Va Va Vixens fly into town this weekend. | Photo by Brittany Lanham
Va Va Vixens fly into town this weekend. | Photo by Brittany Lanham

Last week we had an invasion of art festivals, and this week’s it’s events that benefit a good cause. And that’s a good thing, because if you’re going to spend the money, it feels better knowing it’s going to a local charity or nonprofit.

Here’s a handful festivities you should know about going into the weekend, Oct. 9-11. (We also write about events throughout the week, so be sure to check our newsfeed regularly for things like Porktoberfest, the Louisville Outskirts Fest, CRAFT Louisville, the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Park and more.)

ECHOTaste of Prevention @ The Café — Friday, Oct. 9

ECHO, the Exploited Children’s Help Organization, is hosting its ninth annual Taste of Prevention on Friday, and it includes food, drinks, live music and local art. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of child victimization. The event, which costs $75 (tickets here), features a live painting by Sink or Swim, art by Regalo Gifts, The Glass Goat and Kentucky Derby Festival poster artist Karen Boone. Doors open at 6 p.m. at The Café, 712 Brent St.

Garvin Gate Blues Fest @ Old Louisville — Oct. 9-10

Just as the streets are cleared and cleaned after St. James, the Garvin Gate Blues Fest throws another party on the streets of Old Louisville. This two-day event is the largest free neighborhood music fest in Louisville, and it’s been going strong since 1988. Nearly 20 blues bands and musicians gather at The Gate on Garvin Place and Oak Street. Admission is free, and you can check out the schedule here.

Va Va Vixens @ Art Sanctuary — Oct. 9-10, 16-17

There might be s'mores at the Flea Off.
There might be s’mores at the Flea Off.

The tantalizing, teasing ladies are back for their latest “Va Va Vortex ReVisited” show, which mixes burlesque, comedy, circus stunts, variety show acts, singing and dance. If you’ve never been, this Vaudeville-style burlesque troupe puts on a quality show you can’t seem to take your eyes off of. And if you’re a fan, chances are you already have your tickets. Showtime is 7 p.m., and admission is $25 (tickets here). Art Sanctuary is located at 1433 S. Shelby St.

Flea Off Market @ Fresh Start Growing Supply — Oct. 10-11

It’s Flea Off Market time! So head downtown to see, be seen and revel in everything you didn’t know you need — like Back Door drink coasters, a corduroy jacket and a clock made of used bourbon barrels. Sometimes they have s’mores by the fire pit this time of year, but we can’t guarantee that. Admission is free, as always, and the hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Fresh Start is located at 1007 E. Jefferson St.

Honey Hill Farm will offer a petting zoo.
Honey Hill Farm will offer a petting zoo.

Backyard Barbecue @ Home of the Innocents — Saturday, Oct. 10

Home of the Innocents’ 10th annual Backyard Barbecue is a feast and fest for the entire family. Local barbecue restaurants offer up their best pulled pork and side dishes, while guests enjoy live music, inflatables for the kids, a petting zoo, arts, crafts, hayrides, raffles and much more. Participating restaurants include Feast, Mark’s Feed Store, Famous Dave’s, Momma’s Mustard, Pickles & BBQ, Brown Hotel and more. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit, which has been in operation for more than 135 years and assists children and families facing severe crisis. Tickets are $25 for adults and are discounted for children. The event runs from 2-5 p.m. at 1100 E. Market St.

Fall Festival @ Foxhollow Farm — Saturday, Oct. 10

Corn maze at Foxhollow anyone?
Corn maze at Foxhollow anyone?

Sometimes it’s nice to sidestep the concrete and plant your feet firmly in the country. Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood is giving you a chance to do just that on Saturday at their eighth annual Fall Festival. This 1,300-acre biodynamic farm is offering up pumpkins, hay rides, pony rides, old-fashioned games and activities, live music and local food, and they’re partnering with Maryhurst this year, which helps young women in crisis. The fest runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and admission is free (with a $5 parking fee). Click the link above for directions.

Doulapalooza @ Douglass Loop Farmers Market — Saturday, Oct. 10

Folks from the Birth Care Network will be taking over the Douglass Loop Farmers Market on Saturday for a good cause — to spread the word about childbirth options, breastfeeding, classes, doulas, midwives and more to expecting and “thinking about expecting” mothers. Doulapalooza makes learning fun, so there will also be arts and crafts vendors, face painting, raffle prizes, live music, snacks and more. Admission is free, and it runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 2005 Douglass Blvd.

Cave Hill Cemetery in the fall | Photo by Millie Farmer
Cave Hill Cemetery in the fall | Photo by Millie Farmer

Art & Artist Tour @ Cave Hill Cemetery — Sunday, Oct. 11

It’s October, so why not traipse through a cemetery and learn about famous Louisvillians of the past? Cave Hill Cemetery‘s “Art & Artist Tour” is a lecture and cemetery tour hosted by local architect and historian Steve Wiser. Highlights include talks at the gravesite of sculptors Barney Bright and Enid Yandell, painter Nicola Marchal, art patrons Preston and Florence Satterwhite, architect Arthur Loomis, and many of the scenic historic and modern monuments. Cost is $15, and the tour runs from 1-3 p.m. RSVP at 451-5630.

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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."