Oldham County Lewis & Clark Trail

July Explodes with 29 Things to Do in Oldham County!

 

While the temperature climbs in July, you can find plenty of cool things to do in Oldham County to beat the heat! Watch for ongoing seasonal events such as the La Grange Farmers’ Market & Artisans, happening every Saturday, May – October from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and on Tuesday evenings from 4 – 7 p.m. at the La Grange Springs Park in downtown La Grange, as well as 13 great interactive Farm Tours where you can visit a new farm each day of the week and get up close and personal with the farm animals. Plus check out these 29 additional events, many of them FREE!

July Events in Oldham County

Trackside Tunes featuring The Decades
Friday, July 1 from 7 – 9 p.m.
The Alley Loop area of La Grange
FREE

This eight-piece band based out of Louisville, KY, is an entertainment powerhouse. The Decades feature the three-piece “Hundred Proof Horns,” a dynamic lead vocalist, and one of the most powerful rhythm sections performing on any concert stage. Each member boasts an extensive resume filled with musical superlatives and the national performing experience to impress any audience. Their extensive and eclectic repertoire spans several decades and musical genres including the Beach Boys, Bruno Mars, Motown sounds, and the swinging sixties and seventies, making The Decades one of America’s premier party bands. If you like to dance and sing along with your favorite tunes, this is the band for you! Many Main Street businesses will be open until 8 p.m. Bring your own chair. Food trucks will be on hand.

Children in the Dell
Saturday, July 2 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY
Program included with admission price

Each Saturday in July from 10:30 a.m. – Noon, special outdoor family activities geared to sparking a passion for plants and gardening will be held at Yew Dell. During the month of July, visitors will learn about Pollinators. Children in the Dell will be canceled in case of inclement weather.

22nd Annual Barney’s Auto Fest 2022
Saturday, July 2 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Cherry House
La Grange, KY
FREE admission.

Open car show. Door prizes, awards, first 150 registered receive Dash Plaque, cash give-a-way of $250.00 at Awards Ceremony (Vehicle must be present on grounds to win cash give-a-way). Registration is $20.00 at the gate (No Pre-Registration). Registration will close at 1:30 p.m. You must register in the gazebo by 1:30 p.m. and have your window sticker in place.

Barnyard Fun: Chicken Day!
Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Oldham County History Center
La Grange, KY
FREE

Visit the Dahlgren Pioneer Barn and meet Peck the Chicken, learn about chickens and eggs, and hear the story that Peck inspired!

Fireworks Over the Park
Monday, July 4 at 10 p.m.
Wendell Moore Park
La Grange, KY
FREE

Bring your chair or blanket and settle in to watch fireworks light up the night sky for this Independence Day Celebration. A great way to top off the holiday.

Senior Strolls through Creasey Mahan
Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
Goshen, KY
FREE

For Oldham County Public Library senior patrons ages 55 and up.  Join library staff on Wednesday mornings as they take a leisurely stroll through Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen and talk about a variety of interests as well as woodland critters they may encounter along the way. Meet outside the Nature Center for a one mile walk at a slow pace. No registration necessary. Takes place every week on Wednesdays, beginning June 1 and ending on August 31, 2022.

The Kentucky Herpetological Society with Jordan’s Reptile World
Oldham County Public Library, LaGrange Branch
Wednesday, July 6 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday, July 6 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
La Grange, KY
FREE

The Kentucky Herpetological Society presents Jordan’s Reptile friends – live animals and fun facts for the whole family. Two shows at 11a.m. and 1p.m. at the LaGrange Branch of the Oldham County Public Library. Space is limited and registration is required-online at www.oldhampl.org. Registration opens June 27. Contact Cheri at cherig@oldhampl.org with questions.

Whiskey Wednesday Concert Series – LittleBand at Oldham Gardens
Wednesday, July 6 from 6 -10 p.m.
3rd Turn Oldham Gardens
Crestwood, KY
FREE admission/cost for drinks.

Help welcome everyone’s favorite all-star band – LittleBand – back to Oldham Gardens for the Whiskey Wednesday Concert Series. Based in Louisville, KY, this band is a favorite wherever they perform, and this is sure to be a night of music you don’t want to miss. Stop by the Backside Grill for the Dan-O’s Special of the day and treat yourself to a featured bourbon cocktail! Whiskey Wednesday Concert Series is sponsored by Dan-O’s Seasoning, Kentucky Artisan Distillery and Jefferson’s Bourbon

Andrew Lee Concert at Oldham Gardens
Friday, July 8 from 7 – 10 p.m.
3rd Turn Oldham Gardens
Crestwood, KY
FREE admission/cost for drinks.

Enjoy great concerts at Oldham Gardens. Andrew Lee, based in Louisville, KY, is an aspiring musician focused on a career in music and performance. His solo act includes a wide variety of artist selections. He is a natural at live shows has performed in the Louisville area at Karem’s Grill & Pub and O’Shea’s Irish Pub.

