WorldFest Offers Four Days of International Food, Music, Culture on Labor Day Weekend

August 20, 2019

WorldFest, the region’s largest international festival, returns to the Belvedere Labor Day weekend, marking its 17th year offering international food, music, crafts, culture, and education.

The four-day festival, which runs Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2, will feature a revamped layout to enhance the visitor experience, including new locations for the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute Main Stage and the Overlook Stage. The Fountain Stage will be programmed for second year from the actual fountain.

More than 70 local and regional entertainers will offer a variety of music, dance styles and beats ranging from African drumming to Reggae to Indian, Celtic, Arabic, Latin, Caribbean music.

Headliner acts include The Ark Band, Tee Dee Young, Hermandos Latin Jazz band, Billy Goat Strut Review, Screaming Orphans, Carley Johnson and more. The Overlook Stage will host Fiesta Latina, or Latin Night, with song, dance and sizzling Latino sounds from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Celtic Homecoming with Irish music, dance and bands from 6 – 11 p.m. Sunday Sept. 1.

More than 150 vendors will participate, with 40-plus food vendors serving a global sampling of international cuisine and culture. Along with food, attendees can purchase unique international crafts and visit the World of Information to learn about various international agencies in the area.

"Cities that embrace and encourage its 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.” 

Admission to WorldFest is free all four days thanks to the support of the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute, ValuMarket, GE Appliances A Haier Company, Stella Artois and many other generous sponsors.

“The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute is proud to support and participate in WorldFest once again to celebrate different cultures and different peoples that make up our vibrant and diverse community,” said Huajing Maske, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute and Director of the Office of China Initiatives, University of Kentucky.

“Everyone at ValuMarket is excited again to be a part of Louisville's premier multicultural event, Worldfest,” said James Neumann, Vice President, ValuMarket. “We have been on board since the inception of this great festival which showcases Louisville’s fantastic diversity that makes us such an amazing city. We hope you stop by and visit either of our areas at WorldFest and see a showcase of the many unique items we carry or try a Cuban sandwich, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.”

“GE Appliances is honored to help sponsor the food village at this year’s WorldFest,” said Kevin Nolan, president and CEO of GE Appliances, a Haier company.  “As the world’s best appliance manufacturer, we know that great things happen when people gather together for a meal and everyone has a seat at the table.  Celebrating diversity and inclusion is important in our business and in our community, and we appreciate the opportunity to help bring people together in our hometown.”

WorldFest highlights include:

  • UK Confucius Global Village – A kaleidoscope of Louisville’s culture, where you can interact with representatives of more than 20 nations. All nine of Louisville’s Sister Cities will be represented again this year. Located on the Overlook.
  • WorldFest Children’s Area – Will feature activities from the Confucius Institute of Western Kentucky, Home Depot and inflatables all located on the Overlook on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Parade of Cultures– On Saturday at noon, more than 50 units will march from 5th and Market Street to the Belvedere ramp to the Overlook Stage wearing traditional attire in this colorful showcase of heritage and cultures from around the world.
  • Stella Biergarten – This new feature on the Overlook and three additional location will feature a selection of international and domestic beers.
  • WorldFest Selfie Station – Nestled within the Stella Biergarten on the Overlook, this photo opportunity spot offers a sweeping view of all the WorldFest activities to share on social media.
  • World of Information – A one-stop shop showcasing international agencies and services available to all immigrants and citizens. Located in the GE World Hub. Naturalization Ceremony – A Naturalization Ceremony where more than 300 immigrants will become full U.S. citizens will take place the following Friday, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center.
  • Hosted by the Confucius Institute of Western Kentucky, the children’s area on the Overlook will include more than 20 interactive activities highlighting specific aspects of the Chinese culture, including: calligraphy lessons, fan painting, Tai Chi demonstrations and an inflatable obstacle course. Children can stop by the Home Depot tent to participate in construction projects.
  • WorldFest has been recognized by the International Festival and Events Association as among the best in North America. In 2011, it was named a Top Ten Fall Festival by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, and in 2015, the International Festival and Event Association named Louisville the Top Festival City in North America.
  • This event would not be possible without the support from amazing sponsors including GE Appliances, the UK Confucius Institute, ValuMarket, Stella Artois, Pepsi, FORD, Confucius Institute at Western Kentucky, Ketel One Vodka, UPS International Community Job Program, Anytime Waste, and many more. 46 hours of global music on three stages is sponsored by Ken Clay.

For more information about WorldFest, visit, check in on the Facebook event page, and follow along on Twitter and Instagram @AroundLou!


Official Entertainment Schedule:


Friday, August 30, 2019

11 a.m.                        Event begins: Vendor booths open

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

11:45 - 1 p.m.             Desperados Steel Band (Caribbean/Island)

1 - 5 p.m.                    Recorded International Music

5 - 5:45 p.m.               Studio Belly Dance & Friends (Mideastern)      

6 - 6:30 p.m.               Nachale Bollywood, (India)

6:45 - 7:30 p.m.          Rick Debow, (Jazz)

7:30 - 9 p.m.               Big Poppa Stampley & Voodou, (Gumbo Blues, Jazz, R&B)

9:30 - 11 p.m.             The Ark Band, (Reggae)


Saturday, August 31, 2019

11a.m.                         Event opens

1 - 1:30 p.m.               Chinese Dance with Cheryl Pan, (Chinese)

1:30 - 2 p.m.               Imani Dance Company, (African-American)

2 - 2:30 p.m.               Association of Chinese Americans, (Chinese)

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.          Destined Dance Co., (African-American

