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Wanderlust

Explore downtown Louisville at a discount

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Louisville downtown

Every year, Louisville Downtown Partnership promotes a hometown tourist celebration. Now through February 11, Kentucky and Indiana residents can visit downtown attractions at 50% off regular admission. Among those are the Muhammad Ali Center, Slugger Museum and Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Spend the week eating, experiencing, and learning about the city.

Want to check out other museums in the area? Here’s a list of museums for the sports, arts, science, and history buffs.

Arts

 

History

 

Sports

 

Science

 

Southern Indiana

 

A short drive away

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Home for the Holidays

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

christmas cookies

December in Kentucky is generally a bit cold and dreary but filled with love and warmth shown by the people in this community and the holiday season. Enjoy the sights and sounds with your friends and family this holiday with these events.

  • You see the lights on homes, but have you experienced them underground? Drive through Louisville Mega Cavern’s Lights Under Louisville. Open through Jan. 1, 2024. Tickets start at $21.99
  • Ice skating, a holiday market, train rides, and other events encompass Fête de Noel at Paristown.  
  • Experience the tale of Marie and her nutcracker prince’s journey to the world of Sugar Plum Fairy in Louisville Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Performances run Dec. 8-24. Tickets start at $22.40.
  • Dinner and a show? Yes, please. Check out Jack Frost Saves Christmas or A Christmas Carol the Musical at Derby Dinner Playhouse. Tickets range from $42 - $51.
  • An annual favorite for all ages. StageOne’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is the story of the Herdman children as they participate in the town’s Christmas pageant. Tickets range from $17.55 - $23.40.
  • Learn about the origins of Christmas traditions during the Christmas folklore and nature history hike on Dec. 9 at Blackacre State Nature Preserve. $20 for non-members.
  • Ring in the new year at one of the many New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 
Louisville is truly a lovely place to live!

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November Fun That Doesn’t Involve Turkeys or Shopping

By MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Running

Photo by Miguel A Amutio on Unsplash

While Thanksgiving and Black Friday tend to consume November, there’s lots to do throughout the month. Whether you love nature, wine or books, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Arts

Cirque Musica: On Nov. 28, be transported to the holiday wonderland in this musical journey of acrobatics and aerialists. Tickets range from $39 - $175.

Louisville Book Festival: Founded in 2018, the Louisville Book Festival celebrates and promotes the love and benefits of reading, writing, and literacy. On Nov. 10 and 11, authors, publishers, and booksellers will be on hand to sign autographs and sell books. The aim of the festival is to provide every child who attends at least one free age-appropriate book.  

Active

Louisville Hungry Turkey 5K: Need to burn off a few calories before indulging in Thanksgiving dinner? On Nov. 23, join this 5K run/walk to benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children, while also benefiting yourself.

Throo the Zoo 5K: On Nov. 11, walk or run in the annual 5K “throo” the Louisville Zoo. Don’t forget your costume. Participants with the most creative costume receive a prize.

History

Historic Louisville Narrated Cruise: Embark on a 2-hour river cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville or Mary M. Miller to learn about the history of the city and how steamboats influenced its early growth.

Other Events

Festival of Faiths: “Celebrate the power of love to cultivate meaningful connections, strengthen communities, and transform lives” at the Festival of Faiths on Nov. 15-18. Spiritual and thought leaders and artists will inspire you to open your heart and mind through poetry, workshops, music, and exhibits.

Festival of Trees & Lights: On Nov. 10-12, walk through a display of decorated trees, wreaths, and greenery donated by various businesses and groups to benefit the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation. Take a photo with Santa, make some crafts, and enjoy Hanukkah activities with your admission.

Light Up Louisville: Celebrate the start of the Christmas season at Light Up Louisville on Dec. 2. There’ll be a Santa’s workshop with children’s activities, holiday train rides, live music, a holiday market, and of course Santa’s arrival.

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Ghosts and Pumpkins and Witches, Oh My

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Jack-O-Lantern

There’s sure to be something for everyone in Louisville to enjoy this month. Whether you prefer more fun events like pumpkin picking and trick-or-treating or the ghoulish and macabre like haunted houses, check out this list of things to do in Louisville or a short drive away.

