If you’re coming to town for the Kentucky Derby, the downtown trolley hop dovetails nicely with race events – your chance to get the authentic experience of the massive variety of entertainment and cultural choices one small Southern town has to offer.
The next First Friday Trolley Hop, organized by Louisville Downtown Management District, is scheduled for Friday, May 4 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Trolleys will take participants to various art galleries, restaurants, and shops along the Main Street and Market Street corridors, and these include some of our fair city’s finest art galleries, shops and restaurants.
This next hop, special events include:
- Zephyr Gallery, 610 East Market Street, will showcase paintings by Deborah Thomas and Sharon Weis with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Bourbon Baroque: First Friday Cantata Series, Louisville’s Period Instrument Ensemble, will present its monthly cantata series featuring period instruments and local vocalists with free performances at 7:30pm and 8:30pm at St. John United Church of Christ, 637 E. Market, on the corner of Clay and Market streets. These concerts are highly recommended for classical music lovers and music lovers in general.
- The Belle of Louisville/Spirit of Jefferson will offer an Oaks Dinner Cruise from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $50 per person. Advanced reservations are required, call 502-574-2992 or visit the website here for more information.
- 4th Street LIVE! will host a free O.A.R. concert in honor of Derby week at beginning at 8 pm. The event is presented by Budweiser and guests must be 21+ after 6pm.
- Garner Narrative Contemporary Fine Art, located at 642 E. Market Street, will host an exhibition titled “expectations” featuring works from Jennifer Romita
- Cressman Center for Visual Arts, located at 100 East Main Street, will showcase M.A. Thesis exhibitions by Lexi Bass and Tenille Novinger.
For additional information or to view a map of the trolley route and parking options, visit the LDMD website here or email trolleyhop(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)ldmd.org.
Free street parking is available after 6 p.m., or at Slugger Field, Main Street at Jackson, and the 4th St. Live! garage.
The First Friday Trolley Hop was established in 2001 and has been going strong for more than ten years. The Hop is held on the first Friday of each month, rain or shine, and the trolleys are free and run until 11:00pm (most galleries close at 9:00pm). For more information, visit www.ldmd.org or call (502) 583-1671.
ABOUT LDMD: The Louisville Downtown Management District (LDMD), Kentucky’s first, was established on August 27, 1991 to promote the economic, residential and cultural vitality of the core of downtown. Its mission is to promote the neighborhood’s quality of life by creating a safer, cleaner and more enjoyable environment. LDMD is a vocal advocate for Downtown, working with property owners, government agencies and elected officials to secure needed support and resources for neighborhood improvement. The District has defined boundaries and is supported with assessments paid by district property owners. The Board of Directors is comprised of business and property owners, residents, community representatives and government officials committed to striking a balance between development and community enrichment. For more information, visit www.ldmd.org or call (502) 583-1671. Follow us on Twitter at @Downtown_Lou and on Facebook.