As summer festival season ramps up, we want to remind you of a few happenings going on this weekend, May 31-June 2, so you don’t forget and just binge “Dead to Me” for a third time.
Below are a few more gems you should know about, along with the dates and times, of course. Enjoy.
Germantown-Schnitzelburg Blues Festival — May 31-June 1
For 10 years now, the Germantown-Schnitzelburg neighborhood has been playing the blues every summer, courtesy of the Kentuckiana Blues Society and the venerable Check’s Cafe. The street festival takes place at the corner of Hickory Street and Burnett Avenue and features the best blues bands Louisville has to offer.
The event starts around 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday and runs until about midnight. The schedule on Friday includes Rusty Ends and Hillbilly HooDoo (7), The Travlin Mojos (8:30) and The VillEffect (10:30); and on Saturday, it’s Tailfin Cadillacs (4), D.J. Rice and the Payin’ Dues Blues Band (5:30), King Bee and The Stingers (7), Tee Dee Young with special guest Sheryl Rouse (8:30), and 100 Proof with special guests (10:30).
Jeffersontown Summerfest — Friday, May 31
Once again, Summerfest will kick off the summer in Jeffersontown, this year on Friday, May 31. The family-friendly celebration features a Kid Zone, a DJ, face paintings and much more. From 6:30-8 p.m., attendees can enjoy free hot dogs, chips and drinks as well. At dusk, the movie “Hotel Transylvania 3 — Summer Vacation” will be shown, followed by a fireworks display.
“Summerfest is the kind of family event where Jeffersontown’s strong sense of community really shines,” said Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf in a news release. “We’re expecting a big crowd to show up for these festivities since Summerfest has become a much-anticipated tradition. It’s a great way to start celebrating summer.”
The free event is held at Skyview Park, 9700 Watterson Trail.
Butchertown Art Fair — June 1-2
More than 80 booths of art, crafts, food and beer will take over East Washington Street this weekend for the annual Butchertown Art Fair. Add to that live music and street performers, and you got yourself a fun way to spend the afternoon — with admission totally free. We hear Mile Wide Beer and Copper & Kings will have their beverages there, as well — a bonus in our book.
“The historic Butchertown neighborhood is fast becoming one of the most popular places in the city”, said Nick Johnson, president of the Butchertown Neighborhood Association, in a news release. “The art fair weekend is the perfect opportunity to discover some great artworks created by the best local artists, and also to explore this interesting and energetic area.”
The fair runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
British Bash in Crescent Hill — Saturday, June 1
The Louisville British Sports Car Club once again will hold its British Bash, featuring some of the region’s most interesting cars.
Now in its 35th year, the annual event features more than 30 classes of British cars, with numerous awards being given to attendees. One class is especially for cars that perhaps haven’t aged well or been restored — called the “Diamond in the Rough” category.
Entries can include trucks, motorcycles and pretty much any British-related vehicle, and more than 200 British vehicles, with makes and models spanning 70-plus years, are expected.
The event, which will be held on the lawn at St. Joseph Children’s Home, 2823 Frankfort Ave., opens to the public at 9 a.m., and voting begins at noon. Awards will be presented around 4 p.m. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to make donations to St. Joseph’s.
Downs After Dark — Saturday, June 1
This weekend’s Downs After Dark, a series of 11 races at Churchill Downs, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock — you know, that trippy hippy music festival that took place in 1969 and featured acts like the Grateful Dead, The Who, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, to name a few.
Attendees are encouraged to wear tie-dye or other ’60s-themed attire. And along with the horse racing, you can expect live music by Mr. Blotto, a Chicago-based jam band that mixes originals with classics, music by DJ Matt Anthony, a glitter bar, retro T-shirts and more.
The event runs from 5 to 11:30 p.m. and is $12 for general admission.