Festivals and Events

May  2016
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Events on May 1, 2016
  • Kentucky Derby Exhibit at My Old Kentucky Home State Park, April 15-31
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: May 31, 2016 - 5:00 PM
    Description: Kentucky’s most famous moment to shine! Come see racing silks from Kentucky most famous horse farms, derby trophies, derby hats, fine julep cups and never before heard stories about the Rowan family’s own ventures into horse racing. 501 E. Stephen Foster Ave., (502) 348-3502
  • Studio II Art Show at Wickland
    Starts: 1:00 PM
    Ends: May 6, 2016 - 5:00 PM
    Description: Come see what talented friends we have in Nelson County. More than 100 paintings will be displayed. Opening reception 1-5 p.m. Exhibit will run May 2-6, 3-5 p.m. For more information contact Dixie Hibbs, 502-507-0808. Wickland, 550 Bloomfield Rd.
  • Bardstown Julep Jubilee
    Starts: 1:00 PM
    Ends: May 1, 2016 - 3:00 PM
    Description: Kick off Derby week in style with the perfect Southern Fare, Derby inspired cocktails and horse racing fun. Brunch and two specialty drinks included with each ticket. Additional cash bar will be available. Derby attire is required for this festive event, so get your fedoras and fascinators out! First 50 tickets $50, remaining tickets $75. Get your tickets early and save! Harrison Smith House, 103 E. Stephen Foster Ave. Visit http://www.ncnextgen.org for more information. Presented by Next Generation Nelson County.
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Events on May 4, 2016
  • Kentucky Derby Week Special Event at Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Ends: May 4, 2016 - 6:00 PM
    Description: Join us for a traditional Mint Julep Instructional Class & Tasting with Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Tickets include Woodford Reserve Mint Julep, personal Q&A Session with Derby Hostess, Dee Dee Ford, Cocktail Instructional Class, Mint Julep Cup and door prizes. 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m. $25 per person. Limiting seating. Call 502-348-8611 to make your prepaid reservation. 110 W. Flaget Ave. http://www.kybourbonmarketplace.com
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Events on May 5, 2016
  • Kentucky Derby Week Special Event at Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Ends: May 5, 2016 - 6:00 PM
    Description: Join us for a traditional Mint Julep Instructional Class & Tasting with Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Tickets include Woodford Reserve Mint Julep, personal Q&A Session with Derby Hostess, Dee Dee Ford, Cocktail Instructional Class, Mint Julep Cup and door prizes. 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m. $25 per person. Limiting seating. Call 502-348-8611 to make your prepaid reservation. 110 W. Flaget Ave. http://www.kybourbonmarketplace.com
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Events on May 6, 2016
  • Perfect Mint Julep Party Hosted by Master Distiller Fred Noe
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Ends: May 6, 2016 - 5:00 PM
    Description: The Jim Beam American Stillhouse invites bourbon fans near and far to kick off Derby season with the perfect mint julep cocktail and a celebration in the true spirit of the weekend. Hosted by seventh generation Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe and his son Freddie, the event will give new meaning to ‘spanking the mint’ and treat guests to live entertainment. Come by for interactive distillery tours and traditional Kentucky fare from Fred's Smokehouse. No reservations necessary for The Perfect Mint Julep Party. Be sure to check out our available distillery tours. Bottle Signing with 7th generation Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe, 8th generation Freddie Noe and the legendary Baker Beam 1:00pm-4:00pm EST. 526 Happy Hollow Rd., Clermont. 502 543-9877. http://www.jimbeam.com
  • Kentucky Derby Week Special Event at Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Ends: May 6, 2016 - 6:00 PM
    Description: Join us for a traditional Mint Julep Instructional Class & Tasting with Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Tickets include Woodford Reserve Mint Julep, personal Q&A Session with Derby Hostess, Dee Dee Ford, Cocktail Instructional Class, Mint Julep Cup and door prizes. 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m. $25 per person. Limiting seating. Call 502-348-8611 to make your prepaid reservation. 110 W. Flaget Ave. http://www.kybourbonmarketplace.com
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Events on May 8, 2016
  • Kentucky Railway Museum’s Mother’s Day Excursion
    Starts: 1:00 PM
    Ends: May 8, 2016 - 3:00 PM
    Description: Enjoy a 22 mile train ride through the countryside. Mother’s ride free with paying adult. 136 S. Main St., New Haven. 502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152. http://www.kyrail.org
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Events on May 14, 2016
  • Kentucky Railway Museum’s Train Robbery
    Starts: 1:00 PM
    Ends: May 14, 2016 - 3:00 PM
    Description: Join us for a wild ride as your train gets robbed by a gang of train robbers! Train departs at 1 p.m. Adults: $20 Children $15 (ages 2-12) under 2 is free. Train ride is approximately 2 hours. You will be robbed! Proceeds benefit the Crusade for Children. 136 S. Main St., New Haven. 502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152. http://www.kyrail.org
  • My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s Bourbon Excursion
    Starts: 5:00 PM
    Ends: May 14, 2016 - 7:30 PM
    Description: Join us for a complimentary bourbon cocktail and tasting on our 2 1/2 hour excursion. Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by our award-winning culinary team. 602 N Third St., Reservations required. 502-348-7300 or 866-801-3463. http://www.kydinnertrain.com
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Events on May 15, 2016
  • Kentucky Railway Museum's Train Robbery
    Starts: 1:00 PM
    Ends: May 15, 2016 - 3:00 PM
    Description: Join us for a wild ride as your train gets robbed by a gang of train robbers! Train departs at 1 p.m. Adults: $20 Children $15 (ages 2-12) under 2 is free. Train ride is approximately 2 hours. You will be robbed! Proceeds benefit the Crusade for Children. 136 S. Main St., New Haven. 502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152. http://www.kyrail.org
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Events on May 20, 2016
  • Summer Nights
    Starts: 5:00 PM
    Ends: May 20, 2016 - 8:00 PM
    Description: Shop while enjoying a fun-filled summer night complete with sweet summertime music, and nostalgic summertime foods. Shops open late until 8 p.m. Call 502-348-4877 or visit http://www.bardstownmainstreet.com for more information.
