Louisville's Festival Fever

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Like most mid-western cities of its size, Louisville has a variety of festivals in the fall.  Here are some ideas for every weekend in September:

1.  Middletown's Family Fun Festival and Craft Show (9/7-9/8) - This festival boasts everything from live music (gospel; classic rock), craft booths, a 5k run, a 500-entrant parade, a fun kids zone with inflatables, and even a dog show.  Saturday night concludes with the second largest fireworks display in Louisville, set to live patriotic music.  This festival has existed in some form for 40 years.

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2.  Gaslight Festival (9/9-9/16) - The Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown started as a block party in 1969 and has grown to one of the biggest festivals in the southeast, with 200,000 attendees.  It includes 140 arts & crafts booths, a 5k run/walk, a parade, a balloon glow, a car & motorcycle show, live music, a children's playground, a soap box derby, a pipe smoking contest (!), and a golf scramble.

3.  NuLu Festival (9/22) - The East Market Street District a/k/a NuLu is an up and coming area of town and is known for its art galleries, antique shops, and hipster bars & restaurants.  This year marks the 4th annual NuLu Festival, which is located at the 700 block of East Market.  Come by for micro-brewed beer, fine foods, and great local music.

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4.  Louisville Irish Fest (9/28-9/30) - The Louisville Irish Fest, held at Bellarmine University, boasts Irish dancing, music, food, and drink.  There are instrument workshops (accordion, fiddle, banjo), lectures from academics and authors on Irish culture and history, and vendors selling Celtic jewelry and other gifts.  You shouldn't miss the Society for Creative Anachronism - young men become Irish warriors with historically accurate weaponry.  Finally, there's a Sunday night mass held at a lovely little chapel on campus called Our Lady of the Woods.

So what are you doing this weekend?