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Our Favorite Louisville Spring Events

Spring is here! It’s time to get out and enjoy some awesome events happening around Louisville! Check out the events Family Realty is excited about and let us know your favorite spring events happening in Louisville! 

Brunch + Bark by the Bridge (Starting April 3) - This recurring event located at the Waterfront Park features food trucks, jazz music, drink specials, and pups! The Kentucky Humane Society is partnering with Waterfront park to have on-site puppies, giveaways and swag available during the event. Don’t forget to bring along your pup! 

Louisville Bats Opening Night (April 5) - Welcome back the Louisville Bats baseball season by attending their opening night! Check out their website for the season schedule and themed nights. 

Fridays at the Front (Starting April 8) - End your work week by relaxing at the Waterfront Park! This recurring event features food trucks and drinks and is a perfect way to start the weekend. 

Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade (April 16) - Running from Stilz Ave to Pope Street this parade is an Easter tradition! Fun for the whole family and don’t forget a bag for candy!

Thunder Over Louisville (April 23) - A Louisville tradition to kick off Derby season! Get a good viewing spot to watch the air show and fireworks!

Cherokee Triangle Art Fair (April 30 & May 1) - Stop by the 50th anniversary of the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair! The first time back since the pandemic this two day art fair is open from 10 am - 6 pm with a celebration from 6pm to 8pm on Saturday. 

Kentucky Derby (May 7) - Louisville largest event, The Kentucky Derby runs May 7! Celebrate the tradition with a big hat and mint julip while watching the 148th Derby Race.

Abbey Road on the River (May 26 - 30) - The world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival! Enjoy over 250 Beatles and 60’s themed concerts during the one weekend. Attendees also can take advantage of onsite food and beverage, Beatles-merchandise, retail and craft venders, and a kids area.

Forecastle Festival (May 27-29) - An annual music festival that features some of the hottest artists right now! Headliners include Louisville native Jack Harlow, Tame Impala, and  Tyler, the Creator.


Our Top Louisville Events in November

It’s hard to believe it’s already November! 2022 is quickly approaching but there is plenty to do in Louisville before the new year. Here are some of the events we are most excited for this month!

Fall Racing at Churchill Downs! Make sure you go watch the last live races of 2021 before the season is over. The fall meet starts November 4 and ends November 28.

photo credit: Cody Sprigler

The Waitress, a Tony Award nominated hit comes to The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts!  Showing November 10 - November 14.

Lights under Louisville! You won’t want to miss this one of a kind underground light show at the Louisville Mega Cavern. Drive your vehicle through the cavern to experience the show. This event runs from November 13, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

Fete De Noel at Pairstown! This is a Louisville winter must do! This Pairtown winter festival runs 6 weeks and features an outdoor ice skating rink, movie nights, silent disco on ice, ornament decorating and many more events. Fete De Noel starts November 27, 2021 and runs through January 3, 2022

Light Up Louisville at Metro Hall in Downtown! Watch as downtown Louisville is illuminated with holiday themed lights to kick off the Holiday Season. This event will take place on November 26, the day after thanksgiving. 


Fall Activities to do Around Louisville

The fall season is quickly approaching! Every year we look forward to the leaves changing color, cooler weather, and our favorite fall activities. Here are some of Family Realty's favorite fall activities!

-  Jack O’Lantern Spectacular - This fall time favorite shows off 5,000 carved pumpkins as the ultimate fall “art show”. Open September 30, 2021 - October 31, 2021 in Iroquois Park. This is a ticketed activity.

 Boo at the Zoo - A Louisville tradition perfect for you children! Experience the zoo in a new way with characters, music, and trick or treating. Held Thursdays-Saturdays in October at the Louisville Zoo. This is a ticketed event. 

Halloween on Hillcrest - Want to see the best Halloween decorations? Take a walk down Hillcrest Ave, located in the Crescent Hill Neighborhood. This street comes to life in late October when the residents go all out decorating their homes for Halloween. 

Huber’s Orchard and Winery - Located in southern Indiana, Huber’s is known for their pumpkin picking. They also offer u-pick for seasonal fruits and vegetables, a family fun park, wine/distilled spirits, homemade ice cream, and  live music on weekends.

Louisville Ghost Tours - Take a walking tour of Louisville's most haunted neighborhood, Old Louisville. Tours are offered daily at 7:30 pm from March 15th to November 15th and are 90 minutes. This is a ticketed event. 

