Top 10 Free Ways to Have Fun! (the Ville Edition)
(In No Particular Order)
-There are two different Trolley Hops offered in the Ville - both free - both on Friday nights. Fat Friday Trolley Hop is on the last Friday of each month and runs in the Mellwood Ave./Frankfort Ave. areas. The First Friday Trolley Hop is the first Friday of every month and runs through downtown. Each hop stops at several Art Galleries, Shops and Restaurants....and you ride the trolleys for free!
-The Speed Art Museum on the campus of UofL offers free viewings of it's permanent collection.
-Thunder Over Louisville is the Nation's largest fireworks show and it's right here in the Ville and better yet - it's free! Although the experience is unlike any other, you don't have to trek down to the Great Lawn for a good view. This show is so big that you can see it from lots of places around the city.
-Light Up Louisville - Free event featuring Santa and the Mayor lighting the Ville's huge Christmas tree. There's always live music and festival booths set up for browsing.
-Free Concerts - the Ville offers several opportunities to attend a concert for free (although you may have to pay to park). Check out these links for more: Kroger's Fest-a-Ville, Waterfront Wednesdays and the KY State Fair all boast free concerts throughout the year.
-St. James Art Fair - This is such an attended event that they acutally cancel school! It's been rumored that this day has become an inservice day for area schools because so many teachers take off to go to it.. True or not, the event is always a crowd pleaser and it's free to browse!
-City of Parks - the Ville has 124 parks to explore and enjoy! Go! Explore! Enjoy!
-Waterfront Park - Even though this is included in the Ville's 124 parks listed above, it definitely deserves it's own spot on the list. Enjoy 55 acres of grass, trails, fountains and playgrounds on the banks of the Ohio River with the Louisville Skyline as your backdrop.
-Bardstown Road Shops - You'll be entertained for hours on this stretch road in the Highlands. Lots of eclectic shops, people and restaurants. Grab a spot to sit and people-watch or have fun riffling through records at fun shops such as Ear-x-tacy.
-Go see the Big Bat. The world's largest baseball bat is right here in the Ville. It's outside and completely free to see. Take your picture with it. While you're there, I highly suggest a tour of the bat facotry and museum (which do cost money), but if you want to go totally free, you can see into a few parts of the factory from the windows that line the street....although it's not the same, you'll get the gist.
Whatever town you live in, I'm sure there are always free things to do and free places to visit - just do a little research and I'm sure you can find them. Finding free things to do definitely saves money! Happy Frugal Findings!