown Road
    Website: The Bard's Town
    Cost: Free to attend

    Couture for a Cause | Seelbach Hilton Hotel

    Please join the Younger Woman's Club as Dillard's presents Couture for a Cause!  This evening of fashion, food and drink is not to be missed! Proceeds will benefit the YWC Charity Campaign and will ultimately to fund nonprofit grant requests here in Louisville.

    When: October 8, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
    Where: Seelbach Hilton Hotel, 500 S. Fourth St.
    Website: Couture for a Cause
    Cost: $70+

    Guided Night Sky Viewing | Norton Commons

    Join experts from the UofL Gheens Planetarium for a guided Night Sky Viewing Party at the Amphitheater. Astronomy experts will point out constellations and provide a micro tour through the universe. High-powered telescopes will be on-site for visitors’ viewing pleasure.
    When: October 8, 8:30-10 p.m.
    Where: Norton Commons Amphitheater, 10712 Meeting St.
    Website: Guided Night Sky Viewing
    Cost: Free to attend

    Solar Kentucky Benefit Concert | Haymarket

    Music fans can rock out for a good cause at a benefit concert at Haymarket Whiskey Bar, featuring Bendigo Fletcher, Johnny Conqueroo and Voodoo Economics. The benefit concert, part of a state-wide series put on by Solar Kentucky, will help finance solar panels and energy efficiency upgrades on a Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville house. Louisville Habitat staff will work with local solar installers to identify a suitable home.
    When: October 8, 8 p.m.
    Where: Haymarket Whiskey Bar, 331 E. Market St.
    Website: Solar Kentucky Benefit Concert
    Cost: $10

    Rock the Vote | ReSurfaced

    The deadline to register to vote in Kentucky is October 11th, so come join us on the 8th! We'll have everything you need available so that you can get registered, all while enjoying some of the best musical talent Louisville has to offer! Some of the bands present will be the Dave Clark Jazz Ensemble, Powell and the Zach Longoria Project. Come enjoy the evening with the ReSurfaced team, get registered and be prepared to participate in one of the most important things you can do as an American citizen: Vote.
    When: October 8, 4-10 p.m.
    Where: ReSurfaced, 319 S. Shelby St.
    Website: Rock the Vote
    Cost: Free to attend



    Macbeth | Actors Theatre

    How far would you go to achieve your greatest ambition? Grand hopes give rise to ghastly deeds in Shakespeare’s riveting tale of a brave warrior and his wife who become murderous monarchs, caught in the thrall of power’s dark temptations. Unfolding in a blood-soaked world haunted by ghosts and supernatural forces, Macbeth is one of the theatre’s most fascinating horror stories about betrayal, dangerous desire, and the kind of evil that never sleeps.
    When: October 9, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.
    Where: Actors Theatre, 316 W. Main St.
    Website: Macbeth
    Cost: $25+

    Ironman Louisville | Downtown Louisville

    Join thousands of sports fans to witness the 10th annual IRONMAN Louisville presented by Norton Sports Health this Sunday. More than 2,500 athletes will transition from a 2.4 mile swim in the Ohio River to a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run at Waterfront Park. Athletes from around the world will compete in the world’s most challenging endurance event, pushing their mental and physical limits to reach the finish line at 4th Street Live! Be a part of the IRONMAN experience!
    When: October 9
    Where: Louisville Waterfront Park, 129 East River Road
    Website: Ironman
    Cost: Free to watch

    Vivian Howard Book Signing | Carmichael's

    Vivian Howard’s first cookbook, Deep Run Roots, is a comprehensive record of modern Southern cooking that catalogs the history of North Carolina’s food ways and offers delicious new interpretations of its staple ingredients. Here, Vivian tells the story of the extraordinary food you’ll find in between the ocean and the mountains, starting with the frugal farmers who work North Carolina’s coastal plains. The result is a collection of stories and dishes that are rooted in history, yet call out to the rest of the world—an intimate cookbook that is deeply personal and incredibly alive. Ticket includes a copy of the cookbook, a spot in the signing line, a sandwich and a beverage.
    When: October 9, noon
    Where: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Ave.
    Website: Vivian Howard Book Signing
    Cost: $53.50

    17th Annual Harvest Festival | Farmington Historic Plantation

    It’s time for the 17th Annual Harvest Festival at Farmington Historic Plantation! There will be a local artisan market, food vendors, beer, children's crafts, tours of the mansion and more. Come celebrate autumn with one of the Highlands’ annual traditions.
    When: October 9, noon-5 p.m.
    Where: Farmington Historic Plantation, 3033 Bardstown Road
    Website: Harvest Festival
    Cost: $5

    Louisville Cocktail Competition | The Green Building

    The Original Louisville Cocktail Competition features renditions of three classic Louisville Cocktails from 10 of Louisville's best bartenders. Come try their spins on the Old Fashioned, the Mint Julep and the Seelbach. Not a bad way to spend a warm fall afternoon in Nulu! $10 will get you in, plus a cocktail – or get 5 drinks for $20!
    Sponsored by Old Forester.
    When: October 9, 4-7 p.m.
    Where: The Green Building, 732 E. Market St.
    Website: Louisville Cocktail Competition
    Cost: $10

    Electric Six | Zanzabar

    If you don’t create art and you don’t love…well then, you will be forgotten, rather quickly. No one wants to be forgotten rather quickly. No one more so than Electric Six. Electric Six understands all this stuff as they unveil their 11th studio album, which was released on October 6. The album is steeped in themes of mortality, death, discorporation and discoloration…all while they try to convince you it is actually a work of art, a labor of love.
    When: October 9, 8-11 p.m.
    Where: Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St.
    Website: Electric Six 
    Cost: $13+

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