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Plan your Labor Day weekend in Derby City

These six events are just the tip of the three-day-weekend iceberg.


WorldFest will have nearly 150 international-themed vendors.

Photo by Louisville Tourism

Labor Day weekend starts tomorrow, Sept. 1, and we didn’t want to leave you empty handed on things to do over the three-day weekend. So pull up the calendar and start penciling in.

WorldFest 2023 | Thursday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 4
Kick off this festival of cultures with the WorldFest Happy Hour tomorrow, Aug. 31 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate its 21st anniversary.

Parrotheads in Paristown | Friday, Sept. 1-Saturday, Sept. 2
Returning for its second year, this Jimmy Buffett tribute music fest promises nine island music bands + plenty of margaritas. Salt, salt, salt. Tickets start at $35 for a day pass.

Kentuckiana’s Largest Free Outdoor Vintage Market | Saturday, Sept. 2
It’s a mouthful to say, but go big or go home. Festival Plaza at Waterfront Park will host over 200 vendors selling vintage clothes, antiques, collectibles, repurposed furniture, and more. Bonus: It’s free to attend.

All White Yacht Party | Saturday, Sept. 2
Pick between a two-hour day party or a night cruise, and set sail on a two-level, indoor/outdoor yacht from Captain’s Quarters on River Road. All white attire is required to step aboard — excluding shoes and accessories. Tickets start at $99.99 and include a buffet.

Music Under the Stars | Saturday, Sept. 2
Iroquois Park Amphitheater is turning 85, and organizers are welcoming the community to a free, historical show tune concert starting at 6 p.m. Hear musical numbers from productions like “Show Boat,” “Anything Goes,” and “The Student Prince” performed by a 25-piece orchestra + soloists.

Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle | Monday, Sept. 4
This long-standing free community event begins at 8 a.m. at Waterfront Park. Choose between a four-mile hike, a 12-mile bike ride, or a paddle along the Ohio River. The first 2,000 people to arrive get a free T-shirt.