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Tickets went on sale today for the must see show of the holiday season. The Winter Woods Spectacular will make its debut the Saturday after Thanksgiving in historic Iroquois Park. The Louisville Parks Foundation and the creators of the wildly successful Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular are partnering again to bring a new event to Louisville which is sure to be a hit with families during the 2019 holiday season.

From November 30 through December 31, a section of Iroquois Park will transform into a winter wonderland where event goers will enjoy a ½ mile drive of lighting and artistry that will explore and celebrate the holidays. The event promises to bring the same magic to the holiday season that Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular does for Halloween.

If you and your family have been delighted by the sights and sounds of the Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular, you’re going to truly love the Winter Woods Spectacular.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation, which supports Louisville’s public parks and community programs not funded by other local non-profits. The event will be open nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday. Guests will enter at Southern Parkway and New Cut Road.

To reduce the impact to the neighborhood and park, a limited number of tickets will be sold each night. Guests must purchase their tickets online and in advance at Payment will not be taken at the event. Sold out nights are to be expected.

Tickets (Sunday – Thursday)

  • Car/SUV/Van – $25
  • Passenger Van – $75
  • Tour Bus – $5 (per occupant/20 person minimum)

Tickets (Friday & Saturday)

  • Car/SUV/Van – $35
  • Passenger Van – $85
  • Tour Bus – $5 (per occupant/30 person minimum)

All bus tour operators need to pay in advance by contacting:

It is one of the oldest community events in Southwest Jefferson County and this weekend, the 89th Annual Fairdale Community Fair will get underway with fun for everyone.

“This Fair has such a special place in the hearts of the people of Fairdale and this area and I want to commend the Fairdale Fair Board for another year of hard work and dedication,” says Councilman Mark Fox (D-13). “This experience is much like the old county fairs where people would come out to just see what’s going on, talk to friends and see exhibits, ride some rides and have a good time.”

The theme of this year’s event is “It’s Fall Y’all”.

The Fairdale Community Fair gets underway on Thursday night, October 10th with rides and then continues through Saturday night October 12th.  All events are located at Fairdale Elementary and the Fairdale Playtorium, 10104 Mitchell Hill Road.

One of the highlights of the Fair every year is Saturday’s parade which begins at 12:00pm at Fairdale High School. There are some 21 entries in the parade this year which will leave the high school and continue down Fairdale Road then on to the fair. One of the special things about the parade is candy thrown by various groups to the crowds on the sidelines.

At the Playtorium, there will be a Homemakers Contest, Sweet Shoppe and Book Sale. Booths supporting local youth leagues, churches, cub scouts, the 4H, National Guard, local PTAs and of course the Fairdale Fair info booth will also be on hand.

On Stage for the Fairdale Community Fair:

  • Friday, October 11th
    • Step-N-Out Dance
    • Hard times and the Big Nickle Band
  • Saturday, October 12th
    • Jeff Thomas
    • Legacy School of Dance
    • Turning Point
    • Jenni Carr


“Fall is in the air and I want to encourage everyone to come out and join us for fun, entertainment and rides this weekend,” says Councilman Fox.

For more information about the 89th Annual Fairdale Community Fair, contact .

Families can enjoy fall color and outdoor fun at Jefferson Memorial Forest during the Wilderness Louisville Forest Adventure on Saturday, October 19, beginning at 4 p.m.

And, for the first time ever during this annual event, families are encouraged to pitch a tent and stay overnight. $25 will reserve one of the Forest’s family campsites and for $15, campers can set up in the field in the Horine Reservation.

Daylight activities include a children’s nature exploration area, a climbing wall, pumpkin decorating, guided hikes, activity at the nature center and more. Music will be performed by Grandma’s Boys, and food trucks will be on site.

Nighttime activities will include storytelling by the campfire along with night hikes and stargazing with the Louisville Astronomy Society and the Louisville Free Public Library. Camping set-up and registration will take place from 3-4 p.m. October 19.

“The annual Forest Adventure is the perfect opportunity for families to discover the natural beauty and recreational opportunities at Jefferson Memorial Forest, which is thirty minutes away, or less, no matter where you live in Louisville,” Park Administrator Bennett Knox said.

