Atlanta is a massive hub for culture and diversity; we love to celebrate with huge events throughout the city every year. From Afropunk to one of the most successful pride parades in the country, there’s something to celebrate for everyone. The Atlanta Caribbean festival in 2020 will be here and will be the brightest and most colorful cultural celebration you’ll see all year.
The 32nd Annual Atlanta Caribbean Carnival will be back and better than ever in May 2020. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself into the bold and beautiful Caribbean arts, music, food, and more. With captivating and authentic experiences, you’ll feel like you’re truly on a tropical vacation to the West Indies without leaving your city (and spending thousands on plane tickets).
Get ready for a true taste of the islands with immaculate music, and all the dancing and captivating stage performances from talented Reggae, Soca, and masquerade costume artists.
This 3-day festival, which is held every Memorial Day weekend, typically begins with J’ouvert, a massive street party held annually in many Caribbean islands. The second day of the festival is the lively parade where festival-goers make their way through downtown Atlanta (last year, they began by crossing the famous Jackson Street Bridge). The third day hosts a massive breakfast fête AKA party.
The 2019 Carnival was held at Central Park and details are to come on whether the 2020 event will be here as well.
ACCBA (Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association), a huge part of the annual event, is a non-profit organization that uses music and culture as a channel to promote and create a deeper understanding of the rich Caribbean culture and assist Caribbean bands in finding success. Last year’s musical performances included Asa Banton and Burning Flames.
Come prepared to get messy because last year’s carnival encouraged plenty of paint powder to make the festival even brighter. Take advantage of this opportunity to dress in your brightest most extravagant feathered costumes, traditional for carnival celebrations
Also, come hungry (and ready to drink the day away) because you can indulge in delicious ethnic West Indian treats like juicy jerk chicken and tropical rum drinks inside of a pineapple. You can also explore and go home with the eclectic and authentic hand-crafted art and goodies at the market pop-ups.
Tickets are not yet on sale but last year they were super cheap ($20-25) so you can enjoy all the fun with a budget (and without the guilt). Ticket info and more details specific to the 2020 Carnival are to come and Narcity will provide updates as they come out. However, the 2020 Parade Route is available on their site.
If you are looking for more immersive, cultural fun in Georgia, grab some tickets to the Afropunk Festival on October 12 and 13 because it will be an Afro-futuristic wonderland and this Tequila festival on October 26 will take you straight to the streets of Mexico.
Atlanta Caribbean Carnival 2020
When: May 2020
Why You Need To Go: Get a true taste of Caribbean culture right here in Atlanta with a bright and lively celebration filled with music, costume, art, and food.