2018 Festival Information

10th Annual Jane Austen Festival


July 13, 14 & 15, 2018

Join us as we celebrate

“Jane Austen’s Persuasion: 200 Years of Piercing Souls”

Friday, July 13, 6:00-9:00 p.m.- Twilight Shopping & Food

Special Presentation- PERSUASION adaptation 


Children under 12 admitted free with an adult

Saturday, July 14, & Sunday, July 15, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

FESTIVAL ADMISSION: Saturday & Sunday- $15 each day;

Two day admission $25 (available online only) 

Children under 12 admitted free with an adult

Held at Locust Grove

561 Blankenbaker Lane

Louisville, KY 40207


Featured speakers: 

“‘Rears and Vices’: The Georgian Royal Navy” by Patrick Stokesa direct descendant of Rear-Admiral Charles Austen, Jane Austen’s “own particular little brother” 

"Shopping in Bath with Anne Elliot and Friends: An Illustrated Lecture" by Ann Buermann Wass

"Austen Meets O’Brian: Persuasion and the Aubrey/Maturin novels" by Jeremy Strong, professor of Literature and Film at the University of West London

 “A Regency Gentleman’s Wardrobe” by Zack Pinsent, Pinsent Tailoring

Throughout the weekend, immerse yourself in the Regency world at the 1790s Georgian farm, Locust Grove. Attend presentations by our Featured speakers and a Regency Style Show under the Big Tent, watch demonstrations of Regency past-times, gain new skills to further your Regency education with our Workshops, delight in Four-Course Afternoon Tea, visit and shop our Regency Emporium and Shoppes of Meryton, promenade with "Anne Elliot in Bath," encounter His Majesty's Royal Navy, and dine and dance the night away at our Grand Ball (at a different location).

  • Ticketed Events (plus Festival admission): Four-Course Afternoon Tea ($25), a Children’s Tea ($20), and Workshops (prices vary). 
  • Events free with Festival admission: A Regency Style Show, Regency Emporium and Shoppes of Meryton, Regency Fashion Display, Bare Knuckle Boxing Demonstration, Bobbin Lace Making Demonstration, an encampment of His Majesty’s Royal Navy, a Punch & Judy show, a Persuasion adaptation (Friday Night only) as well as tours of the 1790s Georgian home (Saturday and Sunday only) and more!

The Saturday, July 14th, evening Grand Ball is at a NEW LOCATION- The Pendennis Club, located in downtown Louisville. The Grand Ball is a Ticketed Event (does not require Festival admission). Ticketing will include a Dinner and Ball option ($75) or a Ball Only option ($30). Dinner will be at 7:00-8:30 p.m. and the Ball will be from 8:30-11:00 p.m. Included in this special evening will be intimate "Salon" talks with our featured speakers, card room, cash bar, and English Country Dancing.

NOTE: This is will be a served dinner. Also, Patrick Stokes, Featured Festival Speaker, will be giving a Welcome Address to dinner attendees.

This year's Workshops include learning how to write with a Quill, make a Waste Book, dressing Hair in the Historical Manner, create a Beauty Bath Cushion, make your own Regency Perfume, and learning to make an unusual ladies garment called a Canezou. Workshop costs can be found here

Plan to attend in Regency Attire! In honor of the 200th year of Jane Austen's Persuasion, join in "Anne Elliot's Stroll in Bath," our Regency Promenade, on Saturday, July 14th at 4 p.m.!

Sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America, Greater Louisville Region.  Watch our website for updated information, www.jasnalouisville.com 

Online advance registration will begin on June 6th, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Advance registration is highly recommended for the Four-Course Afternoon Tea, Workshops and the Grand Ball (Dinner plus Ball and Ball Only options) as they sell-out before the festival opens.

For more information, please email janeaustenfestivalKY@gmail.com.