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50+ things to do around Louisville this week: June 2021

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Here's what you can do in the Louisville area this week: 

Top June 2021 events

Homerama 2020. Tour nine fully furnished and landscaped homes in the Norton Commons neighborhood from your home computer. Each home has a self-guided 3D tour, where visitors can click through rooms, examine furnishings up close and discover designers and vendors who created the homes’ aesthetic. Sign-up at homearama.com for the tour and an opportunity to win prizes. Sponsored by River City Bank. 

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Sip & Savor: Bourbon and Dining Experience. KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza, 6 p.m. Thursday. A one-of-a-kind bourbon and dining experience featuring Rabbit Hole Bourbon and a savory dinner and dessert menu. Start with a cocktail in the Rabbit Hole Lounge; followed by food and bourbon pairings from the top floor, KFC Yum! Center Spirit Room; end the evening with dessert and bourbon pairings and a behind-the-scenes tour of the KFC Yum! Center. Rabbit Hole will also have a pop-up shop on-site for those who wish to purchase the brand’s top-rated, one-of-a-kind bourbon. All guests will have the opportunity to win bourbon and other prizes at the event. $125. kfcyumcenter.com/events/detail/sip-savor.

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Yew Dell Fairy Days. 6220 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood, during regular hours through Sunday. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; Monday, closed. Features self-guided activities, including an updated Fairy Forest Scavenger Hunt, Fairy Door exploration in the Arboretum, and additional Fairy Houses scattered through the gardens. Learn why fairies select specific areas to build their homes, and what kinds of materials they like to build them with. All activities are included with regular admission, and tickets can be purchased at the door. yewdellgardens.org.

Gone Fishing. Bass Pro Shops Clarksville, 951 E. Lewis & Clark Parkway, Clarksville, Indiana and Cabela’s, 5100 Norton Healthcare Blvd., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is challenging families to put down their digital devices and get outside this summer to discover the joys of fishing. To help connect more kids to the great outdoors, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are donating more than 40,000 rods and reels nationwide to nonprofit organizations. For more information: basspro.com/gonefishing; cabelas.com/gonefishing. For two weekend they are offering free, family-friendly activities that include:

  • Free Catch-And-Release Ponds (or Casting Challenge): Kids can experience the excitement of fishing at in-store catch-and-release ponds (or casting challenges) and earn a Fishing League Worldwide “First Fish Certificate” to celebrate the achievement (or Casting Certificate).
  • Free Fishing 101 Guide: Free copies of Nibbles & Bites teach the fundamentals of fishing and provide tips on the best local fishing spots. The informational guide is available while supplies last.
  • Free Giveaways & Take-Home Crafts: After completing the catch-and-release pond, kids will receive free take-home crafts and giveaways while supplies last.

Waterfront Park’s Fridays at the Front. Waterfront Park, 5-8:30 p.m. Friday. Pop up food truck experience with great food and drink options. Participating food trucks: Smokin Cantina, Hot Buns, La Chandeleur, Ehrlers and Festival Cuisine Cocktail Truck.

Summer Solstice Eve Soiree. Street Grub, 3922 Shelbyville Road, 2 p.m. Saturday, . Apero Seasons will demonstrate how to create Summer Solstice Floral Garlands and Crowns, cookout with Tequila Sunrises and Sun King Brew, and two workshops to learn how to create floral wearables (including rings and head crowns, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.). Music by Richard Powell and Friends (2:30-4:30 p.m.), Little Band featuring Danny Flanigan and Friends (5-7:30 p.m.) and Throwback Thursday (9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.). A portion of the proceeds to benefit Apron Inc.

Brunch By The Bridge. Waterfront Park, under the Big Four Bridge, 1101 River Road, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Features local food trucks with a bubbly bar. Bring a blanket and an appetite. Participating food trucks: Lil Cheezers, Copper Kitchen, Flavaville and Festival Cuisine’s Cocktail truck.

