The 2018 Festival welcomed over 18 performers representing different parts of the world!
For the first time, Toronto’s very own Escola de Samba performed at the 201 8 Festival! These musicians shared their passion for Samba through song and dance.
Guelph’s very own Ishra & Invoketress Dance took us on a magical journey from Bombay to Cairo with two engaging and interactive shows!
To celebrate the Festival, Son de La Guayra will be kicking off our very own Carnival! Watch as they feel the music while performing at a previous Festival!
The music continues with Steerage, comprised of six friends who share a love for playing music. Join the party at this year’s Festival! Watch them perform at our previous Festival!
Applications for 2019 are now closed.
Parade & Traditional Outfits
The Multicultural Traditional Outfit Parade – This colorful parade is one of the major highlights of the opening ceremony. Several community groups show off their cultural heritage by donning traditional attire. The parade is enthusiastically joined by the Mayor and other dignitaries attending the opening ceremony. The On-Stage Traditional Fashion Show – Cultural representatives from numerous communities show off their finest costumes on stage.
Craft & Commercial Vendors
The craft and commercial vendors’ marketplace is a network of 40+ individual vendors selling and promoting a wide range of crafts, services, treats, collectibles, clothing, and one-of-a-kind delights from both around the world. Our goal is to welcome participation from as many different cultures, regions, and nationalities from around the world as possible. As a vendor, you are encouraged come and celebrate with your respective crafts, artifacts, clothing, performances, services, languages and history to make our Festival a truly interactive experience for all. Complete fees, including the application and booth rental, is $300.00 for the entire weekend.
Enjoy traditional cuisine from all over the world in one convenient location! Our Food Vendors bring their heritage to the Festival for everyone to experience their cultural dishes. Grab a plate and enjoy your feast in the shaded food tent.
2019 Food Vendor Applications are now closed.
Community Networking Area
The Guelph & District Multicultural Festival prides itself on being a great opportunity to bring communities of all types together! Organizations, Associations and services providers are welcome to share their information with the community.
2019 Community Networking Applications are now closed.
Come enjoy the Children’s Tent for a welcoming, child-friendly environment where families can experience arts and music from different cultures through performances, workshops and hands-on activities. This year, Silver Level Sponsor THEMUSEUM is hosting the programming in the Children’s Tent, including drop-in activities, a magic show from JP Magic, Indigenous storytelling with John Henhawk of the Flint Nation, and more! THEMUSEUM will also offer STEAM programming including Pixel Stick Photography, squishy circuits, and a chance to explore the world of robotics with Ozzobots.
City Youth Council
Each year The City of Guelph teams up with local community groups and the Guelph & District Multicultural Festival to offer a great cultural and entertainment experience at the festival for youth in Jr. High and High School to participate.