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.          Argentine Tango Dance Society, (Argentine)

4:45 - 5:15 p.m.          Real Live Actual Belly Dance, (Mideastern)      

5:15 - 6:00 p.m.          South Sudan Traditional Lou Dance Co., (South Africa/Uganda)

6:15 - 6:30 p.m.          Smitha Paily Dancers – Kendra Natrya, (East India)

6:45 - 7:30 p.m.          Oreya Dance, (Oriental, Belly dance & Chinese Fusion)                            

7:45 – 9 p.m.               Lou Orleans Brass Band, (New Orleans Music)

9:30 - 11 p.m.             Tee Dee Young, (African-American Blues)


Sunday, Sept.1, 2019

11 a.m.                        Event opens

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.        Misha Feigin, (Russian Gypsy Music)

1:15 - 2 p.m.               Celtica Fae

2 - 2:30 p.m.               McClanahan School of Irish Dance, (Irish Dance)                      

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.          Eleventh Hour                                                                                                

3:15 - 4 p.m.                Hathor's Fire, (Flamenco Middle Eastern Music)

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.          Guilderoy Byrne, (Celtic & International Music)

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.          Sulh Ensemble, (East Asian Music)                                          

6:45 - 7:30 p.m.          Academy of Flamenco Arts, (Spanish Dance)

7:45 - 9 p.m.               Tony Fish Group, (Jazz)

9:30 - 11 p.m.             Hermandos Latin Jazz Band, (Hispanic)                                                          


Monday, September 2, 2019

11:00 a.m.                   Event opens

1 - 1:30 p.m.               Tango DeVille, (South American Dance)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.          Semple Starts Percussion Ensemble, (American percussion)

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.          Swing 39, (French Cabaret)

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.          Walnut Street Blues Band, (R & B)

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.          Ron Jones Quartet, (Jazz)

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.          Billy Goat Strut Revue, (Bourbon Jazz)



Friday, August 30, 2019

10:30 - 11: 45 a.m.     Recorded International Music

11:45 – 1 p.m.             The Zydewinders, (Zydeco Music)

1 - 5 p.m.                    Recorded International Music

5 - 5:45 p.m.               The Movement, (Mime Dance)

6 - 6:45 p.m.               The Pearls, (African-American R & B)

6:45 - 7:30 p.m.          Jerry Tolson Quartet, (American Jazz)

7:30 - 8:15 p.m.          Hora Certra, (Brazilian Music)

8:30 - 9:15 p.m.          Alma Gitana, (Flamenco Arabic World Music)                          

9:30 - 11 p.m.             Screaming Orphans, (Contemporary Irish Music)


Saturday, August 31, 2019

10 - 12 p.m.                Recorded International Music

1 - 1:45 p.m.               Louisville Pipe Band, (Celtic Music)

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.        Gypsies of the Nile, (Mideastern Dance)                                                    

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.          River City Drum Corp, (Percussion Mix)

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.          Dick Sisto & the Aha Trio, (American Jazz)

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.          Gio “El” Futuro, (Hispanic)

5 - 5:45 p.m.               Salsa Rhythms Band, (Hispanic)

6 - 6:45 p.m.               Flamenco Louisville, (Spanish Dance)

7:15 - 8 p.m.               Appalatin, (Latin/American Traditions)

8 - 9 p.m.                    Afrophysicists, (Afro pop, Latin & Salsa)

9:30 - 11 p.m.            Carley Johnson, (Jazz, Soul, Original Music)              


Sunday, September 1, 2019

11 - 12 p.m.                Recorded International Music

12 – 1 p.m.                  Squeezebot  

1 - 1:45 p.m.               Keltricity, (Celtic Music)

2 - 2:45 p.m.               502 Vintage Keys, (Jazz)

3 - 4 p.m.                    Lost Tribe Louisville, (Jewish Music)

4:15 - 5 p.m.               Kuvebo!, (African Music & Dance)

5:15 - 6 p.m.               Ut Gret, (Progressive Music)

6:15 - 7 p.m.               Mr. Wonderful Productions Band, (Old School R&B)

7:15 - 8 p.m.               Voodoo Fue, (American Jazz)

8:15 – 9 p.m.               Tyrone Cotton, (New Orleans Music)

9:30 - 11 p.m.             Eileen Ivers, (World Music)


Monday, Sept. 2, 2019

11 - 12:30 p.m.           Recorded International music

12:30 - 1 p.m.             Belize Dance Intermix, (Belizean Dance)

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.          The French Experience-Lea Schenk-Jonathan Sutphin, (French Music)

2 - 2:30 p.m.               German American Prosit Singers, (German Song)

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.          The Hellenic Dancers, (Greek Dance)

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.          Louisville Country Dancers, (International Dance)

5 - 6 p.m.                    Tanita Gaines, (Jazz, Blues, R&B)

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.          Zu Zu Ya Ya, (World Fusion Music)



Friday, August 30, 2019

5 - 6:30 p.m.               Mexico Lindo, (Mexican Dance)

6:45 - 7:45 p.m.          Juggernauts, (Jug Band Music)

8:15 - 9:30 p.m.          Kendall Carter Quartet, (Jazz)

10 - 11 p.m.                The Slants, (Asian American Dance Rock)


Saturday, August 31, 2019

6:00 - 11 p.m.             Fiesta Latina, (Music, Dancing, Bands)


Sunday, September 1, 2019

6 - 11 p.m.                  Celtic Homecoming, (Music, Dancing, Bands)


Monday, Sept. 2, 2019

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.          PMA, (Reggae Music)

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.          Mileno, (Latin Music0