National Junior Shorthorn Show. Broadbent Arena, West Hall, West Wing, Pavilion, Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Tuesday through June 26. The National Junior Shorthorn Show is the premier junior shorthorn show, focusing on education, communication, stewardship, leadership, mentorship, and teamwork, through various contests, educational seminars, and social events. The full schedule is available at juniorshorthorn.com/schedule. Free. Parking $10. 502- 367-5000.

Louisville Free Public Library TeleTales Service. Features recorded stories, poems, jokes, and more, on-demand by phone, 24-hours a day. TeleTales provides storytime content to anyone with a telephone. It is also a great alternative to reduce screen time for children. TeleTales is available free by calling 502-916-9909. For more information: LFPL.org/TeleTales.

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Louisville Zoo. 1100 Trevilian Way, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (stay until 6 p.m.) daily through Sept. 19. The outdoor Wild Walk will take participants on a 1.25-mile-long route through exhibits including the Islands, Americas, Glacier Run, Gorilla Forest, the Elephant Encounter and sloth exhibit. Following the new COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC and in alignment with Governor Beshear’s rescinded mandates, the Louisville Zoo is now operating at full capacity for all members and guests. Guests should follow the mask guidelines from the CDC and Governor Beshear in accordance with their personal health and vaccination status. 

General admission tickets may be purchased in advance online for the best value or at the Zoo’s admission windows on the day of the visit. Member reservations were discontinued on June 1 and members may attend the Zoo during regular hours by presenting their membership card and ID at the Zoo entry gate. For more information, call 502-459-2181 or visit louisvillezoo.org

Father’s Day

Father’s Day Cruise. Belle of Louisville, Fourth and River Road, noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. A two-hour cruise featuring a delicious boxed BBQ lunch from City Barbeque and a refreshing beer for every dad onboard. Sightseeing tickets also include a free beer for dad. Lunch and cruise: $33.50, $32.50 seniors, $19.50 children. Sightseeing cruise only: $16.50, $15.50 seniors, $9.50 children. 502-574-2992; belleoflouisville.org/special-events.

Father’s Day at Churchill Downs. 700 Central Ave., 12:45 p.m. Sunday. Dining room chefs' table service (if purchased) is available for three hours from gates open. All dining rooms (except Roses Lounge) include a chef's table and non-alcoholic drinks. There is a cash bar. Roses Lounge dining food is not included and may be purchased from your server. $7-$60. churchilldowns.com. 502-636-4400.

Louisville Zoo Ford’s Father’s Day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Celebrate Dad by treating him to Father’s Day at the Zoo. Free Zoo admission for dads courtesy of Ford Motor Company. Enjoy a fun day outdoors as you spend family time with the animal families at the Zoo. louisvillezoo.org.

Hike/Walk

Bernheim Friday Family Forest Foray. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, 2 p.m. Friday. Join Bernheim Volunteer Naturalists for this family-friendly exploration of the natural world. Registration and payment are needed by 4 p.m. Thursday. No pets allowed. $5. Call 502- 955-8512 or bernheim.org.

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Summer Reading Programs

Louisville Free Public Library Summer Reading: Camp LFPL. The library’s annual 10-week Summer Reading Program encourages children and teens to read for fun over the summer. School-aged children read ten books, teens read six books, and preschool-aged children and younger need to read, or have read to them, 20 books to complete the program.

  • Those who complete the program will receive a Camp LFPL fanny pack and free passes to local attractions, including Kentucky Science Center, Frazier History Museum, Locust Grove, Squire Boone Caverns, Hwang’s Martial Arts, and a Racing Louisville soccer game, and sweet treats: Ehrler’s Ice Cream, Fazoli’s Lemon Ice, and an ice cream cone from participating area McDonald’s and automatically entered for a chance to win one of the Grand Prize giveaways. Register online, lfpl.org/SummerReading; by phone, 502-574-1611 or by email, Beanstack@LFPL.org. While registering, be sure to sign up for the 2021 Virtual Cultural Pass presented by the Fund for the Arts, the Arts & Culture Alliance, Louisville Metro Government, and the Louisville Free Public Library.

