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75º | Mostly sunny with some afternoon clouds | 1% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:24 a.m. | Sunset 8:55 p.m.

🐶 LOU let the dogs out
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There are lots of businesses around LOU that welcome four-legged friends and family. | Photo by LOUtoday
Whether you’re in need of a drinking paw-tner at a local brewery, want to hit a few shopping spots with Fido, or just feel like dining out with your favorite four-legged friend, bone appétit. Dig into this guide for dog-friendly spots around the 502.


Ethan Almighty enjoys a beer at PG&Js Dog Bar.


Photo by @pgjdogbar

Bars and breweries

Against the Grain, 401 E. Main St. | Have a pint with your pup on the communal-style patio with lawn games when the weather is nice.

Club K9 Dog Bar, 9316 Taylorsville Rd. | Dogs can play in a fenced, two-acre space that’s heated in the winter and features fountains in the summer.

Gravely Brewing Co., 514 Baxter Ave. | Four-legged friends are welcome at the picnic tables on the partially shaded patio overlooking downtown Louisville.

small brown dog in front of Paddock Shops sign

The Paddock Shops in east Louisville is an open-air, dog-friendly shopping center with several green spaces and restaurants with outdoor seating.


Photo by LOUtoday

Shopping Centers

New Cut Peddlers Mall, 191 Outer Loop | Shop for home goods, vintage items, holiday decor and more with your pup at your side.

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, 1155 Buck Creek Rd., Simpsonville | Leashed dogs are welcome outside the stores of this outlet mall.

Paddock Shops, 4055 Summit Plaza Dr. | Take your pup window shopping at this outdoor mall in the East End.


Central Park, 1140 S. 4th St. | Home to the annual Shakespeare in the Park performances, Central Park’s 16.67 acres provide lots of space for dog walks.

Cherokee Park, 745 Cochran Hill Rd. | Characterized by long winding roads that open to beautiful vistas and large open spaces, Cherokee Park’s 380+ acres include an area dubbed Dog Hill, where pups often roam freely.

Iroquois Park, 5216 New Cut Rd. | This dog-friendly park also includes numerous other amenities, such as horse riding trails, an archery area, and a disc golf course.
What is the most popular dog breed in the US?

A. Standard poodle
B. Labrador retriever
C. French bulldog
D. Beagle
E. German shepherd
Thursday, May 25
  • Big Bloom Stroll – In-Person Workshop | Thursday, May 25 | 6-7 p.m. | Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old Lagrange Rd., Crestwood | $30-$40 | Walk through blossoming daffodils, alliums, tulips, and hyacinths around the gardens.
Friday, May 26
  • Creatures of the Night: Froggy Night Adventure | Friday, May 26 | 8:45-11:15 p.m. | Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, 2075 Clermont Rd., Clermont | $10-$15 | Take a driving tour through sections of the forest where crepuscular and nocturnal creatures are most active.
Saturday, May 27
  • “Tokyo Stories” | Saturday, May 27-Sunday, May 28 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. 3rd St., Louisville | $8-$12 | See this film that spans 400 years of Tokyo’s art + artists.
  • Citizen Cope: Spring 2023 Solo Acoustic | Saturday, May 27 | 7 p.m. | Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd., Louisville | $40-$90 | Listen to tunes by this American songwriter, producer, and singer whose sound is a mix of blues, folk + rock.
Sunday, May 28
  • “The Humanity Archive” with Author Jermaine Fowler | Sunday, May 28 | 2-3 p.m. | The Frazier History Museum, 829 W. Main St., Louisville | $0-$14 | Louisville author and podcaster Jermaine Fowler will discuss and sign copies of his Black history book — which recently made the New York Times Best Sellers list.
  • Derby City Wrestling | Sunday, May 28 | 5 p.m. | Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center, 3029 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville | $12-$20 | Catch some of your favorite professional wrestlers in action.
Monday, May 29
  • Princess @1minworld Tour | Monday, May 29 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | 21c Museum Hotel, 700 W. Main St., Louisville | Free | Join 21c Louisville and performing arts group Princess, a LGBTQ+ interdisciplinary performing arts duo that uses music as the narrative basis for conceptual, visually dynamic video operas.
Tuesday, May 30
  • Puzzle Challenge | Tuesday, May 30-Tuesday, Jan. 16 | 7-9 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing, 642 Baxter Ave., Louisville | Free | Grab your pals and see if your team can be the fastest to complete a puzzle and win a prize.
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Louisville Ballet’s 2023/2024 season is a celebration of all things Kentucky
A ballerina raises her hands above head during a performance
This year marks Louisville Ballet’s 72nd season, and its tenth under Artistic Director Robert Curran. | Photo by Andrew Kung
Made for Kentucky, by Kentucky. That’s the guiding theme behind Season of the Commonwealth, Louisville Ballet’s upcoming season- Kentucky’s Official State Ballet. Infused with the history and spirit of the Bluegrass, this year’s performances reimagine beloved classics and bring new voices to the community.

