Republic Bank First Friday Hop - March

For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Jeanne Hilt
Director of Marketing
Louisville Downtown Partnership
(502) 614-4122 (Office)



Louisville, KY – The Republic Bank First Friday Hop is Friday, March 4th, 2016, featuring the opening night of ARTLIK NuLu 2016, a public art walk through historic NuLu. Enjoy the art of 10 local artists displayed in 10 unique NuLu locations. Start your Hop at Scout on Market (720 E Market St) to get your official art walk and Hop maps. Bonus: First Friday Hop staff will be on-site to help you create a customized itinerary for the evening and make sure you don’t miss any of the fun! Read more below.

Downtown Louisville is the place to be on Friday, March 4th, 2016! Hop on any ZeroBus for a FREE ride to the 50+ unique boutiques, artists, and restaurants along the Republic Bank First Friday Hop route on Friday, March 4th from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PMNeed a Hop map? Click here to download, or grab a map on any ZeroBus.



ARTLIK NuLu 2016, presented by Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft
Friday, March 4th, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where:    East Market Street, NuLu


Join us for the Opening Night of ARTLIK NuLu 2016, presented by KMAC. Artlik is a public art free-for-all for your viewing pleasure. Come see 10 of your favorite KY artists’ new work, unconventionally installed, in 10 of your favorite NuLu businesses. Start your Hop at Scout (720 E Market St) to get your official Artlik coloring book and art walk map. Participating First Friday Hop members include The Green Building Gallery, Please & Thank You, Decca, RYE, Feast BBQ.


In addition to the art walk, First Friday Hop organizers will be on-site at Scout (720 E Market St) starting at 5 PM, giving away free Hop maps and creating personalized Hop-night itineraries for each guest. Trying to plan the perfect date night? Out for a night on the town with the girls? Our staff will help you create a customized itinerary that includes where to park, where to hop on the ZeroBus, where to grab great dinner, and a few fun activities along the way. Hop maps and custom itineraries are FREE when you attend this event.


Very close parking is available via street parking on E Market Street between Hancock and Shelby Streets (free after 6 PM), free parking in the Creation Gardens Lot (721 EMarket), and paid parking at the Green Building Lot (732 W Main St).


Additional Artlik installations are on display at Scout, Galaxie, Royals Hot Chicken, Gifthorse, and Climb NuLu.




Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.

When:     Friday, March 4th, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where:    120 N 10th St, Louisville, KY 40202


The newly opened Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company will offer complimentary tours, light snacks, and free tastings of Lucky Kentucky Moonshine. Join us for live music and a great atmosphere to enjoy the beautiful retail shop and Distillery. A visit to Kentucky Peerless is the most personal and authentic Distillery Tour you will experience in Downtown Louisville!


PYRO Gallery

When:     Friday, March 4th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where:    909 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206


PYRO Gallery is proud to present their newest exhibition, Two Friends by Dave Caudill and Bob Lockhart. Dave Caudill has had the dual pleasures of studying under and being friends with Bob Lockhart for many years. Till now, his work has been focused on larger scale outdoor sculpture. This is the first show that presents his new colorful indoor works. Admission to PYRO Gallery is FREE and open to the public.

Cressman Center for the Arts

When:     Friday, March 4th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where:    100 E Main St, Louisville, KY 40202


The University of Louisville’s Cressman Center for Visual Art is pleased to present an exhibition of Judy Chicago’s work in glass, pyrotechnics, and smoke. Since the 1970s, Judy Chicago has been a central figure in feminist art practice, and is well known for her incendiary interventions. Many of these interventions have also incorporated incendiary material, often in the service of “feminizing” her landscape or finding beauty in the explosive and the ephemeral. Although much of this work was forged in fire, the resulting objects and documentation are as subtle as they are aggressive, and as fragile as they are dangerous.


“Fire Works” puts Chicago’s glasswork in conversation with her pyrotechnic performances. In addition, the exhibition includes prints from Chicago’s Retrospective in a Box, a kind of image-survey of her career to date. Altogether, “Fire Works” provides an explosive perspective on Chicago’s oeuvre while offering some context for the Hite Art Institute’s related exhibition, “Capturing Women’s History; Quilts, Activism, and Storytelling,” on view at the Schneider Hall Galleries until March 19th.


Over the 9

When:     Friday, March 4th, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where:    120 S 10th St, Louisville, KY 40202


Over the 9 has partnered with Falls City to release monthly beers on the first Friday of every month. This month’s First Friday Hop beer is the Falls City Maibock, a style with deep roots not only in Europe but in Louisville as well.  The Maibock is a pale lager brewed right in time for winter and ready at the start of Spring.  The copious amounts of Vienna and Pilsner malts are balanced by German Noble hops. Stop by for dinner or a tasting!


Revelry Boutique Gallery

When:     Friday, March 4th, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where:    742 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202


Revelry is excited to welcome Leah Tinari, a whimsical illustrator and artist, for a solo show! “Pinky La Rue” focuses on “the stuff” that has infiltrated her life as she navigates motherhood in New York City. The series is a tribute to children and their playfulness as well as a realization of the humor in being a parent. The content and formal elements in her paintings combine to offer a personal and occasionally caricature-like narrative, addressing and encompassing both the awkwardness and complexity of life.



