The hardest decision this weekend isn’t going to be what to do, it’s going to be how to do everything happening in Louisville over Labor Day weekend. We at Insider have the same dilemma, but if you put your mind to it, we bet you can swing by all the great festivals and events.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going down this weekend.
WorldFest — Sept. 1-4 @ The Belvedere
The city’s largest international festival has been going strong for 15 years now, and once again food, drink, art, music and dance vendors will take over The Belvedere for a celebration of all cultures. You can expect more than 100 vendors, 70 dance and music acts, and 3o+ food vendors. Best of all, admission is free.
Highlights include a naturalization ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday, where more than 300 immigrants will become U.S. citizens, and a colorful Parade of Cultures at noon on Saturday.
“Louisville is a welcoming community, a community that values the immigrants and refugees who help make us grow as a city in so many ways,” said Mayor Greg Fischer in a press release. “Our diversity is on proud display during the WorldFest weekend, and I encourage everyone to come out and experience all the world has to offer, right here in our own downtown.”
Flea Off Market — Sept. 1-2 @ Fresh Start Growers Supply
It’s time for Louisville’s monthly pop-up flea market, and this month it’s here for three days. More than 200 vendors and food trucks will be available, and, as always, there’s a full bar, beer and live music.
Highlights include a set by Squeeze-bot on Friday at 7 p.m., and free yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday.
And admission is free here, as well. Check the link above for times.
Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market — Saturday, Sept. 2 @ Waterfront Park
This flea market occurs less often than the above one, and it specializes in vintage and handmade items. And because they’re so close to each other, we bet you can do both — and find different things you never thought you needed at each of them.
Last time I went to this one, I ended up with a red flower made of pipes, nuts and bolts for my garden. Organizers promise some mums and more than 150 vendors, food trucks, wine slushies, homemade ice cream and much more. It runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, and admission is free.
Kentucky Music & Bourbon Experience — Sept. 2-3 @ Water Tower
If you missed our article earlier this week, here’s the full rundown on this annual event, which switched gears this year from bluegrass-only to a celebration of all Kentucky music. On Saturday, it’s all bluegrass all day. But on Sunday, they give up the stage to the likes of Tony & the Tan Lines and the Louisville Crashers.
It’s a party guaranteed to please everyone, because there’s lots of bourbon, beer and barbecue as well. There is an admission to this, and it’s $15 at the gate, or $10 online before Aug. 31.
Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle — Monday, Sept. 4 @ Waterfront Park
The mayor would like you to run, walk, bike or paddle around Louisville on Monday at this annual Labor Day event. Starting at 10 a.m., you can choose your form of exercise and either hike a 5K, bike 9.5 miles or paddle the Ohio River.
It’s open to people of all ages and skill levels, so be sure to get some rest Sunday night and prepare for some fun yet serious labor. Admission is free.