Louisville’s art scene is vibrant year round, but the return of fall each year, with its cooler weather and colorful leaves, seems to breathe new life into this thriving city by the river. We’ve highlighted a few can’t miss events happening in the coming weeks. From art fairs to art scares, we’ve got you covered. So clear your calendar, it’s fall in Louisville, y’all.
Actors Theatre of Louisville’s beloved Dracula is returning to Bingham Theater. In this thrilling new adaptation, playwright Kate Hamill reimagines Bram Stoker’s vampire classic as a feminine revenge fantasy. No damsels in distress, no romanticized villains—just a gleeful stake through the heart of the patriarchy. Dates: September 8 – September 17.
The Big Four Arts Festival showcases colorful, diverse quality art in a beautiful setting overlooking the Ohio River. With over 150 artists, this event offers plenty of entertainment, food, beverages, and childrens’ activities in a family-friendly atmosphere. Dates: September 11 – 12.
Held the first full weekend in October in historic Old Louisville, the award-winning St. James Court Art Show features 17 different artistic mediums from over 600 artists. Over 250,000 people make this an annual tradition, strolling the expansive 4-square block to admire these works of art. Dates: September 30 – October 2.
With more than 5,000 hand-carved jack o’ lanterns, many created by local artists, Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular transforms a quarter-mile trail in Louisville’s historic Iroquois Park into an organic art gallery. Open October 4 – October 31.
By Lindsay McDonald