Live music, food, and fireworks at the first-ever Diwali festival in Brampton

Published November 2, 2023 at 3:51 pm

Live music, food, and fireworks at the first-ever Diwali festival in Brampton

Residents are invited to come out and celebrate at the first-ever Diwali mela (Hindi for festival) organized by the City of Brampton.

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is a major holiday celebrated by millions of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists around the world. The five-day celebration has a very storied history – for those who celebrate it, Diwali represents the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

On Sunday, Nov. 12, the City will host its first community celebration for Diwali as a free event that’s open to all visitors at Sesquicentennial Park, located at 11333 Bramalea Rd.

Running from 4 to 10 p.m., the festival will feature live music from local and international artists, family-friendly activities, delicious food and drinks, and a dazzling fireworks show. There’s something for everyone to enjoy here!

Here’s what to expect:

Live music from famous singer Malkit Singh and more

Guests can enjoy a lineup of live music and dance performances from an array of talented performers, including local and international talent. Headlining the entertainment is famous Punjabi bhangra singer Malkit Singh. Based in England and having performed around the world, Singh has put out multiple hit songs (including his most recent single Kali Ainak in 2022), has a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars, and was even appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Tons of delicious food and drinks

No festival is complete without good food, and visitors will find lots of options to choose from. Enjoy flavourful falafel wraps and smash burgers loaded with savoury toppings, as well as dabeli, a popular Indian snack made with soft potato in a bun and flavoured with a mouthwatering mixture of spices. A variety of food and drinks will be available to cater to all sorts of cravings, so foodies won’t want to miss this event.

Family-friendly activities and a massive fireworks show

Look out for a variety of family-friendly activities that can be enjoyed by children and visitors of all ages, making the Diwali festival perfect for a family outing. When night falls, the largest City-run fireworks display will treat guests to a dazzling fireworks show, filling the sky with beautiful splashes of colour.

Easy access via free public transit

Looking for an easy way to get to the festival? Avoid the traffic and travel stress-free with Brampton Transit, which will be offering free shuttle services to the event from Mount Pleasant GO Station, Sheridan College, Gore Meadows Community Centre, and Save Max Sports Centre starting at 4 p.m. on Nov. 12.

The City thanks CAA and Tim Hortons for sponsoring the event, and is excited to celebrate Diwali with everyone on Nov. 12 at Sesquicentennial Park.

More details on everything happening at the festival will come closer to the date, so keep an eye on the event page or follow the City on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.

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