Dates, parking, artists for the event

Keith Simon takes in the view from his third-floor townhouse as the St. James Art Fair in Old Louisville got underway.
October 2, 2015

The 2021 award-winning St. James Court Art Show plans its return the first weekend in October.  

A favorite autumn ritual for 65 years, thousands of art lovers are expected to canvas the streets of the historic Old Louisville neighborhood Oct. 1-3 during the fine arts and contemporary crafts show. The show was canceled as an in-person event in 2020 amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  

The three-day event, which includes visual arts, crafts, food and drink, typically attracts more than 250,000 visitors and more than 600 artists from around the United States. 

As always, admission to the juried art show is free. The outdoor event takes place rain or shine in the beautiful Victorian neighborhood several blocks south of downtown Louisville.  

“This time-honored tradition of locals, visitors and hundreds of unique artists gathering in a historic neighborhood make this festival truly standout year after year as a must-see event,” said Cleo Battle, president & CEO of Louisville Tourism. “I couldn’t be prouder to welcome all of our guests to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Louisville’s award-winning St. James Court Art Show.”

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Artist Scott Gerber sits amongst his tube creations at the corner of 4th & Hill during The St. James Court Art Show on Saturday. 10/7/17

The renowned art show has been named the No. 1 “Best Fine Art and Design of the Past 10 years” by artist subscribers of the Sunshine Artist magazine. St. James Court Art Show has also been awarded the No. 3 “All-Time Favorite Best of Show of All Time,” as voted on by Sunshine Artist magazine artists. 

Here’s what you need to know about the 2021 St. James Court Art Show

How much does it cost to go to the St. James Court Art Show?

The St. James Court Art Show continued on Saturday afternoon as tens of thousands of people enjoyed over 700 exhibitors in Louisville's most iconic neighborhood. 10/7/17

Admission is free, and the art show is a rain or shine event.  

When and where is the art show held?

The fluid nature of glass artist Scott Hartley's detailed sculptures drew much interest from the crowds at The St. James Court Art Show on Saturday. 10/7/17

The art show is held Oct. 1-3 in historic Old Louisville, the largest preserved district of Victorian architecture in the United States. The show takes place just south of Central Park on St. James Court, Belgravia Court, Magnolia Avenue, Third and Fourth streets. For GPS purposes use this address: 1402 St James Court, Louisville.

Is there a guide available to find specific arts booths? 

Tana Acton fits a customer for jewelry during the St. James Court Art Show. October 5, 2013

For a complete list of artists and food vendors, pick up the complimentary St. James Court Art Show Program, available at Welcome Tents located at St James Court and Magnolia Avenue, Fourth Street and Magnolia Avenue, Third Street and Magnolia Avenue, St James Court and Hill Street Or skip the paper and click on a list of vendors at

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Where do I park for the St. James Court Art Show?

Street musicians have been a part of the St. James Court Art Show scene since its earliest years, and guitarist Scott Smith continued that legacy on Saturday. 10/7/17

During this three-day event, many streets are closed to parking in the Old Louisville neighborhood. Offsite parking and shuttle options include:  

PARC’s Brown Garage at 658 S. Third St. Catch the southbound TARC Lou Lift Bus Shuttle from Third St. and Broadway. Buses circulate approximately every 20 minutes between the Galt House and Churchill Downs.

The stops closest to the Art Show are on First Street at Magnolia Avenue and again at Hill Street. Passengers wishing to return to the garage should catch the northbound Lou Lift Bus at Second and Hill streets.