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City unveils Labor Day weekend plans for WorldFest and Hike, Bike & Paddle

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Labor Day weekend in Louisville will be filled with international food and music and plenty of physical activity. 

The city unveiled plans for the 15th annual WorldFest on the Belvedere for the holiday weekend and the Bike, Hike & Paddle event on Labor Day. 

WorldFest kicks off Friday, September 1 and runs through Monday, September 4. More than 70 local and regional entertainers will offer a variety of music, dance styles and beats.  More than 100 vendors will participate along with more than 30 food vendors serving a global sampling of cuisine. Admission is free. 

Highlights include the Global Village featuring 20 nations and all 9 of Louisville's Sister Cities and an expanded Children's Area. The festival includes a naturalization ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday, where more than 300 immigrants will become full U.S. citizens, and a colorful Parade of Cultures at noon on Saturday.

For more information about WorldFest and the entertainment schedule, visit

WorldFest runs through Labor Day weekend on the Belvedere
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday; 
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. 
Parking is available on nearby streets, and street parking is free after 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and all day Sunday and Monday. 
Several parking garages and lots are also nearby.

The Mayor's 13th annual Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle returns on Labor Day with thousands of cyclists, walkers, canoeists and kayakers. 

The September 4 event kicks off at 8 a.m. on the streets of Louisville and on the Ohio River. Cyclists have a 9.5 mile route that starts at Waterfront Park and goes west through the Portland Stroll District before returning to the riverfront. The route has turn-offs that allow participants to go as little as two miles. 

Paddlers are invited to launch from the Green" parking lot near River Road and Witherspoon Street from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.  The route  takes canoes and kayaks through the McAlpine Locks and Dam to the Jaycees Boat Ramp in New Albany.  Participants must wear a life jacket and carry a noise making device. TARC will offer a shuttle service for paddlers to retrieve their vehicles at the launch site.

The hiking route, which is wheelchair-accessible, will take walkers west along the waterfront, along portions of the Riverwalk and wharf to 10th Street and back. 

More than 50 vendors and information booths will open at 8:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park.  Yoga, Tai Chi and Zumba demonstrations will be offered, along with group participation. 

Participants are encouraged to be "green" and bring their own water bottles to fill at Waterfront Park and at various water stations along the routes, as part of Louisville Water's Pure Tap To Go. 

To view interactive route maps and for more information, go to

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