It’s going to be one of those weekends where your social calendar triumphs over your Netflix account. The weather is expected to be a perfect 72 degrees, and with all the events going on around town, you have no excuse to stay inside.

We rounded up a few of the more notable shindigs to help jumpstart those plans.

The Belknap Fall Fest takes place Oct. 7-8. | Courtesy of Belknap Fall Fest
The Belknap Fall Fest takes place Oct. 7-8. | Courtesy of Belknap Fall Fest

Belknap Fall Festival — Oct. 7-8

This cute little neighborhood festival offers live music, arts and crafts booths, community/information booths that offer up free candy and pens, as well as food and drink. It runs from 6-11 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday. And remember, this is the first weekend for the re-established Dundee Tavern, which is smack dab in the middle of the fest.

Garvin Gate Blues Festival — Oct. 7-8

Old Louisville gears up for another festival, this time focused on the blues. We previously wrote a more detailed preview of this annual event, which is family-friendly and free.

Flea Off Market — Oct. 7-9

It’s time to stroll around the Fresh Start Growers Supply parking lot, hunting for retail treasures at the monthly Flea Off Market. New this month will be free yoga and meditation classes on Saturday and Sunday at noon. Expect more than 200 vendors offering up anything from vinyl to tarot card readings to ice cream. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

New Albany’s Harvest Homecoming — Oct. 7-9

harvestThis Southern Indiana event has been going on since Oct. 1, but this weekend the booths will be in full bloom in downtown New Albany, as the sweet scent of funnel cakes and corn dogs wafts in the wind. Live music, arts and crafts, food, drinks, kids’ events, contests and much more are on tap this weekend. Check out the link above for a full schedule of events and times.

Louisville Halloween Parade & Festival — Saturday, Oct. 8

Organizers moved this up a couple of weeks and to a Saturday instead of a Friday, plus they’ve added a festival component, which should make this annual event even more fun and spooky. Read our previous story for more info.

Portland Art & Heritage Fair — Saturday, Oct. 8

This free neighborhood festival offers live music, food, children’s activities, a corn hole competition, free trolley rides, art, culture and so much more. Activities are spread throughout the West Louisville neighborhood and involve most local businesses, including Louisville Visual Art, Louisville Grows, Portland Family Health Center and more. It runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Foxhollow Farm has a corn maze. | Courtesy of Foxhollow
Foxhollow Farm has a corn maze. | Courtesy of Foxhollow

Foxhollow Farm Fall Festival — Saturday, Oct. 8

This annual festival started as a small gathering, but last year, it attracted more than 10,000 attendees. Located in Crestwood, the organic and biodynamic farm offers up live music, food and drink and plenty of activities for children from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. It also raises funds for Maryhurst. A quick scan of participating food trucks and vendors includes Hi-Five Doughnuts, Louisville Cream and the Kentucky Taco Co. Can’t go wrong there.

Glitter Gala — Saturday, Oct. 8

While this annual event is a benefit for the Louisville Youth Group, the party is for adults only, as they get to channel their inner child. The theme is “Not your fifth grader’s fall festival,” and the festivities will be held at Play Dance Bar. It includes carnival-style games, food, drinks, live music by Bridge 19 and Squeeze-bot, and free admission into Play afterward. It runs 7-10 p.m. and costs $20.

Honky Tonk Hootenanny — Saturday, Oct. 8

Why not spend the night along the banks of the Ohio listening to the area’s best honky tonk musicians? Held at American Turners, 3125 River Road, the lineup includes Johnny Berry & the Outliers, Straw Boss, the Derbytown Playboys and DJ Woodrow on the Radio. Showtime for the 18-and-up event is 8 p.m., and tickets are $15.

Bowman Field Aviation Heritage Festival — Oct. 8-9

We told you about this first-ever aviation festival earlier this week, but if you missed it, you can still read all about it.

cliftonchiliClifton Great Chili Cook-Off  — Sunday, Oct. 9

This is the second year for the Great Chili Cook-Off, which got its start after the beloved Phoenix Hill Chili Cook-Off ended. Contestants will begin offering samples around 1 p.m., and there will be more than 100 vendors set up along Frankfort Avenue at the intersection of Pope Street. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $10 is required if you’d like to vote. Proceeds go to Susan G. Komen Kentucky.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."