New for summer 2024! We’re partnering with Caribana Arts Groups to present Caribana Ignite. Save the date and subscribe to this page to get emails when we make updates.

On this page:

  1. About Caribana Ignite
  2. Parking and transit
  3. Local accommodations
  4. Our partners

About Caribana Ignite

Caribana Ignite will feature a stunning street theatre presentation and street party that showcases the true essence of carnival, the hottest up-and-coming carnival designers and the diversity and vibrancy of the Caribbean, all in one celebration.

  • date: Friday, August 23, and Saturday, August 24
  • location: Carl Zehr Square in Downtown Kitchener
  • cost: free

With a shift away from the traditional parade, Caribana Ignite will take on a street performance and street party format that will give you a front-row seat on the carnival runway. Carl Zehrs Square, Downtown Kitchener will be transformed into Carnival Village, where you can enjoy the diversity of Caribbean culture and arts.

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Parking and transit

However you get downtown, there are options available:


Hop off the ION at either the Kitchener City Hall or Victoria Park station for a quick walk. Central Station is a short walk away, as well.

These GRT bus routes stop nearby:

Vehicle and bike parking

Parking is available in the City Hall parking garage, as well as other City of Kitchener parking lots around Downtown Kitchener. Visit our parking locations page to find somewhere to park.

Secure bike parking is available in the City Hall parking garage.

You can pay for parking in surface lots through the Passport Parking appDownload the app, available both on iOS & Android.

Plan your route

Check road closures on your route before coming downtown.

Local accommodations

Coming from out of town? Visit the Explore Waterloo Region website to find local accommodations.

Our partners

We're thankful for the support of our partner, Caribana Arts Group, and the collaboration of the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region in planning this exciting new event. We can't wait to bring this vibrant celebration to Kitchener this year.