Jane Austen Festival takes visitors back to the Georgian era

It’s a festival even Mr. Darcy would approve of. Celebrating everything Jane Austen – that’s the goal of this weekend’s Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove.

The 10th annual festival is the largest Jane Austen event in North America. It’s all about celebrating Austen’s literary legacy.


A drawing of Georgian era games at the 2016 Jane Austen Festival. (Source: WAVE 3 News)


The well-known author wrote several novels still popular today, including Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Sense and Sensibility.

This year, the Jane Austen Festival will celebrate the 200 year anniversary of Austen’s novel Persuasion, complete with a live adaptation.


Festival-goers at the 2017 Jane Austen Festival. (Source: Locust Grove)


Throughout the weekend, visitors can immerse themselves in the Regency world at Locust Grove, reminiscent of a 1790s Georgian farm. A Regency Style Show will be held under the big tent, where guests will watch demonstrations of Regency past times, gain new skills with Regency-era workshops and sip a four-course afternoon tea.


The festival features Georgian era entertainment. (Source: Locust Grove)


Featured speakers include Patrick Stokes, a direct descendant of Rear-Admiral Charles Austen, Jane Austen’s little brother, who will speak on the Georgian Navy, and Jeremy Strong, a professor of Literature and Film at the University of West London will speak on Persuasion and the Aubrey/Maturin novels.


A Jane Austen Festival guest in 2016. (Source: WAVE 3 News)


The festival lasts all weekend and is on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Festival admission is $15 for one day, $25 for two days (only available online).

Locust Grove is in Louisville at 561 Blankenbaker Road.


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