With 6,600 acres, Jefferson Memorial Forest offers many opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy and explore the outdoors. The Forest features more than 35 miles of marked hiking trails, fishing, and primitive camping.  The hiking will be through the Horine Reservation of the Forest, located at 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road. Nine different trail routes in four sections of the Forest will be featured, providing a range of options for hikers of all abilities. The trails range in length from one-fifth of a mile up to five miles, and have terrain varying from relatively flat to rugged.

The Wilderness Louisville Forest Adventure is presented by Quest Outdoors.

In what has become the must-see event of the Halloween season, the Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular is returning for the seventh consecutive year to South Louisville’s Iroquois Park, where 5,000 artistically carved pumpkins will greet visitors from October 8 through November 3.

The pumpkins will illuminate a 1/3-mile trail adjacent to the Iroquois Amphitheater, and event officials estimate up to 100,000 people will visit over the course of 27 days. The trail is open from dusk until 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets range from $10 to $18, with discounts for seniors and children 12 and under. Proceeds from the event benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation.

The wooded trail begins just outside of Iroquois Amphitheater (1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville, KY 40214) and weaves its way through the trees with themed vignettes set to music. The carved, illuminated pumpkins rotate on a weekly basis, creating a different experience each weekend. This year’s theme, “The Four Seasons,” will feature the trappings and holidays that make each month unique. The themed skits will showcase Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall like you’ve never seen them before, providing something for everyone to enjoy.

New in 2019 are special discounted Monday nights, sponsored by Metro by T-Mobile and a Sensory Night, sponsored by PNC Bank.

For customers looking for a deal, special discounts will be available on Metro by T-Mobile Mondays, where guests can visit select Metro by T-Mobile stores and receive a $2 off admission card (up to four people) good for Monday evenings during the run of the show.

On Saturday, November 2, gates will open early for a special sensory-friendly Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Two hours before the trail opens to the public, from 4:45– 6:45 p.m., pumpkins will light up the trail, but there will be no music or special effects. Designed for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences, and their families, Sensory Night at the Louisville Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular, is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank.

Other discounted nights include Republic Bank night on Wednesday, October 16 and Metro Council Night on Tuesday, October 29. On the 16th, Republic Bank customers will receive $2 off admissions with a Republic Bank debit/credit card. On the 29th, Louisville Metro Council will sponsor $2 off admissions to all event goers. Both offers require ticket purchase at the box office day of show. Concessions will be available nightly. Merchandise such as t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, and commemorative ornaments will also be available for sale.

Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular is produced by the Louisville Parks Foundation and the Iroquois Amphitheater in conjunction with Passion for Pumpkins, a multimedia production company with more than 30 years’ experience in redefining fall by transforming any landscape into an illuminated organic gallery.

This year’s sponsors include Metro by T-Mobile, Yellowstone Select Bourbon, Republic Bank, Subway, Louisville Tourism, LG&E and KU, Papa John’s, Louisville Metro Council, UPS, PNC Bank, AT&T, Porta Kleen, UFCW227, Waste Management, LiveInLou, i9 Sports, Metro Fence, Louisville Pavement Sweep, The Oliver Group, Cardinal Moving, Qk4, EZ Construction, Louisville Adaptive Rowing, and Louisville Eye Center.

Sunday – Thursday
Adults $14
Seniors (65+) $12
Children (3-12) $10
Children under 3 – Free

Friday – Saturday (Timed ticketing)
Adults $18
Seniors (65+) $16
Children (3-12) $14
Children under 3 – Free

Individual tickets may be purchased in advance for specific nights at the Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office or online at Visitors are also encouraged to use the hashtag #502Pumpkins on social media to share images or experiences they enjoy while touring the show.

Guests who plan to attend on a Friday or Saturday night are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Sold out nights are to be expected.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more can be purchased in advance by calling 502/368-5063, or in person at the Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office at 4:30 p.m. beginning October 8. Group tickets are discounted at $12 Sunday through Thursday.

The event is held rain or shine. No refunds will be given, but advanced purchased tickets may be exchanged for another day. Coach drop-off and on-site parking is available.

