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Vancouver’s Caribbean Days Festival 2018

Caribbean Days

Caribbean Days is a festival celebrating Caribbean music, food and culture that takes place in late July each year at North Vancouver‘s Waterfront Park.


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


North Shore’s Caribbean Days

In 2018 Caribbean Days takes place on the weekend of July 28-29.

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.

Caribbean Days View of Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park during Caribbean Days

Festival Date and Location

In 2018 the Caribbean Days Festival happens on the weekend of July 28 to 29 from 10 am until the early evening on both days.

Most of the festival is at Waterfront Park which is just a five-minute walk west of North Vancouver’s SeaBus terminal at Lonsdale Quay. Some activities occur elsewhere, however, including the parade which takes place on the Saturday morning along the streets of North Vancouver.

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 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 Street Parade

On the Saturday there is the Multicultural Street Parade which starts at 10 am at the corner of Lonsdale Avenue and 13th Street. The parade lasts for close to 90 minutes and goes down Lonsdale and then west along Esplanade to Waterfront Park.

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

At Caribbean Days there is a large food fair featuring both Caribbean and international foods. The food concession area is on the north side of Waterfront Park just off Esplanade Avenue.

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 Tropical Rhythms Sound Stage dance groups perform and bands play everything from Reggae to Calypso, Latin and Soca, as well as other international genres of music.

Close to the Tropical Rhythms Sound Stage there is also a Family Zone by the park’s playground with crafts for children, face painting and other child-friendly activities.

Caribbean Days Entertainment
Live entertainment on the Tropical Rhythms Sound Stage

2018 Festival Schedule

Highlights of the entertainment schedule for 2018 are listed below. (Note: times and performer details are subject to change.)

Saturday (July 28, 2018)

  • 10:00 am – Multi Cultural Parade
  • 11:30 amDJ BJ Roots Cellar
  • 12:15 pm – Opening Ceremony
  • 12:45 pm – Announcement of Parade Winners
  • 1:30 pmPantastic Youth Band
  • 1:45 pmLyn-Jessica Yue
  • 2:10 pmAmed Academy
  • 2:30 pmBrett Barron / DJ BJ Roots Cellar
  • 3:00 pmSweet Pan
  • 3:45 pmSpirit of The South Sea
  • 4:10 pmCantaloupe Lounge
  • 4:40 pmKing Fish
  • 5:00 pmX-Kalibre
  • 5:40 pmDJ Showcase
  • 6:15 pmBoom Daddy
Ezra Kwizera in Concert
Ezra Kwizera

Sunday (July 29, 2018)

  • 10:45 amDJ Kizzum
  • 11:00 amShizzles
  • 11:30 amEzra Kwizera
  • 12:15 pmNigel Headley
  • 12:30 pmNick Hope
  • 1:15 pmMr. Fantastik
  • 2:00 pmKetch D Vybez
  • 2:30 pm – Children’s Parade
  • 3:00 pmMostly Marley
  • 4:00 pmDiversity Performing Academy
  • 4:30 pmFish Limbo
  • 5:00 pmPhase III
  • 6:15 pmTropical Breeze

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: Parking is free at the ICBC parkade on the one block of tiny Rogers Avenue just off Esplanade by Lonsdale Quay. If you get there early you’ll have a reasonable chance of finding a parking spot there – or at least more so than on the street where it’s also free, but limited to just a couple of hours and in high demand. Get there well before the parade though and don’t expect to get out and back on the road until after the parade has finished.

TIP #2: Take public transit if you can. The event is a pleasant 15-minute SeaBus ride away from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver which connects with all major SkyTrain lines in the Lower Mainland.

Feathered Caribbean Parade Participants

Other Information

For more information about the July event at Waterfront Park, see the Caribbean Days Festival website.

For information about North Vancouver, including other North Shore festivals, click North Vancouver.

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