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    Here’s your weekly installment of where to go and what to do in and around Louisville, Kentucky this weekend! 

    Fandomfest 2015

    Fandomfest is the premier show for fans to gather and share their love of pop culture, film, comics, anime, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, books, films, toys, cosplay, steampunk and much more. This year's celebrity guests include Pete Rose, Reggie Jackson, Carrie Fisher, Billie Piper, Kevin Smith, Josh McDermitt and many more.

    When: August 7 - 9, 5 p.m.
    Where: Kentucky International Convention Center
    Cost: $35 - $255


    Legends Series feat. Mike Veach

    Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Famer Mike Veach headlines this season’s final installment of the Kentucky Derby Museum’s Legends Series. Hosted by Museum Bourbon Authority and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author Fred Minnick, the Legends Series is an ongoing celebration of the culture, people and history of bourbon. Minnick will interview Veach in the style of a journalistic talk show, and the event will conclude with a Q&A segment. Veach will lead the crowd in a tasting of three drinks, including two limited release expressions. Cost of admission includes appetizers and a tasting of the three bourbons.

    When: August 6, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Where: The Kentucky Derby Museum - 704 Central Ave Louisville, KY 40208
    Cost: $50 general admission, $45 members


    Toast to Troops

    Bristol Bar and Grille Highlands will kick off the planning for the Warrior Empowerment Foundation’s annual Tribute to Troops Benefit. The “Toast to Troops” event will feature drink specials from Buffalo Trace. Partial proceeds from everything sold between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. will benefit the Warrior Empowerment Foundation, which serves, supports and empowers injured members of the United States’ Armed Forces and their caregivers.

    When: August 6, 6 - 10 p.m.
    Where: Bristol Bar and Grille -1321 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40204
    Cost: Free


    Art for the Animals 2015

    The 19th annual “Art for the Animals” (AFTA) will benefit the Shamrock Pet Foundation. There will be a live and silent auction showcasing original artwork from dozens of well-known regional and national artists. Food and drink from some of Louisville’s most popular restaurants will be featured, as well as beer, wine and bourbon tastings. Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Sorise. Shamrock will also have a number of pets available for adoption during the evening.

    When: August 6, 6 - 9 p.m.
    Where: Mellwood Arts Center - 1860 Mellwood Ave Louisville, KY
    Cost: $75


    Lagunitas Beer Dinner at Varanese

    The evening will feature guest speaker Greg Hoben from Beer House Distributors and a four-course dinner paired with various craft beers from the brewery based in Chicago and Petaluma. The brewery is known for iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles and irreverent descriptive text and stories on its packaging. The company is the fifth top selling craft brewery in the U.S. The menu will consist of Reception Czech Style Pilsner First Course Little Sumpin’ Ale Crispy Shrimp, Pork and Red Skin Potatoes Tossed in a Spicy Honey Glaze, Imperial Stout Cream Cheese Blonde Topped with Imperial Stout and Dried Cherry Ice Cream and much more.

    When: August 6, 7 - 9 p.m.
    Where: Varanese - 2106 Frankfort Ave Louisville, KY 40206
    Cost: $49


    St. Joe's Picnic For The Kids

    Generations of friends and family gather every August for the annual picnic at St. Joseph Children's Home to play games, visit, eat, drink, and volunteer. On average, over 50,000 people attend on Picnic Day!
    All proceeds from the Picnic supports St. Joe's kids!

    When: August 7 - 8, 6 - 10 p.m.
    Where: St. Joe's Children's Home - 2823 Frankfort Avenue Louisville, KY 40206
    Cost: Free general admission; $50 VIP


    Flea Off Market

    Over 100 vendors will be offering a multitude of hand-made items including musical instruments, jewelry, clothing, accessories, soaps, terrariums and a variety of local fine arts and crafts. Also featured will be farm-fresh goods, vintage clothing, records, books, antiques, curiosities, tons of cool used stuff, not to mention great music and live entertainment. There will be drinks, shopping, grub and entertainment for folks of all ages. The Flea Off Market will also have restaurants and food trucks focusing on locally sourced ingredients accompanied by seasonal beers and cocktails. The “buy local”/”keep it weird” ethic is going strong in Louisville and especially at The Flea Off Market: Louisville’s best place for shopping, eating & drinking, or just hanging out.

