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.

Most live events have been postponed or adapted to virtual offerings in 2021.

Toronto follows public health measures enacted by the Ontario government to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Check the event website for the most up-to-date information. The content below is from past years of this event.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

July 3 to August 3, 2019 | Various locations across Toronto | Official website

A cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry and visual and performing arts, for over fifty years Carnival has been a centrepiece of the festival season in Toronto.

A woman at the Caribbean Carnival in Toronto
Every year, the streets of Toronto light up with the sights, sounds and spirit of the Caribbean

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival: Bigger and better than ever

When summer arrives in Toronto, the streets come alive with the sights, sounds and spirit of the Caribbean. And every year it draws carnival fans young and old, near and far to celebrate their heritage, music and, of course, food.

The yearly events

These are just a few of the dozens of events that take place throughout the three weeks of Carnival culminating in the big parade on August 3, 2019.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH

July 9, 2019: The official launch is a cultural showcase and celebration of the energetic essence of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival and events happening in and around the City of Toronto. The excitement all starts here!

JUNIOR CARNIVAL PARADE AND FAMILY DAY

July 20, 2019: The Junior Carnival and Family Day event provides children with the opportunity to celebrate Caribbean culture as producers, performers and presenters. Everyone feels the rhythm – even the littlest carnival-goers!

KING & QUEEN SHOWCASE

August 1, 2019: Kick off the Toronto Caribbean Carnival weekend with the King and Queen Band Show! Watch the Kings and Queens in their theme costumes dance to the rhythms of the Mas bands and see which royals win the crown. As one of the most popular Carnival events, the King and Queen Competition regularly sells out, so get your tickets soon to get in on the action.

OSA PAN ALIVE SHOW

August 2, 2019: The Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival and The Ontario Steel Band association present Pan Alive, Canada’s premiere Steel Pan completion. Treat your ears to the sound of upbeat rhythms from the Caribbean as the best of North America’s Steel Pan orchestras compete for the title of Best Steel Band!

GRAND PARADE

August 3, 2019: One of the highlights of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is the Grand Parade, which attracts plenty of locals, regionals, national and international spectators and media each year. Colourful masqueraders will show off their elaborate costumes as they make their way from the assembly are at Exhibition Place along a 3.5-kilometre stretch on Lake Shore Boulevard. Wrap up the carnival in style!

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