It’s funny how the omission of one tiny word like “and” can turn two unrelated events into one fantastic image — like flying sausages. Perhaps we meant to say “Flying and sausages top the list …” for the headline, but flying sausages was just too hard to pass up.
But we digress, and hopefully still have your attention. While sadly there is no flying sausage festival we know of, there are a handful of events happening the weekend after St. James — with one actually involving sausage, and one focused on aviation, among others.
So, here’s a quick roundup of some of the things you can get into this weekend before and after you tailgate the UofL game Saturday morning. (Remember: It’s a 12:30 p.m. game this week.)
“You’re the Wurst Too” Sausage Party — Friday, Oct. 13 @ Copper & Kings
This Oktoberfest-style party honors the German sausage and its liquid companion, beer. Of course there will be music as well, by the Rheingold Band and DJ Kim Sorise, as well as brandy, beer, cocktails and handmade sausages. The event runs from 7 p.m.-midnight, and tickets are either $30 (which includes a full plate of sausage, sides and one drink) or $10 (which includes a drink). Also of importance — Monnik Beer Co. will release its Marzen/Oktoberfest beer, which was aged in a Copper & Kings brandy barrel, at the party as well.
Garvin Gate Blues Festival — Oct. 13-14 @ Old Louisville
This two-day arts and music fest always takes place the weekend after St. James, possibly because Old Louisville is still fresh in most people’s minds? Or maybe it just fell that way and seemed to work. After all, this is the event’s 23rd year, so they must be doing something right.
Highlights include Da Mudcats and the Walnut Street Rhythm & Blues Band on Friday, and Tullie Brae, Tweed Funk, Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings, and Tony O and Zora Young on Saturday, among others. Hours for the free fest are 6:30-11:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, and 2-11:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Belknap Fall Festival — Oct. 13-14 @ Douglass Loop
This fall festival in the Highlands also turns 23 this year and features arts and crafts booths, food, beer and live music. We enjoy this one because it gives us an excuse to order the Dundee Tavern‘s famous Dundee Dip and people watch from the tent outside the restaurant.
The music lineup isn’t too bad, either, with Sound Company, Quiet Hollers and Mojoflo on Friday, and an all-day Saturday lineup that includes Mary Mary, Brigid Kaelin, Zach Longoria Project, Carly Johnson and more. This free festival runs Friday, from 6-11 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Bowman Field Aviation Festival — Oct. 14-15 @ Bowman Field
And now for the flying portion of this festival roundup, we have the Bowman Field Aviation & Military Heritage Festival, which celebrates the golden age of flight and also honors veterans. It’s the second year for the Aviation Fest and the first for the Military Heritage, so if either of those twirl your propellers, then you know where to go this weekend.
The event also features live music by the Don Krekel Orchestra and Ladies of Liberty, vintage airplanes, a “Women in War” exhibit, a kids’ area and much more. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10, $5 for those 16 and under, or free for veterans and children under 5.
Flea Off Market — Oct. 14-15 @ Fresh Start Growers Supply
It’s time once again for the monthly Flea Off! We’re hoping they’ll have s’mores this weekend, but that involves fire, and it may not be cool enough to justify the flames quite yet. But you can enjoy more than 150 local and regional vendors selling everything from apple-bottom jeans to boots with the fur.
It’s never too early to do some Christmas shopping, and there’s a bar and food trucks to make perusing more beerable. The free event runs from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.