Image: James Chung
Every summer in July North Vancouver is transformed as the sites and sounds of the Caribbean take over the city streets. This weekend July 24 and 25 the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival in North Vancouver. This event always draws a crowd to North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park for a weekend of parades, dining and dancing in the sunshine (hopefully, that is in the hands of the weather gods). The best part is it’s Free and for all ages!
This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar — and with tens of thousands of attendees, possibly the largest cultural event of its type in BC, period.
The festival is set in Waterfront Park and comes with a picturesque view of the Vancouver skyline. Here is a link on how to get to Waterfront Park.
The Festival grounds are split into two parts. The North side of Waterfront Park has a food concession area and a large beverage garden. Enjoy spicy Caribbean food as well as other international fare, then relax with an ice-cold drink in the hot sun.
On the South side, there is an outdoor music festival. Dancers and other performers entertain while bands play Reggae, Calypso, Latin and other international sounds to a large crowd. There is a Family Zone with face painting, a children’s playground and other activities.
If you haven’t been to this festival. I highly recommend you check it out.
What: 2010 Caribbean Days Festival in North Vancouver
When: July 24 and 25th
Where: Waterfront Park