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    So that four-day work week has left you with lots of energy for weekend activities, right? Good, because we’ve got a great list for you this week!
    The Beginning of the Finish with Angel's Envy
    Join Down One Bourbon Bar in a relaxing evening full of amazing bourbon and delicious food. Enjoy an evening with Master Ambassador Wes Henderson as he recounts the creation of Angel's Envy and discusses how they set the bar for some of the latest, sweeping trends in our wonderful world of Bourbon.
    When: September 10, 7 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Down One Bourbon Bar, 321 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: $55 includes tax and gratuity. Call 566-3259 to reserve your seat.
    Kentucky Small Batch Rye Whiskey Dinner
    This special dinner at Varanese will feature guest speaker Tara Schaefer of Southern Wine & Spirits and a four-course dinner paired with various whiskeys from a variety of distilleries. The menu will include bourbon barrel smoked pastrami and a "Grilled Peach Sazarac" cocktail.
    When: September 10, 7 - 9 p.m.
    Where: Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
    Cost: $55 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 899-9904 or emailing
    Fleur de Lis Regatta
    Enjoy three days of competitive sailing among 32-34 sailing vessels. The sailing community has bonded together to raise awarness and funds for Gilda's Club.The primary event for this fundraiser is the Fleur de Lis Regatta, kicking off on Friday night followed by two days of sailboat racing on the Ohio River near downtown Louisville, Kentucky. This year the location has been moved slightly upstream from the Harbor Lawn Marina. You'll find us at the docks next to the former Tumbleweed Restaurant. 
    When: September 11, 12, 13 see full schedule here:
    Where: Harbor Lawn, , Louisville, KY
    Cost: Free for spectators.
    9/11 Salute to Our Heroes at Fourth Street Live!
    Fourth Street Live! has partnered with Service for Peace and Operation Helping Heroes to honor our first responders and military heroes. Attend this great concert and bring some friends with you! Six Ways to Sunday, Shane Dawson, and Wild Wood will be performing! When: Saturday, September 11, 7 p.m.
    Where: Fourth Street Live! 400 S. 4th Street, Louisville KY 40202
    Cost: $5, All proceeds will benefit Operation Helping Heroes.
    Louisville Zoo Presents 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
    Enjoy a movie under the stars at the wildest theater in town. Watch your favorite movies on our giant inflatable screen. The Zoo Crew will provide free entertainment before the show. Snacks and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Don’t forget to pack your blanket or lawn chairs.
    When: September 11, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
    Where: The Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213
    Cost: Movie nights are FREE to Zoo members and only $5 after 5 p.m. for non-members.
    Ryan Marsh and the Free Soul Effect with Jalin Roze and 1200
    Foxhollow Farm's last summer concert will be a party, and they're going out with a bang! This event is family friendly and fun for all ages. Rain or shine. Bring blankets, chairs, friends, family and even pets (on leash). Ticket includes admission and parking. Food, beverages and sweet treats available to purchase.
    When: September 11, 6 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Foxhollow Farm , 8905 Hwy 329, Crestwood, KY 40014
    Cost: $10 - kids 12 and under free.
    Album Release Party for Nick Peay's "Sobering"
    Louisville-based recording artist Nick Peay will host album release parties for his newly recorded CD "Sobering" on Friday at Jimmy's Music, 123 E. Market Street in New Albany and on Saturday at Saints in Sky Bar, 131 Breckenridge Lane in Louisville. 
    When: September 11, 7 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Jimmy's Music, 123 E. Market Street , Louisville, KY 47150
    Cost: Free!
    InKY Series in the Lounge
    InKY, Inc. is an independent arts organization in Louisville, Kentucky which produces the InKY Reading Series, a free literary and music event held on the second Friday of the month at The Bard's Town.
    When: September 11, 7 - 8 p.m.
    Where: The Bard's Town, 1801 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205
    Cost: Free!
    Community Conversation on "Seven Guitars"
     Immediately following with 7:30 p.m. performance of August Wilson's "Seven Guitars," the Community Conversation will individuals from across Louisville together for a dynamic dialogue on cultural issues inspired by Actors Theatre's opening play for the 2015 fall season.
    When: September 11, 7:30 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: Ticket prices vary.
