If you only attend half the events scheduled in town this month, your social calendar no doubt has already doubled that of someone living in Ohio. I grew up there, so I can state that as a fact.

That's our kind of pumpkin!
That’s our kind of pumpkin!

We’ve already covered the big bangs for this weekend, but if you need a recap, click on the links for more info. There’s, of course, Wine of the River on Saturday; the Fried Chicken Throwdown at the new Resurfaced lot on 10th Street on Saturday (there’s also a “Monster Mash” Costume Dance Party that night as well); the Clifton Great Chili Cook-Off on Sunday; Cyclouvia on Sunday as well; the “Victorian Tales or Terror” tours in Old Lou all weekend long; and the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Park continues all weekend, too. Here’s a look at what else is on our radar …

Louisville Halloween Parade @ Highlands — Friday, Oct. 16

Formerly the Caufield’s Halloween Parade, nothing has changed about this annual affair except the name. When Caufield’s decided to pass the baton, LouisvilleHalloween.com stepped up to keep the tradition going. The ghoulish parade starts at 7 p.m. at the corner of Broadway and Barret and marches down the avenue (and Bardstown Road) all the way to Grinstead Drive. It’s free, and it’s fun.

Quiet Hollers Album Release Party & Masquerade Ball @ Headliners — Saturday, Oct. 17

unnamedLouisville band Quiet Hollers are releasing their self-titled sophomore album, and they’re throwing a big ol’ party to celebrate. Their music is an eclectic mix of indie, punk, alt and ’90s college rock, and this collection strays a bit from the “Americana” tag they were given on their first album. Tickets are $10, and DJ Kim Sorise will spin some tunes before and after the show. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market @ Waterfront — Saturday, Oct. 17

Vintage is the new flannel, or is it the other way around? Either way, you’ll be able to find lots of vintage and flannel goodies at the seasonal Fleur de Flea Market on Saturday at Waterfront Park’s Festival Plaza. The free event runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and features food trucks, beverages and a crazy amount of arts, crafts and knickknack booths.

Fall Festival @ Norton Commons — Saturday, Oct. 17

All aboard!
All aboard! | Courtesy of Norton Commons

You can never trick-or-treat too early, just ask your kids. This annual fall festival in the East End features trick-or-treating from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, plus a live, interactive Halloween show at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. For the adults, there will be a Taptoberfest Biergarten and chili cook-off from noon-9 p.m., and live music from 7-10 p.m. Throw in face painting, hayrides, train rides and a hay maze, and you have yourself all the components to a fall festival. Norton Commons is located at 10712 Meeting St. in Prospect.

ColorFest @ Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest — Oct. 17-18

Last but not least is Bernheim‘s annual fall ColorFest this weekend, which runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The event includes live music (by Lisa Raymond, The Dixieland Solution, and Troubadours of Divine Bliss, among others), hayrides, a hay maze, food, arts and crafts, and something called a “Pumpkin Launch” for the kids. ColorFest is free, but parking is $5.

Pumpkin Launching?
Pumpkin Launching? | Courtesy of Bernheim

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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