1. Really do the Derby right, at least once
Lots of locals never do the Derby, and yes, there are tons of tourists. But how stupid will you feel if you leave this town and have to tell people you lived in Louisville and never did the Derby right? Buy the seersucker, buy the hat, buy the crazy-expensive Lily cocktail and place a bet.
2. Visit the St. James Court Art Fair
This giant art fair held in and around St. James Court attracts thousands of people and hundreds of unique vendors each year. Definitely not one to miss.
3. Stagger through the Bambi Walk
Bardstown Rd and the Highlands is about more than just the bars, but if you want to really familiarize yourself with the bars, start at Bambi Bar and make your way down the corridor, drinking at each establishment and ending your walk, ahem, stagger, at Phoenix Hill Tavern.