Come celebrate and experience a dazzling fusion of colors, creativity, music, masquerades and incredible art that resonates with the infectious tropical rhythmic sounds of REGGAE, the exciting beat of CALYPSO, SALSA, SOCA, ZOUK and other Caribbean music. This is a day of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer! This year’s theme is “Celebrating our Cultural Diversity” at Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk.

CaribFest is no ordinary festival! It is a vibrant celebration of Caribbean culture. One of its main highlights is the STEELPAN music and the many practitioners of this remarkable art form. Enjoy the colorful Parade portion of the Festival including stilt dancers, elaborate costumes and folklore characters. Live authentic Caribbean performances will take place on stage throughout the Festival. Visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savor Caribbean hospitality, culture, heritage and mouthwatering Caribbean food and much more…truly something for everyone!

When and Where? 
Friday, August 14 – CaribFest kick-off, come aboard the Spirit of Norfolk for a “J’Ouvert Cruise” Caribbean style from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am. 
Saturday, August 15 – Gates open @ 11:00 a.m. and the fun starts at 11:00 a.m. at Town Point Park where there will be a Steel Pan Jamboree and live bands. The fun continues with a Masquerade/Costume parade similar to Mardi Gras featuring fabulous costumes with influences from the Caribbean and Rio de Janeiro. The parade starts at Harbor Park at 11:00 a.m. and terminates at Town Point Park. Then enjoy authentic Caribbean music at its finest. Live Performances by internationally known and local artists until 10:00 p.m. Bring your folding chairs and umbrellas.

The CaribFest Festival will appeal to the entire family with entertainment for the young (Kids Corner) and the young at heart alike.

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