Fourth Street Live! hosts twisted Halloween party Monday, Oct 16 2017 

LOUISVILLE’S LARGEST HALLOWEEN PARTY RETURNS TO FOURTH STREET LIVE!

Run away with the twisted circus on October 27th and 28th

 

Louisville, KY  – This Halloween season, Fourth Street Live! will once again lead people on a journey into a bizarre world of  draw dropping performances as the twisted circus blurs the lines between nightmare and reality on October 27th and 28th.

 

Step right up, dance fans, because Friday will feature a live concert by EDM (electronic dance music) artist, Ookay (tickets $5 in advance, $10 at door). Saturday will have Louisville’s biggest costume contest with $4,800 in prizes and performances by Eight Inch Elvis and DJ Syimone. Saturday’s festivities are free to the public, with a VIP package available at Ticketfly.com ($35 in advance, $50 day of).

twisted circus

 

These two epic nights will be filled with fright and delight, as there will be ghoulish creatures and performers, fortunetellers, carnival games, bloodcurdling beats, and bone-rattling sounds. Must be aged 21+ to attend.

Friday, October 27th

21+

Featuring Ookay Live, DJ Crizchin and Cirque Louis

Concert at 8pm, doors open at 6pm

Tickets $5 in advance, $10 at door

 

Saturday, October 28th

21+

Featuring Eight Inch Elvis, DJ Syimone and Cirque Louis

Concert at 8pm

Free event

VIP tickets available at Ticketfly.com:

All-inclusive bar package from 9-midnight

$35 in advance, $50 day of

Costume contest

 

“We have the perfect atmosphere for Louisville’s largest Halloween party,” said Ed Hartless, President of Fourth Street Live!. “And this year, it is anticipated to be bigger and more frightening than ever. We have remarkable performances lined up and huge prizes to give away for astounding costumes. Not to mention startling surprises that attendees won’t want to miss.”

 

Come one, come all and join the twisted circus!

 

Friday and two-day tickets available at ticketfly.com

 

Saturday tickets available at ticketfly.com

 

For more information, visit 4thstlive.com/events

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Registration is now open for LouisvilleKy’s 2018 Pegasus Parade Monday, Oct 16 2017 

Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is looking for participants for next year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. 2018 marks the 63rd annual parade, which will march down Broadway on Thursday, May 3. The application process for groups interested in participating in the parade opens online today.

 

The Festival is looking for participants in the following categories: Equestrians, Specialty Unit, Marching Band, Inflatable and Float. Parade Participation Guidelines and Applications can be downloaded at KDF.org/PegasusParade. The application deadline is January 31, 2018. For more information about participating in the parade, contact Event Manager Zach Fisher at (502) 572-3853 or zfisher@kdf.org.

Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade 2013

Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade 2013

The Pegasus Parade – the Derby Festival’s oldest founding event – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring and provides an estimated economic impact of more than $22 million. Each year, the annual spectacle steps off at 5 p.m. and marches west on Broadway from Campbell to Ninth Street.

Republic Bank is the Title Sponsor of the parade with Contributing Sponsor, KentuckyOne Health.

 

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

 

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34th Annual Great LouisvilleKY Fire Drill Wednesday, Oct 11 2017 

Louisville, KY., – On October 15, 2017 the Louisville Division of Fire will be celebrating the 34th Annual Great Louisville Fire Drill in partnership with 5 area Kroger stores. From 1-5pm, fire crews will be stationed outside these stores to provide fire safety information, static equipment displays and serve fire house chili. The Great Louisville Fire Drill is held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, a nationwide annual campaign commemorating the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. This year, the theme is “Every Second Counts. Plan 2 Ways Out!”.

louisville fire drill

Kroger Locations:

  1. 520 N. 35th Street
  2. 2710 W. Broadway
  3. 3165 S. 2nd Street
  4. 1265 Goss Avenue
  5. 2200 Brownsboro Road

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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo’s “World’s Largest Halloween Party” Magic Begins Oct. 5 Wednesday, Oct 4 2017 

 

 

Meijer presents “The World’s Largest Halloween Party!”

Louisville, KY.,  – It’s that time of year when the Louisville Zoo transforms into a storybook land and a photo opportunity is waiting around every corner during the Zoo’s “World’s Largest Halloween Party!” presented by Meijer. This year the Zoo celebrates its 36th year of the popular party on October 5–8, 12–15, 19–22, & 26–29, 2017

 Tickets are now on sale.