Mulberry Orchard - Located in Shelbyville, KY, Mulberry Orchard offers apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. Don’t forget to explore the corn maze and catch a hayride to the pumpkin patch. 

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest - Enjoy the crisp fall weather while hiking at Bernheim. A perfect place to explore nature and see all the beautiful fall colors. Make sure you check out the Forest Giants while you are there.


Republic Bank First Friday Hop

Just in time to kick off 2019 is the Republic Bank First Friday Hop. On the first Friday of each month, Republic Bank sponsors the First Friday Hop along with Tarc. The event takes place all day however many downtown restaurants, shops, art galleries, and other local businesses are open with extended evening hours. There is music, food and plenty of sights and entertainment for the entire family. The event was created as a way to promote and support the Louisville art scene.

Back in 2014, Tarc replaced the older trolleys with eco-friendly ZeroBuses. Tarc has recently renamed the ZeroBus the LouLift. The bus is powered by battery and runs 2 routes downtown. For more information on times and routes visit

The Republic Bank First Friday Hop is a great way to get out and see some of the great things our Downtown has to offer. With hundreds of members from restaurants and breweries to museums and art galleries and everything in between there is something for everyone.  

Louisville is a wonderful city that Family Realty takes great pride in being a local business. We are excited to see what 2019 holds for real estate Louisville as we prepare for our second office opening later this year. Cheers to a great year!



Holiday Must See Movies

Movies are always fun to see, especially around the holidays. Kids are out of school, family and friends are home for the holidays and it just so happens that some great movies have just been released.

Based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Universal Studios has recently released the third screen adaptation, The Grinch. The Grinch is a movie the entire family will love.


Just released by Walt Disney Pictures on December 19, Mary Poppins Returns is the sequel to 1964 Mary Poppins. The film has already won 5 awards and has 32 nominations, including Golden Globe Best Picture.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 2nd. The film has not received the most favorable reviews, but has remained popular among tween girls.

Looking for a different type of movie experience?  On Sunday December 23 at the Palace Theatre there are two special holiday movie screenings. The Muppet Christmas Carol at 2:00 pm and White Christmas at 5:00 pm.

All of us at Family Realty hope your holidays are Merry and Bright!



Christmas in Charlestown

Just across the river there is a small town in Indiana that is home to the largest animated light show in Southern Indiana. The City of Charlestown is just a short drive from real estate Louisville and only several miles from the East End Bridge. Christmas in Charlestown is a must on your Holiday to do list.

The light show plays on the town square from 6-11 pm each night. The beautiful light displays twinkle while Christmas songs ring out. After walking the town square, you can head on down to the Family Activities Park, where there is much more to see and do.

There is ice skating, mini golf, and a playground. After all that you can grab cookies and hot chocolate at the concession stand and take a ride on the Christmas Train Express. Enjoy more sights and sounds of Charlestown on this quick train trip.

Christmas in Charlestown is an excellent way to get in the holiday spirit. For more information on directions, dates and times, and activity prices visit

Photo credit: City of Charlestown website



Christmas Gift and Decor Show

If you are anything like me then you probably still have a few people left on your Christmas list. The thought of driving from store to store can be exhausting. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place you could go with gift ideas for just about anyone.

Look no more, the Christmas Gift and Decor Show is this weekend, December 7-9 at the Kentucky Expo Center. Admission is FREE and there will be over 750 different vendors with many unique handmade gifts and holiday decor. All kids can receive a FREE photo with Santa as well.

Looking for a new home for the Holidays or thinking about selling in the Spring? Head on over to Family Realty were we have more information for buyers and sellers. You can see What your home is worth or search current listings. For more information on why Family Realty is right for you contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty to discuss your buying and selling needs!



Light Up the Village at Westport Village

Now that the holidays are officially here, there are so many fun holiday events to attend all over town. One of my favorites is Light Up the Village at Westport Village. This Friday November 30  from 5-8PM Westport Village will be transformed into a winter wonderland with lights and holiday decor.

Along with enjoying the beautiful sights there is plenty to do with something for everyone to enjoy. Free pictures with Santa, balloon sculptures and train rides for the kiddos. For the adults there will be a tent with food and drink from local restaurants, music and Cirque Louis performers.

Don’t forget about SHOPPING, the Westport Village shops can help you find the perfect gift for everyone of your list.



Light Up Louisville is Tonight!

Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, we can jump head first into Christmas! One of Louisville’s first official kick off celebrations is Light Up Louisville and it is TONIGHT!

