The once-neglected alley between the Louisville Public Media building and the Mercury Ballroom has a new coat of paint, a new purpose and a new name.The alley stretches between the 600 block of Third and Fourth streets, and the half closest to Fourth Street is now painted bright blue and accented with overhead lights and murals. Bright orange bistro tables and chairs are stored out-of-sight, but able to be brought out for pop-up events and performances in the space.
The “activated” portion of the alley is owned by Louisville Public Media and Weyland Properties, and the project was completed with the support of numerous partners including the Louisville Downtown Partnership, Metro Government and PARC.
On Tuesday, October 9th of 2018 representatives from all the stakeholders gathered in the alley for an official ribbon-cutting and to announce the alley’s new name: Music Alley, one of many suggestions submitted by the community
. The Central High School marching band’s drum line performed, and people including Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith, Louisville Public Media President Stephen George, Downtown Partnership Director Rebecca Matheny and Bill Weyland of Weyland Properties made remarks.
Music alley to host events and night market on First Fridays and in coordination with the Mercury Ballroom.
Schedule of 2019 Market events:
Friday, February 1st, noon - 6pm
Friday, March 1st, noon - 6pm
Friday, April 5th, noon - 10pm
Friday, May 3rd, noon - 10pm
Friday, June 7th Night Market & Old Fashioned Fortnight, noon - 10pm
Friday, July 5th, noon - 10pm
Friday, August 2nd, noon - 10pm
Friday, September 6th, noon - 10pm
Friday, October 4th, noon - 10pm
Friday, November 1st, noon - 10pm
Friday, December 6th, noon - 6pm
What: Music Alley Market
Where: 613 south 4th street (the teal alley space)
When: Friday, February 1st, noon – 6pm | Friday, March 1st, noon – 6pm| Friday, April 5th, noon – 10pm| Friday, May 3rd, noon – 10pm| Friday, June 7th Night Market & Old Fashioned Fortnight, noon – 10pm| Friday, July 5th, noon – 10pm| Friday, August 2nd, noon – 10pm| Friday, September 6th, noon – 10pm| Friday, October 4th, noon – 10pm| Friday, November 1st, noon – 10pm| Friday, December 6th, noon – 6pm
Cost to sell or set up a booth: Free
Cost to attend: Free
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/musicalleymarket/
Vendor Sign up: https://firstfridayhop.com/market-vendor-and-street-vendor-sign-up/