Family friendly events

For the adults

Ghost walks and tours

Haunted houses and events

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Fall, Food, Fun and Festivals in Louisville

Enjoy the smells, sights and sounds of these festivals and events

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Pride Flag

  • Gaslight Festival: From Sept. 10 – 17, the streets of Jeffersontown will host a variety of events and activities, including a motorcycle rally, golf scramble, 5k run/walk, parade, and car show.
  • Pride Festival: On Sept. 9, celebrate the LGBTQ+ community at the Louisville Pride Foundation’s Pride Festival. The free street fair will host more than 150 vendors, two performance stages, a wellness zone, and the Zappos family area. Can’t make it on Sept. 9, check out the other activities all month long at https://louprideky.org.
  • Big Four Arts Festival: The seventh annual arts festival takes place on Sept. 9 and 10 at Waterfront Park. More than 150 artists will have their art on display and for sale, along with music, food trucks, and children’s activities. Admission is just $5.
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Vroom, Vroom, Louisville

Get your motor running throughout August

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Funnel cake

Or just enjoy the sites and sounds at the 54th annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals®. More than 10,000 street rods, custom cars, muscle cars and vintage cars roll into town on now through August 6 for the world’s largest automotive participation event.

Seeing these brightly-colored hotrods on the interstates of Louisville and southern Indiana has been a long tradition with Louisville hosting the event for 29 years. Check out the exhibitors, kids zone, builders’ showcase, autocross and much more.

If cars aren’t your thing, check out the animals, arts, and entertainment at the annual Kentucky State Fair August 17-27. It’s too late to enter your famous apple pie for a blue ribbon, but you can see the winner of the perfect rose. There’s something for everyone, thrill rides and games, plenty of fried foods, free concerts, special exhibits, the World’s Championship Horse Show, and much more. Tickets start at $9.

Got food on your mind? Check out the St. Matthews Potato Festival on August 5. Learn about the history of St. Matthews while enjoying the spud-tacular tastings for the potato. Activities include cornhole, a scavenger hunt, spud putt, kids zone, music, and more. Admission is free.

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What Wilt Thee Doth This Summ'r?

Louisvillians! Four ways to celebrate the Fourth and more this July

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Louisville Fireworks

 1.     Celebrate the United States’ Declaration of Independence at the annual Fourth of July celebration at Waterfront Park.

Activities begin at 5 p.m. on July 4 on the great lawn and will include music from the Louisville Orchestra, food trucks, and of course fireworks. Want to celebrate but a bit more lowkey? Hop on a the Belle of Louisville for a fireworks cruise and watch the fireworks on the river.

 2.     The longest-running, free Shakespeare festival in the U.S. happens right here in Louisville.

The annual Kentucky Shakespeare Festival 2023 season kicked off in May and runs through early August. Performances are held in the upgraded Central Park. For performance dates and more information, click here

 3.     In its third year, the Frazier History Museum is throwing the Summer Beer Fest on July 29.

Beer, food, and music will be on tap. Purchase a VIP ticket and get exclusive access to more than 200 specialty beers and access to the museum.

4.     For a fun family friendly event, take part in the Splash ‘n’ Dash at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park on July 22.

Participants can choose a 1K, 5K or aquathon with proceeds going to benefit the kids receiving care at Norton Children’s facilities.

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May is for More Than Horse Racing

The remaining 44,638 minutes of the month for Louisville residents

by MIKE HALL, Owner, Broker, Agent

The greatest two minutes in sports happens every year right here in Louisville. Tourists from all over the world flock to the city to watch the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.

But there’s more to Louisville than just the Derby during the month. A variety of well-known and not-so-known events are happening throughout May. Check out some of the highlights that are sure appeal to everyone.

For the music lover:

WFPK Waterfront Wednesday, May 31

Abbey Road on the River just across the Ohio in Jeffersonville, Ind., will host over 250 Beatles and 60’s themed performances over five days, May 25-29

For the pet lover:

Bluegrass Pugfest, May 20-21

Bark & Brunch by the Bridge, May 21

For the food lover:

International Food Truck Festival, May 13

For the sports lover:

Check out a game at one of the four professional sports teams: Derby City Distillers, Louisville Bats, Louisville City FC, Racing Louisville FC

For the outdoors lover:

Louisville Mayor’s annual Hike, Bike, & Paddle, May 29.

