Calendar of Events

"A Taste of Love" Dinner at Varanese

Varanese Restaurant, located at 2106 Frankfort Avenue, will offer a special menu of appetizers, entrees, and dessert that are comprised of aphrodisiac ingredients designed to stimulate the appetite and inspire the heart. “A Taste of Love Aphrodisiac Dinner” will be available from Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14th and all items are available a la carte. The regular menu, except for sandwiches, will also be available. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (502) 899-9904 or emailing letsdine@varanese.com.   Some of the special Aphrodisiac menu items include:   Hearts of Romaine, Hearts of Palm and Fried Artichoke Hearts Topped with Snow Pea Tendrils Gorgonzola Cheese, Grape Tomatoes, Toasted Almonds and Strawberry Vinaigrette – $9   Jumbo Fried Oysters with Mustard Remoulade and Chipotle Cocktail Sauce Garnished with Micro Cilantro – $12   Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Caramelized Onions and Melted Boursin Cheese Topped with a Smoked Bacon Jam - $8   Charcuterie and Cheese Plate Manchego, Drunken Goat, Beamster and White Cheddar 2 Year Aged Prosciutto, Spanish Chorizo, Lonza, Coppa and Dill Salami - $25   Grilled 16oz. Certified Angus Ribeye Steak Served with Baked White Truffle Cavatappi Mac n Cheese Finished Lobster Compound Butter and Natural Reduction - $40   Grilled Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin Served over Roasted Garlic Whipped Potatoes Finished with Red Wine Hollandaise and Black Pepper Demi - $35   Pan Seared Hawaiian Butterfish (Walu) Served over Roasted Tomato and White Cheddar Grits Finished with a Corn Butter Sauce and Grilled Asparagus - $30   Seared Diver Scallops and Lobster Ravioli tossed with Spinach and Oyster Mushrooms With a Savory Saffron-Lobster Butter Sauce Garnished with Truffle Ribbon Potatoes - $32 Add-On Scallops to any Entrée – $7 each   “Dessert for Two” Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Pie Topped with Shaved Chocolate Served with Blackberry-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - $12

18th Century Thunder - Rev War Encampment

It's Thunder weekend 18th century style at Locust Grove, commemorating the arrival of Revolutionary War troops in 1778 under the command of General George Rogers Clark. Talk to the soldier-reenactors and their families, learn about battle tactics, and participate in a wreath-laying ceremony honoring Clark, with a 21-gun salute. You can chat with the women in the hearth kitchen, the doctor will demonstrate how he'd remove musket balls from victims, and kids are encouraged to sign up as new recruits. Concessions available. (This event does not include battles - it's all about the American troops.) Special pricing this year: $6 for adults, $3 children 12 and under, historic house tours included.

2016 NCAA DI Men's Basketball Championship

Be there to Share The ExperienceTM with your family and friends at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship South Regional, March 24 & 26, 2016, at KFC Yum! Center, hosted by the University of Louisville.At this time, the following are the ticket purchase options for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship South Regional in Louisville:Purchase The NCAA Experience® official ticket and hospitality packages now through PrimeSport, the Official Ticket and Hospitality Provider of the NCAA. View PackagesFor more information on the NCAA Experience click here for a video.NCAA Ticket Exchange - Buy and Sell Official TicketsTickets can be bought and sold directly with other fans through the official NCAA Ticket Exchange. The NCAA Ticket Exchange allows fans to sell and buy official tickets online in an NCAA approved, safe and 100% guaranteed environment. Learn more about the NCAA Ticket Exchange.Should additional tickets be released to the public, those registered for the wait list will be notified via e-mail. Click here to sign up for the waitlist NCAA, The NCAA Experience, NCAA Ticket Exchange and Share The Experience are trademarks owned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. All other licenses or trademarks are property of their respective holders.

502 Restaurant Week

February 24 - March 9, 2016 Restaurants prepare a special 3-Course menu for $50.20 per couple or $50.20 per person, depending on the restaurant. Then diners go directly to the restaurant to enjoy a wonderful meal at a great price.  (Price does not include tax or gratuity and is based on restaurant's menu.) New This Year: The Maker's Mark Featured Drink of 502 Restaurant Week A special $7 drink featuring a Maker's Mark product is available on select 502 Restaurant Week menus. Check the menus from participating restaurants to see what drink is offered.  502Foodie.com/502RestaurantWeek