 

Food Truck Friday
Friday, July 8 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Lawyer’s Overlook
La Grange, KY
FREE admission

Join the party at The Lawyer’s Overlook, Oldham County’s newest event space, for Food Truck Friday! We will have fun food trucks, live music, and beer, mead, and cider from Mile Wide Beer Co. and Hive and Barrel Meadery. It’s sure to be fun. Bring your friends and your camp chairs.

15th Annual Firecracker 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, July 9, starting at 8 a.m.
Schamback Park
Westport, KY
Registration fee is $40 per person.

Join Oldham County Parks and Recreation for the 15th annual Firecracker 5K Run/Walk which will start and finish at Schamback Park. After May 31 registration is $40 and closes on Friday, July 8 at 2 p.m. Packet pickup and day of registration is Saturday, July 9 from 7 – 7:50 a.m. at the shelter in Schamback Park. Awards are given in a variety of age groups and all participants receive a T-shirt and a finish medal. Awards will be presented, and on-line registration is available.

Tea and Talk: A Tea Party and 1820s Fashion Show
Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Oldham County History Center
La Grange, KY
Tickets are $15 per person and advanced registration is required.

If you’ve ever wondered what ladies fashion looked like in Oldham County in the 1820s, join the Oldham County History Center on Saturday, July 9 to discover how women dressed when the county was founded 200 years ago. Special guest presenter will be Amy Leibert, who is knowledgeable in women’s fashions and clothing and has given presentations at Louisville’s historic Locust Grove. Enjoy a tea party with refreshments based on recipes from Oldham County history.

Bibb Escapes Archaeology Field School
Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Oldham County History Center
La Grange, KY
Call for price and to register:  (502) 222-0826.

A week-long Archaeology Field School will be held at theBibb Escapes/Gatewood Plantationon July 11-15, 2022. Since 2007 the Oldham County History Center has conducted archaeology research on this site which is now recognized by the National Park Service as a site on the NPS National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The site honors Henry Bibb and his family who were enslaved by William Gatewood and described by Bibb in his narratives – The Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb: An American Slave. Participants work with licensed archaeologists to uncover clues to the past. Open to ages 10+. 

2022 Oldham County Day Grand Marshal Luncheon honoring
The “Be Kind Sisters”, Raegan & Rylyn Richins
Tuesday, July 12 at 12 p.m.
John W. Black Community Center
La Grange, KY
$15 per person if paying by mailing a check/$17 per person for online payment.

The Oldham County Grand Marshals luncheon celebrates a member of the community that has exhibited service above self and has been a champion for Oldham County. This year the “Be Kind Sisters”, Raegan & Rylyn Richins, will be celebrated.

 

My Skeptical Sister LIVE
Thursday, July 14 from 6 -10 p.m.
3rd Turn Oldham Gardens
Crestwood, KY
FREE admission/Cost for food and drinks.

Organizers are over the moon to welcome the dynamic duo that is My Skeptical Sister back to Oldham Gardens for this Free Event! My Skeptical Sister quickly became one of Kentucky’s premier paranormal podcasts and the best part about it (besides the quick wit and humor) is the stories come from you! The night begins with a cocktail hour so attendees can meet other skeptics… and believers. The live show will begin promptly at 7 pm with meet and greet after.

Send in your paranormal experiences to https://myskepticalsister.com/ and your story may be featured at this live recording. Food and beverages are provided at Oldham Gardens by the Backside Grill, 3rd Turn Brewing and Hive & Barrel Meadery.

 

Oldham County Day 2022
Saturday, July 16 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Downtown La Grange/Main and Jefferson Streets
FREE

Celebrate the 51st Oldham County Day by watching the parade in downtown La Grange around the Courthouse Square. You’ll see the Grand Marshall (this year it is the Be Kind Sisters, Raegan and Rylyn Richens), school marching bands, local politicians, tractors, horses, fire trucks, churches, local business and other group floats that match the parade’s theme for the year. Kids are also invited to decorate their bikes and ride in the parade! Many booths will be set up in the downtown area featuring local artists, vendors, businesses, and churches. You may even get a freebie or win a prize in a raffle! Food and drinks available as well as bounce houses, balloon artists, entertainment, and the Living Statues. Organized by Project Guild of La Grange.

Yew Dell Geology and History Walk
July 16 from1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY
Cost included with admission.

In celebration of what would have been Theodore Klein’s 117th birthday, Brad Kessans, Yew Dell’s own Facilities and Trail Guru, will lead an easy walk around our grounds to showcase the geology of our gardens, while sharing the Klein family’s ongoing history. Please RSVP so that we know how many attendees to expect.

Saddle Up! 2022 Annual Oldham County History Center Gala
Includes the Champion of Oldham County History Award
July 19 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Windy Meadows Farm Equestrian Center
La Grange, KY
Tickets are $175 per person (includes open bar, food and entertainment).

The Oldham County History Center began with the donation of property from Louise Head Duncan (1891-1990). Her home became the Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum and a second house the J.C. Barnett Library & Archives. This year the honoree for the Champion of Oldham County History Award will be the Peyton Samuel Head Trust. This year’s “Saddle Up!” gala will be held at the Windy Meadows Farm Equestrian Center, owned by Ellie and Randy Troutman. For more information on sponsors or tickets contact the Oldham County History Center at (502) 222-0826.