Cruise along the Ohio River on the Belle of Louisville or Mary M. Miller

For the shopping lover:

Fleur de Flea, May 27

Kentucky Flea Market, May 26-29

For the car lover:

Battle of the Bluegrass car show, May 20

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April Showers...Bring Derby Fun

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Agent/Broker

Jockey on horse

The greatest two minutes in sports is almost upon us. During the first Saturday in May, thousands of visitors travel to Louisville to experience the biggest horse race in the world—the Kentucky Derby.

More than 70 events during the Derby Festival lead up to the 149th run for the roses. Locals and visitors can enjoy food and music on the Waterfront during Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville, watch balloons glow in the night, run in the mini marathon, or try for a hole-in-one. There’s something for everyone, including the homebodies. Check out virtual events for those who prefer to avoid the crowds.

Also, taking place April 29-30 is the 51st annual Cherokee Triangle Art Fair. With more than 200 artists, you’re sure to find some art to beautify your home with everything from fiber arts, metal and glass. The art fair is not just for adults. Kids are encouraged to join the Children’s Parade to kick off the fair on Saturday morning and enjoy the hands-on activities through the two-day event.

Looking for more low-key events or places to visit? Get outside at Yew Dell Gardens, Idlewild Butterlfy Farm, Waterfront Botanical Gardens, and Wilderness Louisville. Explore the area with one of the many hiking groups on Meetup.com, including Louisville Hiking Club, Louisville Hiking Meetup, or Hike and Bike the Ville.

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Louisvillians Love Halloween Season

Add another pumpkin experience to your fall lineup now through the end of October

by MIKE HALL

Pumpkins at KK

Kentucky Kingdom adds jack-o-lanterns and spooky decorations to delight theme park goers this October.

If your family loves all the festivities that come around this time of year, you’ll want to add a trip to Kentucky Kingdom to October’s calendar.

The theme park has extended their season to host a pumpkin experience.

This enlightened move falls in line with lots of other Louisville traditions: Huber’s Farms, the Jack Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Amphitheater, Gallrein Farms and a multitude of local haunted houses, including one of Louisville most feared and revered experiences, the Waverly Hills Haunted House Tour.

If you’d like to take in 1,000 illuminated pumpkins alongside glowing rides and buildings at Kentucky Kingdom, the view is included in the admission price. For more information, click or tap here.

Fall in love with Louisville this fall. If you’re ready to buy a house and commit to this great community, reach out to a Red Edge agent today!

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A Louisville Tradition: Art, Food and Fun

St. James Court Art Show Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2022

by Mike Hall

Victorian homes in Old Louisville

Houses along St. James Court, including the Conrad-Caldwell House (upper left) and the Dodd House (lower left). (Broken Sidewalk; Courtesy Google)

From clay to wood, more than 600 artists from across the country will inhabit a four-block radius in Old Louisville during the St. James Court Art Show Sept. 30 - Oct. 2.

This popular and historical Louisville event is one reason to love living and working in a city that appreciates culture.

St. James Court Art Show features artists who work in 17 different mediums along with food vendors to keep you refreshed and on the go all day.

Quick fact: Did you know Jefferson County School System closes on September 30 for the St. James Art Show? So many teachers would request PTO, the school system accommodated with a no-school day!

The art show began in 1957 to preserve the St. James Court fountain. It worked and within 10 years, the show’s attendance had grown to 40,000. The art show continues to spur growth in the St. James Court and around Old Louisville.

If you attend the event this autumn and fall in love with the area (the architecture of Old Louisville is stunning), talk to a Red Edge agent about setting up a special search feature to send you homes for sale in that area. We’d love to help you!

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Lights to See in Louisville this Holiday

See Louisville in All Her Splendor!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Christmas lights

So much to see and do in Louisville this season!

Louisville knows how to get fancy for the holidays! There are many neighborhoods, events, and businesses that go all out for Christmas, making Louisville a great place to live and work. Check out some of these light attractions in and near the city this Christmas season!