Jeffersonville Township Public Library 2021 Summer Reading Club. 211 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville, Indiana, through July 31. “Tails and Tales” an all-age summer learning/fun program. Along with reading and learning components, the library is planning in-person and virtual programs. The Cultural Pass, an innovative initiative to promote art and culture and improve summer learning in the community will be offered again this year. The Pass is valid for a one-time general admission at each participating venue and is valid from June 1 through August 8. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the pass committee has created three models for venues to participate: In-person general admission, virtual programs, and Cultural Pass Day, which are outdoor events at locations across the Greater Louisville area. The pass is free to youth through age 21. 812-285–5630; jefflibrary.org.

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Amusement Parks

a person that is standing in the snow: The Sea Lion Show makes a return at the Kentucky Kingdom this summer. © Photo Credits to Kentucky Kingdom The Sea Lion Show makes a return at the Kentucky Kingdom this summer.

Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay. Watterson Expressway and the Fairgrounds. Kentucky Kingdom: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hurricane Bay: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Big Surf opens at 10:30 a.m.). With more than 70 rides and attractions, roller coasters, children’s rides, games, shows, and much more. New Adult Chaperone Policy: guests age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult chaperon age 21 and over with valid ID. Single-day admission starts at $39.95. 502-813-8200; kentuckykingdom.com.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. 452 E. Christmas Blvd., Santa Claus, Indiana. Holiday World: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Sunday-Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Splashin’ Safari: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Sunday-Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $54.99, $39.99 for children between 36" and 48" tall, senior 55 and older and military and first responders with valid ID. Call 812-937-4401 or visit holidayworld.com.

Beach Bend Park Amusement Park & Splash Lagoon. 798 Beech Bend Park Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Beach Bend: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sunday-Wednesday; 12:30-9 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Splash Lagoon: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sunday-Wednesday; 12:30-7:30 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $37.99 for 48 inches and above; $31.99 for anyone under 48 inches and ages 60 and older; free for ages 2 and younger (does not include sale tax). One Day Online Ticket just $34.99 for an adult or $29.99 for a child or senior. Learn more at beechbend.com.

Kings Island & Soak City Water Park. 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island, Ohio. Kings Island: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday-Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Soak City: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday-Wednesday. Enjoy all the rides including the Orion gig coaster, Kings Mills Antique Autos, Mystic Timber, Planet Snoopy and more. Tickets for Kings Island: $45, $29.99 after 4 p.m., bring up to 4 guest $35 (Soak City not included); Kings Island and Soak City: $45. Learn more at visitkingsisland.com.

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Tours

Locust Grove. 561 Blankenbaker Lane, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Ground tours offered at 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Self-guided tours of the Historic House will be offered at 30-minute intervals between noon-3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. For more information: locustgrove.org.

Old Louisville Walking Tours. Leaves from the Old Louisville Visitor Center, Central Park, 1340 S. Fourth St., 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. These popular architectural and historical guided tours operated by the Old Louisville Neighborhood. For more information go to oldlouisville.org/guided-tours.

Louisville Ghost Walks. A 90-minute walking tour of downtown Louisville's most famous addresses of ghost stories, murder and mayhem. Fridays, 7 p.m. Meet at the corner of Fourth and Broadway, by the statue of Mr. Brown at the Brown Hotel. Admission $18. Reservation required. For more information, call 502-689-5117, email LouGhstWalks@aol.com or visit louisvilleghostwalkingtour.com

Sports

a close up of a flower garden in front of a building: The paddock at Churchill Downs racetrack sits empty on Saturday, May 2, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky, on what would have been the 146th Running of The Kentucky Derby. The race has been run 145 consecutive times but had to postpone until September 5, 2020, because of the coronavirus. © By Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal The paddock at Churchill Downs racetrack sits empty on Saturday, May 2, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky, on what would have been the 146th Running of The Kentucky Derby. The race has been run 145 consecutive times but had to postpone until September 5, 2020, because of the coronavirus.

