On Saturday, July 9, South Louisville businesses, organizations and arts groups will come together for the first South Points Buy Local Fair at Iroquois Amphitheater. The event will include a marketplace from local businesses, an international food court, craft beer, artists and craftspeople, and community organizations.
If you’re not a South End native, you might be a Louisvillian who is guilty of overlooking these vibrant neighborhoods. In 2013, the Louisville Independent Business Associate partnered with several community and business groups to launch a Keep South Louisville Weird campaign. The effort is intended to nurture local businesses and attract new ones.
“Neighborhoods really benefit when independent businesses are successful, and we want that for South Louisville,” Jennifer Rubenstein, director of LIBA, said in a press release. “We know from studies that more money stays circulating in the local economy, and independent business are a huge contributor to a neighborhood’s sense of place. Plus, home values are higher in areas where independent businesses are strong.”
You could also make a whole evening of the event and buy tickets to the 8 p.m. performance of Cirque Louis’ Midsummer Night’s Circus, also being held at the Amphitheater. The performance is loosely based on Shakespeare’s classic play. It features music composed and performed by Aby Laby Land. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
The South Points Buy Local Fair is from 4-8 p.m. Both the event and parking are free.