The biggest Latin American festival in the PNW is back with a new location

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Carnaval del Sol is returning to Vancouver this summer for 3 days of warmth and unadulterated fun Friday, July 5th to Sunday, July 7th.  The biggest latin-themed festival in the west will also be coming back to a new home – Jonathan Rogers Park in Mount Pleasant, full of vibrant flavors, pulsating music, warm traditions and amazing experiences you won’t have jomo over. This year, the festival theme is The Year of Harmony and celebrates the richness of Latin American culture present in BC.

Who’s playing?

The weekend kicks off with an epic opening night party in the Beer Garden with headliner DJ Gambeat y la Grooving Familia (France), spinning reggae, salsa, dub, and cumbia. Guest performers also include DJ Hera, DJ La Zonida, and drag shows by Mya, Malandro, and Visa (Drag Race España). The rest of the weekend will feature more performances by acclaimed artists like Ivonne Ley (Selena tribute artist), La Linea (salsa, meringue, bachata, and reggaeton), and Chesca (from Puerto Rico).

What is there to do?

With over 50 immersive activities happening during the weekend, there’s always something to check out like the Ascenda Indigenous Plaza to learn about the roots of salsa, cumbia, and other traditional Latin American dances through insightful discussions and unforgettable performances.

What is there to eat and drink?

The most important part of this festival (of course), is the food and drink (because we live through our stomachs). There will be more than 30 authentic dishes from 20 Latin American countries, including: Mexico; Peru; Colombia; Venezuela; Brazil; Chile; Guatemala; El Salvador; Spain; and Portugal with delicious favourites like empanadas, tacos, arepas, tequenõs, paella, churros and more.

And finally, of course there will be cerveza plaza and also a newly added cocktail plaza, called the Cabrón Cocktail Plaza where you can get tequila-based canned cocktails (by Cabrón) and where you will find us.

Organized by Latincouver, a powerhouse non-profit dedicated to showcasing and preserving Latin American culture in British Columbia, this is one event you don’t want to miss.

Cost | $17 – $25 // kids are free
When | July 5 – 7, 2024
Where | Jonathan Rogers Park, 110 W. 7th Avenue, Vancouver, Canada
Website | Instagram

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