The Caribbean Days Festival takes place Saturday July 24th and Sunday July 25th at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver. While out at the Surrey Fusion Festival we came across a family friend manning the Trinidad & Tobago booth. She said we had better put Caribbean Days in our calendar since it’s the biggest event of the year for BC’s Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society.
Multicultural Street Parade
FREE: The Caribbean Days Festival kicks off in style with a parade through North Vancouver starting at 10:00am Saturday. It begins at Victoria Park (Keith Road & Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver) then winds around the park on the West side. It then turns South on Lonsdale and heads down to Esplanade. It will turn West and arrive at Waterfront Park about 1.5 hours later. You can find a route map online.
Festival in the Park
FREE: The main event for Caribbean Days is the Festival in the Park with live entertainment, crafts, activities, dancing, a community market and an international food fair. Main stage concerts will begin at 10:00am each day.
Simmering at sunset the Waterfront Party will keep the energy flowing from 7:00pm until 1:00am over at the Lonsdale Quay. Featuring Moses Revolution, Phase III Steel Band, DJ Carl Sound Vibes, and DJ Kizum there will be live music and dancing all night long. Tickets are $39 and are available online.
Children’s Carnival Parade
FREE: A special parade just for kids rounds out the weekend on Sunday at 1:00pm. The parade will stay within Waterfront Park and congregate on the South side of the stage. Children are encouraged to dress up in Carnival costumes.
Even though the event is family-friendly there is still a beer garden for those of legal drinking age (and I hear it’s where you’ll find a ton of fun in the sunshine). You can take the SeaBus over or one of the numerous North Vancouver buses that head toward the Lonsdale Quay.