Children can dress up in their wildest costumes and set off on a magical journey through the Zoo.

small halloween

The Party features costumed characters for guests to meet and greet in fanciful, larger-than-life storybook scenes. Trick-or-treating is offered for kids 11 and under. In an effort to be “green,” the Zoo requests that children bring their own trick-or-treat bag to the event. The Zoo will not provide bags, but reusable cloth bags will be available for purchase for $2 in the Zoo’s gift shop whiles supplies last.

 

Louisville pumpkin carving artist Donna O’Bryan will have her beautifully carved artificial pumpkins on display nightly in the Glacier Run Black Cat Crossing area with cutout themes ranging from iconic movie characters to famous stars.

 

 

Fun themed areas include:

  • Mumpkin the Giant Talking Pumpkin
  • Blast off and boogie down at the Astro Disco
  • Skip up the yellow brick road to the Land of Oz.
  • Dive Under the Sea and walk among jellyfish
  • Have photos taken with prehistoric friends in Dinoland
  • Enjoy a zany tea party with silly friends in Wonderland
  • Take flight with your favorite fairy and never grow up in Pirate’s Cove
  • Show off your superpowers in Superhero City
  • Halloween and playtime mix when you visit Toyland
  • Your favorite books come to life in  Storybook Land
  • Wander your way through a hay maze, gaze upon hundreds of hillside pumpkins and more!

 

While all main Party festivities are included with regular Party admission, several optional experiences will be available for the adventuresome (special fees and some restrictions apply). These include:

  • NEW! “Not-So Itsy Bitsy” Spider House: ($1 per person)
    Come view the intricate and beautiful webs these arachnids weave. This walk-through 1,000 sq. ft. spider house lets you stroll alongside the spiders and their webs. Take a guided tour and listen as we spin a story all about spiders.
  • Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow tour ($2 per person)
  • Spooktactular Carousel ($2 per person)
  • Boo Choo-Choo Train ($5 per person)
  • Kaman’s Handimals (starts at $15)
  • Kaman’s Face Painting (starts at $8.99)
  • Kaman’s Henna Tattoos (starts at $9.99)
  • Kaman’s photo packages (start at $15)
  • Louisville Zoo Youth Board face painting and sand art ($1 – $4)
  • Fun gift items at the Zoo’s gift shops; Louisville Zoo members get 10% off
  • Themed snacks and beverages like Dippin’ Dots are available at concession stands; Louisville Zoo members get a 10% discount

 

The Zoo will close early for regular daytime visitors on nights when the Halloween event takes place; gates will close at 3 p.m. and guests can enjoy the Zoo until 4 p.m.

 

Halloween Party guests can enter starting at 5 p.m. Last entry is at 8:30 p.m.

 

Special Nights

Oct. 5 – 8, 12 – 13
PNC Grow Up Great Learning Adventure
This traveling exhibit provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their kids.

Sunday, Oct. 22

Star Wars Night

Members of the 501st Legion will be on hand so guests can meet and greet some oftheir favorite Star Wars characters.

 

Thursday, Oct. 26
Allergy-Friendly Night
NEW this year, this special night will feature peanut-free treat booths and added non-food treats like stickers, sunglasses, pencils and more. This night will feature more non-food treat items than other nights of the Party. Our “Switch Witch” will also be on grounds to help our kids swap out any treats of concern for another safer option.

 

 

This event is one of the Zoo’s major fundraising events and requires a special ticket for all visitors ages three and older. Advanced online tickets are on sale now at www.louisvillezoo.org.  Some event nights sell out so the Zoo encourages guests to reserve early. This event is rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.

 

Halloween Party ticket prices are as follows:

  • Non-Louisville Zoo member tickets are $9 per person for an advanced online ticket for a specified night and $10 for a ticket the night of the event at the admission windows based on availability. Guests can buy tickets at area Meijer locations for $8 valid any night of the event.
  • Louisville Zoo member tickets are $1 per person for the first two weekends (Oct. 5–8 and 12–15) and must be purchased in advance online for a specific evening using valid Member I.D.; The remaining dates (Oct. 19–22 and 26–29) are $4.50 per person and must be purchased in advance online for a specific evening using valid Member I.D. Louisville Zoo members can also purchase a ticket for $5 at the Zoo admission windows any night of the event based on availability.
  • Groups of 15 or more can purchase discounted tickets online or by contacting the Zoo’s Group Sales department at (502)459-2348 at least 72 hours in advance.
  • Limited parking is available in the Zoo lot for $5 per car (cash) for all those attending the Halloween event including Louisville Zoo members.