Churchill Down. 700 Central Ave., 5 p.m. Thursday, Twilight Thursday. The day includes $1 Blue Moon drafts, $1 select domestic beers, and live music on the Plaza stage by Abby Hamilton. Food trucks include Bourbon Bent BBQ, FlavaVille, Lil Cheezers, Sweet N' Savory Crepes, The Burger Joint and Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs ($5-$39). Friday and Saturday, first race at 12:45 p.m. ($5-$39). Sunday, celebrate Father's Day; first race 12:45 p.m. ($7-$60). churchilldowns.com.

Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians. Louisville Slugger Field, 401 E. Main St., 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. All single-game tickets will be sold on a month-to-month basis. Availability will be limited due to seating capacity limits. Join the Individual Game Ticket Waitlist and receive priority notification to purchase tickets when they become available for sale. 855-228-8497; milb.com/louisville/tickets/single-game-tickets.

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More things to do in June

Waterfront Botanical Gardens. 1435 Frankfort Ave., noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Guidelines for visiting the gardens: wearing masks/appropriate face covering, 6 feet social distancing and 20 cars at a time. Learn more at waterfrontgardens.org

Kentucky Science Center. 727 W. Main St., starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Film: Turtle Odyssey will be shown at 10 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. ($8, $6 members). COVID-19 pre-screening before entering the building; face masks will be required for entry for everyone over 12 and masks are encouraged for those aged 6-11. Admission: $17 for ages 13 and older, $13 for ages 2-12. For more information, call 502-561-6100 or visit kysciencecenter.org.

Concert

Whitey Morgan & the 78’s, Ben Jarrell. Friday, 8 p.m., Headliner’s Music Hall, in the parking lot, 1386 Lexington Road. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $80 to $100 for four. productionsimple.com.

Hot Brown Smackdown, Dark Moon Hollow. Album release. Friday, 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. $15. zanzabarlouisville.com.

Wolfpen Branch. Part of the Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series. Friday, 6:30 p.m., Bicentennial Park, corner of Spring and Pearl streets. Sponsored by CLLB Law, Caesars Foundation of Floyd County and 91.9 WFPK. Free.

Walker, Kays and Stevens - Smooth Jazz. Part of the Beechmont Summer Concert Series. Saturday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Woodlawn Gazebo, corner of W. Woodlawn Ave. and Southern Parkway. Sponsors: WAVE3, Sunergos Coffee, Place & Maker Studio, Lauren Christine Photography, Louisville Federation of Musicians (Local 11-637), and the Metro Council Offices of Nicole George, Kevin Triplett, Rick Blackwell and Amy Holton Stewart. Free.

It’s a Family Affair, A Juneteenth Celebration with Producing A Kind Generation (PAKG) & Friends. Black art-rock band. Saturday, 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. $20. zanzabarlouisville.com.

Chain Station, Mama Said String Band. Sunday, 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. $10. zanzabarlouisville.com.

The Return: A Beatles Tribute! This group has recreated the Beatles' experience and truly capture the energy and chemistry of the Fab Four. Monday, Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Dr., Clarksville, Indiana. Buffet, 6 p.m.; show, 7:15 p.m. $33 and $40. For tickets call: 812-288-8281.

Theater

a person holding a sign posing for the camera: Actors Theatre of Louisville Director Robert Barry Fleming on Monday, July 20, 2020, with some of the innovative ways that ATL is innovating through the pandemic. © Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal Actors Theatre of Louisville Director Robert Barry Fleming on Monday, July 20, 2020, with some of the innovative ways that ATL is innovating through the pandemic.

“Ali Summit.” Part of Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival of New Plays. In 1967, world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali met with a group of the top black athletes in the country, who questioned him about his conscientious objection to serving in the Vietnam War. This virtual project is a collaboration between playwright Idris Goodwin, director Robert Barry Fleming, and the extended reality storytellers and immersive artists of Crux Cooperative. Streaming now. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Pay-What-You-Can. This means you can select the price you’d like to pay. Please consider the number of people that may stream this project with you, and select a price that works best for you. $15-$100. For more information on tickets or how to watch, visit ActorsTheatre.org; 502-584-1205.

