Bardstown Mainstreet Program

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To promote downtown Bardstown as a premier destination by preserving the historic landscape as well as sustaining a healthy stage for economic vitality.


Upcoming Events


January 8th, 2015
You don't want to miss this sale! Make it a fun night out, drinks, dinner and shopping! 

The Easter Bunny Visits Downtown Bardstown
March 2016
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 , 2016
It's not just shopping it's a shopping experience!

Stephen Foster Festival -Downtown Bardstown Presents Doo Dah Days

Stephen Foster Festival -Downtown Bardstown Presents Doo Dah Days
June, 2016
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 2016
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 2016

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.

Sidewalk Sales in Downtown Bardstown 
August 2016
Enjoy a day of shopping the sale racks and tables on the sidewalks of beautiful downtown Bardstown.

Friday After 5pm (Last call for Summer Y’all) – Downtown Bardstown
August 2016
Enjoy the last late night of shopping this summer, enjoy music, dinning and drinks to celebrate the Last Call for Summer Y’all.

BOURBON Clues - Scavenger Hunt
September 2016
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.

35th Annual Arts, Crafts and Antique Fair
October 2016
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  2016
3pm - 5 pm
Stop in to see your favorite store owners for some fun trick or treating downtown. 3 - 5pm.

Holiday Preview
November, 2016
Deck your halls by shopping in downtown Bardstown for all your Christmas decorations or an early jump on your holiday shopping!
Participating Downtown Stores

PNC Bank’s Light Up Bardstown
November 2016
Christmas corner

Kids have fun getting ready for Light Up Bardstown in front of the Gallery on the Square you will find the Christmas Corner. Enjoy hot coco, cookies, balloons and face painting, perfect to get the entire family in the mood for Christmas! Gallery on the Square, Old Nelson County Library, 90 Court Square.

Official Lighting of the City of Bardstown’s Christmas Tree
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 2016

Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.

Holiday Open House 
December 2016
Shops Open Late 10am-9pm
Shop, eat, drink and be merry, complete with Christmas carolers.

Santa on the Square
November 2016
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.

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