The beer will be flowing at the 24th annual Belknap Fall Festival. | Courtesy of Belknap Fall Festival

Finally fall has fallen on Louisville, which means it’s time to remember what it feels like to enjoy the outdoors with a sweater wrapped around your waist. There are a handful of events this weekend that encourage you to mingle with neighbors, take in some live local music, get out to the farm and see how long you can hold a beer stein with one arm.

Here’s an Insider roundup of what to do and when to do it.

Belknap Fall Festival — Oct. 12-13
Hold those beers steady! | Courtesy of Belknap Fall Festival

This quaint Highlands corridor throws a street party each year at this time, celebrating the best the city’s artists, organizations, restaurants and musicians have to offer.

This is the 24th year of the Belknap Fall Festival, and more than 50 booths will take over the Douglas Loop area near Dundee Tavern, Graeter’s Ice Cream and Heine Bros.

The free fest runs from 6-11 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday. The live music schedule is below.

Friday, Oct. 12

  • 6:30 p.m. — Carl Anthony Stuck
  • 8 p.m. — VILLA MURE
  • 9:30 p.m. — Anemic Royalty

Saturday, Oct. 13

  • 11:30 a.m. — Lost Tribe Louisville
  • 1 p.m. — Brigid Kaelin
  • 3 p.m. — Louisville Leopard Percussionists
  • 4:30 p.m. — Southern Sirens Music
  • 6:15 p.m. — Bleu Phonque
  • 8 p.m. — MaryMary
  • 9:45 p.m. — Carly Johnson
Garvin Gate Blues Festival — Oct. 12-13
Blues will fill the Old Louisville streets this weekend. | Photo by John Paul

This free blues fest has been taking over the streets of Old Louisville since 1988 with live music, arts and crafts booths, food and drink options and lots of dancing. This year there will be more than 50 vendors and a sweet lineup that features both local and national acts (see below).

This year there’s also a Blues For Youth program featuring young and aspiring musicians, organized with the help  of Jecorey “1200” Arthur. The fest runs 6:30-11:15 p.m. on Friday and 2-11:15 p.m. on Saturday. The live music schedule is below.

Friday, Oct. 12

Four Roses Stage

  • 6:30-7:15 p.m. — Jamiah “BluesSuperMan” Rogers Band
  • 8:15-9 p.m. — L.C. Williams and The Driver
  • 10-11:15 p.m. — Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike and Anson Funderburgh

Info+ Kentucky Blues Stage

  • 7:20-8 p.m. — One Shot Johnny
  • 9:10-9:55 p.m. — Ladies Sing the Blues featuring LaToye Montgomery, Lainey Brown and Jennifer Lauletta

Saturday, Oct. 13

Four Roses Stage

  • 2-2:45 p.m. — The Pearls
  • 3:15-4 p.m. — King Bee & The Stingers
  • 4:30-5:15 p.m. — Django Knight
  • 5:45-6:30 p.m. — Mississippi Adam Riggle Band
  • 7:15-8:15 p.m. — Laurie Jane & the 45s and Friends
  • 8:45-9:45 p.m. — Danielle Nicole
  • 10-11:15 p.m. — Keeshea Pratt Band

Info+ Kentucky Blues Stage

  • 4:05-4:25 p.m. & 5:20-5:40 p.m. — da Mudcats
  • 6:40-7:10 p.m. & 8:20-8:40 p.m. — The Dirty Church Revival
Foxhollow Farm’s Fall Festival — Saturday, Oct. 13
The Foxhollow Fall Festival is for all ages. | Courtesy of Foxhollow Farm

This outdoor festival is held at a real farm not too far from town — Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, Ky. The 11th annual Fall Festival features hay rides, a corn maze, pick-your-own pumpkins, a beer garden, arts and crafts, carnival games, food trucks, adult beverages, live music and more.

“I love inviting our community to experience wholesome fall fun,” said Maggie Keith, fourth-generation steward of Foxhollow Farm, in a news release. “Pumpkins, colorful leaves and grazing cattle in lush fall grasses are a wonderful sight to see. Our community gets to experience a working farm, play games and tap along to some great music. The farm is glowing with life and beauty.”

There is a $10 admission fee ($7 in advance), but all proceeds go to the Dare to Care food bank. The fest runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and is family-friendly, except for your pets. Leave them at home.

Flea Off Market — Oct. 13-14
The Flea Off is held monthly at 1007 E. Jefferson St. | Courtesy of Flea Off Market

While this isn’t a festival per se, it is a chance to get out and about and pick up some records for your vinyl collection or something. The monthly flea market features more than 200 vendors selling all sorts of goods, and there’s also live music, food trucks, craft beer and cocktails.

We hear there might be happy hour pints of Monnik Beer for $4 around, say, 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, but don’t tell anyone we told you. The free market runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Kittens & Cocktails @ The Hub — Saturday, Oct. 13
Don’t bring your cats, but you can take one home. | Courtesy of The Hub

We’re not really a cat person, but we can sniff out a good cause and event when we come across one. The Hub restaurant and bar, located at 2235 Frankfort Ave., is hosting Kittens & Cocktails on their patio, and event that’ll feature adoptable kitties courtesy of the Animal Care Society.

Basically, if you like cats, you can sip on cat-themed cocktails while you pet free felines fishing around for a forever home. It all goes down Saturday from 3-6 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to bring an item from the Animal Care wish list, which includes Pedigree canned dog food, laundry detergent, paper towels and Method bathroom cleaner in the eucalyptus scent (details!), among others.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. 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."


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