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Worldfest 2015

Join us for 2019 WorldFest Cultural Celebration!

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 17th 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 17th Annual WorldFest.” 

With over 100 languages spoken in the Louisville public schools and 35 percent of the city’s population growth over the past 17 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


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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.


2019 Worldfest Schedule: 

FOUNTAIN STAGE     

 

Friday, August 30, 2019

 

11:00 am - 11:40 am -   Event begins: Vendor booths open

11:40 a.m -                           Mayor Fischer kicks off the event

11:45 am - 1:00 pm -     Desperados Steel Band                                                 Carribean/Island

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm -       Recorded International Music

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm -       Studio Belly Dance & Friends                                           Mideastern        

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm -       Nachale Bollywood                                                                      India

6:45pm - 7:30pm -         Rick Debow                                                                                       Jazz

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm -       Big Poppa Stampley & Voodou Gumbo                   Blues, Jazz, R&B  

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm -     The Ark Band                                                                                Reggae

  

Saturday, Aug, 31, 2019

 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm -     Event opens

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm -     PARADE OF CULTURES ------ SIGN-UP NOW

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm -         Chinese Dance with Cheryl Pan                                                   Chinese

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm -         Imani Dance Company                                                           African-American

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm -         Association of Chinese Americans                                                Chinese

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm -         Destined Dance Co.                                                               African-American

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm -         Argentine Tango Dance Society with Tango D’Ville            Argentine

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm -         Real Live Actual Belly Dance                                                         Mideastern       

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm -         South Sudan Traditional Lou Dance Co.                      South Africa/Uganda

6:15 pm -  6:30 pm -        Smitha Paily Dancers – Kendra Natrya                                       East India

6:45 pm -  7:30 pm -         Oreya Dance                                                Oriental, Belly dance & Chinese Fusion                                   

7:45 pm -   9:00 pm  -       Lou  Orleans Brass Band                                                        New Orleans Music

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm -        Tee Dee Young                                                                     African-American Blues  

                      

Sunday, Sept.1, 2019

 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm -        Event opens

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm -         Misha Feigin                                                      Russian Gypsy Music

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm -           Derby  Boys Irish Band  

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm -           McClanahan School of Irish Dance                   Irish Dance                       

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm -           Eleventh Hour                                                                                                  

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm -           Hathor's Fire                                         Flamenco Middle Eastern Music

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm -           Guilderoy Byrne                                         Celtic & International Music

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm -           Sulh Ensemble                                                              East Asian Music                                            

6:45 pm - 7:30 pm -           Academy of Flamenco Arts                                       Spanish Dance

7:45 pm - 9:00 pm  -          Tony Fish Group                                                                        Jazz

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm -         Hermandos Latin Fusion                                                 Hispanic                                                            

 

Monday, Sept. 2, 2019

 

11:00 pm – 1:00 pm -      Event opens

1:00 pm – 1:30  pm -      Tango DeVille                                                           South American Dance

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm -       Semple Starts Percussion Ensemble                American percussion

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm -       Swing 39                                                                              French Cabaret

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm -       Walnut Street Blues Band                                                      R & B

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm -       Ron Jones Quartet                                                                      Jazz

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm -       Billy Goat Strut Revue                                                   Bourbon Jazz

 

MAIN STAGE

 

Friday, August 30, 2019

 

10:30 am – 11: 45 am -     Recorded International Music

11:45 am – 1:00 pm -        The Zydewinders                                                     Zydeco Music

1:00 pm  -  5:00 pm -         Recorded International Music

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm -           The Movement                                                           Mime  Dance

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm -          The Pearls                                                 African-American R & B

6:45 pm – 7:30 pm -          Jerry Tolson Quartet                                              American Jazz

7:30 pm – 8:15 pm -          Hora Certra                                                              Brazilian Music

8:30 pm – 9:15pm -           Alma Gitana                                     Flamenco Arabic World Music                            

9::30 pm –11:00:pm -       Screaming Orphans                                Contemporary Irish Music

 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm -      Recorded International Music

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm -      PARADE OF CULTURES ------SIGN-UP NOW

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm -           Louisville Pipe Band                                                      Celtic Music

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm -          Gypsies of the Nile                                                      Mideastern Dance                                                     

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm -          River City Drum Corp                                                  Percussion Mix

3:15 pm -  4:15 pm -          Dick Sisto & the Aha Trio                                            American Jazz

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm -          Gio  “El” Futuro                                                                         Hispanic

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm -          Salsa Rhythms Band                                                               Hispanic

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm -          Flamenco Louisville                                                       Spanish Dance

7:15 pm - 8:00 pm -          Appalatin                                                                    Latin/American Traditions

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm -          Afrophysicists                                                             Afro pop, Latin & Salsa

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm -         Carley Johnson                                                          Jazz, Soul, Original Music                      

 

Sunday, Sept, 1, 2019

 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm -        Recorded International Music

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm -         Squeezebot    

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm -            Keltricity -                                                                          Celtic Music  

2:00 pm -  2:45 pm -           502 Vintage Keys                                                                      Jazz

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm -            Lost Tribe Louisville                                                      Jewish Music

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm -            Kuvebo!                                                         African Music & Dance

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm -            Ut Gret                                                                     Progressive Music

6:15 pm - 7:00 pm -            Mr. Wonderful Productions Band                     Old School R&B

7:15 pm - 8:00 pm -            Voodoo Fuel                                                                 American Jazz

8:15 pm - 9:00 pm -            New Orleans Band                                                New Orleans Music

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm -          Eileen Ivers                                                                      World Music

                                

                                  

Monday, Sept. 2, 2019

 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm -       Recorded International music

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm -         Belize Dance Intermix                                              Belizean Dance

1:15 pm -   1:45 pm -         The French Experience-Lea Schenk-         Jonathan Sutphin French Music

2:00 pm -  2:30 pm -          German American Prosit Singers                          German Song

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm -          The Hellenic Dancers                                                   Greek Dance

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm -           Louisville Country Dancers                                 International Dance

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm -           Tanita Gaines                                                                Jazz, Blues, R&B

6:30: pm - 7:30 pm -          Zu Zu Ya  Ya                                                                 World Fusion Music

 

 

 

OVERLOOK STAGE
 

Friday, August 30, 2019

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm -            Mexico Lindo                                                       Mexican Dance

6:45 pm – 7:45 pm -            Juggernauts                                                         Jug Band Music

8:15 pm – 9:30 pm -            Kendall Carter Quartet                                                          Jazz

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm -        The Slants                                 Asian American Dance Rock    

 

 

Monday, Sept. 2, 2019

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm -          PMA                                                                       Celtic Music

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm -          Mileno                                                                     Latin Music

 

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 2018 Sponsors:

 

Passport

 

Kentucky Lottery stella-artois ValuMarket
University of Kentucky Confucius Institute

WKU Confucius Institute

 


 

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

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