LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – With COVID-19 mandates lifted Festivals are planning their return to the Kentucky and Lexington.

A cultural festival, DiverCity Festival, planned for Saturday, is the first of these festivals to return to Lexington since the start of the pandemic, according to their board president.

“We’re shutting down Limestone. Lexington always looks the same on the weekend, we want to throw a wrench + make it something completely new,” Michael Kunjoo said.

With the weather likely to be favorable, the family-friendly celebration will run from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Robert F Stephens Courthouse Plaza, on 120 N. Limestone.

The main stage will host nearly 30 cultural performances, according to a news release, as well as food and drink vendors around the courthouse plaza.

“People don’t know about all of these cultures in our community. We want to create an opportunity so there’s more of a level of comfort for people to represent themselves and when others approach them. An intersection where cultures can work together,” Kunjoo said. 

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According to the Facebook event, in 2019 the DiverCity Festival featured more than 70 booths, 45 cultural performances, and over 15 food vendors.

The news release from the DiverCity Festival, promises a full day of educating, embracing, and celebrating the many cultures woven into the fabric of Lexington.