Carnaval del Sol is still happening in 2020! Vancouver’s annual Latin American festival is still taking place, both in live and online formats!
Despite COVID-19, unlike many events in the Lower Mainland this year, Carnaval del Sol isn’t cancelled. Far from it in fact! And the festivities run for over three weeks this year, instead of just 10 or so days!
To learn about what the festival usually looks like, in years when there isn’t a pandemic, see our articles about Carnaval del Sol and Latin American Week. For information about what’s happening in 2020, see below or check out the official Carnaval del Sol website.
To jump to information about the festival’s food and live entertainment events on the weekend of August 7th to 9th, click 2020 Restaurants & Food Events
Carnaval del Sol Online and In-Person
In 2020 Carnaval del Sol runs from July 15th until August 9th. The same as it has been for the past dozen or so years, the festival is a celebration of Latin American food, music, arts, dancing and culture.
Because of the outbreak of the coronavirus, Carnaval del Sol‘s usual giant festival at Concord Pacific Place near False Creek can’t happen this year. Hopefully it can return in 2021. Instead of cancelling the festival entirely, however, and cancelling all the other great events of Latin American Week too, Carnaval del Sol is re-inventing itself in both live and online formats.
Check out the official Carnaval del Sol website for full details about the event in 2020.
When and Where in 2020?
On the weekend of August 7th to 9th a variety of food-related activities happen at Lower Mainland Latin American restaurants. Also on the same weekend, a live Latin American-themed market is planned (but with its location and other details to be confirmed).
Some activities already confirmed for Carnaval del Sol this year include the following:
- Art Experience & Blockchain – an interactive ONLINE workshop via Zoom about art and technology with Colombian-born New York-based artist Jessica Angel. The event is free, but donations are welcome. (On July 18th from 10:00 until 11:00 am)
- Discovering Latin America’s Indigenous Territories – an online event showcasing the stories and lives of women from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Vancouver. The ONLINE event is presented simultaneously in both English and Spanish via Zoom. Although free to attend, it is also a fundraising event for Latin American charities where they hope to raise as much as $10,000, so donations are greatly appreciated. (On July 25th from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.)
- Latin American Women Flourishing in Canada – a LIVE EVENT at the Loft Lounge at 203-1184 Denman Street. It’s a workshop featuring the sharing of stories by Latin American women and a panel discussion about “Feminism and Leadership.” The cost is $30 per person and includes a glass of wine and complimentary appetizer. (On July 30th from 5:30 until 9:00 pm.)
- Flamenco Night – a LIVE EVENT featuring singing, dancing and physical distancing between dance couples at the Granville Island Pavilion. The cost is a minimum $10 donation per person and people need to bring their own partner. (August 4th from 5:30 until 8:00 pm.)
What Will the Festival Look Like in 2020?
A second element showcases Latin American food and restaurants at various locations throughout Vancouver.
The third element is still being developed and to be confirmed, but will likely involve a live in-person market with Latin foods, artisan vendors and music somewhere within the greater Vancouver area.
Just a few of the bands and musicians participating in Carnaval del Sol in 2020 include Lila Downs (from Mexico), Nación Ekeko (from Argentina), Nortec Bostich + Fussible (from Mexico), Bareto (from Peru), Ramón Chicharrón (from Colombia/Canada) and Mazacote (featuring musicians from both Nicaragua and Canada).
Check out the official Carnaval del Sol website for full details about the event in 2020.
Carnaval del Sol Online Elements
Shows take place on July 15th, 22nd and 29th, as well as on August 1st, 5th and 8th.
For details click Across the Americas 2020. Also, check out the following video to see who is performing and to get an idea of what to expect.
Latin American Market in 2020
Details about Carnaval del Sol’s 2020 Latin American Market are to be determined (in part because of COVID-19). The plan though is to have a market with a selection of Latin American artisans and food vendors somewhere in Metro Vancouver
The tentative dates for the Latin American Market are either the weekend of August 14th to 16th or August 21st to 23rd. Exact times, location and other details, however, are to be confirmed.
2020 Showcasing of Restaurants and Food
During the weekend of August 7th to 9th in 2020, Lower Mainland Latin American restaurants are offering special menus to celebrate Carnaval del Sol.
Now that the coronavirus is increasingly under control, restaurants in Vancouver are allowed to offer dine-in service once again, which is wonderful! This weekend is a great time to check out some of the region’s best Latin American cuisine, from Mexican to Argentinian to Brazilian and more!
Participating restaurants in the showcasing of Latin American food in 2020 are listed below. Reservations cost just under $6 per party (including online fees). In most (but not all cases) there is live music at the venues.
