August 31 - September 3, 2018
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 15th 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.
Get the official entertainment schedule and event details here.
Admission to WorldFest is free all four days of Labor Day weekend.
(WorldFest is located at the Belvedere at 5th and Main Streets)
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 7 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.
Ken Clay Entertainment