    When: August 7, 4 - 10 p.m. / August 8, 11 – 6 p.m. / August 9, 11 – 5 p.m.
    Where: The Flea Off Market - 1007 E Jefferson St. Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: Free


    Hoosier and Jacob Resch at Headliners Music Hall

    Jacob Resch is a talented young musician from Floyds Knobs, Indiana. Now 20 years old, Jacob started playing the guitar at the age of eight. Jacob finds inspiration in his surroundings, experiences and other music. He finds himself listening to nearly every musical genre, and his favorite musicians range from Frank Sinatra to Led Zeppelin and from Kid Cudi to Bruno Mars.

    When: August 7, 8 – 10 p.m.
    Where: Headliners Music Hall - 1386 Lexington Road Louisville, KY 40206
    Cost: $10



    Come out to Turtle Run Winery and hit the beautiful rolling terrain of southern Indiana on Le Tour De Pork Ride. Choose either the 25 or 50 mile course. SAG stops along the way with great snacks, and a delicious pulled pork meal and live music will await you at the end. Le Tour De Pork Ride benefits the Ohio River Greenway, a cycling / multi-purpose path along the Ohio River connecting New Albany to Jeffersonville. Additionally, after the ride, stay for a free concert with Side FX, a band that plays anything from great rock-n-roll to country. Please no outside alcoholic beverages.

    When: August 8, 8 - 5:30 p.m.
    Where: Turtle Run Winery - 940 St. Peters Church Road NE Corydon, IN 47112
    Cost: Free

    Second Saturday Family Day “Happiness Happens Day”

    Did you know August 8th has been “Happiness Happens Day” since 1999? Quite simply, it’s a day to celebrate the things that make you happy. Come to the Frazier LOVE to see some of the stories, crafts and objects that make humans the happiest – and while you’re there, there will be a few ways to share the things that make you happy. There's no need to register to be able join in on the fun. Programming is included with the cost of admission.

    When: August 8, 11 - 3 p.m.
    Where: Frazier History Museum - 829 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: Free members, general admission non-members


    2015 Caribbean Wine Festival

    Orchids of Elegance presents the 2015 Caribbean Wine Festival. Come listen to a live Reggae band, shop with local vendors, and purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy with family and friends. Tickets include four drink tickets for wine tasting and a souvenir wine glass. THIS IS A 21 AND UP EVENT.

    When: August 8, 12 - 6 p.m.
    Where: Broad Run Vineyards - 10601 Broad Run Rd Louisville, KY 40299
    Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at gate


    Lou BQ Kipva Family Picnic

    The picnic benefits Paralyzed Veterans of America. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy BBQ and Delicious Desserts. There will be kids’ activities, a bouncey house and more.

    When: August 8, 5 - 9 p.m.
    Where: Sun Valley Community Center - 6505 Bethany Ln Valley Station, KY 40272
    Cost: $5 adults, $3 kids



    The Hemp Festival: Educate & Cultivate Sunday, August 9, 12:00pm - 9:00pm Learn about the past, present, and future of hemp cultivation for fiber, fuel, and food. Demonstration of hemp growing, "braking", and spinning, children's activities, speakers and a Q&A session. Enjoy hemp-based foods at the Hemp Cafe, shop for hemp products from our vendors. Watch the films Hemp for Victory (WWII) and Bringing it Home (shown outdoors at 8 pm). Locust Grove has just planted the first hemp crop in Louisville for the past 50 years - see it grow! Sponsors include Rainbow Blossom Natural Foods, Caudill Seed Co, New Earth Organics, and Colorado Hemp Company. A Yes!Fest Event

    When: August 9, 12:00-9:00 PM
    Where: Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
    Cost: $5 per person

    The Stephen Foster Story

    The Stephen Foster Story Experience an evening of breathtaking music, lively dancing and beautiful costumes under the stars at My Old Kentucky Home State Park during the 57th season of The Stephen Foster Story. Sing along to classics like “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Beautiful Dreamer” and our state song “My Old Kentucky Home.”

    When: August 9, 8 – 10 p.m.
    Where: J. Dan Talbott Amphitheater - 411 E. Stephen Foster Ave Bardstown, KY 40004
    Cost: $19 for adults, $11 for children, Senior, Military, AAA discounts available


    Pianos Become The Teeth with The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die

    Holy Carp Productions presents this 14+ event.

    When: August 9, 7 - 9 p.m.
    Where: Headliners Music Hall - 1386 Lexington Road Louisville, KY 40206
    Cost: $15

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