St. James takes place Oct. 6-8. | Photo by Mickey Meece

While plenty of Louisvillians are gearing up for the annual St. James Court Art Show, which has been drawing thousands of art aficionados to Old Louisville for more than 60 years, others see an opportunity to perhaps piggyback on the extra folks in town, or simply give people other options on how to spend their weekend.

With so many events planned during the same time, Insider decided to round them up for you to make it easier to pick and choose. Let’s hope the rain stays away so we can get outside and enjoy the cooler temperatures.

St. James Court Art Show — Oct. 6-8

Poster by Billy Tackett

Might as well start with the biggest draw. The juried fine arts show features more than 700 exhibitors and attracts over 100,000 to the historic Old Louisville neighborhood the first weekend in October. Of course there’s so much more than just arts and crafts, with beer tents, food trucks and lots more. The show runs Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Louisville UnFair — Oct. 6-8

Held at the same time as St. James, this event was created for locals, by locals. A couple dozen Louisville artists will sell their affordable pieces at the Mag Bar, located in Old Louisville as well. The annual tradition turns 21 this year, so expect a fun and slightly wild experience at the venerable little bar. The show begins at 10 a.m. each day.

Old Lou Brew Fest — Friday, Oct. 6

New this year is the Old Lou Brew Fest, which also will take place alongside the St. James Art Show and benefits the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council. The $6 admission fee includes one free beer, samples of several local beers, food trucks and live music by Bridge 19. The event runs from 6-10 p.m. at the Edison Center, 701 W. Ormsby Ave., just two blocks from St. James.

Porktoberfest — Friday, Oct. 6

This annual cooking competition shows off some of Butchertown’s — and the surrounding area — best fare. With live music, food and drinks for all, the event is hosted at Copper & Kings and will include participants like Butchertown Grocery, Butchertown Social, Butchertown Pizza Hall, Feast BBQ, Cellar Door Chocolates and many others. It’s free and runs from 5-10 p.m.

Nunnlea Craft Fair — Oct. 7-8

For those who might not want to mess with parking and crowds, this annual art and craft fair takes place in the East End at the Nunnlea Historic Home off Hurstbourne. The free event will feature more than 50 juried craft artists who will feature everything from pottery to clothing — and there is plenty of parking. Snacks and drinks also will be available from the Calico Café inside the home. It runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Germantown Schnitzelburg Oktoberfest — Saturday, Oct. 7

Celebrate Germany in Germantown. | Courtesy of Germantown-Schnitzelburg

It makes sense to host a German-themed festival in Germantown, but this is only the second year for this street festival. The free, family-friendly event features commemorative beer mugs, live music by Squeeze-bot, beer by Samuel Adams and Monnik and many contests, like stein racing and stein hosting. It runs from 4-11 p.m. on Goss Avenue outside of The Post.

South Points Buy Local Fair — Sunday, Oct. 8

Check out the South End at Iroquois Park. | Photo by Anna May Photography

The second annual South Points Buy Local Fair is a way to get people familiarized with some of the businesses, organizations and people of the South End. More than 50 vendors will be set up in Iroquois Park on Sunday for the free event, and amenities include music, art, beer, wine, food, pumpkins and much more. It’s sponsored by LIBA, which reminds everyone to Keep Louisville Weird. The fair runs from noon-4 p.m.

Big Rock Jazz & Blues Fest — Sunday, Oct. 8

If the rain holds off, Sunday will be a perfect fall day to be outside. The annual Big Rock Jazz & Blues Fest at Cherokee Park in the Highlands is always a free, family-friendly, fun time. This year’s lineup includes Queen Delphine and the Crown Jewels out of Indianapolis, 502 Vintage Keys featuring Tyrone Wheeler, and UofL jazz professor Mike Tracy’s Hora Certa. The event features food and beverages and runs from 1-6:30 p.m. at Big Rock.

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."