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Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival

  • Federal Building Plaza, 9820 107 St NW
  • August 10 2018 to August 12 2018

Glitzy parade costumes, dancing down Jasper Avenue to sweet island rhythms and exotic cuisine transform downtown Edmonton into Western Canada’s most lively Caribbean Carnival.

Experience the bright colors of the Mas Bands, flamboyant costumes and masqueraders, as they parade down Jasper Avenue to the beats of Caribbean.  Calypso, Soca and Reggae fill the streets of Edmonton with a vibrancy and energy unique to each island of the Caribbean.

This three-day admission free festival has been bringing the tropics to Edmonton for over 30 years.  In 2018, the Federal Building Plaza (across from the Alberta Legislative) becomes home to the Caribbean Village, a marketplace of Caribbean arts and culture along with an array of music and steel pan.  For all the foodies, there is “Taste of the Caribbean” offering an assortment of Caribbean cuisine, from Jerk Chicken to Doubles and much more.  In case you find yourself thirsty, pop into the Appleton Rum Garden!