Best Bets: Art, pets and history outdoors, environmental film and music

Ben Sollee. Photo by Magnus Lindqvist, GLINT Studios.
Ben Sollee. Photo by Magnus Lindqvist, GLINT Studios.

History comes alive

The Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site in Perryville will commemorate on Saturday and Sunday the 153rd anniversary of the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky. The weekend will include military demonstrations at 2 p.m. both days, speakers, camp life demonstrations, battlefield tours, antique and period vendors, and food vendors. Admission is $10, free for ages 11 and younger. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Perryvillebattlefield.org.

Movie debut hits a 'Nerve'

The Kentucky Environmental Foundation presents the premiere screening of Nerve, a film about the fight to safely dismantle chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Additionally, Kentucky cellist Ben Sollee, above, will perform. Show time is 7 p.m. Friday at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com.

Art show holds court

Hundreds of vendors will show and sell their work at the St. James Court Art Show, Friday through Sunday in Louisville. The outdoor event is held along the streets south of Central Park on St. James and Belgravia courts, and adjacent blocks of Magnolia Avenue and Third and Fourth streets. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Stjamescourtartshow.com.

Bless this pet

Celebrate St. Francis with the annual Blessing of the Animals Festival, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Old Fayette County Courthouse, 215 West Main Street. Pets will be blessed by clergy of Christ Church Cathedral, and the day will include children's activities with the Living Arts and Science Center, adoptable dogs, and treats and toys for children and pets. It's free. Ccclex.org.