The Toronto Caribbean Carnival completes summer in the 6ix.
Caribana, as it was formally known, has always been one of the biggest cultural festivals the city experiences in the summer.
From the Soca rhythms to the extravagant, colourful costumes, The Toronto Caribbean Carnival continues this month.
And while the festivities officially kicked off on July 11, here are some of the best upcoming events to check out before Carnival is over.
Junior Carnival and Family Day
Come out and see the future of Carnival! Join the young producers, performers, and presenters as they put their imprint on the Festival. The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival Junior Carnival & Family Day event lets you and everyone in the surrounding community of Malvern enjoy the cultural highlights. Toronto Mas Bands Association, Organization of Calypso Performing Artists, and the Ontario Steelpan Association are key participants.
Where: Malvern community, 36 Sewells Road, Scarborough
When: July 22, from 11 am to 8 pm
A can’t miss event on the festival program is the Carnival Ball. It will bring together festival supporters, business and community leaders, artists, and influencers to celebrate 50 fantastic years of Caribbean culture in Toronto. Grab your tickets here.
Where: Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Rd.
When: July 28, at 5:50 pm
Lighting of the CN Tower
This event recognizes the Emancipation of Slavery and will commemorate this event with the lighting up of the CN tower along with the annual Underground Railroad event organized by A Different Booklist.
Where: 301 Front St. West
When: August 1, from 7 to 9 pm
King and Queen Parade
Male and female performers embody and showcase the creative work of the talented artists, designers, and costume builders. The Kings, the Queens, and individuals of the Carnival bands will unveil their elaborately themed costumes highlighting the creative minds and imagination of the designers. The Ontario Science Center will present the Innovation in Mas award for the engineering, construction, design, and best environmental use of material in a costume. Come check it out! Grab your tickets here.
Where: Allan Lamport Stadium, 1155 King St., West
When: August 3, from 5 pm to 2 am
Grande Parade 2017
One of the year’s biggest party in the city of Toronto, the Grand Parade at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is arguably one of the summer’s largest attractions. International and national visitors head to the streets to witness the live performances, colourful costumes, music, and the giant party that is a highlight of the festival each year.Grab your tickets here.
Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd
When: August 5, from 10 am to 9 pm