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What is the Carassauga Festival?

The Carassauga Festival of Cultures, founded in 1986, is the largest multicultural Festival in Ontario and the 2nd largest cultural Festival in Canada.  Celebrating its 32nd year, Carassauga promotes understanding, respect and cooperation among Canadians of different heritages.

Over three days visitors can experience the cuisine, culture and entertainment from over 70 cultures at 30 Pavilions in 9 locations across Mississauga. Carassauga is an important event in Mississauga’s calendar and is also recognized in Festivals and Events Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals.

What are the dates and hours of the Carassauga Festival?

Festival dates for 2017 are May 26, 27 and 28.
May 26   7:30pm – 12:00am
May 27   1:00pm – 12:00am
May 28   1:00pm – 7:00pm

Where is Carassauga held?

Carassauga Pavilions are located in various locations in Mississauga made accessible by transit links.  Pavilion locations for 2017:

AFRICA: Hershey Centre Community Rinks Main Bowl, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
BRAZIL: Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
BULGARIA – Carmen Corbassen Community Centre – East Arena, 1399 Cawthra Road
CANADA: Royal Canadian Legion – Streetsville – 101 Church Street
CARIBBEAN: Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
CHINA: Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
CROATIA: Mississauga SportZone – Gymnasium, 5600 Rose Cherry Blvd.
CYPRUS: Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
EGYPT: Canadian Coptic Centre, 1245 Eglinton Ave. West
GREECE: Burnhamthorpe C.C.,1500 Gulleden Drive
HAWAII: Mississauga Valley C.C.,  1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd
INDIA: Hershey Centre Community Rinks 3, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
INDONESIA: Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
IRAQ: Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
IRELAND: Mississauga SportZone – Lobby, 5600 Rose Cherry Place
KOREA: Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
LATIN AMERICA: Carmen Corbassen Community Centre, West Arena, 1399 Cawthra Road
LEBANON: Hershey Centre Community Rinks 2, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
MACEDONIA: Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
PAKISTAN: Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
PHILIPPINES: Hershey Centre Community Rinks 4, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
POLAND: Mississauga Valley Community Centre – Rink, 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd
PORTUGAL: Portuguese Culture Centre, 53 Queen Street North
ROMANIA: Carmen Corbassen C.C., East Arena, 1399 Cawthra Road
SERBIA: St. Sava Serbian Church, 2520 Dixie Road
SPAIN – Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
SRI LANKA – Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
TURKEY: Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place
UKRAINE: St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3625 Cawthra Road,
VIETNAM: Hershey Centre – south parking lot- Outdoor Tent, 5500 Rose Cherry Place

How much does it cost to attend Carassauga?

Advance Passports are $10.00 and At-Door Passports are $12.00. A passport entitles the visitor to unlimited access to all Pavilions throughout the Festival weekend. Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an Adult Passport holder.  The passport also allows you to hop aboard  MiWay and ride for free on regularly scheduled routes to the Pavilions during the Festival’s operating hours. Advance Passports will be sold until Friday, May 26 @ 6:00 pm.

Is there a special rate for children?

Yes. Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an Adult Carassauga Passport holder.

Where can I buy passports?

Passports are available through this website and at various Passport Outlets.  Some outlets include Mississauga Community Centres, Mississauga Libraries and Square One Bus Terminal.

What can I expect to see at the Pavilions?

Once inside a Pavilion, visitors are surrounded by the sights, sounds, and tastes of the country in which they are visiting.  Each Pavilion depicts culture of the country of origin and provides a line up of entertainment that is offered throughout the three days.  Interactive entertainment including dance classes and performances, story telling, skits, fashions shows, games, music, theatre and film allows each visitor opportunity to create their own personal idea of a “great” time.  There are activities in which children participate including music, story telling and arts and crafts.  Cooking classes and samples of each country’s food are showcased.  Many Pavilions exhibit the art of their country and hold a marketplace where visitors purchase products and souvenirs of their Pavilion’s respective country.

Visit the Pavilion pages for detailed entertainment schedules.

How many countries are represented at Carassauga?

