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The St. James Court
Art Show
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View out of a Conrad House windowThe St. James Court Art Show began five decades ago as a small open air art fair taking up only a small corner of Old Louisville's St. James Court.  It has since grown into one of the largest in the country, with over 700 artists coming from every corner of the country to display every imaginable type of art work, including paintings, drawings, prints, watercolors, ceramics, pottery and hand decorated porcelain, jewelry, floral arrangements, metal work, wood work, furniture, toys, crafts, stained glass and art glass, windows, clothing, needlework, quilts, leather goods, enamel work . . . and the list goes on and on.  All exhibitors are expected to have produced the art work with their own hands.

The St. James Court Art Show has long ago outgrown its original location, now crowding every inch of St. James, and Belgravia Courts, as well as significant areas of Magnolia, 3rd and 4th Streets, and Central Park.  Well over a quarter million people attend the three day event, enjoying the fine autumn weather and the elegant Victorian surroundings. 

50th Anniversary 2006!


MAP      Exhibitor Information

"Art Show" or "Art Fair?"

Below are some views of the show.  Click on the thumbnails to see the enlargement. Information continues below.

The Fountain in St James Court
At the Fountain


A typical crowd later in the day (mornings are less crowded)
Large crowds
it MUST be fun!


Crowd around the fountain
In the center of
St. James Court


The Pink Palace
The "Pink Palace"


Somewhere on the green, St James Court
A German couple
enjoys the show


Exhibits against a Victorian backdrop
Exhibitors and
Victorian Houses


on Fountain Court
On Fountain Court


Norbi et Orbi
The scene on


0n the 1300 block of Third Street
Third Street

On the 1300 block of Third Street
More Third Street

Dancers on the 1400 block of 3rd Street
Dancers entertain,
Third Street

Belgravia Ct.


You don't absolutely need to pack a lunch.  Concessions are available: hot dogs and brats, crab cakes and gyros, chicken, barbecue hot off the smoker, elephant ears and other "fair" food.  Refreshments of soft drinks, wine, cold beer or (on cool days) hot cider are not hard to find.

For a break, tour the Conrad-Caldwell House, or one of the private homes that often open their doors for house tours during the fair.  Every year it's a little different.

Parking may be a problem, especially if you don't come early. Later in the day, expect to pay at least $5 to $10 if you want to park near the action.  Many neighborhood and block associations sell parking with proceeds going to Old Louisville improvements or charities.  Ask if you want to be sure.  

The Central Park West Association provides valet parking (for about $10)! Drop off and pick up is at 6th and Magnolia. No more parking worries for those who wish to take advantage of this service! 

Third Street Parking Restrictions

To get application material or more information about the show, please go to the official St. James Court Art Show web site. Application materials can also be downloaded. Almost any other information you should need about the show is also available. It's a
wealth of info for those who are really interested in the show.

After the Art Show on Friday and Saturday, you can continue the celebration into the night a seven blocks north on Fourth Street between Chestnut and Broadway at Oktoberfest Louisville.  Live Music & Entertainment, German Food and Free Admission!

St James Court Introduction Page

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This Year's (2006) St. James Court Art Show will take place October 6-8

St. James Art Show Hours:  First Weekend in October
Friday and Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Sunday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Also see http://stjamescourtartshow.com/ for exhibitor information, show map and a parking map

Pictures of the 2000 Art Show:  Thursday Oct 5, setting up
Friday Oct 6, Day 1 
Saturday Oct 7, Day 2
Pictures of the 1999 Art Show   page 1  page 2

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