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    FAT Friday Trolley Hop

    We’re kicking off the last Friday of the month in style with our Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop! We start at the FAT Friday sponsor, the Mellwood Art Center, where you can park your car and shop or eat before catching the trolley to Frankfort Avenue.

    This Friday, you’ll get to tour Derby City Cross Fit’s new space, enjoy Danny Mac’s Pub & Pizza’s FAT Friday specials, and watch Fleur-de-Lis Ballet perform on the bridge above the courtyard.

    When: July 29, 5pm - 10pm
    Where: Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue
    Cost: Free and open to public


    Fandomfest 2016

    This coming weekend brings the annual Fandomfest, a three-day celebration of "all things entertainment." The convention, which has been drawing in celebrities, artists and nerds from all over for the better part of a decade, takes place July 29 through July 31 at the Kentucky Convention Center. This year, there will be appearances by celebrities like Stan Lee, Kevin Smith and Haruo Nakajima; artists like Kim Jung Gi, Angel Medina and NEHS; and local writers like Eric Beebe, Ronald Van Stockum and Amy McCorkle. In addition, there will be a plethora of fun events going down all weekend including mass Pokemon Go, a number of panels and Q&As, and much more. Fandomfest is the perfect opportunity to let your inner nerd run wild!

    Visit for a full schedule of events!

    When: July 29-31, 
    Where: Kentucky Exposition Center
    Cost: Tickets start at $30 for a one day pass


    Breakout for Braille

    The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will host Breakout for Braille, a fundraising event that supports early literacy on July 29 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. during the FAT Friday Trolley Hop. Breakout Louisville will introduce its first pop-up Breakout escape game, the APH Museum will be open extended hours, Pokémon players can collect items, and food trucks will be on site. All proceeds from Breakout for Braille will benefit APH’s preschool print/braille book program, Braille Tales.

    When: July 29, 6pm - 10:30pm
    Where: American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue
    Cost: Free to attend

    Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas: "FUTURE NOW: THE TOUR"

    Multi-platinum selling music artists, Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas, invite you to experience FUTURE NOW: THE TOUR. The North American tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off in June and include a stop in Louisville on Friday, July 29 at the Yum! Center. The two influential entertainers join forces for what will be one of the year’s most anticipated summer music events.

    Doors open at 6pm, and the show starts at 7pm! Get your tickets here.

    When: July 29, 7:00-10:00 PM
    Where: KFC YUM! Center, 1 Arena Plaza, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: Tickets start at $30

    The 2nd Annual Hotter-than-July White Party

    Come party with us at Sky Bar for our 2nd Annual White Party! Come dressed to impress in your favorite white attire. Three hot DJs (DJ Brios, DJ Stiletto and VideoDJ Santana) will keep the dance floor electric with a mix of old school and contemporary hip hop. It’s going to be white hot.

    When: July 29, 8pm - 3am
    Where: Sky Bar at Saints Pizza Pub, 131 Breckenridge Lane
    Cost: $5-$40

    Radiotronic Plays at Gerstle's Place

    Rocking your favorite songs of the 70's, 80's and today. Radiotronic is a Louisville cover band that serves up the memories that make you dance! This Friday, they’re performing at Gerstle’s!

    When: July 29, 9pm 
    Where: Gerstle's Place, 3801 Frankfort Avenue
    Cost: $5

    FoamDrop Party

    FoamDrop is America's Wettest & Wildest Foam Party Experience! Come party in your bikinis and board-shorts with a thousand others as they drop TONS OF FOAM on you and your friends!
    There will be foam cannons and huge super soakers to keep your drenched while our lineup of DJs keep you jumping! This is the PERFECT summer beach party anytime of the year, but especially when it’s this hot. 

    When: July 29, 9pm - 2am
    Where: Diamonds Pub Concert Hall, 630 Barret Avenue
    Cost: $15

    Taylor Shannon Performs at Manny & Merle

    A Cincinnati native, Taylor Shannon is fast becoming one of the hottest acts to hit the independent music scene. With deep seeded roots in country/americana and rock and roll, his brand of "country soul" is delivered with strong vocals and makes for a fantastic live performance.

    When: July 29, 9pm
    Where: Manny & Merle, 122 West Main Street
    Cost: Free




    NuLu Summer Block Party 2016

    It’s the block party of the summer!

    On July 30th the neighborhood will be alive for the NuLu Summer Block Party.  Retailers, restaurants and galleries will be celebrating with hot sales, tasty food and drink specials and good ol’ hip NuLu summer fun. So mark your calendars and join us on July 30th from 11am – 5pm as we do summer fun in style!