It is a fall tradition that highlights a very special area of Old Louisville. The 63rd Annual St. James Court Art Show will once again bring more than 700 artisans and craftsmen from all over the United States along with hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Old Louisville area during the first weekend in October.

“For more than six decades now the St. James Court Art Show is one reason why Old Louisville continues to be one of the best places to visit. Over the years, St. James has welcomed thousands from all over our country to a truly great event. It’s an event that also brings yet another boost of economic development and tourism to our city,” says President David James (D-6).

“We are looking forward to everyone coming and having a great time we want people to see why we are the Number 1 Fine Art and Design Show in America for 2019,” says Howard Rosenberg, Executive Director of the St. James Court Art Show.

The Art Show offers a wide variety of booths featuring furniture, pottery, jewelry, glassworks, photography and paintings.

Rain or shine, the Art Show will take place on October 4th through October 6th.  There is no admission fee. No Pets are allowed unless they are a service animal.

Sponsors for the 2019 St. James Court Art Show are: Anheuser Busch/Goose Island, President David James District 6 Metro Louisville, Pepsi Co., Heaven Hill Brands, StorAll Self Storage, Kentucky Monthly Magazine, The Voice of Louisville, extol, Louisville Public Media, and Kentucky Public Radio, and TARC.

For additional information visit their website:

While the Art Show is a fun time for many, the President’s office also reminds everyone that there will be many street closures and no parking areas around the St. James Court area:



Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6, 2019 – St. James Art Show

6:00 am (Thursday, October 3, 2019) – 11:30 pm (Sunday, October 6, 2019)

Alley between Third Street and Fourth Street from Magnolia Avenue to Hill Street
Alley between Fourth Street and St James Court from Magnolia Avenue to Hill Street
R Chin Alley from Sixth Street to Hill Street
St James Court from Magnolia Avenue to Hill Street
Magnolia Avenue from Third Street to Sixth Street
Gaulbert Avenue from Third Street to Fourth Street
Fourth Street from Park Avenue to Hill Street
Magnolia Avenue from Sixth Street to Levering Street
No Parking Areas

1:00 am (Thursday, October 3, 2019) – 9 pm (Sunday, October 6, 2019)

Park Avenue (south side) from Fourth Street to Sixth Street
Gaulbert Avenue from Third Street to Fourth Street

1:00 am (Thursday, October 3, 2019) – 10 pm (Sunday, October 6, 2019)

Third Street (west side) from Park Avenue to Hill Street
Third Street (east side) from Magnolia Avenue to Hill Street
Fourth Street from Park Avenue to Hill Street
Sixth Street (east side) from Park Avenue to Hill Street

1:00 am (Thursday, October 3, 2019) – 11:30 pm (Sunday, October 6, 2019)

St James Court from Magnolia Avenue to Hill Street
Magnolia Avenue from Third Street to Levering Street

9:00 am (Thursday, October 3, 2019) – 7 pm (Thursday, October 3, 2019)

Hill Street from Second Street to Sixth Street
Fourth Street (east side) from Hill Street to Gaulbert Avenue

Handicapped Parking Areas

8:00 am (Thursday, October 3, 2019) – 10:00 pm (Sunday, October 6, 2019)

East side of Sixth Street near Magnolia Avenue, along Central Park

1:00 am (Friday, October 4, 2019) – 8:00 pm (Sunday, October 6, 2019)

Hill Street (north side) from Second Street to Sixth Street

9:00 am (Friday, October 4, 2019) – 10 pm (Sunday, October 6, 2019)

North lanes of Hill Street from Third Street to St James Court

NOTE: No Handicap Parking at Saint James Court and Fountain Court (across from the fountain on the east side of the street)

Afternoon Lecture Series
Kate Hesseldenz: Margaretta’s Guest: Lafayette’s Visit to Liberty Hall
Wednesday, September 4, 1:15 pm

Lafayette, the last surviving Major General of the Revolutionary War, embarked on a great tour of the United States in 1824-1825 as the “Nation’s Guest.” Why did he visit Liberty Hall in May of 1825? Why did Margaretta Brown feel triumphant after his visit? Did John Brown serve as an aid to Lafayette during the war? In this talk, Curator Kate Hesseldenz will answer these questions as you learn about Lafayette’s connections to the Browns of Liberty Hall.
The Locust Grove Afternoon Lecture Series is held the first Wednesday of each month. Dessert and coffee are served at 1:00 pm with the lecture immediately following at 1:15 pm. Admission is $6, $4 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove. Reservations are not required.
Part of The Age of Hamilton series at Locust Grove.


