While the temperatures may contradict – it’s almost Fall! The season where Mother Nature displays her own artistic talents with changing colors of the trees to blooming richly colored fall florals. Additionally, Louisville itself puts on several displays of the artistic talent within the city.

Fall Art Festivals and Shows and Fairs, oh my! I am going to highlight which of the upcoming events I am MADS about so that you can enjoy handmade made art from fellow Louisvillians, and some even have artists from across the country. 

September

9/7 – 9/8 Louisville Ballet Romeo & Juliet  

The Kentucky Center – Various Times

You may remember the buzz about the mysterious billboards throughout town depicting a maybe romantic quarrel between Chris and Jessica. Well, the wait is over and the season opener for the Louisville Ballet’s “Season of Romance” begins with one of the most iconic love stories. Star-crossed lovers, modern times, one of the oldest art forms of dance – sign me up! The Louisville Ballet will be taking a modern approach to the age-old tale of Romeo and Juliet, appropriate for all ages, tickets being at $35.50. There will be three shows: Friday at 8:00 and Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00. 

9/8 – 9/9 Inaugural Mellwood Interactive Art Show

Mellwood Art & Entertainment Center 11:00 – 5:00

This will be an interactive show meaning attendees will have a chance to not only purchase and enjoy local art but be able to participate in creating pieces of their own via the MAEC Tye Dye Station, Sand Art Station, Community Mini- Gallopalooza Coloring Station, and what I am most looking forward to, the Splash Into History station where a paint-filled balloon will be launched to help make a unique piece! Art isn’t always created on a canvas or piece of paper; the twisting, bending aerobatics of CirqueLouis will be on full display. Free event for everyone and organized with kids in mind so this will be a spectacular way to enjoy some time with the whole family before the weather turns colder. 

2nd Annual Big Four Bridge Arts Festival

Big Four Bridge Lawn – Waterfront Park 

Over 200 juried artists from nationwide will be showing their works of art on the lawn accompanied by live music and international cuisine. A highlight for this year (although not art) will be the Foggy Bottom Farm llamas, rabbits, and other animals for the kiddos to enjoy in the petting zoo. The Loom House will also be there to show children about the art of weaving via baby looms. This is a free event for everyone and will have plenty of food and beverage options. 

9/29 5th Annual Portland Art & Heritage Fair

The Portland Triangle 11:00 – 5:00

An event for celebrating the creativity and history of the Portland Neighborhood, three historical buildings will house art displays for guests from 11 to 5 pm. The Marine Hospital will have a juried exhibition compliments of LVA, The Portland Museum will allow guests to engage with art, history, and archeology, and The Dolfinger will be filled with artists and their work throughout every inch of the former school. The event is free and open to the public rain or shine! 

October

10/5 – 10/7 62nd Annual St. James Art Fair

If you have never attended the St. James Art Fair are you even a Louisvillian? Teasing, but if you haven’t had the opportunity to attend this magnificent event make this year the year you do so! If you don’t want to take my word for it just ask one of the several thousands of visitors that come each year from all over the country. The artwork on display in booths is accompanied by the artwork found in the historical architecture throughout the streets of the Old Louisville Neighborhood. This year will be special because just this Monday, the newest Historical Marker was unveiled near the infamous Saint James Fountain to honor the Court’s history. Free to all who attend but parking can be a bit tricky so be sure to get down early! 

10/14 Art & Artists of Cave Hill

Cave Hill Cemetery 1:00 – 3:00

Envision this: mid-October. in a cemetery, discussing art. There isn’t a more perfect scenario given the time or place! This walking tour led by Louisville Historian, Steve Wiser, will fill all your spooky time appropriate need all while learning about the visual art that makes the cemetery so unique, and dare I say beautiful. He will also point out artists that interred on the grounds. Tour cost is $15 per person. 

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