    Checkout more info about the NuLu Summer Block Party on the website ( and on Facebook!  #nuluparty #nulusummers

    When: July 30, 11pm - 5pm
    Where: NuLu, East Market Street
    Cost: Free to attend


    Comedian Brad Wenzel

    Brad Wenzel is most known for his offbeat, one-liner comedy. Described as the tin-can-kicker of comedy, Brad will surely light up your night as he methodically wins you over with his dry delivery and a barrage of clever jokes.

    When: July 29, 9:30pm-10:15pm
    Where: The Laughing Derby, 1250 Bardstown Road
    Cost: $15+


    Paddle for Hunger at Waterfront Park

    The Louisville Mayor's Office and Yum! Brands present Paddle for Hunger, a fun-filled day of teambuilding and competition where teams of ten race vorager canoes on the Ohio River.
    All proceeds benefit Dare to Care Food Bank.
    Come and watch the event for free. If you're interested in competing, check out their website below!

    When: July 30, 7am
    Where: Waterfront Park
    Cost: Free for spectators


    Pokémon Go Quest/By Re-Quest

    Gotta Catch ’em All!! Join us for By Re-Quest, our NuLu route on Saturday, July 30 and win a special prize for catching the most Pokémon while on your Quest! Register here. With all the PokéStops along the way, you might even be lucky enough to find rare Pokémon.

    For more information and to check out our different routes, visit the website below!

    When: July 30, 10:30am
    Where: begin @ Louisville Slugger Field, Preston & Witherspoon, Louisville, KY 40202
    Cost: $45 - ages 21 & over; $35 - under 21; children 10 & under- FREE!


    Actors Theatre Behind-the -Scenes Tour

    Our Behind-the-Scenes Tours are back! Have you ever wanted to learn how Dracula can pop through the stage floor, or to see a professional actor’s dressing room? Join us for a thirty-minute tour onstage and backstage at Actors Theatre. Ticket includes a guided walking tour and admission to our interactive prop exhibit.
    This event is free with a Cultural Pass. Visit the link below to learn more about our Cultural Pass Challenge.

    When: July 30, 10:30am - 2pm
    Where: Actors Theatre of Louisville
    Cost: $10 General Admission; $5 Children under 14; Free with a Cultural Pass

    HopCat Grand Opening

    HopCat is opening in Louisville! With 132 craft taps and an extensive bottle list, Louisville is the perfect place for us to create Kentucky’s largest hub for craft beer.

    As if it’s not tempting enough already, the first 200 people in the door get free Crack Fries for a year. Food Network named our Crack Fries as one of the top ten best fries in America!

    When: July 30, 11am
    Where: Hopcat, 1064 Bardstown Road


    It's the Rock & Roll motorcycle event of the year! Come out on Saturday for BikeFest! Kick off the celebration at Harley-Davidson Louisville to meet Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl, and then it’s kickstands up for a ride alongside Jesse James Dupree. Events throughout the day include a huge show by Jackyl, the crowning of the ULTIMATE BIKER & much more! A portion of the ride tickets & other sales throughout the day will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

    For a full schedule of the day’s events, visit the website below.

    When: July 30, 1pm - 10:30pm
    Where: Harley Davidson, 1700 Arthur Street
    Cost: $25-$40

    Derby City Magic Show

    Derby City Magic Show is a comedy magic show for all ages. This is your chance to see world-class magic along with clean comedy. Great live entertainment and cheaper than a movie! Doors open at 3:30pm with close-up table magic in the lounge. The main show starts at 4pm and runs 90 minutes.

    When: July 30, 3:30-3:30 PM
    Where: The Laughing Derby, 1250 Bardstown Road
    Cost: $10


    Va Va Adventure: Explore Your Wild Side!

    A tantalizing mix of classic striptease, circus, uproarious comedy, variety acts and stunning group dance sequences, the Va Va Vixens are sure to have you jumping out of your seats and begging for more! Louisville’s acclaimed Vaudeville-style burlesque and variety show features a captivating cast of beautifully talented women (and men)! The Va Va Vixens will take you on a wild and risqué ride into the magnificent world of sizzling striptease, aerial acrobatics, sultry songbirds, divine dancers, and outrageous antics. Don’t miss your chance to see a show!