    Magic Men Live
    Ladies' night is about to get a lot more interesting. Watch your favorite fantasies come to life through visual story lines, state-of-the-art lighting, sound design, theatrical performances and next-generation special effects that captivate the senses and inspire a unique and fun level of fan interaction!The show is performed and professionally produced by the Premier Gentlemen Male Entertainers and award winning choreographer and an official NBA Half Time Show Creative Director, Oscar Hernandez! Dynamic productions of the hottest music and original compositions, thrilling choreographic displays and themed acts, Magic Men Live invites ladies to let loose in an empowering, fun-filled environment and embark on an unforgettable night out!
    When: September 10, 11 9 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Mercury Ballroom, 611 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: $20 general admission; reserve a table for $25-$35. Admission for age 18+ only.
    Louisville Dragon Boat Festival 2015
    Dragon Boats are large 43 foot, 550 pound vessels powered by the technique and teamwork of 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, and a steersperson. Though Dragon Boat Racing is new to Louisville, it is actually the oldest team sport (started in China over 2,000 years ago!) Now, it is the second fastest growing team sport in the world! Once you experience the thrill of racing a dragon boat, you will know why!
    Louisville Dragon Boat Festival is an all-day event, based around The Dragon Boat Races, but also includes family friendly cultural activities, performances, and food. Read more about the Dragon Boat Festival here:
    When: September 12, 9 - 5 p.m.
    Where: Waterfront Park, , Louisville, KY
    Cost: Free for spectators.
    Pegasus Pin Party
    Join the Kentucky Derby Festival office for this one-of-a-kind event. The party will feature pin trading, pins for sale at discounted prices, silent auction and much more! Attendees will be able to enjoy:
    • The chance to purchase pins from 1973-2015
    • Free Pegasus Pin Collector Set for the first 25 customers who make a purchase (limit 1 per customer)
    • Pin trading
    • Raffle for a 2015 exclusive item
    When: September 12, 8 - 2 p.m.
    Where: Kentucky Derby Festival Office, 1001 South Third Street, Louisville, KY
    Cost: $20, breakfast and lunch will be available to purchase.
    FARE Walk for Food Allergy Louisville
    Fifteen million Americans live with food allergies, which can be life-threatening. With so many affected, including one in thirteen children, there are fifteen million reasons to walk. Food Allergy Research and Education works to say FAREwell to Food Allergies. Support our mission to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.
    When: September 12, 8:30 - 11 a.m.
    Where: Seneca Park, 3151 Pee Wee Reese RD, Louisville, KY 40205
    Cost: Free for spectators - donations encouraged.
    Mellwood September Art Fair
    Join Mellwood Arts Center for the 7th Annual September Art Fair! Come out to see over 165 juried artists, 200 resident artists, live music, local food, beer, wine, and a children's activity tent. Fun for the whole family!
    When: September 12, 13, 10 - 6 p.m.
    Where: Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue Suite 181, Louisville, KY 40206
    Cost: Free!
    Louisville Pagan Pride Day
    Interfaith event featuring workshops, vendors, information booths, music, handicrafts and fun for kids.Bring a non-perishable food item. Louisville Pagan Pride donates food to support the Dare to Care Food Bank
    When: September 12, 11 - 7 p.m.
    Where: Brown-Forman Amphitheater & Lawn, River Road, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: Free!
    Frazier's Pirates Family Day
    Get in the pirate spirit through artifacts, songs, pirate tales and creative crafts for the whole family!
    When: September 12, 11 - 3 p.m.
    Where: Frazier History Museum, 829 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: Free for members; general admission for non-members.
    Silver Anchor Award Celebration
    The Friends of the Waterfront will honor Arthur H. Keeney Ophthalmic Fund Charitable Trust and Louisville Metro Police Department for its work to keep Waterfront Park accessible and safe for the community at its 22nd annual Silver Anchor Award Celebration. The Silver Anchor Award reception will feature music by Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, hors d’oeuvres by Mirabelle Catering, cocktails, and a silent auction. 
    When: September 12, 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
    Where: Belle of Louisville at Waterfront Park, 401 West River Road, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: Tickets are $75 ($50 is tax deductible), and proceeds benefit Friends of the Waterfront programs. Tickets will be available at the door.
    Too Few Tour: Thriftworks, Russ Liquid, Dragon House
    RX Productions presents TOO FEW TOUR, featuring Thriftworks, Russ Liquid and Dragon House at Diamonds.
    When: September 12, 9 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Diamond Pub Concert Hall, 630 Barret Ave Louisville, Louisville, KY 40204
    Cost: $15 pre-sale/ $20 at the door. This is an 18+ event. You must be 21+ to drink.
