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First Mate’s Market

come aboard for first mate's market!

Take a trip to the riverfront for Belle of Louisville Riverboats’ second First Mate’s Market, a FREE dockside shopping and social event aboard the historic Belle of Louisville on Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market is the perfect opportunity to discover unique holiday gifts for friends and family, all while supporting Louisville’s small business community.

First Mate’s Market was created with a vision of bringing together a broad spectrum of local small businesses and the community at-large at a Louisville icon and National Historic Landmark. The Belle recently celebrated turning 108 years old and is the oldest Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world!

first mate’s market will feature:

  • 30+ small business vendors (including jewelry, baked goods, woodwork, art, soap and more!)
  • Santa & Mrs. Claus meet-and-greet
  • Food trucks
  • Giveaways
  • Pilot House Tours
  • Cash Bar
  • And more!

(The first 100 guests at First Mate’s Market will receive a FREE limited-edition poster!)

No tickets are required to attend this FREE dockside event; however those who pre-register will receive this limited-edition poster and be entered to win a 2023 Belle of Louisville Riverboats membership! Posters must be picked up at the event and can be claimed while supplies last. To be entered in the giveaway, pre-register for a free ticket to attend First Mate’s Market before 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2022 in the form below.

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first mate's market faqs

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when is first mate's market?

Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where is first mate's market?

First Mate’s Market will be taking place aboard the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville, as well as the wharf in front of the vessel. Please note that this is a dockside event.

do i need a ticket for first mate's market?

First Mate’s Market is free to attend! However, those who pre-register will be entered to win a 2023 membership to Belle of Louisville Riverboats and will receive a free limited-edition poster. (While supplies last; poster must be picked up at the event.)

are masks required?

Masks are not required aboard Belle of Louisville Riverboats. Please note that we must abide by all rules set forth by the U.S. Coast Guard, so should a mask mandate be placed by them, it will be enforced on our vessels. Currently no mask mandate is in place.

If you are not feeling well or have tested positive for Covid-19, please do not attend.

where should i park?

Parking is available in the Parc Wharf lot (BLUE LOT) at 131 W. River Road (entrance by Joe’s Crab Shack). This is a paid parking lot operated by Parc.

Once you enter at Joe’s Crab Shack, turn left and drive to the end of the parking lot closest to Belle of Louisville Riverboats.

Please note that parking and guest drop-off/pick-up will NOT be available in the circle in front of the Belle of Louisville during this event.

For additional parking information, please see the below.

pre-register for a free event ticket and be entered to win a 2023 membership!

No tickets are required to attend this FREE dockside event, but those who pre-register with a FREE ticket will be entered to win a 2023 membership! Everyone who pre-registers will also receive a free limited-edition poster (while supplies last).

To be entered in the giveaway, pre-register for a free ticket to attend First Mate’s Market before 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 19, 2022… that’s it!

Giveaway Rules: Giveaway closes at 11:00 A.M. EST on Saturday, November 19, 2022. One giveaway entry per order. Posters must be picked up at the event and can be claimed while supplies last. Winners will be contact via email or phone on Monday, November 21, 2022. Winner will have 72 hours to claim their prize. After 72 hours, if the prize is not claimed, then the original winner forfeits the prize and a new winner is drawn and contacted.

event parking information

where to park

Parking is available in the Parc Wharf lot (BLUE LOT) at 131 W. River Road (entrance by Joe’s Crab Shack). This is a paid parking lot operated by Parc.

Once you enter at Joe’s Crab Shack, turn left and drive to the end of the parking lot closest to Belle of Louisville Riverboats.

Please note that parking is not permitted in the circle in front of Belle of Louisville Riverboats. The circle is for emergency vehicles and a drop-off/pick-up area only.

paying for parking

pay station

If you have questions regarding paying for parking or need to receive a confirmation email, please contact Parc directly at 502-574-3817.

Pre-Pay: To pre-pay for parking, click here or text “PARK” to 77223. Please note that you will need your license plate number, as this is what Parc employees check for, rather than a printed ticket. There is not a confirmation email for pre-payment. If you have any questions regarding pre-payment, call Parc at 502-587-7275.

Pay Meter: If you choose not to pre-pay, parking can be paid for the day of your cruise at the blue and yellow Pay Station along the wharf. Guests who plan to pay at the Pay Station should arrive early, as a line does form. Please note that you will need your license plate number, as this is what Parc employees check for, rather than a printed ticket. There is not a confirmation email for pre-payment. If you have any questions regarding the pay meter, call Parc at 502-587-7275.

Special Event/Holiday Parking: Please note that when special events or holidays are happening at Waterfront Park, the Parc Wharf Lot may have limited parking and/or have parking attendants that collect payment as guests enter the lot. Pre-payment options are not available on those days. If the Parc Wharf Lot is full, the Riverview Parking Garage off of 6th Street is another nearby option.

accessibility

The Belle of Louisville has an elevator lift to help with wheelchairs and provide access to the Ballroom Deck, however the Texas and Hurricane decks are not accessible.

If you or a member of your party has accessibility needs and needs assistance boarding or using the elevator lift to access the Ballroom Deck, please notify a crew member while coming aboard.

homeland security policy

Per Homeland Security mandate, you are not allowed to carry onboard the following items:

  • Weapons
  • Illegal drugs
  • Mace
  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Liquids
  • Bottles
  • Cans
  • Coolers

Belle of Louisville Riverboats reserves the right to wand guests and check bags to ensure the safety of all passengers.

Smoking is not permitted onboard.

faqs

Have another question? Be sure to check our FAQ page for additional information!