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.
Vancouver’s Carnaval del Sol
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 2018 Carnaval del Sol takes place on July 7-8.
For a video of the event from past years, click Carnaval del Sol Video.
Carnaval del Sol 2018
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 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.
Admission to Carnaval del Sol
Admission to the festival in 2018 costs $2, although it’s free for seniors (ages 60+) and children ages 12 and under.
In past years the event was free for everyone, so 2018 is the first year that there is a cost. $2 is almost nothing though, so it’s still a fabulous deal!
Admission 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, Belly Dance, Folklore and more.
At Carnaval del Sol there is also a Family Plaza, where a Latin American-inspired fashion show is usually showcased, and in the Sports Plaza ten teams of five players compete in a friendly mini soccer tournament for the coveted Carnaval del Sol Latin American Cup.
At Carnaval del Sol there are also children’s activities in the Kids’ Plaza every year, and refreshments for those 19+ in the Beer Plaza featuring Latin American beverages.
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.
2018 Scheduled Performances
Live performances take place all day on both days of the festival.
The 2018 concert lineup hasn’t been confirmed yet, although we do know that the following performers will be appearing:
- Orqesta Tabasko (a Colombian Salsa group)
- Matices Del Sur (tentatively performing at 4 pm on Sunday, July 8th)
- Flamenco Rosario (Argentinian dancing)
- Songpati Latin Band
- Knela Band (a Latin Fusion band)
- Nahualli Folklore (Mexican folklore dancers)
- Djsanchez Yunesky Sanchez
- Zumba Vancouver
- Toque Flamenco (a live Flamenco dance and music group)
- Celina Cruz (a Nicaraguan-born singer)
- Gabriel Palatchi
- Mazacote (a West Coast Latin dance band)
- Breaking Boundaries
- Sambacouver (a Vancouver-based Brazilian group)
- Pacifika (a World Fusion, Latin Alternative group)
- Los Duendes
- Robin Layne (a percussionist and marimba player)
- Tren al Sur
- Bloco Energia (a Brazilian percussion group)
- TANGA (a World Fusion group performing on July 7th)
- Locarno (a Mexican Folk, Cuban Son and Latin Soul band)
- Samba Fusion (Brazilian Samba dancers)
- Kutapira (a Vancouver-based Marimba band)
To give you an idea of what to expect in 2018, below is a list of 2017’s entertainment highlights.
Saturday on the Main Stage (in 2017)
- 11:00 – 11:15: Pirata del Sol (a Colombian-Canadian singer)
- 11:30 – 12:30: Songpati (a Venezuelan folk music band)
- 12:30 – 1:00: Tren al Sur
- 1:00 – 2:00: Los Duendes
- 2:00 – 2:15: Pirata del Sol & Zumba
- 2:15 – 2:30: Bloco Energia (a Brazilian percussion group)
- 2:30 – 3:30: Pacifika (a World Fusion, Latin Alternative group)
- 3:30 – 4:00: Bloco Energia (a Brazilian percussionist)
- 4:00 – 5:00: Breaking Boundaries (a Vancouver-based Vallenato and Cumbia band)
- 5:30 – 6:30: Santa Lucia
- 6:30 – 7:00: Nahualli Folklore (Mexican folklore dancers)
- 7:30 – 8:00: Mazacote (a West Coast Latin dance band)
- 8:30 – 10:00: Adonis Puentes
Sunday on the Main Stage (in 2017)
- 11:00 – 11:15: Pirata del Sol
- 11:30 – 12:15: Matices del Sur (a Vancouver-based Peruvian band)
- 12:45 – 1:30: Robin Layne (Percussionist and marimba player)
- 1:45 – 2:30: Gabriel Palatchi
- 3:00 – 4:00: Entagados (an Argentinian clown band)
- 4:00 – 4:15: Bloco Energia (a Brazilian percussionist)
- 4:15 – 4:45: Flamenco Rosario (Argentinian dancing)
- 5:00 – 6:00: MNGWA (an 8-member party band)
- 6:00 – 6:30: Samba Fusion (Brazilian Samba dancers)
- 6:30 – 7:30: Orqesta Tabasko (a Colombian Salsa group)
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 couple of 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.
Click Latin American Week for information about other related events happening between June 27 and July 8 in 2018.
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.
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