8th Annual Jane Austen Festival

The 8th Annual Jane Austen Festival will take place July 15, 16 & 17, 2016 at the beautiful 1790s Locust Grove. The festival celebrates British author Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, etc) in a manner that emphasizes living in Jane Austen's world.  The theme for 2016 is Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Jane Austen's England. Speakers on food and drink are planned, as well as music,  a village of vendors with dresses, bonnets, fabric, patterns, jewelry, and much more.  Each day a four-course tea is served by reservation.  Workshops, a Grand Ball, and entertainment such as a Duel Between Gentlemen, bare knuckle boxing, an archery demonstration and the crew of the H.M.S. Acasta will be encamped on the grounds and Lord Nelson will join us! On Saturday an attempt to break the Guinness Book World Record number of people in Regency attire will be attempted. The festival begins Friday at 6:00 p.m. with shopping and entertainment until 9:00 p.m. and runs through Saturday and Sunday 10:00-5:00 p.m. Friday admission is $8 per person, Saturday & Sunday are $12 each day. Online, advance reservation begins early June.  Tea, workshops and the Grand Ball sell-out before the event, so plan to register early at www.jasnalouisville.com

8th Annual Jane Austen Festival

The 8th Annual Jane Austen Festival will take place July 15, 16 & 17, 2016 at the beautiful 1790s Locust Grove. The festival celebrates British author Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, etc) in a manner that emphasizes living in Jane Austen's world.  The theme for 2016 is Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Jane Austen's England. Speakers on food and drink are planned, as well as music,  a village of vendors with dresses, bonnets, fabric, patterns, jewelry, and much more.  Each day a four-course tea is served by reservation.  Workshops, a Grand Ball, and entertainment such as a Duel Between Gentlemen, bare knuckle boxing, an archery demonstration and the crew of the H.M.S. Acasta will be encamped on the grounds and Lord Nelson will join us! On Saturday an attempt to break the Guinness Book World Record number of people in Regency attire will be attempted. The festival begins Friday at 6:00 p.m. with shopping and entertainment until 9:00 p.m. and runs through Saturday and Sunday 10:00-5:00 p.m. Friday admission is $8 per person, Saturday & Sunday are $12 each day. Online, advance reservation begins early June.  Tea, workshops and the Grand Ball sell-out before the event, so plan to register early at www.jasnalouisville.com

8th Annual Jane Austen Festival

The 8th Annual Jane Austen Festival will take place July 15, 16 & 17, 2016 at the beautiful 1790s Locust Grove. The festival celebrates British author Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, etc) in a manner that emphasizes living in Jane Austen's world.  The theme for 2016 is Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Jane Austen's England. Speakers on food and drink are planned, as well as music,  a village of vendors with dresses, bonnets, fabric, patterns, jewelry, and much more.  Each day a four-course tea is served by reservation.  Workshops, a Grand Ball, and entertainment such as a Duel Between Gentlemen, bare knuckle boxing, an archery demonstration and the crew of the H.M.S. Acasta will be encamped on the grounds and Lord Nelson will join us! On Saturday an attempt to break the Guinness Book World Record number of people in Regency attire will be attempted. The festival begins Friday at 6:00 p.m. with shopping and entertainment until 9:00 p.m. and runs through Saturday and Sunday 10:00-5:00 p.m. Friday admission is $8 per person, Saturday & Sunday are $12 each day. Online, advance reservation begins early June.  Tea, workshops and the Grand Ball sell-out before the event, so plan to register early at www.jasnalouisville.com

A TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVER

Hailed as one of the nation’s most exciting tribute bands, the award-winning Chris Collins & Boulder Canyon present a tribute to the music and legacy of John Denver in a special concert event! With similarities between Collins’ and John’s voices, he brings to the stage the unmistakable enthusiasm that was a hallmark of a John Denver concert. Performing John Denver’s famous hits such as Rocky Mountain High, Take Me Home Country Roads, Annie’s Song, and many more, Chris Collins & Boulder Canyon are committed to keeping the music and message of John Denver alive.

ARCA Racing Series Crosley 150

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will make its 23rd appearance at Kentucky Speedway since the Inaugural year in 2000. See the drivers’ race to victory lane with a shot to win the praised Crosley Brands Jukebox. Be there to witness a name added to the list of ARCA winners at Kentucky including Ryan Newman, Frank Kimmel, Kyle Busch, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Adult tickets start at just $29. Children 12 and under start at $15.  

Bourbon Blind Date?

Looking for something smooth and luscious for Valentine's Day? How about spicy with a touch of sweetness? No we are not talking about finding the perfect man, instead we want to set up the perfect Bourbon blind date. This event will give new meaning to Chris Zaborowski and Westport Whiskey & Wine's hedonistic experiences. Attendees will be provided with a selection of whiskies but won't know much more other than what their senses tell them. Will you fall in love with something new or be loyal to your current love? Join us and find out. Tickets are going fast for this special event so be sure to get yours today

