10+ Events, Things To Do During Labor Day Weekend In Louisville

It’s time to enjoy the last long weekend of summer. This Labor Day, there is something for everyone to do, from shopping at flea and vintage markets to touring WorldFest, a festival in its own right to honor the diversity of people and the different cultures of those who live here at the Louisville Bats games and the Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle and more.

Here are more than 10 things you can do over Labor Day weekend in the Louisville area:

WHAT: Over 750 stalls with unique items, antiques, collectibles, food and more. Plus, a $5 and Under Overstock Sale Zone offers up to 95% off thousands of overstock items; items are reduced to $3 on Sundays and $1 on Mondays.

WHERE: West Wing, Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane

WHEN: Sept. 2 and 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sept. 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION: Free entry. Parking is $10, receive $5 back with any purchase. 502-367-5000; kyexpo.org.

Louisville Zoo

WHAT: Visit with the animals, explore Africa (with the award-winning Gorilla Forest), Australia, the Island, Glacier Run and the HerpAquarium with King Louie the white alligator. Rides and attractions include the carousel, climbing adventure ropes course, playgrounds, and petting zoo. Exhibits include the Butterflies n’ Bloom and IncrediBUGS exhibits. Concessions and souvenirs are available.

WHERE: 1100 Trevilian Road

WHEN: Every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION: For the lowest ticket price, buy tickets online before your visit. Prices at the door and online are the same when you purchase on the same day as your visit. $15.75 to $25.50 for ages 12 to 59; $10.75 to $20.50 for ages 3-11 and 60+. louisvillezoo.org.

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Parrot heads in Paristown

WHAT: The new Labor Day weekend music festival features a lineup of the nation’s top Jimmy Buffett tribute artists, rock bands too and food trucks.


  • Friday: Aubrey Wollett, Sandbar Soul, Drunks on the Boat.
  • Saturday: The Get Down, Mike Archer, Aaron Scherz, Conch Republic, Peter Mayer Group, Johnny Russler and The Beach Bum Band.

WHERE: Christy’s Garden, Paristown, 731 Brent St.

WHEN: Sept. 2, 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sept. 3, noon to 11 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION: Tickets: Two-day tickets are $85, VIP sold out; Friday, $35 in advance, $45 the day of the festival; Saturday, $55 in advance, $65 the day of the festival. paristown.com.

20th Annual World Festival

WHAT: The international festival celebrates with three stages of entertainment featuring international, national, regional and local artists; GE Appliances has Haier CompanyWorld Hub, a vendor village with 150 international-themed arts, crafts, merchandise and food stalls; The WorldFest Global Village highlights cultures and customs from around the world and the Parade of Cultures celebrates all of Louisville’s diverse cultures.


  • Friday: The Zydewinders, Lost Tribe of Louisville, Ut Gret, Kuvebo, Karan Chavis, The Brooks Giles Band, Maestro J, The Buzzards, Sule Dance Fitness, Kentucky Soul, River City Drum Corp, Dick Sisto Group, The Ark Band, Kuke Kala Ohana , Latin Louisville Association, McClanahan School of Irish Dance, Argentine Tango Dance Society, Big Poppa Stamply, Hermanos.
  • Saturday: Louisville Pipe Band, Dance Belize Intermix, Saw Peep Intercultural Orchestra, Rakadu Dance Theatre, Vintage Keys, Hora Certa, Appalatin, Afro Physicists, Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers, Cheryl Pan Chinese Dance, Imani Dance Company, Chinese American Society Kyana, Keen Dance Company, Natya Kendra-Smitha Paily Dancers, Nachale Bollywood Dance Company, Tanita Gaines, Lou Orleans Band, Frankie Raymore & the Groovemasters with Tony Fish, JD Jay Bird, DJ Blue, DJ Empty Beats, Ma Flow, Xavi.
  • Sunday: Squeezebot, Giovanni, Soneros de Cristi, Ron Jones Quartet, Flamenco Louisville, Doorways, Ansyn Bank Quintet, Alma Gitana, Screaming Orphans, Carly Johnson, Misha Feigin, Safiyyan Dance Company, Ike Roa, Guilderoy Byrnes, Voodoo Fuel, Jerry Tolson Quartet, Louisville Jazz Initiative, Walnut Street Blues Band, Tee Dee Young, DJ Jay Bird, DJ John Mixa, DJ Siz, Loukiz Dance Performance, Tez of 2Deep and Friends, DJ Q.
  • Monday: Shazidi, Hellenic Greek Dance Troupe, Destined Dance Company, Aseye Drum Ensemble, Keltricity, Yapa, Milenio, Celtucky, Swing 39, PMA Sound, Street Talk, Shakalaka, The Fellas, Billy Goat Strut, Oreya Dance, Erica Denise & Friends, Academy Flamenco Arts, The City Effect, Her by Design.

