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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 pm – Mr. Fantastik
- 2:30 pm – Belly Dancer
- 3:00 pm – Sweet 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
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 pm – Phase III Steelband
- 6:00 pm – Superblue
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.
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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