Zephyr Gallery

When:     Friday, March 4th, 2016

Where:    610 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202


Zephyr Gallery presents the co-curators of PROJECT 11, Matthew and Mitchel Bradley, for the First Friday Hop. Stop by to see PROJECT 11: this, this is for you, and ask questions!

Project 11: this, this is for you, is an exhibition of art by the late Stephen Irwin. The exhibition, which runs from January 29-March 19th, 2016, represents a personal reflection on Irwin’s work from the close friends and confidants who knew him best.

Project 11 will present an oeuvre of Stephen Irwin’s artworks created between 2003-2010, including his reductive Wite-Out and steel wool drawings, Braille installation pieces, and found object assemblages. The exhibition will also include works from Irwin’s Vessel series and Circle Games, and will introduce the series Love Parade which will be shown for the first time.



Paul Paletti Gallery

When:     Friday, March 4th, 2016
Where:    713 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

Paul Paletti is hosting Michael Kenna’s “Forms of Japan” through April 1st, 2016. Known for his intimate landscape photography, devoid of people but containing evidence of humanity, Kenna has become one of the world’s best-known landscape photographers. He only photographs using film, mainly medium format (120mm), preferring the square images produced, and always in black and white. His work is characterized by its quiet elegance and pristine photographic qualities.


St. John United Church of Christ

When:     Friday, March 4th, 6:00 PM
Where:    637 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202


St. John United Church of Christ will open its doors at 6:00 pm for tours of their 1867 Gothic sanctuary. House of Medal will be on campus selling their unique jewelry. Getting married? This is a great time to view the sanctuary as ALL are welcome to marry at St. John. You are welcome to choose your own Officiant and Musicians.


Down One Bourbon Bar

When:     Friday, March 4th, 4:00 PM – 7 PM
Where:    321 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202


Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant will offer $2 off of Bourbon flights from 4pm – 7pm.


Al J’s at the Conservatory

When:     Friday, March 4th, 2016
Where:    140 N 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202


Al J’s at the Conservatory is hosting a Manager’s Special, featuring half-priced bottles of select wines, available for purchase at 3rd Floor Spirits Shop in the Galt House.




The  Republic Bank First Friday Hop event is Friday, March 4th, 2016 and includes downtown art galleries, retailers, and restaurants that will be open extended hours with specials/discounts and refreshments.


Ride the First Friday Hop in style by “hopping” on our brand new, eco-friendly, zero-carbon ZeroBuses, which replaced the old trolleys in February.


Each First Friday night, the new ZeroBus drops you off at all the best shopping spots downtown has to offer.  Riding the Republic Bank First Friday Hop is fun – and it’s FREE!


This family-friendly and open-to-the-public event takes place on Friday, March 4th from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM along the Main/Market St corridor and South 4th Street.

Click here to download your Hop map. 

Click here to join the official Facebook  event.


These are the PARC garages that have entrances right next to ZeroBus Hop stops.

·  Brown Hotel Garage

·  1st & Main Garage

·  3rd & Liberty Lot

·  Glassworks Garage

·  Market Street Garage

·  4th Street Live! Garage


Hop on over and visit our member businesses:

Republic Bank (Title Sponsor)

21c Museum Hotel

Action Graphics

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre Gallery

Against the Grain Brewery

Ah, Whatta ‘Bout Mimi!

Al J’s at the Conservatory

Bargain Supply

Block Party Handmade

Bluegrass Brewing Co. (3rd & Main)

Bristol Bar & Grille

Brown Hotel

Copper & Kings

CRAFT(S) Gallery

Cressman Center for Visual Arts


Design Enterprises

Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar

Down One Bourbon Bar

Feast BBQ

Flea Off Market

Galt House Hotel

Garage Bar

Garner Narrative

Ghyslain on Market

Goodwood Brewing

Green Building Gallery

Grind Burger Kitchen

Harvest Restaurant

Hubbuch & Co.

Kentucky Center for the Arts

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.

Louisville Bats

Louisville Conventions and Visitors Bureau

Manny & Merle’s

Mayan Café

Muth’s Candies

Over the 9

Patrick O’Shea’s

Paul Paletti Gallery

Pix Shoes

Please & Thank You

PYRO Gallery


Revelry Boutique Gallery


Sidebar at Whiskey Row

St. John United Church of Christ

Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar

Wild Rita’s

Zephyr Gallery




Every First Friday of every month, downtown Louisville art galleries, shops, boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment hot spots are open extended hours with specials, discounts, refreshments, and live music. Hop on the ZeroBus for a free ride to a stop near each member location. A special thank you to our title sponsor, Republic Bank, for their generous support of the First Friday Hop.



The ZeroBus is powered by batteries located under the bus floor. The ZeroBus can travel for up to two hours and fully recharge on route in less than 10 minutes. It recharges automatically by connecting to an overhead system that links to a high-capacity charger. The ZeroBus vehicles travel downtown circulator routes in place of the outdated trolleys – the highest polluting vehicles now in TARC’s fleet. Like the trolleys, they arrive at stops frequently and all rides are fare-free. The ZeroBus is also the new mode of transportation for the popular Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop on Main, Market and Fourth streets. A special thank you to our friends at TARC for their generous support of the First Friday Hop.

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