Temperatures may reach over 95 degrees this weekend, but Labor Day festivities will continue. Most local high school football teams played their opening games last week, but fans eagerly wait for the college football season to begin. Rivals, local and across the country, will compete to claim their first victory of the season. When you’re not at the stadium or glued to the television, you can stop by one of the festivals around town. WorldFest returns again this year to the Belvedere in Louisville bringing a cultural experience like no other. Sample one of the many ethnic foods you’ve always thought you may like to try. Enjoy the traditional music and dance, shop at one of the craft booths, and imagine you just spent the day in another country. On the other side of town where bluegrass meets burgoo, you can return to that hometown feeling at the Kentucky Bluegrass Music and Burgoo Festival held at the Water Tower. Read on for more Labor Day events happening in Louisville and the surrounding area.
College football fans are fired up as their favorite teams kick off the season on Labor Day weekend. Locally, the University of Louisville Cardinals will host Ohio at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2013. Die-hard tailgaters will pack their cars and RVs from the night before so they can head down to the parking lots first thing in the morning to claim their ideal spots. The Cardinals, with Charlie Strong as head coach, returns this year with 19 starters, including 12 on defense. As the 9th ranked Cardinals enter their highest preseason ranking ever, the team is slotted to win the American Athletic Conference, formerly the Big East.
Another rival game will take place the night before in Nashville where Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers face the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Students and fans from Bowling Green and Lexington will head south on Saturday to LP Field for the 6 p.m. CT game. WKU opens their season with new head coach, Bobby Petrino, and starting quarterback, junior Brandon Doughty. The first 4,000 WKU students with student I.D. will receive free admission tickets.
The Kentucky Bluegrass Music & Burgoo Festival will take place at the Water Tower. One of Louisville’s oldest and best known music events will feature live bands from around the country. Mouthwatering Kentucky burgoo will be served Saturday thru Monday. Parking is free.
American Idol LIVE 2013 comes to the KFC YUM! Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 30. The top 10 semifinalists, who have been on a 30-day tour since July, will wrap up their LIVE show in Nashville on Sunday night.
WorldFest returns to Louisville for its 11th annual Labor Day celebration on the Belvedere. Known as one of the region’s largest international events, the four-day cultural extravaganza unites over 50 bands and performers, 30 food vendors, and nearly 150 booths of traditional crafts and cuisine. Approximately 300 immigrants will become United States citizens in a naturalization ceremony held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 30. The renowned Parade of Cultures where people will dress in their country’s authentic clothing will take place at noon on Saturday. WorldFest festivities begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 30, thru Monday, September 2. Admission is free to all events. Collection bins will be available at the main entrance to donate canned goods to benefit Dare to Care.
No long weekend would ever be complete without a wine festival somewhere in Kentuckiana. Brooks Hill Winery is presenting Whiskey Tango, performing songs from the 50s to today’s Top 40s, on Saturday, August 31. Bring a picnic basket and chair, purchase a bottle, and enjoy the entertainment from 6 – 9 p.m. The Blueberry Festival will be held on Monday, September 2, from 1 – 4 p.m.
Tailgating, WorldFest, burgoo and wine. Sounds like a party weekend. Be safe and enjoy!