 

For more details and answers to frequently asked questions about the Halloween Party, visit louisvillezoo.org/halloween

 

“The World’s Largest Halloween Party!” presented by Meijer is also made possible by Ford Motor Company, Great Clips, PNC Grow Up Great and Papa John’s. Additional support by UPS and Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust, Louisville Metro Councilman Pat Mulvihill and District 10 residents, USA Image, Chili’s Grill and Bar, Fazoli’s, Wendy’s and Mark’s Feed Store.

 

Special thanks to Caufield’s, Delta Dental, Kosair Charities, Orkin, Philpot Hay Company, Nu-Yale Cleaners and Sullivan University.

 

Please Note:

This is a non-smoking event.

 

Costumes/Masks: Adults may wear costumes but we ask that they be family-friendly (not scary please). As this event caters to small children, adults may NOT wear masks that cover the face. The Zoo reserves the right to ask adults to remove masks.

Animals:  While you may catch a glimpse of a few party animals, many of our animal residents will not be on exhibit in the evenings so they can rest and follow their regular fall schedule. There are no promises, but you are most likely to see maned wolves, jaguars, bongos, rhinoceros, giraffes and polar bears.

 

Road Closings: The following road closings begin at 4 p.m. on event days: Illinois, Russell and Grenade. There will also be signs posted for no parking on streets around the Zoo.

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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo’s “Not-So Itsy Bitsy” Spider House is now open Tuesday, Oct 3 2017 

 

Louisville, Ky.,- After celebrating the summer with butterflies, the Louisville Zoo kicks off the Halloween season with the “Not-So Itsy Bitsy” Spider House in the same space as Butterflies n’ Blooms, weather permitting, now through Oct. 31 with support from Orkin.

 

Guests can stroll alongside the spiders and their intricate webs in the 1,000 sq. ft. walk-through spider house.

 

The “Not-So Itsy Bitsy” Spider House is free with Zoo admission and is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Zoo closes early on nights of “The World’s Largest Halloween Party!”).

Louisville Zoo Spider

The spider house will open with the following species: spotted orb weavers, golden orb weavers, banded garden spidersgolden silk orb weavers, giant golden orb weavers, spiny orb weavers, orchard spiders and grass spiders.

 

The spider exhibit is produced in collaboration with Idlewild Butterfly Farm.

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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Registration now open for LouisvilleKY’s KDF 2018 Cycling Event Tuesday, Oct 3 2017 

 

Louisville, KY. – Registration for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual cycling event is officially open! The PNC Tour de Lou is set for Sunday, April 29, 2018. This will be the fifth year for the cycling event, which features three different distances.

 

“The PNC Tour de Lou attracts cyclists from around the country each year and continues to grow,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “With different distances, riders at all levels can participate and enjoy a unique tour of our city on wheels.”

 

KDF is partnering with Louisville Bicycle Club to produce the 2018 PNC Tour de Lou. The route will again be an open course, which will start and finish at Waterfront Park near Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville.  There are separate distances based on experience levels:

  • 20 miles – Beginner/New to cycling (Open course, no streets closed.)
  • 35 miles – Moderate/Experienced (Open course, no streets closed.)
  • 62.1 miles – Metric Century/Experienced (Open course, no streets closed.)
Kentucky Derby Festival Tour de LOU 2017

Kentucky Derby Festival Tour de LOU 2017

The course includes a scenic Olmsted Parks Tour showcasing Shawnee, Chickasaw, Wayside, Iroquois and Cherokee parks.  Cyclists will also travel past historic Churchill Downs, as well as through neighborhoods around the city from Downtown along Main Street and Waterfront Park, to Portland, Algonquin and South Louisville; as well as Old Louisville, NULU, the Highlands and Butchertown.

 

Early registration is October 2 – December 31, 2017. A portion of the registration fee benefits the Louisville Bicycle Club.  For more information, visit KDF.org or call (502) 584-FEST.