    When: July 30, 8pm
    Where: Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road
    Cost: $20+

    Speed Cinema Presents: “The Seer: Portrait of Wendell Berry”

    Traversing four seasons of the farming cycle in Henry County, Kentucky, this documentary illustrates Wendell Berry’s agrarian philosophy. Berry moved back to the Henry County rural community in 1965 where he settled into a life of farming, writing, and teaching, with the relationship of the individual to land and community being central to his work. Within one generation, the balance between these core issues has been tested by the commercialization of agriculture.
    Using striking images of farming life and interviews with local farmers and community members, the film brings to life Berry’s passion for simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, and local economies. Produced by Gill Holland, Owsley Brown III, Elaine Musselman, Jeff Sewell, Nick Offerman, Robert Redford, and Terence Malick.

    When: July 30, 3pm - 4:30pm 
    Where: The Speed Art Museum
    Cost: $7 for members; $9 for non-members

    Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation Presents "A Night Out Painting"

    Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation presents "A Night Out Painting" at the Metro Arts Center! Create a finished painting in one fun-filled evening! Paint and canvas is provided. To register, follow the link below!

    When: July 30, 8pm - 10pm
    Where: Metro Arts Center, 8360 Dixie Highway
    Cost: $35 per person




    Funtopia Kids Festival

    From July 30-31, 2016, 10,000+ people will gather at the Kentucky Exposition Center for Funtopia, a kid’s festival featuring two stages of live entertainment from some of the most popular characters in children’s music and television. In addition, there will be numerous interactive activities, an arcade, rides, attractions, and not to mention lots of vendors and concessionaires providing high quality crafts and foods. To learn more, visit the website below!

    When: July 30, 10am - 7pm
    Where: Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane
    Cost: $10 general admission; $20 VIP (no lines)

    Art Exhibition Opening: Great Group Exhibition Part 2, 2016

    Galerie Hertz's newest exhibition will open on July 31 and run through September 10. Great Group Exhibit Part 2 will feature artists Evan Fugazzi, Everett Ohland, Billy Hertz, Jean Salmon, Ellen Weiss, Ray Kleinhelter, and Tad DeSanto. Join us on opening day for a gallery walkthrough as we unveil our newest exhibition.
    Open gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday - Noon to 6pm; Sunday - Noon to 4pm

    When: July 31, 12pm - 4pm
    Where: Galerie Hertz, 1253 South Preston Street
    Cost: Free

    Duel! Clay vs. Wickcliffe at Locust Grove

    See a thrilling display of valor and steel will as you witness the reenactment of the 1841 confrontation between Cassius Marcellus Clay and Robert Wickliffe Jr. to settle a dispute with pistols at Locust Grove. Learn about what was going on in Louisville and at Locust Grove in the 1840s, and enjoy the grounds and historic home on a relaxed summer afternoon, dressed from whatever period you wish, including the present day.

    When: July 31, 1pm - 5pm
    Where: Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane
    Cost: Admission $6 adults; $3 children

    48 Hour Film Project - Filmmaking Weekend Screenings

    Filmmakers are taking over Louisville and turning it into movie-making madness for 48 hours! Teams of filmmakers have just one weekend to write, shoot and edit their short films! All completed entries will be unveiled on the big screen, at our premiere screening this Sunday. The screening will take place at Village 8 Theatre. Showtimes are 5pm, 5:15pm, and 7pm, and each screening is 90 minutes. Visit Village 8’s website to buy tickets in advance.

    When: July 31, 5pm - 6:30pm
    Where: Village 8, 4014 Dutchmans Lane
    Cost: $10

    The Roast of Harry Potter

    The Louisville Roasters are bringing one of their most popular Roasts to The Laughing Derby on this Sunday! The Roast of Harry Potter is a Comedy Central-style Roast, with comedians playing your favorite characters from the Harry Potter Universe (Not for the children or faint of heart). Part theater, part stand up, and part improv...this show tends to sell out quickly, so get your tickets today.

    When: July 31, 8pm - 10pm
    Where: The Laughing Derby, 1250 Bardstown Road
    Cost: $10


    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

    The award-winning film comes to life on the Derby Dinner stage in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Perfect for the entire family!

    The doors open at 6pm, and the show begins at 7:45pm.

    When: July 31, 7:45pm
    Where:  Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN 47129
    Cost: $43

    Homerama 2016 - Last Day!

    It’s Homearama 2016’s last day in Louisville! Homearama is an annual Louisville event that showcases custom built new homes at a single site that are fully furnished, decorated, landscaped and feature the latest in building trends, technology and interior design. Presented by LG&E and ClimateMaster, Homearama will be held July 16-31, 2016 at Norton Commons and River Crest. Official Sponsors are RiverCity Flooring & River City Bank.

    When: July 31, 1pm - 6pm
    Where: Norton Commons, 9418 Norton Commons Boulevard, Prospect, KY 40059
    Cost: $10 per person or $15 for a 2-day pass; kids 12 and under are free 


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