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Take a Julep Journey Around Louisville

While we may not be able to observe Mint Julep Month in standard fashion with the postponement of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Derby Festival, there are still ways to safely get out of the house and soak up the spirited celebration. Below are 5 different art installations around town to search for, visit and selfie with April 1 – 30. This two-mile stretch can be driven or walked, just make sure to partake safely.

Mural at Quills Coffee Firehouse (802 E. Main St.)

- Painted by Louisville based independent designer & commercial artist Bryan Patrick Todd, this minty mural resides on the side of an 1897 fire station turned coffee shop, Quill’s Coffee. Order online ahead of time, to carryout curbside their homemade Mint Brewlep.

“A Day at the Distillery” Julep at Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen (122 W. Main St.)

- Created by artist Casey McKinney, this Julep was sponsored by and showcases the Maker’s Mark Bourbon brand. Originally located at 280 W. Jefferson near Marriott Louisville Downtown, this waxy whiskey art is now showcased on Louisville’s Whiskey Row. It was designed for the Galapalooza campaign which was a civic pride initiative that began as a way to beautify the streets, encourage local exploration, increase tourism, showcase local artists and generate civic pride.

“All About Lou” Julep at the Louisville Visitor Center (301 S. 4th St.)

- Designed by artist Carla Terwilleger of Twiggy Originals for Louisville Tourism, this julep plays on the many pronunciations visitors may experience around Louisville. This was part of the Galapalooza campaign which was a civic pride initiative that began as a way to beautify the streets, encourage local exploration, increase tourism, showcase local artists and generate civic pride.

Hint of Mint Mural on South 3rd Street (3rd & Jefferson Streets)

- Reading “Southern Hospitality with a Hint of Mint” this wall mural by The Art Cartel and Wilfred Seig depicts what may be a common sight during a typical April in Louisville. Hot air balloon and great steamboat races both occur in the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby, usually held the first Saturday in May (now Sept. 5).

Metallic Mint Julep at Taj (807 E. Market St.)

- Created by artist Ray Jarrell, this Julep showcases a rick house and a trio of copper stills out front on the streets of NuLu. One neighborhood over in Butchertown is Vendome Copper & Brass works, who are known world-wide for producing copper stills like you see pictured. This metallic masterpiece was designed for the Galapalooza campaign which was a civic pride initiative that began as a way to beautify the streets, encourage local exploration, increase tourism, showcase local artists and generate civic pride.