The St. James Court Art Show

Do you sometimes wish you could escape for a little while to the city of Paris? Visit the Louvre and take in all the beautiful artwork? During the first weekend of October, that kind of atmosphere can be found right here in Louisville. The St. James Court Art Show (known by many as the St. James Art Festival, or even just St. James) is an annual event that takes place in Old Louisville around the St. James Court area, a lovely part of down town filled with culture and character from the many Victorian houses that can be found there. What began as a simple project to help raise funds for fountain repairs in St. James Court is now one of the nation’s largest art exhibitions in the U.S., drawing in crowds of 300,000 attendees each year.

The St. James Art Show is a collection of artists and designers that come together and display their various crafts, including handmade jewelry, clothing, food, and even furniture. The proceeds from the art show are used by the St. James Court Association for continued repairs and upkeep to St. James Court. In conjunction with the Fourth Street Association, 3rd Street Association, and The 1300 Association, the proceeds also fund $23,500 in scholarships each year.

While you’re there, you can take a stroll through Louisville’s Central Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., who also designed Central Park in New York City. Stop by the Conrad-Caldwell House and take a tour through this restored Richardsonian mansion, which offers breathtaking architecture and a cozy little gift shop. It can also be reserved for special occasions, such as weddings and charity fundraisers.

Conrad-Caldwell House

1402 St. James Court

Contact Info: (502) 636-5023; fax (502) 636-1264

Hours of Operation:

Sun, Wed, Thu, Fri:  Noon - 4:00pm

Sat: 10:00am-4:00pm

The St. James Art Festival begins Saturday, October 6, but many booths will remain open through Sunday. There are several venders if you need to stop for a bite, offering everything from funnel cake to steak sandwiches and more. Make sure to find the best parking spots by checking the St. James’ website, For the best parking spaces, make sure to get there early in the morning, and even if you do nab a good spot, you should still expect to do a fair amount of walking. Yet the tradeoff is a wonderful day of sightseeing, shopping, and fun!

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