    Gaslight Festival Motorcycle Poker Rally
    Established in 2007, the Gaslight Poker Rally is a Poker Run with four stops. After the rally the motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy dinner, door prize drawings, and live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds benefits Jeffersontown Area Ministries.
    When: September 13, 9:30 - 6 p.m.
    Where: Window World of Louisville, 2200 Brennen Business Court, Jeffersontown, KY 40299
    Cost: $15-$25
    Arts & Crafts Festival
    This arts and craft is great for kids and family fun and will feature local artists, vendors, and free inflateables for the kids.  
    When: September 13, 10 - 5 p.m.
    Where: The Shops of Forest Springs, 12450 LaGrange Rd, Louisville, KY 40245
    Cost: Free!
    Electric Vehicle Showcase
    EVchargeKentucky has partnered with some of the largest auto dealers in the city to promote electric vehicles and its charging infrastructure.  Come by and look at or test drive an electric vehicle from BMW, Ford, Chevy, Nissan and Toyota. EV Owners feel free to bring your vehicle out to display.
    When: September 13, 12 - 6 p.m.
    Where: Jeffersontown Community Center, 10617 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY 40299
    Cost: Free!
    Speed's Art in the Park Picnic
    Bring your lunch and lawn chairs for the Speed Art Museum’s second annual Art in the Park Picnic! Come out and join the pARTnership for this free family event and concert! There will be art and and activities, crafts, an inflatable obstacle course, badminton and more! There will also be a free concert featuring RELIC Bluegrass, and Mick Sullivan with Joe Watts. Local eats will be available from the Louisville Food Truck Association.
    When: September 13, 12 - 3 p.m.
    Where: Hogan's Fountain, Cherokee Park, 745 Cochran Hill Road, Louisville, KY 40206
    Cost: Free!
    Louisville Wedding Essentials' Wedding Show
    Join Ultimate Bridal Services and Louisville Wedding Essentials for this premium wedding show!
    When: September 13, 1 - 4 p.m.
    Where: Louisville Boat Club, 4200 River Road, Louisville, KY 40207
    Cost: Brides and groom free, all other guests $8
    Actors Theatre Presents "Dracula"
    Louisville’s favorite vampire is back, and he’s out for blood. This gothic fright-fest, based on the legendary novel by Bram Stoker, has become a Halloween cult classic.
    Dripping with suspense, "Dracula" is filled with thrills and chills to keep you on the edge of your seat. Contains strobe light, fog effects and gunshot. Not for the faint of heart.
    When: September 11, 12, 13, showtimes vary
    Where: Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: Ticket prices vary
    "Little Shop of Horrors"
    One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, "Little Shop Of Horrors" is a charmingly tongue in cheek comedy you are sure to enjoy!This is the story of a  meek floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, who stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it blood.
    When: September 11, 12, 13, showtimes vary
    Where: Mex Theater, 501 W. Main St. , Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: $19
    Corkestra 2015
    Corkestra is a 90-minute concert by the full Louisville Orchestra alongside a bourbon and wine tasting to benefit The Bill Meadows Foundation, Inc. and Sharing America’s Marrow. Enjoy delicious libations and great music with a cause – all event proceeds go to the recipient charities!  Don't forget chairs and blankets. No outside coolers permitted in event area. Service animals only.
    When: September 13, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
    Where: Norton Commons Amphitheater, 10920 Meeting Street, Prospect, KY 40059
    Cost: $25 general admission, tastings $10 each, alcohol tastings may be an additional fee.
    Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park
    This hands-on festival connects the community with the arts and the land in the most experiential manner and offers a host of artistic experiences to the public. The KECU music stage will present musicians, dancers and storytelling while local artists and organizations conduct free demonstrations and activities where you can try book binding, sculpture, pottery wheel, fabric dying, art scavenger hunts, walking tours and a few other surprises!
    Visitors may also create their own cast aluminum relief sculpture to take home at the Hot Metal Pour, or blow a glass ornament to keep for an additional charge. A large collaborative sculpture will be created and displayed at Josephine Sculpture Park as part of the community art exhibition.
    There is something for every age and ability at this event! Participants can even soar above the sculptures in a hot air balloon ride, or simply walk the quiet paths and explore the 12+ new sculptures on exhibit, bringing theExplore365 exhibit at JSP to nearly 50 works of art.
    When: Sunday, Sep. 13, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Where: Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Old Lawrenceburg Rd, Frankfort, KY 40601
    Cost: This event is free. Parking is $5 per car, truck, van, or even bus!
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