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“Dearly Beloved.” Derby Dinner Playhouse presents this over-the-top wedding with three feuding sisters and a church full of small-town eccentrics. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 and 7:45 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 and 7:45 p.m., Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Dr., Clarksville, Indiana. Ends June 27. Mask are required. $39-$49. For tickets call: 812-288-8281.

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater, Central Park, 1340 S. Fourth St., 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Food trucks open, 6 p.m.; Will’s Tavern, Will’s Gift Shop, and Kids’ Globe open, 7 p.m.; show begins, 8 p.m. Free.

  • “Shakespeare in Love,” presented by Churchill Downs. The season kicks off with this Louisville premiere adapted from the 1998 Oscar-winning film. Will Shakespeare has writer’s block, the deadline for his new play is fast approaching, and he’s in desperate need of inspiration until he finds his muse. Ends July 31.

“Seussical.” In Derby Dinner Playhouse Children's Musical Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable, fantastical, musical caper. Saturday, May 29, Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Dr., Clarksville, Ind. Breakfast, 9 a.m.; show, 10 a.m. Lunch, noon, show, 1:15 p.m. Ends June 26. Mask is required. Breakfast, 17; lunch, $22. $39-$49. For tickets call: 812-288-8281.

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More events this week

Kentucky Science Center: Do Science. The center is offering a series of videos that feature activities that can be done easily using things from around the house. A new activity will be released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m. on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

They also have at-home activities: STEM at Home, a collection of Challenger Center lessons and activities that can be modified and completed at home. Each STEM at Home category includes at least one at-home lesson. These activities require common household items or products that are available online. For more information, visit kysciencecenter.org.

Speed Art Museum: Speed Online. Features art activities; view films from the Speed Cinema; coloring page; Make Your Own Story, inspired by the exhibition Loose Nuts: Burt Hurley’s West End Story. Participants become the author, illustrator and creator of your own book and more. For more information, visit speedmueum.org.

Louisville Parks and Recreation Golf Courses: Golf courses are open from daylight to dark seven days a week. In the clubhouses, food service will be limited to take-out only. Bathrooms and touchpoints will be cleaned multiple times daily, and golf carts will be limited to a single rider per cart, with carts being thoroughly cleaned after each use. Golfers are encouraged to keep 6 feet away from each other during play, based on guidance from the Department of Health and Wellness.

  • Bobby Nichols Golf Course, 4301 E. Pages Lane. 9 holes. 502-937-9051
  • Charlie Vettiner Golf Course, 10207 Mary Dell Lane. 18 holes. 502-267-9958
  • Cherokee Golf Course, 2501 Alexander Road. 9 holes. 502-458-9450
  • Crescent Hill Golf Course, 3110 Brownsboro Road. 9 holes. 502-896-9193
  • Iroquois Golf Course, 1501 Rundill Road. 18 holes. 502-363-9520
  • Long Run Golf Course, 1605 Flat Rock Road. 18 holes. 502-245-9015
  • Seneca Golf Course, 2300 Pee Wee Reese Blvd. 18 holes. 502-458-9298
  • Shawnee Golf Course, 460 Northwestern Parkway. 18 holes. 502-776-9389
  • Sun Valley Golf Course, 6505 Bethany Lane. 18 holes. 502-937-9228
  • Quail Chase Golf Course, 7000 Cooper Chapel Road. 27 holes. 502-239-2110

Louisville Free Public Library is offering free digital services, including E-books, 160 popular magazines; At the Library series, a podcast featuring author talks, programs and events at the Louisville Free Public Library; Kanopy: a streaming video service that showcases more than 30,000 films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema; Lynda.com — an online learning resource offering more than 4,000 video courses covering everything from Microsoft Office to the Adobe Creative Suite, public speaking to business marketing, computer programming, IT management, photography, and more. For more information, visit lfpl.org

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