Fall on the Farm
Saturday, September 7, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Enjoy a day filled with the hustle and bustle of harvesting, cooking, distilling and other activities that would welcome in the fall season on a 19th-century farm. Learn about the seasonal life on a farm through historic demonstrations in the hearth kitchen, farm distillery, and outbuildings. $9/adults; $8/seniors; $4 children 6-12; free for children under 6.


Beginner’s Book Binding for Kids
Saturday, September 14, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Curious kids ages 7 to 12 will learn the basics of book binding during this fun, one-day workshop celebrating the art and craft of making books. Participants will bind a simple book with a marbled paper cover using a needle and thread, and learn about the process of making books in the 18th and 19th centuries before leaving with their very own blank book. This workshop is led by Locust Grove artist-in-residence Brandon Vigliarolo, the bookbinder behind Strano Books. $30/$25 for members; all materials included. A parent or guardian must stay on site for the duration of the workshop. Adults are welcome to assist their child with all activities. Space is limited; call 502-897-9845 to register by September 6.


Basic Book Binding for Adults
Saturday, September 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn more about the art and craft of book binding by making a simple blank book with a marbled paper cover. Brandon Vigliarolo, the bookbinder behind Strano Books and Locust Grove’s Summer Artist-in-Residence, will speak on the history and process of bookbinding before leading participants through the steps in making their own blank book with marbled cover.

$40/$35 for members; all materials included, and participants will be able to take their tools home. Space is limited; call 502-897-9845 to register by September 16.


Books, Prints, Paper and Art Sale
Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

This special show and sale includes dealers in used, new, and collectible books, as well as maps, prints, paper, and art, at all prices and in all categories. You’ll find books about collecting, art, decorative arts, architecture and design, as well as artwork and prints. Saturday, September 28, 10 AM – 4:30 PM (Free admission) Sunday, September 39, 10 AM – 4:30 pm (With Antiques Market; $8 admission charged)


Fall Antiques Market
Sunday, September 29, 10:00am – 4:30pm

From whimsical china dogs to funky mid-century modern chairs, from stately silver to charming children’s toys, the Fall Antiques Market has something for everyone and every budget. Dozens of individual dealers from around the region will offer antique and vintage furniture, textiles, jewelry, silver, tchotchkes, ephemera, fine Kentucky crafted pieces of furniture and decorative arts, and much more. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Admission: $8 adults; free for ages 12 and under. Proceeds support the continued preservation and operation of Locust Grove.


Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane (between Brownsboro Road and River Road), Louisville, KY 40207.

Tonight, rodeo fans converge on Freedom Hall for the final night of the North American Championship Rodeo. The top ropers and riders in the Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo will be competing for a chance to be named the Regional Champion in each event and a spot in the Nationals Circuit Finals in Kissimmee, FL next spring.

The rodeo kicked off Thursday night with the participants competing over three grueling nights of rodeo action in seven events. Tonight is the final night for the participants to improve their average to be named the Regional Champion and take home their share of the purse. Attendees can watch cowboys ride broncos and bulls, wrestle steer and rope steer and calves, while cowgirls race around the arena for the fastest time in the barrel racing event. Attendees will also be treated to the guest appearance of a couple of beautiful and iconic American animals during John “The One-Armed Bandit” Payne’s 15-time PRCA Rodeo Act of the Year.

The rodeo bucks out of the chute at 7:30 PM and tickets are available, starting at $10. With tonight being the final competition, it will be packed house. Admission does not include parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center, which is $10 per vehicle.

The rodeo occurs in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Expo. The Expo started October 31 and will continue until November 15. Livestock being featured today are sheep and beef cattle. The marketplace will be open extended hours tonight to allow attendees to shop before the rodeo begins.   Continue reading