Bardstown Mainstreet Program

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“Shop, Dine, Drop and Win”
Downtown Bardstown
It’s easy!

*Shop/Dine: Collect 3 different downtown receipts (Illegible receipt dates: May 15 – August 21)

*Drop: Take your collected receipts to the Bardstown Visitors Center (Address:One Court Square)
(Include your required info)
*Win: You’re entered into a drawing for a fabulous grand prize worth over $1000.00
There is no limit to the number of entries a shopper can turn in. Must be 18 to enter.


Upcoming Events

The Easter Bunny Visits Downtown Bardstown
March 28th & April 4th 2015
Hours: 11am-2pm
Courthouse Square
The Easter Bunny will be hopping in to downtown Bardstown from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. to take pictures on the Courthouse Square in front of the Welcome Center! Stop by to see the Easter Bunny, shop, dine and stroll the streets of downtown Bardstown.

Friday After Five (Mardi Gras in May)
May 15th, 2015

HEY, BAY-BEE, experience da sights, sounds, tastes and a cold drink at our Mardi Gras inspired event as you explore the unique shops of downtown Bardstown!

Stephen Foster Festival -Downtown Bardstown Presents Doo Dah Days
June 13th, 2015
Hours-  Starts at 11am
Courthouse Square

Enjoy a day of fun Downtown with the Stephen Foster Story singers, inspired windows, themed food and more in honor of the opening night of the Stephen Foster Story.

Friday After Five (Summer Nights)
June 19th, 2015
5pm- 9pm
Shop while enjoying a fun filled summer night complete with sweet summertime music, and nostalgic summertime foods as you check out the classic cars of the Whiskey City Cruisers.

Bourbon City Street Concert
July 11th, 2015

A free event that opens up the first block of North Third Street for everyone to bring their chairs and enjoy live music throughout the streets of downtown Bardstown. Several talented bands join us to celebrate a fun summer concert. 7pm-12Am.

July 17th, 2015
You don't want to miss this sale! Make it a girl’s night out, drinks, dinner and shopping!
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Sidewalk Sales in Downtown Bardstown
August 15th, 2015
Enjoy a day of shopping the sale racks and tables on the sidewalks of beautiful downtown Bardstown.

BOURBON Clues - Scavenger Hunt
September 15-20th, 2015
Welcome Center, One Court Square
9 am - 5 pm (Tues - Sat)
Follow the clues to great prizes and discover the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America.” Pick up your clues at the Welcome Center. Free.

Friday After 5pm (Last call for Summer Y’all) – Downtown Bardstown
August 21st, 2015
Enjoy the last late night of shopping this summer, enjoy music, dinning and drinks to celebrate the Last Call for Summer Y’all.

35th Annual Arts, Crafts and Antique Fair
October 10th & 11th  2015
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m
Downtown Streets (4th-5th-Flaget Ave-Xavier Drive)
Begin your holiday shopping as over 200 artists and craftsmen display their talents. Choose from wearables, jewelry, pottery, floral, wood items and antiques. Enjoy delicious southern foods and musical entertainment. Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Trick or Treating Downtown Bardstown

October 30, 2015
3pm - 5 pm
Stop in to see your favorite store owners for some fun trick or treating downtown. 3 - 5pm.

Holiday Preview
November, 13-14, 2015
Deck your halls by shopping in downtown Bardstown for all your Christmas decorations or an early jump on your holiday shopping!
Participating Downtown Stores

FABS Fun Christmas Corner 
November 27th 2015
Kids have fun getting ready for Light Up Bardstown in the FABS FUN Christmas Corner. Enjoy hot coco, cookies, balloons and face painting, perfect to get the entire family in the mood for Christmas! Old Nelson County Library, 90 Court Square.

PNC Bank’s Light Up Bardstown

November 27th 2015
Kicking off the Christmas Season with the official lighting of the City of Bardstown’s Christmas tree, as well as the lighting of lampposts wreaths, stars and frolicking deer. 6-8 p.m. Music, refreshments, and Santa will make an appearance!
Welcome Center Plaza, Court Square

Small Business Saturday
November 28th, 2015

Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.American Express cardholders will receive up to three $10 statement credit on purchases of $10 or more for up to $30 in statement credits per registered card.

Santa on the Square
November 28th, 2015
December 5th , 12th, 19th, 2015
Santa meet and greet with children of all ages on the Court Square. Candy canes will be given out to each child. Parents may take as many photos as they like.

Holiday Open House
December 11th, 2015
Shops Open Late 10am-9pm
Make it a girls night out to shop, eat, drink and be merry, complete with Christmas carolers.








about our mainstreet program

Our Mainstreet Program was organized to help revitalize downtown Bardstown and is appropriately tailored to meet our community’s local resources, conditions and needs. Because it is a locally driven program, all initiative stems from the local community.more