5 events to check out at the Toronto Caribbean Festival

Jul 19 2016, 5:36 am

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. Thousands descend on Toronto in July to catch the big parade, along with potentially some Drake (since it falls on OVO Fest weekend).

From the Soca rhythms to the extravagant, colourful costumes, The Toronto Caribbean Carnival continues this month. And while the festivities began on July 5, here are some of the best upcoming events to check out before Carnival is over. Oh, and Lebron James is back.

King & Queen

The Toronto Mas Bands Association provides the main cultural entertainment for this event, which transforms the Allan Lamport Stadium into an outdoor theatrical stage where the Kings, Queens, and individuals of the Carnival bands unveil their elaborately themed costumes. Grab your tickets here.

Where: Lamport Stadium, 1511 King Street West
When: July 28, 5 pm – 2 am

OSA Panorama/Pan Alive

This is all about the sounds of the Caribbean – steel pan! The Ontario Steelpan Association brings this musical showcase and competition. Performers ranging in all ages will perform their original renditions on this classic Caribbean instrument.

Where: Lamport Stadium, 1511 King Street West
When: July 29, 5 pm – 2 am

Daylight with Lebron James

The King is back for his second year in a row. Lebron James is hosting Daylight at Cabana ahead of the Carnival’s weekend festivities. Considering this year’s big win, this is also a James championship celebration. A few tickets are still available.

Where: Cabana Pool Bar, 11 Polson Street
When: July 29, 1 – 9 pm

Grand Parade

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.

Where: Exhibition Place & Lakeshore Blvd
When: July 30,  10 am – 8 pm

Carnival in the Fort

The party continues at the Carnival in the Fort, taking place at Fort York. This all-day family friendly event is free, and features live Soca and Calypso, Caribbean DJs, vendors, and a ton of food from the islands.

Where: Historic Fort York, 250 Fort York Blvd
When: July 31, 12 – 8 pm

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