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Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Festivities

It’s Labor Day Weekend and if you’re stuck staying in town, there are a lot of wonderful events going on that’ll keep you busy!  Here are two of my favorites:

An event near and dear to my heart, WorldFest is a four day celebration of the unique and diverse cultures in our fair city.  The event features a global village showcasing the various ethnic groups in Louisville.  Stop to talk to the representative of these communities and learn something new about your international neighbors.   Come say hi, I’ll be manning the Vietnam booth.  You can also sample international foods from local restaurants, buy unique international gifts from local businesses or swing and dance to international beats at the three stages.

Saturday is a unique experience, come at noon; claim a spot around fifth and main to see colorful displays of world fashion and peoples at the Parade of Cultures. If you want the action early on and a photo op, head over to Congress Alley (Behind Metro Hall on 6th and Jefferson) around 10:30 a.m., everyone is lined up there.

  • Cost: Free
  • Date and Time: Friday 8/29/2014 – Sunday 8/31: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Monday, 9/1 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Parking: Parking on the streets is free Sunday.  I usually park at the 6th street garage by Main.

Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle
One of my favorite Labor Day activities! Repost: Every Memorial and Labor Day 10,000+ people get together to bike on closed of streets, hike the waterfront or paddle on the Ohio River.  Start your day early, from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m, various vendors provide free health information along with free t-shirts

(first 3,000), bike helmets (500 helmets), snacks and other goodies.  Bike doctors are available to service your bike, provide you with free lights and bell.  You can also participate in yoga, Zumba, and tai chi sessions.  The bike (15 miles), hike, and paddle starts at 10 a.m at Witherspoon and Preston (Waterfront Park).   I love the feeling of community as I ride alongside thousands of my Louisville neighbors and seeing my town on a slower pace. If you get back before 1 p.m., head straight to the marina by the Great Lawn to participate in the canoe demonstration by the guys at Jefferson Memorial Forest. It’s free and you get to canoe the Ohio River for ~20 minutes.

  • Cost: Free
  • Date and Time: 9/1, vendors open at 8:30 a.m. Bike, Hike and Paddle start: 10 a.m.
  • Parking: All street parking are free this day.

 Here's a list of other activities going on around town at WDRB or Louisville.com