I Went To The St. Matthews Street Festival

So on the bus Saturday morning on the way to work, I noticed that a road was blocked off by police. I was like, something must’ve happened and now I’m going to be late my first week of work, even though I only live like 10 minutes up the road. But then I remembered that the St. Matthews Street Festival was today. It’s a Festival. In St. Matthews. St. Matthews is a neighborhood in Louisville. It’s not the neighborhood I live in, but it’s super close.

I told my boyfriend that we should go and do something out of the house.

“Oh, why?” He said. That’s pretty much what he always says.

“Because we haven’t done anything in like a month,” I said. That’s pretty much what I always say.

So we went to the St. Matthews Street Festival.

When we got there, we couldn’t find parking. There was a Starbucks. My boyfriend parked in the Starbucks parking lot.

“They’re going to tow your car,” I said. He has the worst luck with his car getting towed. It got towed the first week we loved into the new apartment because he didn’t have his new tags out on his car yet. And then almost once when we went to dinner with a friend a month or so ago in St. Matthews.

“Not if we go in and buy a drink,” my boyfriend said.

“But what if my new boss catches me drinking Starbucks?” I said. I just started working for a local coffee shop so I could recharge after college for a bit.

“Why would he be in a Starbucks?” My boyfriend said. And I thought that was a good point, so we went and got drinks at Starbucks. I wanted a S’mores Frappuccino.

“We don’t have that one anymore,” the barista said. I pointed to the sign above her. “Even though it says we have it,” the barista said. So I got a Caramel Frappuccino instead.

My boyfriend got a tea or something. And then we went back outside, went in between the tents, and into the street.

There was a band playing acoustic rock. There were greasy tacos, desserts, and a whole bunch of local companies selling expensive equipment in the booths. Kids were gathered around the side of the event opposite the alcohol, hanging out with some guys from a dojo.

There wasn’t a lot of actual typical festival stuff. I wanted to stop and look at some necklaces and some Louisville themed coaster sets, but my boyfriend just walked really fast the whole time without stopping to look at anything. We went in a circle and then we were done. We walked back to his car. It wasn’t towed.

Hey, at least I got out of the house.

When I got home, I wondered what the name of the bad was. There’s an online schedule somewhere that I tried to find, but gave up because I wanted to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Next local event I go to, I’m buying a Louisville coaster if they have them somewhere. And I’ll probably just go by myself. I mean, what’s the point of going somewhere if you don’t look at anything? I mean, besides getting out of the house.

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This photo is literally the only thing I know about the band that was playing at the St. Matthews Street Festival when I went. Well, this, and that they sounded acoustic-rocky. In the time it took me to take this photo, my boyfriend was already 3 or 4 booths ahead of me so I didn’t even get to look in this direction again.

Author: Eric

Eric Shay Howard is a writer living in Louisville, KY. He has a BA in English from the University of Louisville. He is the editor of Likely Red, a literary magazine.

2 thoughts on “I Went To The St. Matthews Street Festival”

  1. I go to local festivals when ever they are there … and I usually make a Morning or Afternoon of it. Depending on the size of the event, I may be there for 1 1/2 hours on the low side … and up to 4 hours on the larger event size. Usually the bands are publicized in the paper and internet for a long time before the event. When I go to an event, I want to make the day/morning/afternoon of it. Unless the weather is really bad or the event isn’t what it was advertised to be, that’s the only time I’d leave early!! I hope you find that ‘happy medium’!

  2. I LOVE it when I get to make a day of it. I’m better at that when I can go with more people, or with people who actually want to be there **cough cough my boyfriend so didn’t wanna be there cough cough**

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