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Butchertown Art Fair June 8th

Who needs a fancy art gallery? Come as you are to the Butchertown Art Fair, where the atmosphere is casual and none of the artists are pretentious. It’s one of Louisville’s longest-running art fairs in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, and it’s an event you’ll be glad you got to enjoy.

At the Art Fair

Go to E. Washington Street on June 8 at 11 am, and you’ll find the Butchertown Art Fair. It’s located between the 800 and 900 block of the street. The fair ends at 5 pm on Sunday.

Art of all types will be available to purchase, or just to look at. Browse the pottery, photography, custom art and much more. There will be more than 80 booths from local artisans and craftspeople, so you’re bound to see art in almost all of its forms if you walk around the fair long enough. No mass-produced items are allowed; it’s all handcrafted so every buyer gets something unique.

Food trucks from all over the city will line up as well, so you’ll have your choice of eats while you browse all the art. Adult beverages like beer and wine will be served, but there’s lots of family-friendly activities at the fair as well.

Music, kids’ activities, a pet adoption and interactive displays make the Butchertown Art Fair a fun experience for all your senses. All proceeds from the fair are used by the Butchertown Neighborhood Association so the money can be put back into the community. It’s one of Louisville’s oldest, and it’s got an interesting history all its own.

A Butcher’s Town

Butchertown’s first homes were constructed in the 1820s. When Beargrass Creek was re-routed to run through Butchertown in the 1850s, the neighborhood became ideal for butchers and stockyards. Because the creek was right there, they could easily dump their waste right into the creek.

These businesses were banned in downtown Louisville for just this reason, and that’s how Butchertown was born. The butchers set up as near to downtown as they could, and for 100 years it was a thriving community. It was an exciting place to be during the Roaring Twenties.

But in 1937, the Ohio River flooded and many of those historic homes were destroyed. Butchertown was slow to rebuild, but now it’s on the fast track for being one of Louisville’s most sought-after communities. Now it’s a place to find art galleries, antique shops and picturesque homes. Some of the surviving buildings from the original neighborhood are being renovated, and the area is undergoing big changes. See it for yourself -- visit the art fair this June.

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