Vancouver Latin American Restaurants
- Bodega on Main – a tapas-style restaurant at 1014 Main Street. They are offering a $10 discount on mixta, negra or jardinera paella.
- The Jeremy Price Duo provides the live music on August 7th.
- The Kin Balam Duo plays on August 8th
- Los Madera perform on August 9th.
- Boteco Brasil – a Brazilian restaurant at 2545 Nanaimo Street. Their Carnaval del Sol deals for the weekend are feijoada traditional for $13, feijoada vegana for $14 and a feijoada combo for $21.50. Desserts are also just $4.50.
- Live music is with Forro do Cana on August 7th.
- Shot Sambado perform on August 8th.
- Calabash Bistro – a Caribbean restaurant at 428 Carrall Street in Gastown. They participate on just August 9th. On that evening though live music is with Gisun.
- La Casita – a Mexican restaurant at 101 West Cordova Street. Their special deals for the weekend are draft beer for $4 and nachos for $7.50.
- The Jeremy Vint Trio perform on August 7th.
- Yuji Nakajima plays on August 8th.
- Joaquín González performs on August 9th.
- Los Cuervos – a Mexican taqueria at 603 Kingsway in Vancouver. They are offering a free plate of churros per $20 spent.
- Kin Balam plays on August 7th.
- The Jon Gonzales Trio performs on August 8th.
- Jeremy Prices Dios entertains on August 9th.
- La Taquería – a popular Mexican restaurant that’s famous for its tacos that are made in-house. It’s located at 586 Hornby Street in downtown Vancouver. Their special deal for the August 7th to 9th weekend include Cerveza La Taquería lager, sangria, margaritas, guacamole & chips and salsa & chips all for $5 each. Live music on each of the evenings is with the following:
- The Frankie Hidalgo Trio on August 7th.
- Sara Magal on August 8th.
- Mariachi Tabasko on August 9th.
- Zocalo Modern Cantina – serves a variety of Latin American menu items including dishes from Mexico and Argentina. It’s located at 646 Kingsway in Vancouver. Their Carnaval del Sol deal for the weekend is paloma cocktails for $8.
- Los Madera entertain on August 7th.
- Mariachi Tabasko provides the live music on August 8th.
- Mariachi Las Estrellas de Vancouver perform on August 9th.
Non-Latin-American Vancouver Restaurants
- The Cambie Bar & Grill – a Vancouver pub at 300 Cambie Street. It isn’t specifically Latin American, but it is participating in the Carnaval del Sol restaurants event. Their deal for the weekend is pizza for $15.
- Los Duendes play on August 7th.
- Gisun performs on August 8th.
- Los Duendes play again on August 9th.
- Charqui – a gastropub at 1955 Cornwall Avenue in Kitsilano.
- The Jon Gonzales Trio play on August 7th.
- The Jeremy Price Duo perform on August 8th.
- The Jon Gonzales Trio entertains on August 9th.
- The Loft Lounge – a Caribbean restaurant located at #203-1184 Denman Street. They are offering 25% off select items.
- Pearl Jig plays on August 7th.
- Los Duendes perform on August 8th.
- The Frankie Hidalgo Trio entertain on August 9th.
- Province Marinaside – a Mediterranean-style restaurant at 1177 Marinaside Crescent in Yaletown by False Creek. Their menu includes cuisine from the south of France, not Latin America. It’s a popular place though and often participates in Carnaval del Sol-related events.
- Rumba Calzada performs at the restaurant on August 7th.
- The band Mazacote performs on August 8th.
- The musician Robin Layne entertains on August 9th.
Latin American Restaurants Outside the City of Vancouver
- Cafe Oca Brazilian Bistro – located at 4092 Hastings Street in Burnaby.
- Sal y Limon – a Mexican restaurant at 2428-160th Street in Surrey. Their Carnaval del Sol deal includes two burritos, two soft drinks, one serving of chips and one pico de gallo for $25.
- Mariachi Tabasko performs on August 7th.
- The Jeremy Vint Trio play on August 8th.
- Pearl Jig entertains on August 9th.
- Tequila Cocina– a Mexican cantina-style place at 1933 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. Their Carnaval del Sol specials for the weekend of August 7th to 9th are margaritas for $5 and three meat tacos for $10.
To learn more about the event see the Carnaval del Sol website.
For information about the organization behind Carnaval del Sol see the Latincouver website.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s July Calendar
- Vancouver’s August Calendar
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events
- Mexican and Latin American Restaurants
- Vancouver Shows & Entertainment
- Vancouver History and Culture
- What’s Open in COVID-19 Vancouver