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

LOUISVILLE, Ky., – WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, will span the Labor Day weekend for its 13th year, with four days of international food, music, dance and culture on Louisville’s Belvedere, downtown.

Exciting international music will come from more than 70 bands and performers while more than 30 food vendors and nearly 150 booths provide a global sampling of cuisine and culture.

Headliner music acts will include PALO!, Funkadesi, Tee Dee Young, Cosa Seria, Cocek! Brass Band,the Ark Band, The Ton Drum Circle and Azucar Tumbao. Many local and regional world music performers will offer a wide variety of music and dance styles and beats.


Admission to WorldFest is free all four days.

Hours are:

Friday, Sept. 4, Saturday, Sept. 5, and Sunday, Sept. 6

11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 7

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

“Cities that embrace and encourage their international citizens and cultures will thrive, have a stronger quality of life and 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 it has become a Labor Day weekend destination for locals and visitors alike.” In addition to music, food and dancing, other highlights include:

  • The Global Village is a kaleidoscope of Louisville’s culture where you can interact with representatives of more than 20 nations.  All nine of the Sister Cities will be represented again this year alongside a special new exhibit of the seven Celtic nations and food demonstrations.  Thanks to Dell Courtney and her for organizing and enhancing the Global Village.
  • The Passport to the World gives children a hands-on global experience without leaving home.
  • The WorldFest Hospitality Tent which will be open to the public throughout WorldFest.
  • The Stella Artois Biergarten will be open by the Overlook Stage.


WorldFest features the largest collection of international and ethnic restaurants, vendors and exhibitors at a single event in Kentucky.

Three stages of globe-trotting music and dance entertainment will have continuous performances ranging from African drumming to reggae to Indian, Celtic, Arabic, Latin, Caribbean music and more.

The festival includes a colorful Parade of Cultures at noon on Saturday and a naturalization ceremony Friday at 1 p.m., where over 200 immigrants will become full U.S. citizens.

WorldFest was honored in 2010 when Louisville was named the top city in North America for festivals and events by the International Festival and Events Association. In 2011, it was named a Top Ten Fall Festival by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association.


WorldFest is presented by ValuMarket.

Signature Silver Sponsors: Kentucky Lottery, Passport Health Plan and Stella Artois.

Supporting Bronze Sponsors: Anthem Medicaid, Ford and CareSource.

Contributing Sponsors: BB&T, Bellarmine University, D. D. Williamson, and Louisville It’s Possible Here.

Signature Media Sponsors: Al Dia, WLKY, Outfront Media and WFPK. For more information about WorldFest, visitwww.worldfestlouisville.com

IF YOU GO: WorldFest is Friday, Saturday, Sunday andMonday of Labor Day weekend. Sept. 4-6 hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 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 daySunday. Several parking garages and lots are also nearby.Naturalization Ceremony Friday, Aug. 29, 1 p.m., Muhammad Ali Center

Parade of Cultures   Saturday, Aug. 30, 12 p.m. Parade begins near Metro Hall at 5th & Jefferson streets to 5th Street, then goes north on 5th to WorldFest on the Belvedere, ending at the Main Stage on the West Lawn.


WorldFest Schedule 2015


DATE: Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

11:45 am –  1:00 pm   Desperado Steel Band                                     (Island/Calypso)

5:00 pm  –   5:45 pm   Paula Yarobrough                                           (R&B/Soul music)

6:00 pm   –  6:30 pm  Acoiris Latino                                                   (Mexican Dance)

6:30 pm  –   7:15 pm  Nachale Bollywood Dance                               (East Indian Dance)

7:15 pm  –   8:00 pm  PMA – ‘Positive Mental Attitude’                     (Reggae)

8:15 pm –    9:00 pm  Big Poppa Stampley & Voodoo Gumbo           (Americana)

9:30 pm –  11:00 pm  The Ark Band                                                    (Reggae)

Date: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015  

12:00 pm –   1:45 pm  PARADE OF CULTURES

1:00 pm   –   1:30 pm  Chinese Dance with Cheryl Pan                      (Chinese Dance)

1:30 pm   –   2:00 pm  Imani Dance Company                                    (African/American Dance)

2:00 pm   –   2:30 pm  Newcomer Academy                                       (World Mix)

2:30 pm   –   3:15 pm  Liam’s Fancy                                                    (Irish/Celtic)

3:15 pm   –   4:00 pm  Halau Hula                                                      (Hawain/Tahitian)

4:00 pm   –   4:45 pm  The Athenians                                                 (Greek Dance)

