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Dear old dad deserves it
An afternoon at Louisville Slugger Field might be just what the father figure in your life was looking for. | Photo by LOUtoday
Don’t look now, but Father’s Day is less than a week away on Sunday, June 16. Need plans, LOU? We’ve got you.

Bonus: If you need a gift in a pinch, we’ve got you there too.

Brunch is best

What comes before anything? Breakfast? Let dad sleep in on Father’s Day, and go out to brunch instead.

Let’s go thrifting, Dad

Back in the 1990s, dad probably had a jacket or shirt featuring a fave band or sports team — “I think we lost it back in the move of 2003, or maybe your mother threw it away.” Take dad to a local thrift store or flea market to relive the good ol’ days. Who knows, you might find the original.

Take Dad out to the ballgame

You know the song, “Buy me dad some peanuts and crackerjacks...” The Louisville Bats are in town, hosting the St. Paul Saints at Louisville Slugger Field on Father’s Day. Root, root, root for the home team with the first pitch at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. Then, enjoy a post-game catch together on the field. If you need plans the rest of the week, your bases are covered — the six-game series starts on Tuesday, June 11.

Does dad prefer to kick it? LouCity is on the road Father’s Day weekend, but Racing Louisville is holding down the fort at Lynn Family Stadium on Saturday, June 15 at 12 p.m., hosting NJ-NY Gotham FC.

Let Dad kick back on a leisure cruise

Nothing says “dad” quite like a backyard barbecue, but what if the entire Ohio River was the backyard? The Belle of Louisville is offering a barbecue buffet during its leisure cruise on Father’s Day. Enjoy a plate of chicken or pork with green beans + potato salad and banana pudding for dessert, over a two-hour cruise aboard the paddle boat. Tickets are $74.99.

Bonus: Not finding what you’re looking for? Check out our Events page to find another way to celebrate.
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Wednesday, June 12
  • Daniel Tosh Live | Wednesday, June 12 | 7:30 p.m. | Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th St., Louisville | $45-$95 | See the former Comedy Central star take the stage with his signature dark humor.
Thursday, June 13
  • Gardens Walk & Talk | Thursday, June 13 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Ave., Louisville | $15-$20 | Take a guided walk through the gardens and learn some gardening tips from a horticulturist.
  • Staghorn Fern Mounting | Thursday, June 13 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Pretty Decent, 2235 Frankfort Ave., Ste. 107, Louisville | $45 | Create a piece of living art to hang on your wall, plus learn the fundamentals to care for it.
Friday, June 14
  • Opening of New Buzzard’s Roost Speakeasy | Friday, June 14 | 4-7 p.m. | Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey Row Experience, 624 W. Main St., Louisville | Free | Celebrate National Bourbon Day with Louisville’s newest speakeasy.
  • Friday Family Fun Night | Friday, June 14 | 5-8 p.m. | Logan Street Market, 1001 Logan St., Louisville | Free | St. Catherine Street will be closed to traffic to create a free-play zone with activities for the young’ns.
  • “These Tangled Webbs” | Friday, June 14-Sunday, June 30 | Times vary | The Henry Clay, 604 S. 3rd St., Louisville | $12-$22 | See a zany musical spoof of 1960s daytime soap operas.
Saturday, June 15
  • Adult Prom | Saturday, June 15 | 8-11:30 p.m. | Omni Louisville Hotel, 400 S. 2nd St., Louisville | $60 | Dress to the nines to take it back to your glory years.
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News Notes
  • Louisville’s newest historical marker was unveiled right on time for Pride month. Located at 420 Belgravia Ct. in Old Louisville, the new marker honors the home of the Louisville Gay Liberation Front + Marge Jones and Tracy Knight, who were part of the first lesbian marriage trial in US history.
  • We all know Louisville is at its best in May, and that’s also true for two Racing Louisville players. Midfielder Savannah Demelo + defender Carson Pickett were named to the NWSL Best XI for May. Catch them this Saturday, June 15, at 12 p.m. at Lynn Family Stadium.
  • Cozy, keep-cool, beer sleeve, coozie: no matter what you call it, you’ve got to keep your cold one — well — cold during summer heat. Louisville’s Atrium Brewing has custom coozies for sale. Rep the Shelby Park brewer wherever you happen be having a sip — 12 + 16 oz sizes.
  • Louisville’s extraordinary parks are alluring in the summertime, but there’s a lot of work that goes into them year-round to keep them ready for peak season. Take a look behind the scenes of how workers keep Louisville’s green spaces in tip-top shape.
  • One of Louisville’s top men’s basketball transfer targets took a visit to Derby City this weekend. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews, and more from local experts of the Cards with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    Try This
    • Grab your four-legged friends and head to Bernheim Forest & Arboretum for Paws in Nature on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day of fun (and free) activities include an agility course, splash zone, arts and crafts, pup-arazzi photo booth, and a treat cooking demo.*
    • Father’s Day is right around the corner. Instead of another shirt or set of golf clubs, gift Dad an experience at Angel’s Envy they won’t forget. The distillery hosts tours, tastings, and one-of-a-kind experiences that are unlike any other gift. Explore options + book your visit.*
    • Woman-owned business Royal Highnies uses airy, 400-thread count Pima cotton to create luxury loungewear for the whole family. It all began with boxer shorts, and now, trademarked Highnies are sold in over 500 retailers — but you can snag free hats for Father’s Day exclusively online with code ROYALDADDY24.*
    • What happens when you combine German engineering with the world’s most trusted name in hearing care? The biggest breakthrough in hearing technology in more than a decade: the Horizon hearing aid. (This is not your grandpa’s hearing device.) See if you qualify for a free trial.*
    💰Billion... with a b
    Louisville is the economic engine that drives the Kentucky Tourism industry, according to a recent report. | Photo courtesy @502pics
    Louisville has a lot to offer tourists — it was named a Top 50 Tourist Destination for 2024 by the New York Times, after all. Now, we have the numbers to prove it.

    Last week, a report from the Kentucky Department of Tourism found that the 2023 economic impact of travel + tourism in Jefferson County was $4.1 billion. Of that impact, over $300 million was generated in state and local tax revenue.

    A closer look at tourism’s impact, by the numbers:
    • Jefferson County contributed 30% of the $13.8 billion overall economic impact of tourism in Kentucky.
    • Louisville’s region — which includes Jefferson + 14 surrounding counties — saw $5.1 billion of economic impact.
    • 27,254 people were put to work in Jefferson County in the tourism industry, including the food + beverage, lodging, transportation, retail, and recreation industries.
    The Buy
    Cool off on National Iced Tea Day with refreshing peach iced tea from Oliver Pluff & Co. Plus, you can purchase by the pound.
    Which burger do you prefer?

    In a battle between these two Old Louisville staples, there’s was only bun winner in your eyes.


    Photo by LOUtoday

    Earlier this week, we took a bite into an Old Louisville debate: Dizzy Whizz vs. Ollie’s Trolley, and we asked which burger was better.

    Ollie’s Trolley is a runaway train according to your taste buds, LOU.
    The Wrap
    Jeff-Milby-headshot-LOU Today’s edition by:
    From the editor
    This Sunday will be my first-ever Father’s Day, and I’m excited to spend it with my wife and our son. At eight months old, he’s too little to share a catch at Slugger Field just yet, but I can’t wait for those days to come.
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