Performances include:
  • “Giselle” (Oct. 13-15)
  • “Distilled” (Nov. 10-12)
  • “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” (Dec. 8-24)
  • “#CHORSHOW” (Jan. 24-28, Feb. 2-4)
  • “Romeo and Juliet” (March 1-2)
Subscriptions available online or at the box office: (502) 583-2623.*
News Notes
  • The Kentucky Flea Market Memorial Day Spectacular will be held Friday, May 26-Monday, May 29 at the Kentucky Expo Center. It’s the 50th anniversary of this annual market, which features 600+ booths filled with antiques, electronics, clothing, arts, and crafts. Admission is free, and parking is half-off with any purchase.
  • Patti Swope, a member of the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) board, is honoring the legacy of her late friend Denny Crum, former UofL men’s basketball coach + dog lover, with a KHS fundraiser. Patti will be matching donations made to KHS by Monday, May 29, up to $10,000.
  • The Kentuckiana Pride Festival is slated for Saturday, June 17, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park. General admission is $10 and includes access to entertainment, a kids and family area, local food trucks, a craft beer garden + artisan vendors.
  • Starting today, FlixBus will run a new connection from Louisville to Chicago six days a week. There will also be another route running from Louisville to East Lansing. Most tickets range from $43.99 to $75.99 and can be purchased online. (WLKY)
  • There’s a new nature play space in Shawnee Park. Created in collaboration with Olmstead Parks Conservancy and neighborhood children, the space features movable objects like twigs and pebbles, meant to encourage self-directed play to support brain development, cooperation, and imagination. (WDRB)
  • Cultured Cheese and Charcuterie Bar is looking for cheese lovers to join its team. The Butchertown establishment is looking to hire people who are interested in bartending or board-making. Email your resume.
  • Pop quiz: What’s the body’s most abundant protein? The answer: Collagen. NativePath’s Certified Grass-Fed Collagen Powder is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and contains 18 grams of protein per serving. Start incorporating it daily to support skin elasticity, joint health, bone strength, and muscle growth and maintenance.*
🚔 When to dial 9-1-1
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Calling 9-1-1 isn’t the only way to reach Louisville Metro Police Department. | Photo by Pixabay
We’ve all been taught from a young age to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. That advice still rings true, but did you know there are different numbers you should dial if you need to reach Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) for other matters?

For non-emergencies — including non-violent crimes, non-injury auto accidents — or to report a crime that has already occurred, call 574-2111.

To report ongoing criminal activity or to report information that could help close an open investigation, reach the LMPD tip line at 574-5673.

Phone numbers for specific types of criminal investigations, like robbery and financial crimes, can be found on the LMPD website.
The Wrap
Lennie Omalza Today’s edition by:
From the editor
When I moved here in 2016, I wasn’t sure how my pup Koa (in the first and third photos above) would fare in Derby City. I’m thankful to have found so many dog-friendly businesses + WAGS pet therapy, where he started therapy dog training right before the pandemic. Now that he’s a bit older and slightly calmer, we might get back into WAGS so he can bring smiles to more people in Louisville.
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