Can I bring my dog?
For the safety of your pet and our Picnic guests, pets are NOT allowed on the Picnic grounds. Only service animals allowed.
How late are chicken dinners served on Saturday?
Chicken dinners are served on Saturday only and are available for purchase until the kitchen runs out of chicken. On a good day we have ran out as early as 7:00PM. To see what food vendors are available Picnic weekend, please visit the St. Joe’s Picnic Booth page.
How do I donate a cake for the Cake Booth?
The Cake Booth is traditionally one of the biggest fundraising booths at the Picnic each year. Every cake donated to the booth brings in approximately $13 in proceeds for the kids. You can help by ordering a cake via the online cake donation page. For corporate donations, click here. That’s all you have to do! Cakes will be delivered directly to the Cake Booth for Picnic weekend.
Are there volunteer opportunities for children and families?
Yes! Build new memories with your family and friends by volunteering at one of the most fun events of the summer! Learn more here.
How do I get to Picnic and where should I park?
St. Joe’s Picnic For the Kids is located at 2823 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville KY, 40206. On-site and handicapped parking are available via the Brownsboro Road entrance. Off-site parking is available on Saturday only at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Carpooling, biking, and riding the TARC are highly encouraged. For information on parking and shuttles, please visit the St. Joe’s Picnic Parking page.
Can I buy a Picnic T‐shirt?
A limited number of Picnic t‐shirts will be available for purchase at the Info Booth during Picnic weekend and cost is $10/shirt. If you wish to buy a shirt before Picnic weekend, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (502)-893-0241.
Can I take a tour of the landmark building?
Due to security reasons, no tours of the landmark building are offered during Picnic weekend. However, the Advancement team cordially invites you to attend an Eat & Greet event which are held throughout the year for anyone who is interested in seeing what it is like to live at St. Joseph Children’s Home today as well as eat lunch with the children. If available to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com or contact the Advancement team to schedule a visit at (502)-893-0241.
Why does St. Joe’s have a picnic?
When St. Joe’s was first established as an orphanage in 1849, the Ursuline nuns responsible for taking care of the residents came up with the idea to host an annual fundraiser. Originally named, “St. Joseph Catholic Orphans Picnic,” this event was created with a mission to raise needed funding for the day-to-day operating expenses of the orphanage. After 170 years, the mission of Picnic remains the same as the revenue generated provides direct support to the nearly 350 children served each year by St. Joe’s three core programs: residential treatment, foster care and adoption, and the child development center. Today, St. Joseph Children’s Home is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency and the Picnic has given support to over 75,000 boys and girls since its inception. Every dime you lay down on a number at a game booth, every raffle ticket you purchase, and every meal you buy goes directly to help child survivors of abuse and neglect heal from their traumas as well as find new forever families. Thanks for supporting SJ Kids!