Taking place at Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place and featuring Latin food and live concerts, Carnaval del Sol is a grand family-friendly fiesta in July.
Carnaval del Sol 2019
Carnaval del Sol is one of Vancouver’s most successful and fun events, as well as the largest Latin festival in the entire Pacific Northwest!
In 2019 Carnaval del Sol takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of July 6th and 7th.
For a video of the event from past years, click Carnaval del Sol Video.
Carnaval del Sol
Latin American Week takes place from late June until early July and in 2019 the festivities culminate on the weekend of July 6-7 in False Creek near BC Place Stadium at Concord Pacific Place at 88 Pacific Boulevard.
Tens of thousands of people turn out to enjoy Vancouver’s best Latin music, dancing, food and fiesta atmosphere.
On the Saturday of Carnaval del Sol music and dance performances typically run from approximately 10 am until 10 pm, and on the Sunday from 11 am until 9 pm. Although the gates open early, late afternoon and early evening are when things really get fun and interesting. (Note: 2019 times may vary.)
Click Carnaval del Sol for the event’s official website.
Admission to Carnaval del Sol
General admission to the festival in 2019 costs $2, although it is free for children ages 12 and under. Super Pass Access tickets are also available for $15 and they include a number of benefits.
With a Super Pass guests get priority access to the Carnaval del Sol venue, the Beer Garden and to the festival’s special VIP area. They also get access to the Jose Cuervo Lounge, which offers a premium view of the Main Stage, plus a complimentary Paloma drink, an assortment of souvenirs and food samples in the Experience Plaza.
Admission to Carnaval del Sol can be paid at the gate using cash, debit cards or credit.
What Happens at the Carnaval?
There is so much to do and see at Carnaval del Sol in Vancouver. There are multiple plazas set up with stages for entertainment, food, live music and dance performances throughout the weekend.
Activities at Carnaval del Sol include live music and other performing arts shows featuring close to 400 different performers.
In addition to multiple concerts, there are also dancers from different countries performing a range of dance styles including Zumba, Folklore and more.
At Carnaval del Sol there is also a Family Plaza (where a Latin American-inspired fashion show is usually showcased), children’s activities in the Kids’ Plaza, and refreshments for those 19+ in the Beer Plaza featuring Latin American beverages.
In past years, right at the festival’s main venue, there was a Sports Plaza where ten teams of five players competed in a friendly mini soccer tournament for the coveted Carnaval del Sol Latin American Cup. In 2019, instead of playing on the pavement at Concord Pacific Place, the tournament now takes place at nearby Andy Livingstone Park at 89 Expo Boulevard (which is close to Chinatown and a much better place to play).
In short, expect Carnaval del Sol to be a ton of fun, with tasty foods, great music and lots of culturally-stimulating entertainment.
For more information on the event see the Carnaval del Sol website.
2019 Scheduled Performances
Live performances take place all day on both days of the festival. Below is a list of 2019’s entertainment highlights.
(Note: times and performer details are subject to change.)
- Axe Capoeira – a music, dance and Brazilian martial arts group with performances on July 6th at 1 pm and July 7th at 3 pm
- Breaking Boundaries – a Colombian group which also performed at Carnaval del Sol last year
- Grupo America
- John Welsh & Los Valientes – a popular group playing a mix of Reggae, Calypso and Latin tunes on Saturday July 6th at 5 pm
- Mazacote – the West Coast Latin dance band performs at 8 pm on Sunday July 7th
- Mariachi Tabasko – a 6-person Mexican Mariachi band
- Orqesta Tabasko – a Colombian Salsa group
- Samba Fusion – a high-energy group of Brazilian Samba dancers
- Tatiana Ramirez
- Wasakaka All Stars – a Vancouver-based Salsa orchestra that’s returning to Carnaval del Sol for another year
Groups that performed the previous year included the following:
- Matices Del Sur
- Bloco Energia – a Brazilian percussion group
- Robin Layne – a percussionist and marimba player
- Los Duendes
- Gabriel Palatchi
- Flamenco Rosario – Argentinian dancers
- Pacifika – a World Fusion, Latin Alternative group
- Sambacouver – a Vancouver-based Brazilian group
- Camaro 67 – an Afrofunk band
- Nahualli Folklore – Mexican folklore dancers
- TANGA – a World Fusion group
- Kutapira – a Vancouver-based Marimba band
- Celina Cruz – a Nicaraguan-born singer
- Locarno – a Mexican Folk, Cuban, Son and Latin Soul band
Background to Carnaval del Sol
Carnaval del Sol is produced by Latincouver, a Latin American organization in Vancouver which brings together Latin Americans from all countries as well as Latin enthusiasts living in Canada.
The first Carnaval del Sol event was in 2009 at Vancouver’s Hellenic Community Centre and it was attended by just 500 people. For a few years since then the event has taken place on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver, and then for the last few years at Concord Pacific Place.
Today Carnaval del Sol attracts up to 100,000 attendees each year and is one of the Lower Mainland’s largest and most vibrant festivals.
SPANISH FIESTA NIGHT AND IBERICO POP-UP SHOP
It’s not part of Carnaval del Sol, but it is Spanish and takes place the following weekend. So if you want more Flamenco music, food and fun after Latin American Week is all over, check out the Spanish Night Fiesta on Saturday July 13th at 1024 Main Street between 5:00 pm and 1:00 am. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
At the same venue on the same day, from 11:30 am until 5:00 pm, ARC IBERICO IMPORTS is hosting a special Ibérico Pop-Up Shop featuring premium Spanish delicacies for purchase. Admission to the daytime event is free.
Click Ibérico Pop-Up Shop & Spanish Night Fiesta for more information.
Click Latin American Week for information about other related events happening between June 27th and July 7th in 2019.
If you love this kind of festival, another similar event is the Caribbean Days Festival in late July in North Vancouver, not to mention all the many other great festivals listed on Vancouver’s Best Places’ calendar of Festivals and Events.
Vancouver’s Latin Restaurants
Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city with people from all over the world including from all parts of Latin America. In fact, Metro Vancouver is home to close to 40,000 residents of Latin American and Caribbean origin, and they love their food!
Looking for some of the region’s best restaurants? Then check out Vancouver’s best Latin American and Mexican Restaurants.