Join us for an enchanting evening around Lake Nevin at CONNECT!

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Celebrate the intersection of art, science, and nature at CONNECT on Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 4:21 to 10:21  p.m. (that’s four hours prior to and two hours following sunset).

CONNECT at Bernheim challenges minds and delights the senses throughout an evening you won’t forget.

The night includes live musical performances, spontaneous art displays, and hands-on experiences for adults and families, including making art, drum circle participation, and participatory science, not to mention, the sand pit and the glow-in-the-dark bubble play zone.

“Nocturnal” in process

Stroll around Lake Nevin to experience the 14 interactive nature-inspired art installations that will be alight after sunset. Debuting at CONNECT will be Nocturnal, the recycled plastic installation created by 2023 Artists in Residence, La Vispera and an interactive light experience that will highlight ACRE, an upcoming installation from 2022 Artist in Residence, Anne Peabody.

Don’t miss Wordfall, an interactive water experience near the Sunset Amphitheater (you’ll walk through water, but not get wet!) created by Deckel and Moneypenny.  And, of course, Little Elina one of our Forest Giants in a Giant Forest, will be lit up to glow under the night sky!

As always, live music will be woven throughout the event. Get ready to be filled with joy while listening to this year’s lineup.

MAIN STAGE (Located at the Sunset Amphitheater off Guerilla Hollow Road)


Mighty Shades of Ebony

Mighty Shades of Ebony
Hip hop neo-soul – They have a non-profit called, Justice League L.O.U. (Love Outreach Unity). These “edutainors” engage in activism and artistry to express their passion to do good in the world.


Kathryn Books

Kathryn Books
Singer-songwriter – Kathryn’s folk-style songwriting is elevated to an inspiring blend of folk, country, and rock as the full band fills the songs up with instrumentation and tight vocal harmonies.


The Afrophysicists
The Afrophysicists

The Afrophysicists
Afrobeats – The Afrophysicists are an afrobeat collective out of Louisville that layers rich, earthy vocals over the city’s finest horn and rhythm players, creating a fiery propulsive groove for their poignant politically charged lyrics, in the spirit of the great trailblazers of West African riot music.



What goes better with music than food and beverage? This year’s CONNECT will again have regional craft beer from Mile Wide Beer Company in Louisville and West Sixth Brewing in Lexington! We will also have local food trucks for your refreshment needs. It will be hot, so don’t forget to bring your own water bottle to fill up at our two water stations.


Nature Concert with Mr. Dan
Bernheim’s own Mr. Dan will be strumming his mandolin, playing with puppets, and more in this family-friendly interactive concert.

Short Film: LG&E vs. Bernheim: The Pipeline Problem
This short film, created by Virginia Chance School was featured in this year’s Flyover Film Festival. Stop by to view this short documentary and learn about the impact of the proposed pipeline that will cut through Bernheim’s conservation land.

Live DJ
Throughout the day, we’ll have live DJs spinning around the Garden Pavilion to keep you dancing.


Giving Circles Members! Don’t forget – Join us at the James B Beam Forest Lounge, where you can enjoy the comfort of a shaded tent near the stage and Lake Nevin, while enjoying cocktails and a special beer from Gallant Fox Brewery that uses ingredients foraged right here at Bernheim. For more information or to upgrade your membership to access the Forest Lounge, email or call our membership desk at (502) 215-7155.


Purchase Advance Tickets for a discount! Advance tickets (through August 25): Bernheim members $10; non-member adults (ages 14+) $15 per person; children (13 and under) free. Day of tickets: Bernheim members $15; non-member adults (ages 14+) $20 per person; children (13 and under) free. Tickets are non-refundable.


CONNECT would not be possible without the support of our sponsors


Forest Lounge Title Sponsor


Sunset Sponsors


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