Culture festival kicks off at Mississauga mall with parade, activities and giveaways

Published May 1, 2023 at 3:59 pm

Culture festival Carassauga kicks off at Mississauga's Dixie Outlet Mall with parade, activities and giveaways

One of Mississauga’s most beloved cultural traditions, Carassauga, will be kicked off at Mississauga’s Dixie Outlet Mall again this year.

Now in its 38th year, Canada’s biggest multicultural festival is held every year to celebrate all of the diverse cultures found here in Mississauga, letting residents get a taste of different experiences from around the world without having to leave the city.

On Saturday, May 6, an exciting Parade of Nations will take place inside Dixie Outlet Mall (located at the QEW and Dixie Road) to showcase all of the cultural pavilions that Carassauga will feature this year.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. in the mall’s east side (in front of Winners), eventually moving all the way to the stage area where entertainers will take the stage for a variety of music and dance performances.

There will also be family-friendly activities for kids to enjoy as well as giveaways offering fun prizes!

The festivities last from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.

The full festival will happen from May 26 to 28 for three full days of live entertainment, activities, and food from various cultures around the world.

Multiple venues across the city will showcase over 20 different cultures:

Paramount Fine Foods Centre – 5500 Rose Cherry Place

  • Main Bowl: Africa, Croatia, Hawaii
  • Outdoor tents: Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Greece, Iran, Pakistan, Peru, Turkiye, Vietnam
  • Rink 2: China, Lebanon
  • Rink 3: India, Iraq
  • Rink 4: Philippines, Poland
  • Sportsplex Gym: Indonesia, Mexico
  • Sportsplex Lobby: Ireland

Frank McKechnie Community Centre Gym – 310 Bristol Rd E

  • Armenia

Canadian Coptic Centre – 1246 Eglinton Ave. W

  • Egypt

Portuguese Cultural Centre of Mississauga – 53 Queen St N

  • Portugal

St. Sava Serbian Centre – 2520 Dixie Road

  • Serbia

Admission tickets (called “passports”) for the festival are on sale now.

Carassauga Festival is an incorporated non-profit volunteer community organization that has celebrated multiculturalism since 1986, and has since grown to become the largest multicultural festival in all of Canada.

Their 2022 festival successfully delighted audiences with shows and performances representing 23 different cultures, and they’re gearing up for even more fun and more cultural representation this year!

Don’t miss Carassauga when it’s officially kicked off on May 6 at Dixie Outlet Mall.

It’s one of the many events hosted at the popular outlet mall, which has long been one of the city’s best shopping centres for great deals (called #DixieDeals) at a wide variety of stores. Everything is here, from food to fashion to fun.

For all of the sales and special offers currently available, check out

Keep up with all Dixie Outlet Mall news by visiting their websiteInstagram and Facebook pages.

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