For 38 years this event has become a popular holiday tradition for many Louisvillians. Festivities begin at 4:00 pm and include; family activities, vendors, live entertainment, train rides, parade, and photos with Santa. New this year is the laser dome at the Big Four Bridge. The dome will feature a light show set to music. The laser dome and several other features  will continue through the holiday season.

Santa will join Mayor Fischer in the lighting of the tree at 8:00 pm. While the tree stands in Jefferson Square Park, the shows main stage is in front of Metro Hall. Make sure to get there early to get a good seat on the lawn. A firework show concludes the evening.

For a full list of city events visit


Lights Under Louisville at the Mega Caverns

While Thanksgiving is still a week away, one of Louisville’s most popular holiday experiences begins tomorrow, November 16 and runs through December 31. Lights Under Louisville at the Mega Caverns is the world’s only fully underground drive through Christmas light show.

There are over 3 million lights and 850 characters displayed to the tunes of your favorite Christmas carols. The young (and young at heart) will truly enjoy the sights and sounds.

New this year is the Christmas Express. These are daytime trips, and instead of driving yourself through, you are able to enjoy the show from an open top trailer. The rides last about 30 minutes and after it is through, children can enjoy milk and cookies!

With only 40 days until Christmas, you might want to start planning your trip now. To avoid long lines and wait times, try to avoid weekends, as these days seem to be the most crowded.

For more information on times and prices please visit

From all of us at Family Realty we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!




Festival of Trees and Lights

As the holidays quickly begin to approach, there are so many fun events to help get you in the spirit. One of my favorites is the Festival of Trees and Lights at Louisville Slugger Field. The festival begins Friday at 10:00 am and runs through the weekend.

Guests are able to browse the beautiful display of decor, trees and wreaths with sales proceeds helping to raise funds for Norton Children’s Hospital. Many of the activities including; crafts, cookie decorating, dreidel game and temporary tattoos are free with admission while some do require an additional fee.

On Friday night guests are treated to a firework show over Slugger Field along with complimentary hot chocolate and cider. 


Pumpkin Smash at the Louisville Zoo

The Louisville Zoo has wrapped up “The World’s Largest Halloween Party!” presented by Meijer, leaving behind hundreds of decorated pumpkins. So they have decided to put them to good use! This Sunday, November 4th from 10:30am-3:00pm, you and your family can watch as the animals in the zoo get to enjoy the pumpkins! This kind of animal enrichment improves the health and happiness of the animal residents at the zoo. Watch as they explore, play with, and eat the pumpkins, bringing a satisfying end to the Halloween holiday! 

To learn more, and to see other upcoming events at the Louisville Zoo, visit  

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Halloween on Hillcrest

Halloween on Hillcrest is a spooky and delightful tradition on Hillcrest Avenue, in the Crescent Hill neighborhood. Each year residents of Hillcrest spend tons of their time and money on extravagant decorations, making the street come alive with the spirit of Halloween. Some residents have displays that are consistent from year to year, while others come up with new themes every year. During the month of October, an estimated 75,000+ visitors from near and far make it a point to drive to Hillcrest Avenue and walk up and down the street to see the what scary surprises are in store.

On the big day, the street will be blocked off to traffic, and Hillcrest Avenue will be flooded with Trick-or-Treaters, with on average between 2,500 to 3,000 children.  This year, Trick-or-Treating will take place on October 31st from 5pm to 9pm, rain or shine. The residents of Hillcrest Avenue participate in this spectacular event on a voluntary basis, and generously provide candy to all of the Trick-or-Treaters out of their own pockets. Halloween on Hillcrest is a wonderful example of neighbors coming together to bring joy to the community, which is yet another reason that we at Family Realty are so proud to be Louisvillians.

See the Halloween on Hillcrest website for more information, and to check out your #HillcrestSelfie

Visit Family Realty to see homes for sale in the Crescent Hill neighborhood, as well as all over the Louisville Metro area. 

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Kentucky State Fair is almost here!

the Kentucky State Fair is almost here!

August 16-26, 2018

The Kentucky State Fair is just around the corner! Whether it is a yearly tradition for you to go, or you have never been before, this is an event you don’t want to miss.

Enjoy classic the classic fair food, or some of the more outrageous options, such as the famous “Donut Burger.”

There are rides and games galore for everyone in the family!

You will love watching the dog show and the horse show. There is also a vast array of farm animals that you can see, learn about, and even pet!