Soil Conservation Overview – In-Person Workshop
July 20 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY
$25.00 – $35.00 per person.

Join Tim Hendrick, who spent 29 years with Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, for an overview on soil conservation. Workshop includes a basic soil introduction, methods to improve soil, soil conservation methods to give your plants the best growing environment, and details on how to take and bring in a soil sample. For in-person programs and events, entry is limited to one person (whether adult or child) per ticket. Please purchase enough tickets for your guest count; extra guests without tickets will not be allowed entry.

Movie in the Park – “Dog”
July 22, starting at 9:30 p.m.
Wendell Moore Park
La Grange, KY 40031
FREE movie/cost for popcorn.

Join Oldham County Parks & Rec for a free summer movie! Rated PG-13, this one’s for older kids. Bring a chair or blanket, and dig through your cup holder for popcorn change.

 

Barnyard Fun:  Marquis de Lafayette Day
July 23 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Oldham County History Center
La Grange, KY
FREE

Visit the Dahlgren Pioneer Barn for this free program celebrating the Marquis de Lafayette, whose home La Grange is named for, and enjoy all things French Culture!

 

Summer Family Fun Fest at CityPlace
July 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CityPlace Expo Center
La Grange, KY
FREE

Make plans now for the 4th Annual Summer Family Fun Fest to be held at CityPlace Expo Center. Kids will love the water balloon toss, Duck Derby, inflatables and other fun activities. Guests of all ages will enjoy a full entertainment schedule that includes a dog training demonstration, fitness class exhibition and more. Vendors from local organizations that provide service and entertainment opportunities will be set up. Admission is FREE.  Food is available for purchase from food trucks. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Oldham County.

 

Paleobotany in Kentucky at Yew Dell
July 26 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY
$15 – $25 per person.

Cortland Eble, geologist for 32 years with the Kentucky Geological Survey, digs into Paleobotany – or fossilized plants – in this workshop geared for all ages! Cortland will talk about the unique characteristics and requirements for plants to fossilize, and have touchable fossil samples collected from around Kentucky. Following this presentation, join a Yew Dell staff member for a walk around the gardens to see living plants related to the fossils.

Quads Custom Car Show with Allen Lane Band
July 29 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Maples Park
Crestwood, KY
FREE

Another great Quads Rod & Custom Car Club Show is scheduled to take place at The Maples Park in July. Quads is an organization that is dedicated to helping the community, and the people in it. For years the club has helped local families throughout the year that encounter hard times. At Christmas the club adopts many families to help through the holidays, and local nursing homes as well. On-site Food Trucks:  Cookie Cabin Creamery, Mile Wide Brewing, and more! Allen Lane Band takes the stage at 6 p.m. Organized by the City of Crestwood.

YMCA Family Mud Run – for Humans and Dogs!!
July 29 from 4 – 6 p.m./July 30 from 8 – 2 p.m.
Oldham County Family YMCA
Buckner, KY
Cost is $28 per person per day

Experience 2 days of muddy fun for the whole family! The course is roughly 1.5 miles of pure mud and obstacles. This Mud Run is designed for kids (4+) and their parents to do together. All participants receive a t-shirt and refreshments. Waves of 20 runners will go off every 10 minutes.
The first day includes a second Mud Run “Dog Edition” for dogs and their handlers (18+). All dogs must have current shots. All participants receive a t-shirt & refreshments. Cost is $28 per person for the “Dog Edition” also.

Pickin’ on the Porch featuring Jordan Bales
July 30 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Knock on Wood Mercantile & Café
Westport, KY
Free admission/Cost for food & drink.

The July Pickin’ on the Porch event in Westport will feature a returning performer, Jordan Bales, on Saturday, July 30 from 6 – 9 p.m. Bales, a Henry Co., KY native, is adept at acoustic guitar and piano, and performs his own original songs mixed in with cover selections. Knock on Wood Mercantile & Café’s hosts this popular summer concert series. Visitors to these concerts can enjoy front porch sitting fun the last Saturday of the month from May through September.

Oldham Barnyard Fun – In the Garden with Jan
Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Oldham County History Center
La Grange, KY
FREE

The Oldham County History Center will go In the Garden with Jan for another fun Barnyard Fun activity featuring History Center volunteer Jan Jasper, who is responsible for maintaining the garden. You’ll see what’s growing and what’s ready to harvest, and learn about starting to save seeds for next year. You may even be able to take some of the harvest home!

 

Forest Bathing – In-Person Workshop
July 31 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Crestwood, KY
$30 – $40 per person.

Russ Turpin, Instructor with Red Oaks Forest School, leads our session on Forest Bathing, or immersing yourself in the atmosphere of trees. This practice blends mindfulness and nature immersion with things like sit spots, intentional slow walks, and short meditations while engaging all of our senses. A list will be provided of what to bring for the best experience.