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Caribbean Days Festival in Coquitlam

Caribbean Days

Caribbean Days is a festival celebrating Caribbean music and culture. In past years it has taken place in North Vancouver. In 2022, however, it’s in Coquitlam.

Up until recently, the festival has taken place on the North Shore at Waterfront Park. This year, however, it happens on July 23rd and 24th at a new location.

Other events happening on the same weekend in 2022 include the Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival and Honda Celebration of Light (both of which include great free activities).

 


Click any of the following to jump to a specific topic, or continue reading to learn all about Vancouver’s Caribbean Day’s Festival:

Date & Location | Parade | Food Fair | Caribbean Market | Entertainment | Saturday Schedule | Sunday Schedule | Tips & Advice | Other Information


 

Fort Langley Jazz Festival

 

Caribbean Days Festival

In 2020 Caribbean Days was supposed to take place on the weekend of July 25-26. However, it was cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The festival didn’t take place in 2021 either, but it is set to return in 2022.

In 2022 the Caribbean Days Festival takes place on July 23rd and 24th at a new location in Coquitlam.

Hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of BC, it’s a fun festival that attracts tens of thousands of participants from across the Lower Mainland most years.

 

Celebration of Light 2022

 

Festival Date and Location

The Caribbean Days Festival happens in late July most years. After not taking place in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID-19, the festival returns on the Saturday and Sunday of July 23rd and 24th in 2022.

In previous years, the event took place at Waterfront Park which is just a five-minute walk west of North Vancouver’s SeaBus terminal at Lonsdale Quay.

However, in 2022, the festival takes place at a new location! This year, festivities happen at Town Centre Park, which is at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam. The park is located at 1299 Pinetree Way. It’s very close to the Lafarge Lake – Douglas SkyTrain station.

For a map of the venue, click Festival Layout.

 

Caribbean Days in North Vancouver
North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park

 

Caribbean Days Events and Activities

The Caribbean Days Festival usually takes place on a Saturday and Sunday each year in late July. Main activities include a multicultural street parade, food fair, market, and live music and entertainment all weekend.

 

Multicultural Parade

In past years, on the Saturday, there used to be a Multicultural Street Parade which started at 10:00 am at the corner of Lonsdale Avenue and 13th Street. The parade lasted for close to 90 minutes and went down Lonsdale and then west along Esplanade to Waterfront Park.

In 2019, instead of a street parade, there was a procession through the park on the Saturday between around 10:30 am and 11:30 am. In 2022 the parade happens in Town Centre Park at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 23rd.

In the carnival-style parade expect to hear festive Caribbean music and to see lots of people in colourful costumes dancing and having fun.

 

Caribbean Parade Participants
Caribbean Festival Parade

 

Island & International Food Fair

In years when the festival does take place, there is a large food fair featuring both Caribbean and international foods.

All kinds of tasty foods are available, as are a wide variety of refreshing drinks. Definitely buy your lunch and/or dinner at the venue – the food is one of the highlights of the festival. On a hot summer day the beer garden is also extremely popular.

 

Caribbean Market

At Caribbean Days there is also a market with vendors selling all kinds of things including imported goods from the Caribbean and both South and Central America. Expect there to be colourful clothing, hats, bags, artisan products and a wide selection of other items.

 

Market Stalls at Caribbean Days
Market vendors at the Caribbean Days Festival

 

Live Music and Entertainment

Caribbean Days just wouldn’t be a Caribbean-style carnival without lots of live music and entertainment.

From the festival’s Main Stage dance groups perform and bands play everything from Reggae to Calypso, Latin and Soca, as well as other international genres of music.

 

Festival Schedule

Below is the schedule of entertainment for 2022. (Note: Times and performer details were subject to change.)

 

Saturday (July 23rd, 2022)

  • 10:00 am – DJ BJ Roots Cellar
  • 10:30 am – Parade in the Park
  • 11:30 am – Official Opening
  • 12:30 pm – Julio Avila Cuban Band
  • 1:30 pmMr. Fantastik
  • 2:30 pm – Belly Dancer
  • 3:00 pmSweet Pan
  • 4:00 pm – Limbo with KingFish… and the Diversity Performing Arts Club of Calgary
  • 5:00 pm – Roots Reflexion
  • 6:00 pm – Boom Daddy
  • 7:00 pm – Tropical Breeze

 

Caribbean Days Entertainment
Live entertainment on the Main Stage

 

Sunday (July 24th, 2022)

  • 11:00 am – DJ KIZUM
  • 12:00 pm – X-Kalibre
  • 1:00 pm – Out of Many
  • 2:00 pm – Children’s Parade
  • 3:00 pm – Limbo with KingFish
  • 4:00 pm – Mostly Marley
  • 5:00 pmPhase III Steelband
  • 6:00 pm – Superblue

 

Free Outdoor Concerts

 

Tips and Advice

Below are some suggestions and information to help you make the most out of your experience at the Caribbean Days Festival.

TIP #1: Take public transit if you can. The event is a pleasant 5-minute walk from a stop on the Millennium SkyTrain Station.

TIP #2: While in the area, explore the neighbourhood. There are lots of other things to see at Lafarge Lake, including the lake itself. There are also other parks and places of interest in Coquitlam.

 

Feathered Caribbean Parade Participants

 

Other Information

To learn more about the July event, see the Caribbean Days Festival website.

For a list of major events at different times of the year throughout the Lower Mainland, see the Festivals & Events page.

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