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North Vancouver’s Caribbean Days Festival

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


North Shore’s Caribbean Days

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.

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.


Caribbean Days View of Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park during Caribbean Days


Festival Date and Location

In 2020 the Caribbean Days Festival was going to happen on the weekend of July 25th and 26th from around 10:00 or 10:30 am until the early evening on both days. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled because of COVID-19. Details are to be determined for the 2021 festival.

In years when the festival happens, most of it takes place at Waterfront Park which is just a five-minute walk west of North Vancouver’s SeaBus terminal at Lonsdale Quay.

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. It was free to participate in.

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. 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 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

For an idea of what to expect in future events, highlights of the entertainment schedule for 2019 are listed below. (Note: Times and performer details were subject to change.)


Saturday (July 27, 2019)


Caribbean Days Entertainment
Live entertainment on the Main Stage


Sunday (July 28, 2019)

  • 10:45 amDJ Kenyon
  • 11:00 am Damasco
  • 11:45 amShizzles
  • 12:30 pmMr. Fantastik
  • 1:15 pmNigel Headley
  • 2:00 pmDanZa Productions
  • 2:15 pm Children’s Parade
  • 2:30 pmMostly Marley
  • 3:40 pmDiversity Performing Academy
  • 4:15 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.

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.

TIP #3: While in the area, explore the neighbourhood. There are lots of other things to see at the Shipyards and Lower Lonsdale District.


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.