After a hiatus of two years due to the pandemic, many annual celebrations have returned including the Caribbean Days Festival in Maple Ridge.
A tradition that started in 2000 has continued to entertain and introduce Caribbean artists to the community.
Starting with a launch party on Thursday, July 28, at Memorial Peace Park Bandstand, it will include performances by Sweet Pan steel drums, Asi Soros Quartet, Roots Reflection Reggae band and more starting at 6 p.m.
In the words of Bob Marley, “one love, one heart, let’s get together and feel alright” is the motto of the music festival.
The performers will bring reggae, soca, steel drums, Cuban salsa, African reggae fusion and more for everyone to enjoy and dance to.
The main event will keep people occupied over the weekend at Albion Fairgrounds starting at 1 p.m.
On Saturday, MC Daniel Joseph will host performers including Mosaic Riddim, Sweet Pan and Ezra Kwizera.
The organizers describe Kwizera’s music as “rich undertones of his survival of hardships like war, poverty and growing up as a Rwandan refugee in Uganda.”
The headliner for Saturday will be Hitsville USA/ Motown from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Sunday, Michelle St. Hill will MC performances by XKalibre, Mostly Marley and Phase 3.
Previous years have included dance performances from Caribbean artists and kids’ activities or play area so you should expect more than music.
Additionally, Caribbean cuisine will be another thing to look out for if you plan on attending this free for all event over the weekend.