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Today we’re taking a tour of one of the 502’s fastest-growing neighborhoods, Shelby Park.
Around 3,257 Louisvillians call this area nestled between Old Louisville and Germantown home + we’re taking a deep dive into what the buzz is all about from a butterfly farm to Louisville’s first indoor market.
Crow mural by artist Wilfred Sieg III at the entrance of Shelby Park on Mary St. | Photo by @shelbyparklouisville
🏘️ The quick history
Developed in the late nineteenth century, Shelby Park was named after Kentucky’s first governor, Isaac Shelby, who also helped create the city park there of the same name, and was once primarily occupied by German immigrants.
Most of the homes that make up the neighborhood were constructed between 1900 and 1910 and are mostly shotgun-style homes and camelbacks, but some two-story brick, federal-style buildings exist there, too.
Today, Shelby Park is seeing a cultural resurgence much like its neighboring communities, Germantown and Schnitzelburg. It’s home to Logan Street Market — Louisville’s first indoor market + art galleries, local restaurants, a butterfly farm and two breweries.
Bluegrass, Bourbon, and Barbecue | Fri., May 20 | 6 p.m. | Muhammad Ali Center | $85 | Support Summit Academy of Greater Louisville with a silent auction, live music, BBQ + bourbon from the region’s best distillers. 🍖
Poorcastle Festival 2022 | Fri., May 20-Sat., May 21 | 1 p.m. | Breslin Park | $10+ | Jam with local musicians at this less-expensive version of the Forecastle Festival.
7th Annual Norton Commons Art Festival | Sat., May 21-Sun., May 22 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | 10712 Meeting St. | Free | Shop from more than 75 artisan booths + get a bite to eat at a local food truck.
Foxhollow Farm Presents: Sunset Concerts | Sat., May 21 | 5 p.m. | Fox Hollow Farm, 8905 Highway 329, Crestwood, KY | Kids under 12 free, $40 for adults | Spread out a blanket and listen to music from Appalatin + Revinylize on the sprawling farm property. 🌇
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Flips flops + denim could be taking over the former Nike store in Shelbyville Road Plaza. Old Navy clothing store filed plans with Metro Planning & Design Services in April + intends to fill the 15,539-sqft space situated between Nordstrom Rack and Guitar Center in the shopping center. 👖 (Louisville Business First)
Tomorrow is Kentucky’s Primary Election. Louisville voters will be nominating candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Mayor, Metro Council, Kentucky Senate, and House of Representatives + three Jefferson County offices. Polls will run 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Be sure to check your polling location. 🗳️
See 26 photos of Lyric at Norton Commons, a $70 million multifamily housing development that held its grand opening last week. Inside the complex at 6324 Meeting St.are 273 luxury units, two courtyards(one with a pool), a clubhouse, a dog spa, fitness center, coworking space + local businesses including Quills Coffee, Yoga Six, and Watch Hill Proper. (Louisville Business First)
TikToker @noproblemgamer uncovered the Louisville Reds — aka Louisville Bats — in an episode of “The Office,” in a video that has since gone viral racking up 3 million+ views. The video reveals the character Jim Halpert watching a 1992 game between the Redbirds + Buffalo Bison. ⚾ (The Courier-Journal)
After a two-year hiatus, Forest Fest is back at Jefferson Memorial Forest on Sat., May 21 from 12-7 p.m. Thanks to Metro Council, the festival is free except for parking(which is $10 cash) and includes Bluegrass bands, arts and crafts, craft vendors + food trucks. 🌲
Looking for some Monday night fun? Iroquois Amphitheater is screening movies for free all summer long. While the next screening of the “Jungle Cruise” on Fri., May 27deviates a little, all other movies — like “Respect,” “Grease,” + “Ghostbusters” — will be shown every Mondayin June. See the events page for dates. 🍿
Local music festival, Poorcastle has released its schedule for this weekend, May 20-22. Dubbed a “fest for the rest of us,” this local-bands-only Forecastle alternative will take place at Breslin Park. Tickets start at $10 for a three-day pass. We’re excited for the all-female, indie rock group Routine Caffeine. 🎸 (LEO Weekly)
The annual Kentucky Craft Bash — a beer festival with 50+ Kentucky breweries — will make waves at the Waterfront Park on Sat., June 11. Get $10 off tickets through Fri., May 20 as part of its Father’s Day promo. Use code BEERWITHDAD10. 🍻
Greater Louisville Inc. has launched a new, free professional + leadership development program for college juniors and seniors enrolled in internships. Finding You in Lou is a four-week, cohort-based program connecting interns to regional experts from leading professional organizations. Learn more + apply. 🎓*
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