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Vancouver’s Latin American Week in 2019

Latin American Week

Latin American Week showcases a series of cultural events including a Fiesta Blanca Cruise, Flamenco Tango Night and Vancouver’s Carnaval del Sol festival.

In 2018 the week took place from June 27th until July 8th. In 2019 it runs from around June 29th until July 7th.

Latin American Week 2018

Close to 40,000 people of Latin American and Caribbean origin call the Lower Mainland home, which explains why the City of Vancouver proclaims a 10 to 12-day period in early July each year as a special week to celebrate their culture.

Latin American Week includes a number of events that showcase Latin American culture in different ways. Highlights of the week in 2019 are listed below.

Carnaval del Sol | Fiesta Blanca Salsa Cruise | Canada Day Parade at Granville Island | Latin Film Night | Flamenco, Tango & Wine Night

Click any of the above links to jump to a specific topic, or continue reading to learning about all of Latin American Week’s various events.

(Note: Event dates and details are subject to change.)

Latin American Week
Carnaval del Sol in Concord Pacific Place

Carnaval del Sol

Dates: July 6 & 7, 2019

Carnaval del Sol is a family-friendly festival at the end of Latin American Week and without a doubt the number one attraction. For two days Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Place is full of food trucks, concerts and other live entertainment.

The venue at Carnaval del Sol is divided into zones including a Kids’ Plaza, Food Plaza, Sports Plaza and Beer Plaza. There are also cooking demonstrations in the Travel Plaza, a fashion exhibition in the Family Plaza and an art lab show in the Art Plaza.

Live entertainment on Carnaval del Sol’s Main Stage usually starts at around 11 am both days and runs until 10 pm on the Saturday and until 7:30 pm on the Sunday. There is always a variety of dance performances and free concerts including, in 2018, ones by the bands Mazacote, Locarno and Kutapira.

In 2019 Carnaval del Sol is scheduled for July 6th and 7th. Last year admission was about $2 and 2019 will likely be similar.

Click Carnaval del Sol for further details.

Fiesta Blanca Salsa Cruise

Date & Time: June 29, 2019

NOTE: The event SOLD OUT for 2018! Be sure to book your spot well in advance in 2019!

Salsa Cruises Fiesta Blanca is a 3-hour cruise on the MV Britannia where participants wear white, dance and have a wonderful party.

The evening cruise departs from Coal Harbour at 501 Denman Street and marks the summer “kickoff” for Salsa Cruises.

The event involves Latin music with different DJs on the different levels of the boat as well as a complimentary salsa lesson and dance show. Tickets cost about $31 or so (plus about $2 in online fees) and food and drinks are available for purchase.

Click Salsa Cruises Fiesta Blanca for information about the event in 2019.

Evening Harbour Cruise
Salsa Cruises Fiesta Blanca

Canada Day Parade at Granville Island

Date & Time: July 1, 2019

Vancouver’s last big downtown Canada Day parade might have been in 2017, but there’s still a July 1st parade each year at Granville Island.

The Canada Day parade is free and includes Latin music, dancing and lots of Latinos in traditional costumes, as well as other parade participants.

Click Granville Island Parade for more details.

Granville Island Canada Day Parade
Canada Day Parade at Granville Island

Latin Film Night

Date & Time: To be confirmed.

Two Latin American films were shown at the Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour Street last year. 2019 will be similar.

Shows are usually in Spanish but with English subtitles. They cost around $13 for adults and $11 for students/seniors for one film, or $20 for both films.

In 2018 the evening began at 5:30 pm with live music by Brazilian singer Duo Mara Coelho who entertained with a mix of Samba, Chorus and Bossanova music.

Feature films in 2018 were La Carga, from Mexico, and Coração Vagabundo, from Brazil. The first movie showed at 6:45 pm and the second at 8:45.

Note: The Latin Film Night event is for adults ages 19+. Don’t forget to bring ID if you look under 30!

Click Latin Film Night for information about the event in 2019.

Flamenco, Tango & Wine Night

Date & Time: July 4, 2019

NOTE: The event SOLD OUT for 2018! Be sure to book your spot well in advance in 2019!

Flamenco, Tango & Wine Night is an evening of flamenco and tango dancing hosted by Latincouver at the Performance Works Theatre at 1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island.

The music the last couple of years has been with the Gabriel Palatchi Band. Dancers in 2018 were from Vancouver’s Flamenco Rosario and Argentine Tango Lab. 2019 will be similar. In addition to the dancing there is also a sommelier offering a selection of Latin American wines and explanations about them.

The event usually runs from about 7 until 10 pm. Ticket prices include wine sampling and last year cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Click Flamenco, Tango & Wine Night for information about the event in 2019.

Canada Day Events in Metro Vancouver

Other Information

For a list of other major events in Vancouver throughout the year, see the Festivals & Events Calendar.

For ideas on what to do on the first weekend in July, click Canada Day in Metro Vancouver.

Other Latin American and Caribbean events you might enjoy at other times of the year include the following: