What do you have planned for the first Saturday in May? Are you heading to a Derby party? Have tickets to the track? There are so many ways to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, from all-out galas to backyard barbecues. So start gearing up. After all, it's Derby, darlin'!
Here are a few ways to get in the Derby spirit:
- 5 Steps to Making Your Own Derby Hat
- Where to Shop for Kentucky Derby Fashion
- Top 5 Things You'll Need for a Kentucky Derby Party
Belle of Louisville turns 100 this year. In her honor, a Centennial Festival of Riverboats will be rocking Louisville Waterfront from October 14-19, 2014.
Plans for this celebration have already begun. For example, an international design competition was held for a proposed temporary pavilion designed for festival activities. Architects, designers, and artists submitted proposals for a small-scale, temporary and multipurpose pavilion. Current Affairs: Louisville Waterfront Pavilion Competition, is an exhibit of these designs. The design entries will be on view at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) from April 19-June 29.
The winning pavilion will be selected by a jury of regional arts and business leaders and will be announced on June 14, 2014. Visitors to the museum will also be able to vote for a special Viewer's Choice Award.
Did you know National Garlic Day is April 19? I didn't, but now that I know I am certain I will be celebrating. Right now I'm thinking I'll saute up a garlicky dish at home, but if I'm feeling like dining out, I'll head to Bristol Bar & Grill East at 300 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy. They are honoring the spicy bulb with a menu of "garlic soup, a roasted garlic and blue cheese bruschetta appetizer, and Marksburry Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic" on Saturday, April 19.
Here are 5 garlic fun facts to gear up your celebrations.
- Garlic is considered both a vegetable and an herb.
- There are approximately four calories in a clove of garlic.
- Garlic may help to combat disease, colds, and flu. In ancient Greece and Rome, garlic was used as medicine.
- To remove the smell of garlic from your hands, run cold water over your hands while rubbing a stainless steel object.
- Alliumphobia is the fear of garlic. Individuals who experience alliumphobia may also exhibit anxiety or fear to other alliums (bulb plants such as chives, leeks, and onions).
Looking for a new take on your family's annual egg hunt? Head to Prospect and join the fun as the Easter Bunny drops thousands of eggs from the sky. Along with an action packed egg hunt, expect candy, prizes, games, and inflatables, too.
- When: April 19, 12-2 p.m.
- Where: River Valley Christian Church, 12650 W US Hwy 42, Prospect, KY, 40059
- Cost: Most games and activities are FREE.
The event is optimal for kids through 5th grade. Food available for purchase.
'Tis the season, Thunder Over Louisville will rock the Ohio River next Saturday. Will you be watching? Where will you station your friends and family for the big event?
If you are still looking for a spot, here are a few ideas:
Celebrate Thunder at the Cressman Center
Pros: Family-friendly, refreshments, a short walk to the waterfront.
Cons: Although you can watch the fireworks from the roof, there are buildings blocking your full view.
The Galt House Hotel
Pros: Right on the waterfront, stellar views of the fireworks.
Cons: It's a pricey ticket, especially if you want to bring the whole family.
Thunderblast at the Kentucky Science Center
Pros: Indoor and outdoor activities, food and beverage vendors. Also, a late movie for folks to avoid traffic after the show.
Cons: If you are not with a group of kids, this is not the event for you.
Of course, the above are ticketed events. If you choose, make a day of it! Bring a blanket and snacks to the waterfront and cozy in for an afternoon air show and fireworks after sundown. There will be plenty of people doing the same, it's a chance to feel the Derby fever rising. Not up for a crowd? Try Iroquois Park, the high overlook points offer a great, albeit faraway, view of the Thunder firework display.
I know, it's not even Derby yet, but plans for fall are already shaping up...
Come September, the IdeaFestival will once again be hosting speakers and performers who inspire, entertain, and jump start your creative process. The 2014 event will be held September 30-October 3 at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Passes for the four-day event are now available for an early bird rate the early bird rate of $350.
Tickets for IdeaFestival's annual kick-off day, Thrivals 7.0, are also available. Thrivals is a "fun, mind bending, future focused, innovative, leading edge and thought provoking learning experience where humans of all identities are challenged by each other to think about new ideas, rethink old assumptions, build on the minds of others, to become, to do, to understand, to otherwise live this single planetary experience to its fullest." Wow, that's a lot of action, all before the event officially starts!
Interested in learning more about the IdeaFestival? The history of IdeaFestival is here, along with a sampling of who will be speaking at this year's event.
April is sneaking up, which means it will soon be Earth Day, which means it's time for another Mighty Kindness Hoot! A free festival, full of local food, music, art, green businesses, and social justice organizations, the hootenanny is designed to be kind to the body, mind, and soul. There will be booths, drum circles, aerial artists, free workshops, and more. A celebration of life and possibility!
When: April 26, 12-6 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Park
The festival is a Louisville favorite and the Mighty Kindness Hoot website quotes KY Congressman John Yarmuth, words he spoke at a past Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hoot, "For this group here to come out on a Saturday and show our respect for each other, our respect for Nature, our respect for society....I can't tell you how proud I am to represent all of you."
Mighty Kindness is an outreach of Clifton UU Church. For more information contact the festival organizers at email@example.com or (502) 608-1587.
April 2014 Event Calendar
Spring? Could it actually be spring? The calendar says so and, if that weren't enough to convince you, one of Louisville's favorite radio stations, 91.9 WFPK, announced the dates and first few acts of Waterfront Wednesdays 2014. The concerts are free and take place in Waterfront Park on the Big Four Lawn, beside the Big Four Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge.
April 23: Moon Taxi, The Apache Relay, House Ghost
April 2014 Event Calendar
May 28: Spanish Gold, The Broken Spurs, TBA
June 25: Old 97′s, The Whigs, TBA
July 30: TBA
August 27: TBA
September 17: TBA
It's time for the annual "Itchin' to Pick," a bluegrass jam session. Now in its eighth year, the event typically draws around 1,000 people, both musicians and fans, to downtown Louisville.
- When: March 21 and 22, 2014
- Where: Galt House Hotel
- Cost: $5 donation is encouraged
The pickin' starts anytime Friday afternoon, continues all day Saturday, and some folks will stay through Sunday afternoon. And for night owls, there has been known to be people pickin' through the night. So bring and instrument and join in, or simply stop by to hear the tunes. For more information visit the Itchin' to Pick website.
There's music at The Clifton Center on Thursday, March 20, too. Check out the March 2014 Event Calendar for details.
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Varanese Restaurant, 2106 Frankfort Ave., presents an "Irish Beer Dinner" on Tuesday, March 25. The evening will feature special guest speaker and a four-course dinner that includes beer flights and pairings.
Wondering what is on the menu? Here's a peek...
- Harp Premium Lager and a lamb Scotch egg.
- Smithwick's Irish Ale and creamy potato soup, finished with cured salmon.
- Guinness Black Lager and glazed boneless ribs.
- Guinness Foreign Extra and warm caramelized apple pudding.