Here is what the Kentucky State Fair has to say:

“Colossal cattle, trotting horses, handcrafted heirlooms, flashy games, novelty foods, and dizzying rides—these are the constants of the Kentucky State Fair. They are the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that the visitors to the Fair encountered in 1902 and they are still a major part of the fair experience today, more than one hundred years later. But the other constant thread documented throughout the history of the Fair is change. Kentucky State Fair history encompasses Kentucky’s growth and change in communication, transportation, technology and popular culture. Fair history reflects the challenges we have faced over the past century: to fight war and disease, to shift from rural toward increasingly more urban, to advance human rights and to grow more prosperous. The Fair has become the training ground, the testing site, and the public showcase for the Commonwealth’s progress. To borrow a promotional phrase used throughout the early decades of Fair history, the Fair is Kentucky Proud.”

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New Year's Eve Celebration Locations Louisville

New Year’s Eve is almost here. Many of you are probably wondering how to ring in the New Year. So we thought we’d compile a brief list of some of the events available around Louisville looking to propel you into 2018.


NYE Live is dubbed Louisville’s “biggest party event”. It is situated Downtown at 4th Street Live. This year there will be live music, a confetti cannon, food and video of the ball drop. Ticket prices vary depending on your package but include food and beverages.


The Galt House is hosting two New Year’s Eve Parties. The first is a James Bond themed party hosted in the Grand Ballroom on Sunday, December 31, 8PM—2AM. There will be entertainment by the Louisville Crashers.


The second is a Blackout Affair hosted in the Archibald Cochran Ballroom on Sunday, December 31, 9PM—2AM with entertainment provided by ENCORE. Ticket prices vary and overnight accommodation packages are available some including brunch on the 1st.


The Goat Louisville is also hosting a New Year’s Eve party, which apparently is going to be a stylish affair. There will be live music, food, and beverages. Ticket purchase is a must. Tickets are $70 and include dinner starting at 7pm, or $50 without dinner starting at 9pm.


Whatever you decide to do this New Year’s Eve we hope you have a safe and fun time with family and friends. For us at Family Realty we finish up our real estate Louisville business for 2017 and prepare for 2018. But we do make sure to pause for some fun with family and friends. 


Merry Christmas Louisville

Merry Christmas! It is finally here. By this stage I am sure there are gifts lying under the tree, or more likely torn open wrapping and boxes. Many have or will be about to sing many Christmas carols. Others are firing up their kitchens ready to bring out a feast.


Children look forward to a day of playing with toys while we adults look forward to eating and taking an afternoon nap. Christmas is celebrated around the world and is celebrated in many ways by so many people. 


Christmas is a day to spend with family and friends celebrating and sharing gifts, time, and laughs. We also acknowledge that this Christmas might be a sad/happy one as one thinks of family and friends who are no longer with us while enjoying those that still are.


We at Family Realty want to say too all of you and especially those we have worked with closely over this year that our thoughts are with you. We hope you have a wonderful day and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year. We consider it a gift to be a part of real estate in Louisville because we love Louisville.


Christmas Events Part 3: Ice Skating and Safaris for Christmas?

Last night I took the family to enjoy the Lights under Louisville which I mentioned in our first Christmas blog of this season. While our kids watched the lights we watched our kids smiling, pointing, and saying, “Cool! Awesome!” Sipping hot chocolate and nibbling on chocolate chip cookies rounded out this special Christmas memory for our family.

We hope today’s blog helps you make Christmas memories with your friends and family this season. Today we want to highlight one very traditional Christmas activity and one not so traditional Christmas activity.

With the first snow of the season falling this last weekend in and around Louisville the Holiday Ice Rink at Holiday Square at 4th and Jefferson seems like the perfect event to highlight. The ice rink features real ice and is set up just for the Christmas season, November 23rd – January 1st.

Prices vary from $9-$12 depending on duration and skate rental inclusion. Tickets can be bought and skates can be hired on site. The rink is open from 4pm-10pm Monday through Thursday, with longer hours Friday-Saturday, and shorter hours on Sunday. For more detailed information you should check their website here.

The second event is a Louisville favorite attraction but a unique Christmas event. The Louisville Zoo will be hosting their last Santa’s Safari for the season this Saturday and Sunday. There are three sessions: 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Tickets can must be purchased online.

This event looks like lots of fun. Santa Clause will read stories, you will sing songs, and elves will help you create some great Christmas crafts. Holiday goodies and drinks will also be served by Mrs. Clause herself. You will also be able to take your photo with Santa. The event ends with a tour of the heated animal enclosures where you are able to interact with Zoo staff.

