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Worldfest 2015

Thank you for attending the 2018 WorldFest!

See everyone Labor Day weekend: Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2, 2019

WorldFest receives Kentucky Travel Industry Association's, Judge's Recognition Award for its Fall Top 10 Festivals and Events. 

The International Festival and Event Association named  Louisville the top Festival city in North America in 2010 and 2015.    WorldFest was one of the events recognized in the award.  

WorldFest was named a Top 20 Event for the summer and fall by the Southeast Tourism Society in both 2010 and 2011. 

Food, crafts & entertainment from all over the world right here in downtown Louisville!

WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 16th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education this Labor Day weekend. 

"Cities that embrace and encourage their international citizens and cultures will thrive, have a stronger quality of life and will attract new growth and jobs,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. 'WorldFest is a great event for exploring and celebrating Louisville’s many faces and cultures and we always look to make it more vibrant, diverse and educational. So, it’s exciting to add many new features and attractions for the 16th Annual WorldFest.” 

With over 100 languages spoken in the Louisville public schools and 35 percent of the city’s population growth over the past 16 years coming from international residents from over 150 different countries throughout the world, Louisville is more culturally diverse than ever before. 

This event would not be possible without the support from our amazing sponsors

Admission to WorldFest is free all four days of Labor Day weekend.

(WorldFest is located at the Belvedere at 5th and Main Streets)

Friday - Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Monday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, August 31:

  • 11:00 a.m.  – Event begins: Vendor booths open and live entertainment 
  • 11:40 a.m. – Mayor Fischer kicks off the event from the Fountain Stage
  • 11:00 p.m.  – Event ends

Saturday, September 1:

  • 11:00 a.m.  – Event begins: Vendor booths open and live entertainment 
  • Noon – Parade of Cultures
  • 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Global Village on Overlook Plaza & WKU Confucius Institute and The Home Depot children's activities
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Latin Night on Overlook Stage
  • 11:00 p.m. – Event ends

Sunday, September 2:

  • 11:00 a.m. – Event begins: Vendor booths open and live entertainment 
  • 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Global Village on Overlook Plaza & WKU Confucius Institute and The Home Depot children's activities

  • 6:00 p.m. - International Fashion Show on the Overlook Plaza

  • 11:00 p.m. – Event ends

Monday, September 3:

  • 11:00 a.m. – Event begins: Vendor booths open and live entertainment 
  • 8:00 p.m. – Event ends

If You Go: 

WorldFest runs through Labor Day weekend. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. except Monday, which runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the Belvedere, at Fifth and Main Streets. Admission is free with international food, spirits, beer and crafts available for purchase. Parking is available on nearby streets, and is free after 6 p.m. and all day Sunday and Monday. Several parking garages and lots are also nearby. 

Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong. Each year this organization hosts Welcoming Week as an initiative to connect neighbors and bring together serving communities. In 2016, they brought their camera crew along for WorldFest and captured this amazing footage. 

 World of Thanks to All of Our Sponsors:




Kentucky Lottery stella-artois ValuMarket
University of Kentucky Confucius Institute

WKU Confucius Institute


Bronze Sponsors

Anthem CareSource Ford Papa Murphy's
Contributing Sponsors
Muhammad Ali Center Galt House Hotel Home Depot The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Go To Louisville

Media Sponsors

Al Dia Louisville Public Media Outfront Media WLKYlogo


Special Thanks

Ken Clay Entertainment

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