  • Bourbon Open Golf Tournament
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Ends: May 22, 2016 - 11:30 PM
    Description: Our 71st year of great golf, meeting of new and seeing old friends, the tasting of outstanding food and Kentucky’s finest spirits and two evenings of quality entertainment. Old Kentucky Home Country Club and Kenny Rapier State Park Golf Course. 502-349-6542.
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Events on May 21, 2016
  • Bernheim's BloomFest and Spring Plant Sale
    Starts: 9:00 AM
    Ends: May 21, 2016 - 4:00 PM
    Description: Bernheim’s annual celebration of spring will include local artisans, food vendors, a farmers market, musical entertainment, a series of short garden lectures, and tons of great activities for children including arts, crafts, garden faerie house construction and naturalist-led discovery stations. The day also includes the annual Spring Plant Sale featuring Bernheim Select™, a distinctive variety of plants propagated from Bernheim’s own collections, along with a varied selection of other unique trees, shrubs, grasses, perennial herbaceous plants and summer garden plants. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, 2499 Clermont Rd, Hwy 245, Clermont, 502-955-8512 http://www.bernheim.org
  • Kentucky Railway Museum’s 40’s Day
    Starts: 11:00 AM
    Ends: May 21, 2016 - 2:30 PM
    Description: Relive the 1940’s with WWII reenactors, equipment from the era, Ladies for Liberty and swing dancing. Ride the train and recollect that golden age. $20 Adults, $15 children (2-12), 136 S. Main St., New Haven. 502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152. http://www.kyrail.org
  • Kentucky Railway Museum’s Dining on the Rails
    Starts: 1:00 PM
    Ends: May 21, 2016 - 3:00 PM
    Description: Enjoy lunch aboard our 1940’s dining car as you travel through the Rolling Fork River Valley. $38 per person. Casual dress, reservations required. 136 S. Main St., New Haven. 502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152. http://www.kyrail.org
  • My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s Magic Show
    Starts: 5:00 PM
    Ends: May 21, 2016 - 7:30 PM
    Description: Enjoy an evening of fine dining on a scenic tour through the hills and horse farms of Central Kentucky, while being entertained by one of the Midwest’s most sought after magical performers, John Shore. Featuring performance at tableside and for the whole dining car, your evening will include an intimate performance that will amaze, baffle, and entertain. A magical dining experience suitable for the whole family. Tickets are $109.95 per adult and $69.95 per child. Excursion begins at 5 p.m. at the Train Depot. Includes a four course meal and non-alcoholic beverages. 602 N Third St., 502-348-7300 or 866-801-3463. http://www.kydinnertrain.com
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Events on May 26, 2016
  • Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace Special Bourbon Event
    Starts: 6:30 PM
    Ends: May 26, 2016 - 8:00 PM
    Description: Join us for a Jefferson & Whiskey Row Tasting & Cocktail Session. Bourbon Flight of Four Premium Jefferson & Whiskey Row Products. Personal Q&A session and autographs with Master Distiller Tripp Stimson. Specialty cocktail and souvenir glass with bourbon barrel stave holder. 15% discount on all Jefferson & Whiskey Row Bourbons. Door prizes. Tickets $30 per person. Present flyer and receive $10 off of admission price. Limiting seating. Call 502-348-8611 to make your prepaid reservation. 110 W. Flaget Ave. http://www.kybourbonmarketplace.com
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Events on May 27, 2016
  • Summer Band Concerts
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Ends: May 27, 2016 - 9:00 PM
    Description: Free weekly band concert series featuring a wide variety of musical tastes, from military bands playing Sousa to folk groups, to big-band swing. Tonight's performance is the Bardstown High School Band & Chorus - school band and chorus and Bourbon City Bavarians - polkas, waltzes, and authentic German beer tent music. Bardstown Community Park. (In the event of rain, concert will be held at the Farmers Market on East Flaget Ave.) 502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877. http://www.visitbardstown.com
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Events on May 28, 2016
  • Whiskey City Cruisers
    Starts: 2:00 PM
    Ends: May 28, 2016 - 7:30 PM
    Description: Stroll among classic cars from yesteryear. Fourth Saturday of the month April-October. Kentucky Home Square shopping center. 2 p.m. - dusk. 502-348-6456 or 800-638-4877. http://www.visitbardstown.com
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