6 Fun Things to Do in Louisville in November

October 25th, 2019 by

The city skyline lit up at sunset of Louisville, KY.

If you live in Louisville, KY or the surrounding area, then we don’t have to tell you that it’s one of the most exciting and rewarding places to live in the country. But even when you already recognize much of what the area has to offer, it’s pretty easy for a lot of us to get into a rut or forget about how many great events are coming up in the next few months. Whether you live in Louisville or nearby, there’s something for just about anyone going on soon, with some events that should be particularly appealing to all you (and we say this with love) nerds out there!

Here are six upcoming events that sound like a lot of fun to all of us here at McCluskey Chevy. One of the great things about being a dealership in Cincinnati, OH, is that we’re close to Kentucky and the incredible social scene throughout the area. You better believe some of us here already had these events on our calendars.

The Bacon Jam Festival – November 2nd

Bacon fans rejoice, there is a festival coming up that will give you a proper chance to celebrate all things bacon! The Bacon Jam Festival is an opportunity to get out, listen to some live music, and enjoy a day filled with bacony delights. There will be lots of food with bacon as the star, as well as an assortment of cocktails inspired by and featuring everyone’s favorite cut of pork. Vegetarians out there, sorry this is not your day.

The Bacon Jam Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd from 1 pm to 6 pm and is a one-day-only event. Tickets are now on sale and cost between $45 and $80, depending on what package you want, but note that no refunds will be issued. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to benefit the Louisville Metro Police Foundation, so you can feel good about supporting local law enforcement while eating delicious treats. The Bacon Jam Festival will be held at 4th Street Live! At 400 S 4th St in Louisville.

Crispy cooked bacon is in a cast iron pan.

Nerdlouvia 2019 – November 8-10th

If bacon isn’t your jam and you prefer more “nerdy” pursuits, then you’re in luck because Nerdlouvia 2019 is coming up soon. Nerdlouvia is a convention that focuses on tabletop and video games, anime, cosplay, and all sorts of other nerdy interests. Whether you’re looking for a chance to show off your latest creation, want to play some D&D, or you’re interested in learning a game like Betrayal at House on the Hill or Wingspan, Nerdlouvia is the place to be. There will be a cosplay contest, a board game swap table, seminars and panels, and an open gaming area for all to enjoy.

Nerdlouvia 2019 runs from Friday, November 8th through Sunday, November 10th; from 6 pm to 1 am on Friday, from 8 am to 1 am on Saturday, and from 8 am to 7 pm on Sunday. Friday and Saturday are 18 and over only so that adults can enjoy themselves and have a few drinks. Sunday is an all-ages family day, so be sure to plan accordingly. Nerdlouvia 2019 is being held at Spalding University’s College Street Building, located at 812 S 2nd St in Louisville.

Shrimp Fest 2K19 – November 9th

If anime and gaming aren’t your scene, then consider Shrimp Fest 2019, a massive concert event with performances by a lot of different musicians – sorry, this isn’t a shrimp-eating contest. This is a benefit show, so a portion of every ticket sold is going to the Ocean Clean Up Foundation to help keep the ocean clean. There will be live performances by Phat Shayn and JRUMMA, with special guest appearances by a number of other artists.

Shrimp Fest 2K19 will be held on Saturday, November 9th at 6:30 pm at The Tiger Room. This is an all-ages event with a $10 entry charge at the door, or you can buy tickets in advance. $2 of each ticket sale will go to the Ocean Clean Up Foundation.

The North American Championship Rodeo – November 14-16th

Rodeo fans, you’re in for a treat this November as the North American Championship Rodeo will be held once again in Louisville. You can see the best cowboys and cowgirls in the country compete for more than $80,000 in prizes as well as the title of Regional Champion in the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. This event is part of the North American International Livestock Exposition, so if you’re planning on attending any of that event, be sure to make a special trip for the Championship Rodeo.

The North American Championship Rodeo will be held over three days, starting on Thursday, November 14th and running through Saturday, November 16th. The event begins at 7:30 each night with different competitions scheduled for each evening, so be sure to check out the official calendar for when to attend. Tickets are available now and go for between $10 and $28 depending on where you want to sit. The North American Championship Rodeo is being held in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center, located at 937 Phillips Lane.

A cowboy is on a horse at the local rodeo in Louisville, KY.

The Festival of Trees & Lights 2019 – November 15-17th

If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate the autumn and start getting into the holiday spirit (yeah it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but it’s still fun), then check out the Festival of Trees & Lights. This is the 30th anniversary of the event, which features hundreds of trees decorated with sparkling lights that dazzle and glimmer in the mid-November dusk. The wreaths and decorations featured at the Festival are available for purchase, with proceeds going to raise funds for Norton Children’s Hospital.

The Festival of Trees & Lights will go from Friday, November 15th through Sunday, November 17th at Louisville Slugger Field. There will be a preview party available for some guests on November 14th, from 5 pm to 8 pm; general admission on Friday through Sunday is from 10 am to 6 pm, with a Festival Family Night on Friday from 6 pm to 8:45 pm.

There will be a large model train display, an available ride-on train, live performances, and even photos with Santa! If you’re interested in something a bit more adult-oriented, consider the Snow Ball, a black-tie event with a silent auction and gourmet meal, being held the evening of Saturday, November 23rd.

Galaxycon Louisville – November 22-24th

If you don’t get your fill of anime, gaming, and cosplay at Nerdlouvia 2019, then check out Galaxycon Louisville toward the end of the month. This is a three-day celebration of nerd culture including comic books, sci-fi and fantasy, and cartoons for all ages. Events at Galaxycon Louisville will include cosplay competitions, film screenings, live comedy, and gaming tournaments. There will also be a lot of vendors with unique items on sale, including rare collectibles, imports, and all kinds of other items.

Galaxycon Louisville will run from Friday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 24th. Exhibition hall hours are from noon to 8 pm on Friday, 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 6:30 pm on Sunday – with events running until 1 am on Friday and 2 am on Saturday. Tickets are available now as individual single-day passes, two-day Saturday/Sunday passes, or three-day full weekend passes. Galaxycon Louisville is being held at the Kentucky International Convention Center, at 221 S 4th St in downtown Louisville.

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