Huge Signature Festival Headed for Mississauga

Ah, festival season is well and truly upon us!

Although it isn't summer just yet, we've finally been hashtag-blessed with some glorious weather and more than a few exciting festival and event announcements.

Now, people who enjoy Mississauga for its multiculturalism can start planning their Carassauga weekend.

This year, the country's biggest multicultural showcase is celebrating its 32nd year and Canada's 150th birthday. The three-day festival, which typically offers up a lot in the way of music, dance, art and food, will feature 31 pavilions representing 70 countries. It'll kick off on Friday, May 26 and wrap up on Sunday, May 28.

Some of the countries and regions set to be celebrated this year include Africa, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, the Caribbean, China, Greece, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Korea, Latin America, Lebanon, Macedonia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam.

Interestingly enough, this year will be the first year for the Bulgarian, Korean, Nepali, Spanish and Sri Lankan pavilions.

You can see a full list of the pavilions and their locations here.

According to event organizers—and as any previous attendees no doubt know—each pavilion depicts the culture of the country of origin and provides a line-up of entertainment that spans three days.

Some activities on tap include dance classes and performances, storytelling, skits, fashion shows, games, music, theatre and films.

The Opening Night Ceremony will be held on the Outdoor Stage at the Hershey Centre south parking lot on May 26 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the Parade of Nations. On Saturday night, the outdoor stage will feature a number tribute bands performing songs by such Canadian artists as Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, The Guess Who and Burton Cummings. The event will also feature, for the first time ever, a Singing Star competition.

Attendees with children and might be pleased to know that The Kids Zone will return this year to entertain young guests on Saturday and Sunday.

According to organizers, Carassauga will continue to offer the Toonie Taste experience for festival goers who want to try a range of available dishes in smaller portions. Attendees in the mood for more substantial offerings will be able to purchase larger dishes as well.

In order to attend, you have to purchase the official passport, which you can grab for $10 if you buy in advance. If you purchase at the door, the passport will cost $12.

Go to Carassauga.com for locations on where to buy it.

During the festival, passport holders can ride MiWay for free.

For more info, click here.

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