Mayor details plans for 20th anniversary of WorldFest and Hike, Bike & Paddle return over Labor Day weekend

August 18, 2022

Mayor Greg Fischer today detailed plans for the 20th anniversary of WorldFest on the Belvedere, and the return of the Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle over the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

“We’re happy to be back this year, highlighting two signature community events that celebrate our core values of health and lifelong learning and compassion,” said the Mayor.

WorldFest

The 20th annual WorldFest, presented by Louisville Third Century, kicks off on the Belvedere on Friday, Sept. 2 and runs through Monday, Sept. 5. The four-day WorldFest features three entertainment stages showcasing more than 70 acts, along with a Global Village representing more than 20 countries, free children’s activities, a Parade of Cultures and more.

The festival also features more than 40 food vendors and over 100 booths offering global crafts, merchandise and culture within the GE Appliances World Hub.

The Global Village Overlook Plaza will host one of four Stella Artois Biergartens, presented by Anheuser-Busch and Standard Sales Company, where those 21 years and older can responsibly sample a selection of international and domestic beers.

This year’s Children’s Area is sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Louisville. Activities will include face painting, inflatables, games, crafts and more!

“Technology has allowed us to become a global community which the YMCA embraces. With YMCAs in 120 countries around the world, we appreciate the opportunity to recognize the beauty and dignity of the global community highlighted in Louisville’s WorldFest,” said Steve Tarver, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville.

On Friday, Sept. 2, the Muhammad Ali Center will host a Naturalization Ceremony where more than 60 immigrants will become U.S. citizens. The next day, the Parade of Cultures will return to Downtown Louisville, presented by McDonald’s of Greater Louisville, Lexington and Southern Indiana. Residents will march down 5th Street to the top of the Belvedere dressed in native attire and showcasing our city’s cultural heritage and diversity.

WorldFest admission is free thanks to the support and generosity of our Presenting Sponsor, Louisville Third Century, and our Co-Sponsors Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare and Stella Artois, presented by Anheuser-Busch and Standard Sales Company.

Mayor Fischer today thanked those sponsors, as well as GE Appliances a Haier Company, YMCA of Greater Louisville, Park Community Credit Union, McDonald’s of Greater Louisville, Lexington and Southern Indiana, Pepsi, The Galt House Hotel, Rabbit Hole, Louisville Free Public Library and the Kentucky Science Center. Media sponsors WLKY and Matt Milosevich, the official meteorologist of WorldFest, and media partners Al Día en America, Louisville Public Media, Outfront Media and LEO Weekly.

To learn more about the event, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/city-events/worldfest. Participants are encouraged to share photos on social media using #WorldFest2022 and tagging @AroundLou.

 

Hike, Bike & Paddle

Louisville cyclists, paddlers and walkers will be on the move again at the Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle on Monday, Sept. 5 as it returns for another Labor Day to the Louisville Community Boathouse, 1325 River Road.

Norton Sports Health is returning as presenting sponsor of the Mayor’s annual healthy lifestyle event. Event partners include Greater Louisville Sports Commission, Louisville Waterfront Park, Republic Bank, River City Paddle Sports, Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, Yoga East, Nu Image Fitness, Nu Chapter Tai Chi Chuan & QiGo Institute, Scheller's Fitness & Cycling, Louisville Bicycle Club and TARC.

“As a nationally recognized healthiest employer, we are committed to providing a culture of health and wellness within our organization and throughout the community. Making the time for exercise, a key area of self-care, has been especially important during the past year and remains essential,” said Russell F. Cox, president and chief executive officer, Norton Healthcare. “We encourage everyone to live a healthy lifestyle and participate safely.”

T-shirts will be available for the first 3,000 participants while supplies last. The Bike Injury Alliance of Kentucky will also be fitting 500 bike helmets for cyclists who don’t have one.

For hikers, this year features four different route options, including one crossing the Big Four Bridge, one to the base of the Big Four Bridge, one to the Kennedy Bridge and one to the Belle of Louisville Wharf.

For cyclists, this year features the longest bike course yet of 18.2 miles. Cyclists will travel down River Road 9.1 miles all the way to the entrance of Hays Kennedy Park and back 9.1 miles to the Community Boathouse.

The paddling course will begin shortly after the hikers and bikers take off. The route features five miles of scenic paddling along the Ohio river through the McAlpine locks to the Shawnee Boat Ramp by noon. TARC will offer a free shuttle for the return trip to the boathouse.

Starting at 8 a.m., the event will showcase demonstrations and group participation in yoga, Tai Chi and Zumba.
Participants are encouraged to bring water, as there will be no refill stations this year.

Upon return to the Community Boathouse, bottled water will available for participants, courtesy of Republic Bank.
This is the 18th year for the Hike, Bike & Paddle events, which are held each Memorial Day and Labor Day. The events are part of the city’s Healthy Hometown Movement, created to encourage Louisville residents to be more active and make healthier lifestyle choices.

Media sponsor is WLKY.

To learn more about the event, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/city-events/mayors-hike-bike-and-pa….

During the event today announcing details of both Labor Day weekend events, the Mayor noted that “as Mayor, it has been a true honor to see Louisville become a healthier, more global community – a 21st-century city that is welcoming both to the new refugee and the naturalized citizen, a city where international entrepreneurs and companies thrive, create ideas and good jobs. That’s why this weekend is one of my favorites of the year. I look forward to seeing you there!”

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