Being Mighty Kind is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. | Courtesy of Mighty Kindness Hoot

The Mighty Kindness Hoot festival has always been about community unity, love of the environment and acceptance for everyone. And each year it grows mightily. The 11th annual iteration will take over the Brown-Forman Amphitheater at Waterfront Park on Saturday, May 19, from noon-7 p.m.

As always, the fest is free and features live music, local food vendors, farmers, info booths, arts and crafts, events for children and much, much more. There’s even beer by Apocalypse Brew Works, which recently tapped its highly coveted, seasonal Watermelon Crack.

Hoot organizer Aim Me Smiley has an idea of why her festival has grown year after year.

“People are hungry for connection with folks who have a compassionate vision for society. They need to work for something, not just stand against,” Smiley said in a news release. “People tell us how much they need to see, hear and be surrounded by positive solutions, art, inspiration and community.”

Among those performing on two separate stages Saturday are Danny Flanigan & The Rain Chorus, Poppa Stampley, The Juggerloos, Sasha Renee, CPHR DVN, and Peter Wesley, among others.

Guest speakers include Congressman John Yarmuth and State Rep. Attica Scott, as well as several student leaders who are speaking out on climate change, gun safety and other cultural and social issues.

A spontaneous parade, conga line or drum circle may break out at any moment, so be prepared to participate and engage.

The Mighty Kindness Hoot runs from noon-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater at Waterfront Park. Admission is free for all ages.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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