The Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival is a FREE event celebrating Caribbean food, music and culture at the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge in early August.
Maple Ridge Caribbean Fest
In 2020 the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival was going to take place on August 1st and 2nd, which was the Saturday and Sunday of the BC Day Long Weekend. Because of the coronavirus, however, the in-person event was cancelled.
In years when it does run, the event is held at the Albion Fairgrounds at 23448 105th Avenue in Maple Ridge. It usually goes from around 1 until 10 pm on the Saturday and from 12 to 8 pm on the Sunday.
Caribbean Festival Activities
Activities at the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival in the past have included live music performances, a Kids Zone, food trucks and a marketplace featuring close to four dozen vendors and community organization informational booths.
At the festival there are exotic Caribbean foods available, like barbecued chicken and fancy fruit drinks. There is also colourful Caribbean-style clothing for sale and all kinds of souvenirs in the market most years.
On the festival grounds there are a couple of stages – the aptly-named Marley Stage and the Caribbean Stage. There is also of course a beer garden.
Arguably the main attraction at the Caribbean Festival is the free live music (although the food is pretty good too). To give you an idea of what to expect in 2021, below is the concert lineup from the last year the festival took place.
Saturday, August 3, 2019
- 1:00 pm – Maple Ridge Reggae Jam on the Marley Stage
- 2:00 pm – Boomdaddy on the Caribbean Stage
- 3:00 pm – Ardent Tribe on the Marley Stage
- 4:00 pm – Pendomoja on the Caribbean Stage
- 5:00 pm – Los Furios on the Marley Stage
- 6:00 pm – Ezra Kwizera on the Caribbean Stage
- 7:30 pm – The Hitsville USA Band “60 Years of Motown Tribute” on the Marley Stage
Sunday, August 4, 2019
- 1:00 pm – Bounty Hunta on the Marley Stage
- 2:00 pm – East Van Allstars on the Marley Stage
- 3:00 pm – VOC Sweet Gospel on the Caribbean Stage
- 4:00 pm – Kingfish on the Marley Stage
- 4:30 pm – Mostly Marley on the Caribbean Stage
- 5:30 pm – Tropical Breeze on the Caribbean Stage
- 6:30 pm – Carl Soundvibes on the Caribbean Stage
- 7:00 pm – Phase 3 on the Marley Stage
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Maple Ridge Caribbean Days experience.
TIP #1: Plan to eat at the festival. With close to 20 food trucks and vendor stalls, the range of Caribbean food choices is pretty impressive! It’s not all Caribbean, but there’s still quite a bit of it.
TIP #2: If you like Reggae and other Caribbean music, and want to experience Maple Ridge at its most exotic, then check out this event! It’s a good music festival with lots of great bands!
TIP #3: Arrive early if you hope to find parking near the venue.
TIP #4: Take your lawn chairs, sun hat, sunscreen, camera, and water bottle. And if it’s a hot day (as it is many years), don’t forget to stay hydrated.
For more information on the August music festival see the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival website.
For a list of other events taking place on the same weekend, click BC Day Long Weekend.
If you like this kind of event and music, similar festivals you might like include the following:
- Carnaval del Sol – the largest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest at Vancouver’s False Creek in July or August.
- Caribbean Days Festival – in North Vancouver in late July.
- Fiesta Mexicana – a Mexican festival that takes place some (but not all) years in Vancouver’s Yaletown in September.