Labor Day Festivals Nearest To Florence, Kentucky

by Laurie Rappeport

Florence, a small city in northern Kentucky, is a growing community of approximately 28,000 residents. The city offers convenient transportation to nearby cities and towns by way of several local highways. Nearby cities and towns offer Florence residents festival options which allow them to celebrate Labor Day together. These festivals provide families and people of all ages with a variety of options for marking the Labor Day weekend as part of a community celebration.

PG RiverFest

The PG RiverFest in Cincinnati, Ohio, 22 minutes northeast of Florence, brings families, individuals and groups to downtown Cincinnati for an afternoon and evening of fun and entertainment. The festival opens at noon on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and runs until approximately 11 p.m. People attending the festival meet at Sawyer Point along Cincinnati's riverfront. In the early part of the day, the festival includes entertainers who perform at the Serpentine Wall and P&G; Pavilion stages. At 9 p.m. the fireworks begin. The RiverFest is an annual event, celebrating its 35th year in 2011.


Louisville, Kentucky's, annual Labor Day WorldFest brings local residents and travelers to experience the varied cultures that comprise the Louisville community. The festival kicks off with a Parade of Cultures which highlights the different ethnicities that comprise Louisville's population. Parade organizers encourage marchers to wear the dress that reflects their the cultures and traditions of their countries. Festival activities and events include ethnic music performances, world cuisine arts and crafts vendors who exhibit ethnic crafts. The festival ends with a naturalization ceremony, which swears in new United States citizens. Louisville is 1.5 hour drive southwest of Florence.

Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival

The Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival of Winchester, Kentucky, 1.5 hours south of Florence, pays tribute to one of Kentucky's well-known pioneers. The weekend three-day festival features a variety of activities that take place in downtown Winchester, Lykins Park and College Park. The festival events include street dances, concerts, a talent contest, fireworks and an arts and crafts fair. A 5K run, coordinated by the YMCA, begins at the Clark County Library.

Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival

Canal Winchester's annual Labor Day Festival festival began in 1920. Today the weekend festival is the city's longest ongoing event and attracts thousands of visitors each year. The festival takes place in the village's historic downtown area, off U.S. Route 33, southeast of downtown Columbus. Festival activities include a scholarship pageant, carnival rides, a cruise-in, live entertainment and arts and an crafts vendor sale. The Kingy's Beer Garden/ Hospitality Tent at Bolenbaugh's Lot operates throughout the three-day festival. The festival concludes with a Labor Day parade on Monday. Canal Winchester is a two hour drive from Florence.