Bourbon Making Workshop

Bourbon Making Workshop  COURSE OVERVIEW This day-long workshop combines classroom instruction, hands-on bourbon distilling, and advanced sensory training for professionals in the bourbon industry as well as advanced enthusiasts. Instruction includes thorough analysis of the individual components of the distillate and the production process, as well as an examination of history, context, standards of identity, and bourbon’s relationship to other whiskeys. STRUCTURE Day-long workshop Classroom instruction and demonstrations Hands-on production in distillery Sensory training COURSE OBJECTIVES To provide a standardized bourbon education, along with the tools and techniques to further participants' study and understanding of bourbon, its production, and aging science. LEARNING OUTCOMES Students will be able to list the standards of identity for whiskey and for bourbon, and be able to identify the differences between the two distillates. Students will be able to explain the basic science of the distillation process. Students will be able to define and explain the different bourbon classifications and Bottled in Bond, and be able to identify bourbons belonging to each class. Students will be able to identify basic differences in proof, age and mashbill in a blind sensory evaluation. Students will understand the distillation and aging aspects of bourbon. Tuition: $500

Brackets For Good 2016 Louisville Pep Rally

Five cities in the Midwest will unleash their bracket fervor for the greater good beginning Friday, February 26, 2016 through April 1, 2016. Indianapolis-based Brackets For Good, which pairs with corporate and nonprofit sponsors to host online, bracket-style fundraising tournaments in philanthropic communities around the United States each March, has raised more than $1.3 million for local charities since its 2012 kick-off contest in Indianapolis. Participating nonprofit organizations compete to out-fundraise their opponents, earn increased exposure, and have a chance to win $10,000 from generous corporate sponsors. Dollars from donors translate to points, giving participants the opportunity to advance in each market bracket. Competing nonprofits keep 100 percent of donations received during tournament play, no matter how many rounds they last.   “Brackets for Good is an opportunity to change the community’s way of thinking about giving,” co-founder Matt McIntyre said. “Now that so many cities are embracing their local nonprofits through the tournament, our hometown of Indianapolis is going to need to come out strong in 2016 to show itself as a leader in philanthropy.” 

Braille Readers Theater Presents: The Mousetrap

American Printing House for the Blind - Braille Readers Theater presents The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, the master of British murder mysteries. The plot features a motley group of characters, an isolated house in the country, and a surprise twist ending. No props, no lights, no costumes, but all fun. Free to the public but space is limited so registration by the day before the performance at 12:00 PM is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register.   * Best for ages 12 and up.

Braille Readers Theater Presents: The Mousetrap

American Printing House for the Blind - Braille Readers Theater presents The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, the master of British murder mysteries. The plot features a motley group of characters, an isolated house in the country, and a surprise twist ending. No props, no lights, no costumes, but all fun. Free to the public but space is limited so registration by the day before the performance at 12:00 PM is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register.   * Best for ages 12 and up.

BRANSON ON THE ROAD

Country-Comedy-Bluegrass-Gospel! Featuring your Branson show hosts Debbie Horton and Donnie Wright. Ticket price includes dinner, show, tax, & parking.

Butchertown Grocery Valentine's Day Dinner

Treat that special someone to a romantic Valentine’s Day evening at Butchertown Grocery, 1076 E. Washington St., with an outstanding six-course dinner Sunday, Feb. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. The new restaurant’s intimate vibe, complete with cozy banquettes and jazzy tunes, offers the perfect setting to celebrate. Chef Bobby Benjamin’s menu will feature Wagyu beef tartare with bone marrow aioli, Maine lobster atop creamy risotto, and cheese and chocolate for dessert. The cost is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Wine pairings from the restaurant’s carefully curated list will be available for $45. For more information or to make reservations, call 502-742-8315 or visit butchertowngrocery.com   First Course Beets with hearts of palm, smoked fingerling potatoes and licorice   Second Course Wagyu beef tartare with cornichons, bone marrow aioli and potato chips   Third Course Diver scallop with artichoke, smoked celery root, fennel and cured roe   Fourth Course Maine lobster with risotto, arugula and Parmesan   Fifth Course Beef tenderloin with carrots and black garlic butter   Sixth Course Cheese, chocolate and candy

Celebration Sunday Presented by WJIE

Celebration Sunday presents an exciting Christian contemporary concert!    No food, drink, or pets are permitted. 

Celebrity Day at the Downs

Hollywood celebrities highlight the Kentucky Derby Festival's Celebrity Day at the Downs each year at Churchill Downs/ Stars in the Pegasus Parade and other Festival events are on hand for this an exciting and glamorous day at the races.

CHARLOTTE'S WEB

Children's Musical Theatre suitable for ages 3 to 12. Kid-friendly buffet included in ticket price. Free Parking!

Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park

No reservations are needed for the ultimate dining and socializing experience. It's Derby Festival time and that means getting together for good food and great music. The Derby Festival Waterfront Chow Wagon will feature the best in carnival-style cuisine, cold beverages and the hottest live music.