The annual Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hootenanny returns Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. with the legendary kindness and music festival at the waterfront Brown-Forman Amphitheater (next to Tumbleweed boat docks and the Big 4 Bridge). Bring the entire family for a soul charging day of music, local art, environmental awareness and excitement. Best of all: it's free to attend. What do I mean when I say legendary kindness? The entire festival closes at 6 p.m. with what is surely the largest group hug in the world. I never miss it.
This festival has grown in size and popularity as it's outgrown two of its former locations. It's been voted "Best Festival in Louisville" next to the Derby in Reader's Choice Awards and Louisville.com has previously named it one of the top 15 music festivals. Thousands of people come and rave about the amazing positive and clean atmosphere of this music festival with all sorts of amazing activities for people of all ages. The only downside is that this free entertainment only comes around once a year.
Kids of all ages will become connected and inspired by Earth Art Adventures, Tee Pee for the next Generation and interactive educational events for youth. Take a moment to envision a kinder community as you stroll through the much-beloved SpritWalk atop the hill. Be entertained by Terri Kendall & Turners Circus Aerialists then join in the Mighty Kind Second Line Parade. Shop for a host of one-of-a-Kind, local upcycled Art, Jewelry and Handmade Goods while being inspired by the Movement Circle’s Nia with Shine, Gypsies, Sacred Dance, Taoist Tai Chi and more.
Performances are by some of the most outstanding musicians in the region. Rumpke Mountain Boys, Small Time Napoleon, Squeeze-bot, John Gage, JP Wright, Sylvia Walters & Groove City, Tristen Brooke & Griffytown will grace the stage run by Ultimate Audio. To make it a real Hootenanny, bring your instrument and make music with local legends Tom Boone, Dan Bowlds and all kinds of musicians at the Community Jam that is open to everyone all day!
Also, throughout the day you can attend over a dozen Free Workshops hosted by Bluegrass Bioneers where you’ll learn about Seed Saving, Cultivating Mushrooms, Green Building, Homesteading, Growing your own Garden, TimeBank Bartering & more! You can even bring donations from home to be “recycled” at Big Al’s Charity Shop where every week proceeds go to a local non-profit. And you are encouraged to bring your old electronics to Big Al’s Truck at the Hoot. He will make sure they get to an eco-recycling facility.
Eat delicious local, non-GMO and organic gourmet cuisine at the Food Trucks as well as Kettle corn, baked goods and Heine Bros Coffee. Discover the Healing Arts & Natural Medicine…you can even get a Massage for a good cause at the Massage-a-thon.
The Hoot is celebration of kindness- a festival by and for our community--a community that is creating a more supportive, respectful, happy, healthy, peaceful and sustainable region. If you care about the Earth, if you want to be empowered to create a better world, if you want to celebrate this magnificent planet with kind folks, come and get connected, get solutions, tools, ideas, inspiration and lots of smiles at the Earth Day Hoot!
Mighty Kindness is an outreach of Clifton UU and sponsored by Rainbow Blossom Natural Markets, Taoist Tai Chi Society, Heine Brothers, Shine Louisville, Shift Massage & Wellness Center, Unity of Louisville, New Earth Organics. Mom’s Music, Inner Joy Consulting & Communications, Bradley-Jones Candle Co, Cosmic CoCreators, Green BEAN Delivery, and Earth Art Adventures.