Labor Day Weekend
August 30-September 2, 2013
WorldFest receives Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s Judge’s Recognition Award for its
Fall Top 10 Festivals and Events.
WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 11th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education this Labor Day weekend on Louisville’s Belvedere downtown.
Admission to WorldFest is free all four days of Labor Day weekend -- Friday, Aug. 30, Saturday, Aug. 31, Sunday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
“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 11th Annual WorldFest.”
With at least 90 languages spoken in the Louisville public schools and 50 percent of the city’s population growth over the past 15 years coming from international residents, Louisville is more culturally diverse than ever before.
A World of Performances
WorldFest features continuous music on three stages of local and international talent.
A World of Cuisine
At WorldFest you need to bring a healthy appetite! Guests can sample delicious, authentic food from nations around the world including Germany, Thailand, Jamaica, Ethiopia, and more!
Shop Around the World
Of course we don't want you to leave empty handed, so after you taste the international cuisine, you could find that perfect gift for a special someone in one of the many craft booths selling handmade products with styles from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central and South America.
The Parade of Cultures
Held annually on the second day of the festival the parade features local and regional residents in their native dress representing almost every culture in the world; music and performances from a variety of artists complement the experience.
The Naturalization Ceremony
Hundreds of people will take their U.S. oath of citizenship at a naturalization ceremony. The ceremony is coordinated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services - Louisville.
Global Village will showcase the culture and customs of more than 22 countries under one roof.
Kid's World of Discovery
Children will be able to take part in free activities at WorldFest to make this great a event a learning experience.
Career Opportunities & Resources Expo
A career fair aimed at helping immigrants secure employment and attend employment workshops.
This year at WorldFest, please bring canned goods if you CAN to support Dare to Care Food Bank!