4:45 pm   –   5:30 pm  Native American Dance                                  (Native American Music)

5:30 pm   –   6:15 pm  Shakira                                                            (Mideastern Dance)

6:30 pm   –   6:45 pm  Smitha Paily Dancers                                      (East Indian Dance)

7:00 pm –    8:00 pm  River City Drum Corps                                    (African-American Percussion)

8:00 pm –    9:00 pm  Dick Sisto & the Latin All Stars                        (Latin Jazz)

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm   Azucar Tumbao                                               (Latin Salsa)


DATE: Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm  Misha Feigin                                                      (Gypsy Soul)

1:30 pm    – 2:00 pm  Flamenco Talk (Spanish Dance)

2:00 pm    – 3:00 pm  Derby Boys Irish Band                                      (Irish)

3:15 pm    – 4:00 pm  McClanahan School of Irish  Dance                 (Irish Dance)

4:15 pm    – 5:15 pm  Guilderoy Byrne                                               (Celtic)

5:30 pm    – 6:15 pm  Galen Abdur – Razzo                                         (Jazz)

6:30 pm    – 7:30 pm  Lost Tribe Louisville                                         (Israeli music)

7:45 pm    – 9:00 pm  Appalatin                                                          (Appalachian/Latin Fusion)

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


DATE: Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

1:00 pm   –  1:30 pm  ArtsReach Dance Ensemble                             (African American Dance)

1:30 pm –   2:00 pm  Louisville Argentine Tango Society                  (Argentine Dance)

2:15 pm –    3:00 pm  Korean Pop  Dance Team                                (Korean Pop Dance)

3:15 pm   –  4:00 pm  The Juggernauts                                               (Americana Jug Music)

4:15 pm   –  6:00 pm  Drum Circle – The Ton Drum                          (Group Drumming)


DATE: Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

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

5:00 pm   –  5:30 pm   Al Hamsa Belly Dance & Friends                    (Mideastern Dance)

5:30 pm   –  6:15 pm   Asly Toro                                                         (Venzuelan)

6:30 pm   –  7:15 pm   Swing 39                                                          (French Cabaret Music)

7:30 pm   –  8:15 pm   Across the Jordan                                            (Gospel Jazz Music)

8:30 pm   – 9: 15 pm   USK                                                                  (Eritrean/Ethiopian Wedding Music)

9:30 pm –  11:00 pm   Cosa Seria                                                       (Latin Music)

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

11:00 am – 11:30 am     Angleterre Morris Dancers                          (English Dance Form)

1:00   pm –   1:45 pm     Louisville Pipe Band                                     (Celtic)

2:00 pm  –  2: 30 pm     Louisville Lion Dance Team                         (Vietnamese)

2:30 pm   –   3:00 pm     Gio “El Futuro”                                             (Latin Music)

3:15 pm   –   3:45 pm     Ruric Amari                                                  (Mideastern Dance)

3:45 pm   –   4:15 pm     Pati Kele                                                       (African Music/dance)

4:15 pm   –   4:45 pm     Belize Dance Intermix                                  (Belize Dance)

5:00 pm   –   5:45 pm     Batuque Trio                                                (Latin Jazz styles)

6:00 pm   –   6:30 pm     Flamenco Louisville                          (Spanish Dance)

6:45 pm   –   7:30 pm     Salsa Rhythms Band                                     (Latin music)

7:45 pm   –   9:00 pm     Afrophysicists                                               (World Mix)

9:30 pm –  11:00 pm  –   PALO!                                                           (Afro- Cuban Funk music)

DATE: Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm –    T.R.U.T.H, Studios                                           (World Music-dance- theater)

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm     Guru Vandana Arts Academy              (East Indian  Dance)

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm     TWAA-The West African Art of Dance            (African dance)

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm     Ut Gret                                                             (World Fusion)

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm     Keltricity                                                          (Celtic Music)

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm –   Squeeze-bot                                                     (American Underground)

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Alma Gitana                                                    (Latin Music)

8:15 pm – 900 pm      Liberation Prophecy                                        (World Mix)

9:30 pm – 11:00 pm   Funkadesi                                                         (World Mix)


DATE: Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

1:00 pm  –  2:00 pm  Gypsies of the Nile                                            (Mideastern Dance)

2:15 pm –  3:00 pm   Yaya Diallo and FOLI DOUMA              (West African music)

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm   The Misty Mountain String Band                      (American Folk music)

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm   Cocek! Brass Band                                             (Eastern European Brass)