So whether you want to go to the North Pole and skate or take a Safari with Santa, you can do it all in Louisville. If you’d also like to sprinkle in some real estate Louisville to your holiday plans, Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty would love to help you.


Christmas Events Part 2: Horses and Christmas?

Christmas in Kentucky continues! And Family Realty is loving it! Ask anyone around the US or even the world to name the first thing that pops in their mind when they think of Kentucky and I bet most people would say, “The Kentucky Derby”. But what could the Derby have to do with Christmas?

Well the Kentucky Derby Museum is hosting a “Cakes with Kris Kringle” event this Saturday December 9th. The event has two seating times, one from 8:30am-10am, the other from 10:30am-12:00pm. You need to purchase tickets to the event which are available on their website.

During the event you will enjoy delicious pancakes. You will also be able to frequent the hot chocolate bar, get your photo taken with Santa, have a story read to you by Mrs. Claus, participate in an ornament workshop, and meet a miniature horse plus lots more.

This event is hosted by the Kentucky Derby Museum adjacent to Churchill Downs. The Museum was fully renovated in 2010. The neighborhoods surrounding Churchill Downs include Parkway Village, Wyandotte, Wilder Park, and of course U of L.

If you need any more neighborhood information, what your house is worth, buyer and seller programs or anything regarding real estate Louisville please contact Scott Boehnlein of Family Realty. We love Louisville and we are loving Christmas in Louisville. We hope you are too. 


Christmas Events Part 1: Underground Light Extravaganza

The holiday season is in full swing and Christmas is only 24 days away (who’s counting?). The colder weather has certainly made an appearance. This morning I was met by a glittering wonderland as the frost clung to everything in sight and sparkled in the sunrise.

With the Christmas season there is lots to do with family and friends in and around Louisville. We at Family Realty don’t only love real estate Louisville, but love Louisville itself. So over the next few weeks we’ll highlight some great Louisville Christmas activities available this season.

We thought we’d start this series highlighting the most uniquely Louisville Christmas event: Lights under Louisville. Louisville is home to the Mega Cavern, a 4 000 000 Sq Ft former lime stone mine. Mega Cavern has several underground adventures including zip lines and bike trails. But over Christmas it hosts the largest underground light display in the world.

According to their website there are “over 850 lit characters with over 3,000,000 points of light” which you can view from the comfort of your own car as you travel the 17 mile track underground. This 30 or so minute drive is a spectacular light display for the whole family.

Lights under Louisville charges one price for a whole car and is open every night of the week until December 31st. They also offer a few promos and special events on their website. One of them is a dinner at Louisville Zoo nearby and a free VIP pass to the lights.

Part of the Mega Cavern is situated under the Louisville Zoo which is in the Poplar Hills neighborhood. This neighborhood lies alongside two other neighborhoods namely Audubon Park and Strathmoor Village. There is a good amount of green space in these neighborhoods including Creason Park and Audubon Country Club.

If you have any real estate needs this holiday season Family Realty would love to help. If so contact Scott Boehnlein or any one of our dedicated agents. We are here to help you with real estate Louisville, but also hope to help you with your Christmas fun in these blogs.


Thankful At Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here! In our house the ingredients are already bought. Some are chilling in the fridge. Others are hanging in the pantry. All are awaiting their assembly, basting, and cooking on Thursday morning.


Once prepared friends and family will begin to arrive, the noise level in the house will begin to increase, and so will the corny dad jokes. There will hugging, laughing, old stories and new ones. Final touches will be made to the table and the turkey.


Silence will be called for, a blessing given, and then the food will be set upon from all angles. Meat, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, and much more will we passed over and under each other. Personally I cannot wait.


But once our plates are empty and our bellies full another silence will be called. In our family this is the time to give thanks. We all take a turn to share the things that we are thankful for from the year just passed.


With family and friends though there is no escaping realty. We know when we’ve gone through a rough year or a difficult season. But even then we always find something significant to be thankful for. Yes even sometimes being thankful for the difficulty and all it taught us.


So with that in mind Family Realty would like to say thank you. We are thankful for our clients who put their trust in us. We are thankful for our team who works with diligence and professionalism. We are thankful for all our partners in real estate who help us serve our clients. We are thankful we live in such a great country and city and get to do what we do.


We at Family Realty hope you have a great thanksgiving and are encouraged from what you and your family can be thankful for. 


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