Want to learn tai chi? | Courtesy of LFPL

Have you ever wanted to learn a traditional Irish dance, make rice balls or construct a home aquaponics system? On Saturday, May 11, you can get instruction on all three of those — all before noon, in fact — at the eighth annual How-To Festival at the Louisville Free Public Library.

The event promises the chance to learn how to do more than 50 different things in five hours — and it’s all completely free.

Instructors, artists and volunteers will be located all throughout the main library, at 301 York St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and attendees are welcome to come and go as they like. A full schedule of events is online.

Curious about all the offerings? How about learning how to perform magic tricks, how to buy your first home, how to create drawings on your iPhone, or how to operate a steamboat? Not piquing your interest? Then how about making worms poop, playing D&D or making your own Henry Bain sauce?

You can even learn how to hula hoop. | Courtesy

There’s sure to be something that appeals to you, as library staff try to round up the most random and beneficial sessions each year. Paul Burns, communications director of LFPL, tells Insider the How-To Fest is one of the library’s largest events of the year, attracting more than 2,000 each May.

This is the second year LFPL is partnering with the Urban Agriculture Coalition to offer 20 garden-themed sessions, and member groups like Idlewild Butterfly Farm, Wild Ones, Master Gardeners and more will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to three garden tents that’ll be located outside.

For Burns, he’s excited to see how the newer how-to sessions will play out.

“I am looking forward to several new sessions this year including how to cook with an Instant Pot, how to build a Power Racing Series go-cart, and how to make a smoothie on a bike,” he said.

The event is set in a festive atmosphere, with food trucks on site and much more. Each session lasts anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.

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."