In 2017 there are 30 Pavilions, representing over 70 countries:

Africa, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Caribbean, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Korea, Latin America, Lebanon, Macedonia, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam.

Is the Festival accessible via MiWay?

Yes. In fact, when you present your Carassauga Passport to your MiWay  driver during Festival hours, you can hop aboard and ride on any of MiWay’s regularly scheduled bus routes for FREE. Children 12 and under can also ride FREE when accompanied with an adult passport holder. This also includes access to an expanded shuttle bus service to all Pavilions.

MiWay

Present your Passport to a MiWay  driver during Festival Hours and travel for FREE on regularly scheduled MiWay  bus routes.

Carassauga Shuttle Buses

Carassauga has shuttle bus routes which visit each Pavilion and intersect at the Hershey Centre! Click here for shuttle schedules and stop locations.

Children 12 and under can also ride FREE when accompanied by an adult passport holder on MiWay  and Shuttle Buses. For more information on MiWay  Transit routes, schedule and Carassauga Shuttles call 905-615-INFO (4636) or TTY Phone for the deaf, deafen, or hard of hearing at 905-615-3886 during the following hours:

Weekdays: 7:00 am to 6:55 pm
Weekends: 8:00 am to 5:55 pm

Do I have to pay for parking?

No. Parking is free at all Pavilion locations.

Overflow parking and parking on Rose Cherry is available at Hershey Centre.  Follow the signs for parking.  Shuttle service is provided at Hershey.

 

How many volunteers take part in the Festival and who do I contact if interested in volunteering?

In 2016, we had 6,174 Volunteers involved with the Festival, donating 417,236 hours to make our Festival a success.

If you would like to be a volunteer download our application form found on the Volunteer page and contact the Carassauga office at info@carassauga.com or if you would like to volunteer at one of our Pavilions, please visit their page for their contact information.

 

Who do I contact if I would like to host a Pavilion in the Festival?

Pavilion applications are submitted to the Executive Director commencing in September and are subject to Board approval. Please click on the tab under Our Pavilions heading for the application.

 

Please call the Carassauga Office at 905.615.3010 or Contact Us.

Who do I contact if I am interested in becoming a sponsor?

Carassauga offers a full range of sponsorship packages that provides direct business building opportunities, excellent market exposure and a variety of hospitality benefits. All sponsorships can be customized to meet specific objectives, product sampling, media visibility etc. If you would like more information, please email Linda Siutra at linda.siutra@carassauga.com.

 

Who do I contact if I am interested in becoming a vendor?

All requests must be in writing and emailed to the Pavilion with which you would like to participate. Please include your name, address, phone number, a brief description about what you sell. Pavilion contact information can be found at the bottom of their Pavilion information page.

What occurs Opening Night of the Festival?

The Opening Night Ceremony May 26 7:30 pm will be held at our Outdoor Stage located at the Hershey Centre south parking lot featuring a Parade of Nations, Special Guests and Musical Performances. It is a kaleidoscope of color and cultures. This launches the three-day Festival and is a celebration of all the countries represented at the Festival, clearly depicting the cultural diversity of the City. Non-stop cultural entertainment throughout the Festival weekend is featured at all Pavilion locations.

In addition to the welcome formalities by the Chair of the Festival and dignitaries and the Opening Night Ceremony, Carassauga Festival is pleased to present Dance of Nations.

 

Which foods are available during the “Toonie Taste”?

In 2018, Carassauga will continue to offer the delicious Toonie Taste experience for Festival visitors wishing to enjoy a broader sampling of diverse ethnic cuisine. Select, smaller taster plates, each an authentic ethnic dish, offered at Pavilions for only a Toonie! Of course, our usual delicious full meal selections will still be available, but the choice is yours! Come to Carassauga and enjoy the tastes of 70 cultures, all delicious, all authentic and a treat for the whole family!

Visit the Pavilion pages to view their featured Toonie Taste.

What activities are there at the Kids Zone?

The Kids Zone, located at the Mississauga SportZone – Indoor Soccer Field, caters to children 12 and under and features bouncy castles, arts and crafts, and much more. Children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

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