 

PNC returns as the title sponsor. Official Safety Sponsor: AAA East Central. Contributing Sponsors:  Baptist Health Sports Medicine, Louisville Marriott Downtown, and Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling. Media Sponsors: 102.3 JACK FM and The Courier-Journal.  Supporting Sponsors:  Louisville Bicycle Club and Louisville Water Company.

 

Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single-attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

 

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One man’s look at LouisvilleKY’s First Bourbon and Beyond Festival Monday, Sep 25 2017 

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley

Louisville, Ky., – I, personally, did not go to Bourbon & Beyond, but my husband, Eric Bentley did on Sunday.

“This is what the Kentucky State Fair should be.”

Needless to say, he had a good time.

From Stevie Nicks to Jack Bauer, I mean, Keifer Sutherland, to Joe Bonamassa to many other top notch performers that performed Saturday and Sunday, thousands of people piled into Louisville Champions Park.

Even Mayor Greg Fischer is gushing about the weekend’s success on Facebook.

“Thanks, Wimmer Presents for an excellent inaugural Bourbon and Beyond. One. Amazing. Weekend.”

 

Here are some pictures Eric Bentley took Sunday. If the nighttime pictures look foggy, well, that’s because the fog rolled in off the Ohio River, which added even more “coolness” to the experience.

Double Stage

Double Stage

Bourbon and Beyond

In addition to good music, the food was also a hit

In addition to good music, the food was also a hit

Even restaurant seating was provided

Even restaurant seating was provided

Bourbon and Beyond

Yep, you could buy guitars and much more

Yep, you could buy guitars and much more

The fog rolls in

The fog rolls in

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks

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Foxhollow Farm Celebrates 10 Years of Tradition with the Annual Fall Festival   Wednesday, Sep 20 2017 

Louisville, KY  – “Foxhollow Farm’s 10th Annual Fall Festival” will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 10am-6pm at the farm, located at 8905 HWY 329 in Crestwood.  The popular family-friendly event will feature more fun and activities than ever before, including a corn maze, an obstacle course, pony rides, pumpkin picking, hayrides, arts & crafts, games with prizes, the Squallis Puppeteers, a kids’ costume parade, special photo ops, silk-dying, food trucks, live music, and more. Parking is $15 per car, and proceeds will benefit the Dare to Care Food Bank and Foxhollow Farm’s Outreach Program, which includes an educational field trip series with Maryhurst.  For more information, please visit http://foxhollow.com.
“We will use the funds donated to us from the Fall Festival to increase our clients’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables, which can be difficult for struggling families to acquire,” says Brian Riendeau, executive director of Dare to Care Food Bank. “From farm to food bank to family, we plan to distribute at least 6.6 million pounds of fresh produce in the next year, through our network of more than 300 local social service agencies, such as food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens.”
foxhollow fall fest
 “We are so excited to celebrate the 10th year of one of our favorite events,” says Maggie Keith, 4thgeneration land steward of Foxhollow Farm. “The Fall Festival is our chance to invite the community to visit the farm and experience the tradition and beauty here, as well as support a common mission of sustainable practices that increase the health of all aspects of our environment: soil, plants, woodlands, ponds and streams, domestic and wild animals, and people.”
In its first nine years, the Fall Festival has raised more than $120,000 to support charitable organizations and programs. One ongoing partnership Foxhollow has is with Maryhurst, a place of new beginnings for children who have been traumatized by unimaginable abuse and an organization that provides programs addressing the unique needs of more than 400 children and their families each year. Foxhollow invites Maryhurst clients out to the farm, free of charge, for unique farm tours and activities; striving to help these phenomenal young ladies to connect with nature in a meaningful and healing way.
Sponsors of this year’s festival include Commonwealth Bank and Trust, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Market, Bluegrass Motorsport, MPC Promotions, and many more local businesses that support the mission of the Dare to Care Food Bank.
 foxhollow farm
About Foxhollow Farm
Foxhollow Farm has been a family-owned 1,300-acre farm for more than 65 years. The current stewardship for Foxhollow uses biodynamic agriculture. Foxhollow Farm is open MondayFriday from 8am-4pm and is located just 15 miles north of Louisville at 8905 HWY 329 in Crestwood. For more information, visithttp://foxhollow.com or call (502) 241-9674.

