The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting four-week cultural celebration of Caribbean music, cuisine and revelry. It is the largest cultural event in Canada and the largest outdoor festival in North America.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Date(s): August 3 to 7, 2023
Location: Downtown Toronto

Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival is a colourful celebration of the hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Haitians, Dominicans, Bermudans and Guyanans who make up the city’s Afro-Caribbean community traditionally centred in the York District. 

Every year since its founding in the 1960s by Dr. Maurice Bygrave and others in the community, the Caribbean Carnival fills Toronto with the sounds of reggae, calypso, tassa, zouk, salsa and rap; the delicious scents and flavours of West Indian cuisine; and a crowning of the Carnival King and Queen that even spring rain showers haven’t been able to squelch. 

From July to August, Toronto’s Caribbean restaurants compete for awards and showcase their best dishes, patios fill up with bands, and revellers honour Canadian Black history on Emancipation Day. The whole month leads up to a three-day weekend of parades filled with glittering mas or the feather-strewn carnival outfits that catch eyes every year. 

2023 Toronto Caribbean Carnival Highlights 

Things to do at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival include:

  • Carnival Parade
  • Food specials
  • Restaurant Awards
  • Grande Parade 2023
  • Carnival Music Festival

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