  1. Lights Under Louisville – Ride or drive under Louisville to see more than 4 million lights at the Louisville Mega Caverns.
  2. Gardens Aglimmer – Waterfront Botanical Gardens – See the Botanical Gardens transformed during select days in December.
  3. Winter Woods Spectacular – Iroquois Park – See the forest transformed into a magical winter wonderland.
  4. Christmas in the Park – Elizabethtown – Travel through an illuminated roadway representing the best of the Christmas spirit.
  5. Winter Wonderland – Shawnee Park – Visit this new festival of lights December 17-19.
  6. Christmas in Charlestown, Ind. – Visit the nearby town that calls itself Christmas City during the holidays for tons of events and lights!

[Source: WLKY.com]

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NuLu Fest – An Outdoor Adventure!

One Way to Enjoy Louisville this September

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Band onstage

Enjoy Louisville at NuLu Fest

With cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise, many people are looking for ways to enjoy living in Louisville. Many indoor events and experiences remain canceled, but Louisville is seeing a return of our beloved outdoor festivals. One such experience, the NuLu Fest, will be returning to the East Market District after cancelling last year due to covid precautions.

NuLu Fest will be on the 600, 700, and 800 blocks of East Market Street from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 18.

Among the available options, participants will be able to enjoy live music, purchase microbrews, and visit booths by local vendors. There will be activities for all ages, and the event is free and family-friendly!

It’s a great time to explore the city, encourage local businesses and artisans, and have fun for the whole family. It’s just another reason why Louisville is a great place to live!

[Source: wdrb.com]

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Explore Louisville in July

The Best Ways to Enjoy Louisville this Summer

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Louisville skyline

Louisville is opened up again and it’s time for adventure!

Louisville is a great place to live and work, and now that restrictions have eased and the city is opening again, more options exist for venturing back out.

Here are some great ideas for making your way into the city this July.

  1. See Grease at the Derby Dinner Playhouse (derbydinner.com)
  2. Watch some Shakespeare in the Park at Central Park in Old Louisville (kyshakespeare.com)
  3. Listen to Greensky Bluegrass at the Waterfront (ourwaterfrontpark.org)
  4. Experience the Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove (locustgrove.org)
  5. Hang out at the Louisville R&B Music Festival at the KFC Yum! Center (kfcyumcenter.com)
  6. Change lives at the Kentucky Hope is Essential Gala at Churchill Downs (wish.org)
  7. Hone your skills at the Smartphone Summer Nature Photography event (yewdellgardens.org)

It’s a great summer to live and work in Louisville!

[Source: StyleBlueprint.com/Louisville]

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Which of your favorite Louisville experiences will still happen this year?

Louisville Events in 2021

by Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Louisville events photo

Louisville will still host Derby and Oaks!

Many of our favorite events had to be cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and there’s still uncertainty about 2021. While some local favorites, like the Cherokee Triangle Art Festival and the Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade, were called off early, Louisville is still hoping to host some fan favorites with modifications for health and safety.

Here are some of the events to watch for this year:
• Chick-fil-A Triple Crown of Running
• WHAS Crusade for Children
• Kentucky Oaks and Derby
• Kentucky State Fair
• Derby Festival MiniMarathon and Marathon
• St. James Court Art Show
Many more events are pending the health status of the area, so hopefully 2021 will be full of celebrations in Louisville!

[Source: WHAS11.com]

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Old Louisville’s Holiday Home Tour

Visit some of Louisville’s most historic and intriguing homes!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Holiday wreath on blue door

Visit some of Old Louisville’s most beautiful homes this holiday season.

Have you ever wondered about the fine historic homes in famous Old Louisville? Here’s your chance to experience these impressive buildings all dressed up in their fanciest holiday splendor!

On December 7 and 8, Old Louisville is offering its 43rd Annual Holiday Home Tour. You’ll see a variety of beautifully restored mansions and townhouses in this tour celebration that benefits the efforts of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.

You’ll see spectacular stairways, darling dining rooms, brilliant bedrooms and kingly kitchens! You can even choose to participate in a traditional Victorian tea, do some Christmas shopping in a gift boutique, or warm yourself with select bourbon tastings. This is a perfect opportunity to take in the beautiful old architecture, modernized details, and glimmery magic of the holiday season, all while benefiting a great cause for the city.

Tickets are available at the OldLousiville.org website, as well as parking and participating details. The Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour is just another reason to love life in Louisville, even in the cold winter!

[Source: OldLouisville.org]

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Louisville's Logan Street Market Opens

An Urban Indoor Market Launches in Shelby Park

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Logan Street Market Opens in Louisville

The Logan Street Market is another reason it’s great to live in Louisville.

The Logan Street Market in the Shelby Park area of Louisville had a two-year journey before it opened. It began as an old warehouse, and after extensive dreaming and reconstruction, it’s now full of shops and vendors with all kinds of wares, from coffees to crafts.

The 25,000 square-foot space combines some of the warehouse’s industrial elements with clean, creative spaces to provide the urban inside marketspace. The market can hold 500 people at once, and there’s free street parking for the guests. The Logan Street Market is Louisville’s only indoor open market and promises to be a great venue for Louisville locals and area visitors. There are cheeses, baked goods, meats, coffee, a variety of hand-crafted goods, and much more. There’s even an area for kids to play and a bubble tea vendor!

The Logan Street Market will be open Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., with restaurants and bars offering extended hours. The market is just another reason that it’s great to live in Louisville.

[Source: Louisville Business First]

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Louisville’s Halloween Haunted Houses

Have some spooky fun!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Haunted Houses

We hope your new home doesn’t have any skeletons in the closet!


Want to buy or sell your house? Don’t be scared! We’d love to help you with that. But if it’s a little spooky fun that you’re after, maybe you should step in to one of Louisville’s local Halloween attractions.

In the spirit of some good-natured, wildly creepy fun, check out one or more of Louisville’s local “haunted” venues. You can easily find more about each attraction, including location and cost information.

If you’re looking for fun things to do this Halloween season with more family-friendly atmosphere, there are also many fall festivals, public trick-or-treating events, and silly events. It’s just another reason Louisville is a great place to live!

Happy spooking!

• Legend at Pope Lick Haunted Woods
• Black Orchard Haunted House
• Danger Run
• Devil’s Attic
• Fear Fair in Indiana
• American Horrorplex
• Asylum Haunted Scream Park
• Baxter Avenue Morgue
• Culbertson’s Mansion
• Field of Screams
• Grim Trails
• Halloscream
• Haunted Hotel
• Nightmare Forest
• Malice Manor
• Sinister Tombs
• Waverly Hills Sanatorium Haunted House

[Source: LousvilleHalloween.com]

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Family Date Ideas in Louisville

Fun family ideas for the fall

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Fall Family Fun

Caption: Family fun is everywhere in Louisville.

The kids went back to school and you’re adjusting into your new fall routine, but there are still many ways you can spend quality time together as a family in and around Louisville. Here are some free family date ideas for the city this September.

  • Middletown’s Family Fun Festival & Craft Show - September 6-7

  • Native Plant Walk at the Louisville Nature Center - September 7, 9-11 a.m.

  • Gaslight Festival in J-Town, September 13-15

  • Annual International Fair at South Central Regional Library - September 21, 12 noon-4 p.m.

  • NuLu Fest on East Market Street - September 28, 11 a.m-11 p.m.

[Source: LouisvilleFamilyFun.net]

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Zombies Will Be Wandering the Streets in Louisville

Just another normal night for Louisville’s undead

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Zombie

Watch out for zombies this month!

If you happen to look out your window on August 24 and notice a parade of zombies straggling by, you (probably) aren’t suddenly living among the undead. It’s just time again for Louisville’s annual Zombie Walk! Originally created as a tribute to Michael Jackson, the Zombie Walk is a fun and creative trek down Bardstown Road the last Saturday of each August, beginning at 8:29 p.m in honor of Jackson’s birthday, 8/29.

Many people join in on the fun, from coordinating family costumes to elaborate and terrifyingly realistic masks and makeup. Zombies grunt, groan, moan, and sigh through the Highlands in Louisville, from Mid City Mall to the Monkey Wrench, where there’s a huge party for all the undead participants. It’s a fun evening for families, friends, and those who like to literally drag themselves out of bed. Vendors line the path with more zombie accessories and snacks (brains, likely), and even half-decomposed celebrities join the crowd for some fun.

The annual Zombie Walk is just another reason that it’s great to live and work in Louisville, even if you’re a zombie!

[Source: tripsavvy.com]

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