Old Louisville Springfest returns May 18 with dozens of vendors, food trucks, games and more. | Courtesy of Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association

The eighth annual Old Louisville Springfest, featuring dozens of local artists, plus food and music, happens Saturday, May 18, at Toonerville Trolley Park.

The neighborhood festival offers a bit of everything, starting with up to 80 vendors selling local handmade goods, such as pottery, jewelry, soaps, artisan foods and mixed media.

In addition, more than a dozen local food trucks will be on hand with a variety of fare, and there also will be the Ft. George Springfest Beer Garden with beer, cocktails and a Heaven Hill Distilleries bourbon tasting, along with bourbon sushies.

The Kosair KidZone is free for children. | Courtesy of Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association

The family-friendly festival will again feature the Kosair KidZone, with a collection of giant inflatable bounces houses. The KidZone is free and open from noon-6 p.m.

Also, other local organizations will be on hand to provide free games and face painting for children.

Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is the organizer of Springfest and earmarks proceeds from the festival for beautification and preservation of Old Louisville, including cleanup of streets, parks and playgrounds, as well as general safety efforts.

In previous years, the association has worked with the city to upgrade playground equipment at the Toonerville Trolley Park — to upgrade the facilities, add new benches and add a dog park.

Springfest chairman Kirk Stewart said this year’s proceeds will go toward planting 50-plus street trees in the neighborhood to help offset canopy loss. He also said each year the festival attracts between 8,000 and 10,000 visitors.

Springfest runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, and admission is free. Toonerville Trolley Park is located near the corner of Brook and Oak streets in Old Louisville.

Kevin Gibson
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