Last weekend, we had a smattering of art festivals all around town, and this weekend, we have just as many events to look forward to, but they range from Pride to vintage bikes. It’s never too early to start planning your weekend, so here’s another roundup of things to do when not cheering on the Cardinals with the ESPN “Gameday” crew.
Gaslight Festival — Sept. 15-17
This annual Jeffersontown festival began as a little street party in 1969, and now it’s grown to J-Town’s largest event of the year, spanning two weeks and attracting thousands.
Events started last week, but the main thrust takes over the streets this weekend, featuring more than 250 vendor booths, live music, carnival rides and, of course, beer and food.
On Sunday, we have the Kentucky Pipe Smoking Championship to look forward to, and, as always, a parade kicks off the festivities on Thursday.
Admission is free. Click the above link for all the dates and times.
Kentucky Kick Down — Sept. 15-17
The fifth annual Kentucky Kick Down is becoming quite the gathering place for vintage motorcycle enthusiasts in town and beyond.
Each year the group and its groupies take over the Barret Bar and even shut down the street on Saturday for bikes, art, live music and much more. And there’s even a Miss Kentucky Kick Down contest, a pool tournament and a stunt show.
Festivities start Friday with a pre-party at Barret Bar, then spill into Saturday with the Big Sid Memorial Ride followed by the street fest at noon, and then end Sunday morning with coffee and doughnuts at H. Garage and Retrowrench.
Admission for Saturday’s Kick Down fest is $5, and children 12 and under are free.
Louisville Pride Festival — Saturday, Sept. 16
Bardstown Road will be closed to traffic from Grinstead Drive to Beechwood Avenue all day long as the third annual Louisville Pride Festival celebrates diversity with live music, vendor booths, children’s activities and much more.
Highlights include performances by Crystal Waters, Max, Jonas Blue and several local organizations like Pandora Productions, Derby City Sisters and Voices of Kentuckiana on the main stage, and the weather should be great for mixing and mingling with neighbors, businesses, vendors and artisans who pack the street.
Admission is free, and the party runs from noon-11 p.m.
Jug Band Jubilee — Saturday, Sept. 16
For its 13th year, the Jug Band Jubilee is adding more vendors and children’s activities. The event will once again be held at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater at Waterfront Park and will celebrate the legacy of jug band music in Louisville.
Headliners include Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, an L.A.-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist recently featured in the PBS “American Epic” documentary, as well as Tuba Skinny, G Burns Jug Band, Juggernaut Jug Band, Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, Deep Fried Pickle Project and more.
The fest features vendors, food trucks and workshops as well, so come for the music and stay for the party. Admission is free, and the event runs from noon-10 p.m.
Louisville Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival — Sunday, Sept. 17
This inaugural fest is put together by a national touring outfit called Food Truck Festivals of America, but it promises to feature more than 20 of our local food trucks and area beer vendors.
The event also will have games, live music and an artisan market at Waterfront Park.
Participating food trucks include The Celtic Pig, The Kentucky Taco Co., Longshot Lobsta, Lexie Lu’s and the Louisville Sushi Truck, among others. And beer vendors range from Goodwood and Great Flood to Sun King, Sam Adams and SweetWater.
Check out the above link for all the participants. Admission is $5, and the fest runs from noon-6 p.m. A VIP ticket option is available as well for $20 (in advance) and gets you in the gate an hour earlier, plus other amenities.