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LouisvilleKY’s Angel’s Envy™ Celebrates Sustainability with a “Toast the Trees” Campaign Wednesday, Sep 20 2017 

Angel’s Envy will Plant a White Oak Tree for social media posts with the Hashtag #AE4THETREES in September

LOUISVILLE, Ky.Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In an effort to ensure that there are always enough American white oak trees for future generations of whiskey lovers, Louisville Distilling Co. LLC, producers of the highly celebrated Angel’s Envy Kentucky straight bourbon finished in port barrels, will once again Toast the Trees this September in celebration of National Bourbon Heritage Month.

“The ‘Toast the Trees’ initiative is a fun and easy way for our consumers and fans to interact with Angel’s Envy on social media and have a real impact on our industry at the same time,” Wes Henderson, Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer said. “Each post helps us preserve the future of bourbon through planning and sustainability.”

Angel’s Envy will plant an American white oak tree for every #AE4THETREES hashtag that its fans share in September. To help plant a tree, consumers can share a story, check in or snap a picture of their drink and share it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #AE4THETREES. Additional information can be found at www.angelsenvy.com/toast-the-trees.

angels envy trees

For the fourth annual Toast the Trees campaign Angel’s Envy has set an aggressive goal– to plant at least 10,000 new trees in spring 2018 – and is proud to continue its partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation.

“We applaud Angel’s Envy for their continued stewardship of the forests in Kentucky,” said Dan Lame, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “We are excited about the 10,000 tree goal and the ‘Toast the Trees’ initiative and grateful to all of Angel’s Envy’s customers that will help us plant these oak trees.”

Angel’s Envy will again partner with the Kentucky-based organization, Green Forests Work, to ensure that the trees will be utilized to restore disturbed forestland in the state. According to Chris Barton, president, Green Forests Work, “Not only are these trees important for the future of the bourbon industry, but the restored forest will have an immediate benefit for wildlife, air and water quality in the local environment.”

The 2017 campaign builds on the successful social media initiative last year, which culminated in the planting of more than 6,670 white oak trees to help restore the original composition of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Laurel County, Kentucky, and to make the site more productive for wildlife.

angels envy

Consumers are also invited to celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month and participate in Toast the Trees in person at the Angel’s Envy distillery during daily tours. Visitors can enhance their tour by visiting the Finishing Room that will be featuring a special Toast the Trees craft cocktail menu, or learn how to make their own special cocktail during weekly cocktail classes on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. featuring local seasonal ingredients. Tours are by reservation only and there are no public tours on Tuesdays.

 

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LouisvilleKY’s Butterflies n’ Blooms Culminates With Flutter Fest and Release of 1,000 Monarch Butterflies from Zoo Wednesday, Sep 20 2017 

 

Louisville, KY., – Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates with the tagging of 1,000 monarch butterflies for release at Flutter Fest on Sept. 23 brought to you in partnership with Louisville’s Idlewild Butterfly Farm. This release coincides with the annual migration of monarch butterflies.

Activities will include:

  • Craft stations. Visit craft stations like buggy headbands, tie-dye butterflies and more!
  • Education stations. View specimen boxes and more buggy artifacts.
  • Butterfly tagging. Enjoy bonding time with the family while supporting wildlife when you help tag monarch butterflies. Tagging monarchs helps to track their migration and monitor their population.Tagging is first come, first served.
  • Pollinator parades. Join the fun! Kids can wear their own butterfly wings and be part of a special pollinator parade. If you don’t have your own wings, our gift shop will also have butterfly wings available for purchase. The parades will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Storytime plus meet and greet with the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Hear the beloved tale of a particularly hungry caterpillar brought to life during our special story time. Stick around after the story to meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar in person.
  • Butterfly talks and release. Starting at 2 p.m., butterfly expert Blair Leano-Helvey will give a talk on the importance of pollinators like monarchs. Then, at approximately 2:15 p.m., we will begin the release of over 1,000 monarch butterflies.

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Schedule

10:30 – 1:30 p.m.            Tagging of butterflies (until all 1000 butterflies are tagged)

11 a.m.                              Pollinator parade #1

1:30 p.m.                          Pollinator parade #2

2 p.m.                                Butterfly release talk

2:15p.m.                           Butterfly release

 

There will be special plant sales as well as insect related gifts available for purchase from our Butterfly partner, Idlewild Butterfly Farm.

 

 

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The Louisville Zoo, a nonprofit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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