Mayor details plans for 20th anniversary of WorldFest and return of hiking, biking and paddling over Labor Day weekend


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

“We are pleased to be back this year, highlighting two iconic community events that celebrate our core values ​​of health, lifelong learning and compassion,” said the mayor.


The 20th annual WorldFest, presented by Louisville Third Century, kicks off at the Belvedere on Friday, September 2 and runs through Monday, September 5. The four-day WorldFest features three entertainment stages featuring more than 70 acts, plus a Global Village representing more than 20 countries, free kids’ activities, parade of cultures and more.

The festival also features more than 40 food vendors and more than 100 booths featuring crafts, merchandise and culture from around the world 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 and older can responsibly sample a selection of international and domestic beers.

This year, the 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 that 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 on display at WorldFest Louisville,” said Steve Tarver, CEO of YMCA of Greater Louisville.

On Friday, September 2, the Muhammad Ali Center will hold a naturalization ceremony in which more than 60 immigrants will become American citizens. The following day, the Parade of Cultures will return to downtown Louisville, presented by McDonald’s from Greater Louisville, Lexington and Southern Indiana. Residents will walk down 5th Street to the top of the Belvedere dressed in Indigenous clothing and showcase our city’s cultural heritage and diversity.

Admission to WorldFest 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 these 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 WorldFest weather forecaster, and media partners Al Día in America, Louisville Public Media, Outfront Media and LEO Weekly.

To learn more about the event, visit Attendees 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 during the Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle on Monday, September 5, as he returns for another Labor Day at the Louisville Community Boathouse, 1325 River Road.

Norton Sports Health returns as Presenting Sponsor of the Mayor’s Annual Healthy Living 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 CARC.

“As a nationally recognized Healthiest Employer, we are committed to providing a culture of health and well-being within our organization and throughout the community. Making time to exercise, a key area of ​​self-care, has been especially important over the past year and remains essential,” said Russell F. Cox, President and CEO of Norton Healthcare. “We encourage everyone to lead a healthy lifestyle and to participate safely.”

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

For hikers, this year offers 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 Pier.

For cyclists, this year offers the longest bike course to date at 18.2 miles. Cyclists will ride River Road for 9.1 miles to the Hays Kennedy Park entrance and return for 9.1 miles to the Community Boathouse.

The paddle course will begin shortly after the hikers and cyclists have left. The route includes five miles of scenic paddling along the Ohio River through the McAlpine Locks to the Shawnee boat launch at noon. TARC will provide a free shuttle back to the boathouse.

Starting at 8 a.m., the event will feature demonstrations and group participation in yoga, tai chi, and zumba.
Participants are encouraged to bring water, as there will be no filling stations this year.

Upon returning to the Community Boathouse, bottled water will be available for attendees, courtesy of Republic Bank.
This is the 18th year of the Hike, Bike & Paddle events, which take place every 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.

The media sponsor is WLKY.

To learn more about the event, visit….

During today’s event announcing details of the two Labor Day weekend events, the Mayor noted that “As Mayor, it has been a true honor to see Louisville grow into a community healthier and more global – a 21st century city that welcomes both the new refugee and the naturalized citizen, a city where entrepreneurs and international businesses thrive, create ideas and good jobs. That’s why this weekend is one of my favorites of the year. I can’t wait to see you there!”


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