Caribbean Days, one of B.C.’s largest cultural festivals, returns to Lower Lonsdale this Saturday and Sunday for a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival, and culture straight from the islands!
The 28th Annual Caribbean Days Festival is presented by the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC and will draw more than 30,000 people to Waterfront Park over two days. Here’s a preview of this weekend’s event:
The Street Party
Caribbean Days kicks-off with a loud and colourful street party and parade on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The route begins at 12th Street and Lonsdale Avenue, and continues down Lonsdale to Esplanade Avenue, then turns west and ends at Waterfront Park. Be sure to stake out a spot early!
Performances in the Park
After the parade, the party continues at Waterfront Park. You’ll find Calypso, Reggae and Soca music on the Tropical Rhythm Soundstage from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
International Food Fair & Marketplace
From roti to jerk chicken, sample tastes of the Caribbean at the International Food Fair. After, shop the artisan marketplace or beat the heat with a cold beverage at the beer gardens. There will also be a family-friendly Kid’s Zone with costume-making, crafts and face painting.
Outdoor Dance Party
The Tropical Explosion Outdoor Dance Party is Saturday night at Lonsdale Quay’s waterfront plaza. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and boasts an impressive line-up of performers, including: Alison Hinds, Mostly Marley and the Phase III Steelband.
Tickets to the Outdoor Dance Party are $25 and can be purchased locally at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel.
The 28th Annual Caribbean Days Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver. For more information, visit www.caribbeandays.ca