5 things to do in Louisville this weekend (5/6)

May 6, 2016 at 11:01 am
Photo by Linda Bruckheimer
Photo by Linda Bruckheimer


Oaks Churchill Downs Prices vary; 8 a.m. Everyone likes to say that Thurby is the new day for locals, but not everyone can get off work on a damn Thursday. So leave work a little early this Friday and stretch your legs out at the track, sip on some Kentucky bourbon and place a bet on your favorite filly. Who knows, if you’re lucky enough, you may not have to go back to work Monday.

Derby City Brewfest 2016 KFC Yum! Center $5-$75; 5 p.m. This beer competition boasts over 100 beers plus bourbon from Four Roses and wine from Little Kentucky River Winery. There will also be live music provided by the bands Uncommon Houseflies, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Jericho Woods, Quiet Hollers and Hot Brown Smackdown.

Trifecta Music Series Haymarket Whiskey Bar Free; 8 p.m. Haymarket Whiskey Bar is hosting a trifecta of free music to accompany your trifecta of horse racing at Churchill Downs. On Thurby (Thursday) it had The Deloreans, Noisebody and Maximon. The music continues on Oaks (Friday) with Quiet Hollers, Frederick The Younger and Crunchy Groove Machine; and on Derby (Saturday) bands include Spleen, a tribute to Ween, and Bottom Sop.


Kentucky Derby 142 Churchill Downs Prices vary; 8 a.m. Simply put, it’s the Kentucky Derby. You’ve been planning on going all month and already bought a new outfit (which you may or may not have discreetly lined with plastic pouches full of bourbon). Or you’ve booked a flight to Florida for the weekend because the idea of doing anything in this city during Derby weekend makes your skin crawl. Either way, you know the drill people!


Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Fourth Street Live! Free; 1 p.m. Cinco De Mayo may have been Thursday (May 5), but that doesn’t mean the celebration is over. So round up what’s left of your friends (since Derby probably decimated most of them) and head to Fourth Street Live! for a day of live music, flamenco performances, piñatas and of course plenty of Margaritas.