By Mariah Kline
It’s fall, y’all! I know it’s tempting to become a homebody once the weather cools down, but there are so many fun things to do in the 502 this time of year. Check out five of our favorite outings this season, and stay tuned in the coming weeks for more Top 5 Around Town.
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Iroquois Park
October 12 through November 5
The lines may be long every year, but for good reason. This unique display is changed every single week that it runs, meaning you could go two or three times this season and have a different experience each time. Take your significant other or a friend you haven’t seen in awhile, enjoy some cider while you wait and prepare to be amazed by this glorious glowing masterpiece.
St. James Court Art Show
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Old Louisville in the fall is a beautiful sight in itself, but this annual art show makes it even more perfect. They have hundreds of craftspeople and artists showing off their work so you have an amazing selection of handcrafted goods. Even if you’re not in the market for new art, snacking on local foods and marveling at the houses in St. James is always enjoyable.
University of Louisville vs. Boston College
Okay, I know football isn’t everyone’s favorite pastime (myself included) but cheering on the Cards on a crisp October day feels like a fall tradition. Plus, it’s a great excuse to don your new sweaters and scarves. Grab some drinks and snacks, meet your pals at the fairgrounds for tailgating and you just might catch yourself enjoying sports for the first time.
Huber’s Orchard and Winery
Open seven days a week, extended hours through October
We’ve all done the pumpkin and apple picking routine, but Huber’s has more to offer than the average orchard. Do a wine tasting, visit their huge gift shop and eat at the Starlight Cafe this year. I believe it’s worth the trip just to stock up on their Sweet Marcella wine, which has a delightful flavor and isn’t too sweet.
Oktoberfest on the Belle of Louisville
October 7, 14 and 21
Noon to 2:30 p.m.
If you’re like me and can’t afford to fly to Germany for Oktoberfest this year (or any other year for that matter), you can still get a taste of German culture right here at home. Dig into an elaborate German-inspired buffet, plus live music on the Belle of Louisville. When your feet are worn out from dancing, sit back and enjoy the view of the Ohio in the pleasant autumn air.