5 things to do this weekend in Louisville (7/1)


First Friday at the Muhammad Ali Center
Muhammad Ali Center
$5; 5 p.m.
Join the Muhammad Ali Center this Friday for their take on a block party. There will be plenty of beer, wine and scrumptious food from local food trucks, dance demonstrations by Safiyyah Dance Company and Flamenco Louisville, performances by The Alley Theater Arts Caravan, plenty of local business and organization booths and live music by James Lindsey & The Grand Nationals and Teddy Abrams from the Louisville Orchestra.

Mag Bar’s 24th Birthday Party
Mag Bar
Free; 8 p.m.
Mag Bar, everyone’s favorite dive-bar in Old Louisville, is turning 24! So, to celebrate this special day, they’re throwing a party with live music by a few metal bands and DJs. And, in terms of drink specials, Mag Bar is going way back to the good ol’ days when Long Island Ice Teas were $2. So come out, drink, dance and share/revel in your favorite Mag Bar memories.


Downs after Dark
Churchill Downs
$10-$70; 5 p.m.
“Nightlife meets thrilling racing!” at Downs after Dark where not only will you be able to blow your paycheck on a horse with a silly name, but there also will be live music by the local country band, Wildwood, and food from Boss Hog BBQ, Mark’s Feed Store and 502 Cafe food trucks. And the U.S. Army and Flags4Vets will have World War II era and present-day Army equipment and military vehicles for you to drunkenly explore.

Lazer Guided Star Tour: Explore the Heavens
Bernheim Forest
$10-$15; 9:30 p.m.
If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed to do on your Saturday night, head over to Ternheim Forest, where it will host a guided night hike/lazer-guided star tour to see “constellations of scorpions, bears, dolphins and mythological characters come alive as an interpreter shares ancient dreams and laser beams.” No pets allowed, and be sure to register and pay by 4 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the hike.


Louisville Orchestra 3rd of July Waterfront
Waterfront Park
Free; 5 p.m.
Yes, you could get hammered at a BBQ on Monday, and show up to work hungover on Tuesday (but then you’d be that person …). Instead, why don’t you enjoy this unique event: Louisville Orchestra will play live on the Waterfront, and when the sun goes down, the Orchestra will be backed by a massive firework show. There will also be plenty of “upscale festival food” by Festival Cuisine (including Kimchi tacos, BBQ ribs, and more), a beer garden by Leinenkugal Summer Shandy and a bourbon bar by Old Forester Bourbon.