WHERE: Belvedere, waterfront park, 5th and Main Street

WHEN: Sept. 2-4, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION: Free entry. For a complete program: louisvilleky.gov/government/city-events/worldfest.

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Vintage Flea Flower Market

WHAT: Kentuckiana’s largest outdoor vintage market will feature over 150 vendors selling vinyl, antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing, repurposed, mid-century and industrial furniture, and more. Bars selling a variety of local craft beers and cocktails, 10 of Louisville’s best food trucks, and DJs playing music throughout the day. The Farmer’s Market will have vegetables, a few pumpkins and chrysanthemums.

WHERE: Waterfront Park, Festival Plaza, 213 Witherspoon St.

WHEN: Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION: Accepted animals. Free entry. thefleurdeflea.com.

Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians

WHAT: Celebrate with bats and enjoy baseball, craft beer, bourbon and fireworks.

  • Saturday: Craft beer Saturday. $5 craft beer from select local breweries and post-game fireworks.
  • Sunday: It’s bourbon and baseball in honor of Louisville’s bourbon history, the Louisville Bats return to the field as the Mashers. Join them and raise your glass and pay homage to our great bourbon culture and tradition, there will be a bourbon bar in the lobby, a Louisville Mashers bottle giveaway, $4 bourbon flights and fireworks post-match.

WHERE: Louisville Slugger Field, 401 E. Main St.

WHEN: September 3, 7:05 p.m.; September 4, 6:35 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION: Tickets start at $9. 502-212-2287; milb.com/louisville.

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Kingdom of Kentucky

WHAT: Fun for the whole family with over 70 rides and attractions, including six roller coasters, kiddie rides, games, shows, water rides, swimming and more.

WHERE: Watterson Expressway and the Fairgrounds.

WHEN: Kingdom of Kentucky: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., September 3-5. Hurricane Bay: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 3-5.

MORE INFORMATION: One-day admission: $42.99. kentuckykingdom.com.

An evening of soul

WHAT: With Lyfe Jennings and Leela James.

WHERE: Brown Theater, 315 W. Broadway.

WHEN: Sept. 4, 8 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION: Tickets start at $68.74. kentuckyperformingarts.org.

Goodtimers Labor Day Weekend Party

WHAT: Mya live

WHERE: Paris City Hall Old Forester, 724 Brent St.

WHEN: Sept. 4, 6 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION: Sofa and table. Dress code will be enforced, smart and fitted attire only. Tickets start at $52. kentuckyperformingarts.org.

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Tri-State Labor Day Antiques Market

WHAT: Indiana’s largest antique and vintage market features vendors with a wide array of antique, vintage, and retro merchandise from different time periods and at different price points.

WHERE: Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, US 50, one mile west of Exit 16, I-275 (Cincinnati Beltway)

WHEN: Sept. 4, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION: Admission is $4. lawrenceburgantiqueshow.com.

18th Hike, Bike and Annual Mayor’s Paddle

WHAT: Thousands of cyclists, paddlers and walkers will be on the move during the annual Mayor’s event. It will also present demonstrations and group participation in yoga, tai chi and zumba (8 h).

  • Hiking route: Hikers will have a choice of four routes, depending on the distance they wish to cover. All routes begin at the Louisville Community Boathouse; at the base of the Big Four Bridge and back; cross the Big Four Bridge and back; to the Kennedy Bridge and back, to the Belle of Louisville/Wharf and back.
  • bike path: Includes the longest bike ride yet at 18.2 miles. Riders will descend River Road, 9.1 miles to the Hays Kennedy Park entrance and return to the Community Boathouse.
  • Paddling route: 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. TARC will provide a free shuttle back to the boathouse.

WHERE: Waterfront Park, Community Boathouse, 1325 River Road

WHEN: September 5, 8 a.m.

MORE INFORMATION: ourwaterfront.org; louisvilleky.gov/government/city-events/mayors-hike-bike-and-paddle.

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