From parking to food, here’s your complete guide to the 2023 St. James Court Art Show

A wood sculpture by artist Joe Autrey at the St. James Court Art Show. Sept. 30, 2022

When it’s time to talk about the award-winning St. James Court Art Show, you know fall is right around the corner. This year the 67th annual art show will be held Oct. 6-8 on the historic streets of Old Louisville.

The first weekend in October means thousands of art lovers will flock to the neighborhood during the fine arts and contemporary crafts show. 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. This year, visitors will discover unique works of art in 17 artistic mediums, from clay to wood, and everything in between. 

In addition to many Kentucky artists, hundreds of artists travel to Louisville from all around the world to participate in this juried show. Only about one in four that apply are selected to show their work at the St. James Court Art Show.

“Art adds creativity and energy to our community, and we can do that in one of the best neighborhoods not just in Louisville, but in this whole country,” said Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg. “The St. James Court Art Show has more than a $5 million impact on our local economy. It’s such an important economic driver of this city.”

According to Howard Rosenberg, the St. James Court Art Show executive director, the annual three-day art show generates between $250,000 and $270,000 per year for the Old Louisville neighborhood where the event is held.

Ocean Clarke, son of artist Athlone Clarke, makes an adjustment to his father's booth at the St. James Court Art Show. Sept. 30, 2022

During its 67-year history, the popular art show has won numerous awards and this year was named the No.1 “Best Fine Art and Design Show in America” by Sunshine Artist Magazine. St. James Court Art Show also ranked among 200 of the most profitable art festivals in the country based on artists’ reported sales in 2022.

“I’m often asked what do you do to be number one. We don’t think about being number one,” said Rosenberg. “What we do is focus on being the best we can be. We start planning for the next art show as soon as the current art show is over.”

Here’s what you need to know about the 2023 St. James Court Art Show:

When is the 2023 St James Court Art Show

Georgia artist Paul Flack's large scale, graffiti-esque work was hard to miss in the inner path of The St. James Court Art Show. 10/7/17

The 67th annual St. James Court Art Show takes place on Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where is the 2023 St James Court Art Show held?

A large display of tube art by Scott Gerber filled the corner of 4th & Hill during The St. James Court Art Show. 10/7/17

The art show is held in historic Old Louisville, one of the largest preserved districts 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.

How much does the art show cost?

The horse racing themed art of Enrique Gonzalez was a hit duirng The St. James Court Art Show. 10/7/17

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

Where do I find parking for the St James Court Art Show?

Glass figurines crafted to scale any wall or surface could be found in the tent of Colombian sculptor Ancizar Marin along Belgravia Court at The St. James Court Art Show. 10/7/17

Old Louisville is approximately three miles south of downtown Louisville and three blocks north of The University of Louisville. If you choose to search for public on-street parking outside the event perimeter, be certain to wear your walking shoes. Keep in mind that many streets are closed to traffic and parking during the show.

Parking is also available in these private lots. When you pay to park at one of the lots listed below, you are helping various non-profit organizations raise funds:

  • Cochran Elementary School: 500 W. Gaulbert Ave.
  • DuPont Manual High School: 120 W. Lee St.
  • Youth Performing Arts School: 1517 S. Second St.
  • Noe Middle School: 121 W. Lee St.
  • Louisville Woman’s Club: behind 1322 S. Fourth St.

Handicap parking is available on the east side of Sixth Street (along Central Park) between Park and Magnolia avenues and the north lane of Hill between Sixth and Third streets.

Bike parking is available in Central Park near the Old Louisville Information Center and Louisville Metro Police Department 4th Division.

Where do I find food and drink at the St. James Court Art Show?

A metal t-rex sculpture loomed over the corner of Belgravia & St. James Court during the neighborhood's annual art show on Saturday. 10/7/17

Food vendors are found throughout the grounds of the art show. For unique, gourmet-type foods not sold elsewhere at the show, check the Fourth Street section of the St. James Court Art Show. And new in 2023, food trucks will be located on Hill Street between Third and Fourth streets.

What is the Fund for the Arts Local Performance Village?

Visitors to the art show can enjoy live performances ranging from dance and theater to music thanks to the Fund for the Arts’ Local Performance Village, which can be found in Central Park.

What is not allowed at the St. James Court Art Show?

People as far as the eye could see lined 4th Street on Saturday afternoon to take in the sights of The St. James Court Art Show. 10/7/17

Sorry, no pets are allowed, outside of service animals, at the St. James Court Art Show. For other prohibited items, visit

Where can I find more information on the art show?

Artist Daniel Johnson's painting, a take-off of Raphael's

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