Multicultural Festival

The 2015 Festival happened at Riverside park in Guelph on June 5, 6 and 7th.  

It is accessible and free to everyone! 

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Festival Location

How to get to the festival


Be eco-friendly and take the 2B West Loop Bus, which stops at both the Main Entrance (Flower Clock), and the Marilyn Drive (Carousel) Entrance to Riverside Park.


 Parking available off Marilyn Drive Entrance to Riverside Park (Parking off Woodlawn restricted for Food vendors)

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What to look forward to at the Festival

  • The success of last years event means the GDMF will bring our Friday Night Salsa Night back for 2015!
  • More information to come soon, but starts in the food tent, 8pm Friday June 5th.



Check regularly for event updates!


Application forms available!

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PROGRAM – JUNE 5, 6 & 7

About the Multicultural Festival

Guelph and the surrounding area is a diverse community with a wealth of cultural heritage. To celebrate this rich heritage, the Guelph & District Multicultural Festival began as a downtown event organized by the Multicultural Centre (now Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington) in 1978. The Festival was held annually for 10 years, until after a brief hiatus, it was revived and moved to Riverside Park 18 years ago where it continues to grow to include more activities, food vendors, craft vendors and performances. The Festival thrives because of the participation and contributions of local community groups.

 Thank you to our Community!

The Festival Board of Directors and staff would like to sincerely thank all of the groups and individuals that have helped to make the Festival a success. We also thank the generous sponsors who help fund the Festival every year. Please take a moment to look at this Program’s sponsor page and support these local businesses if you can. See you at Riverside Park this weekend!

 Opening Ceremony and Traditional Cultural Outfits Parade

Friday, June 5 at 6:30pm – Main Stage

The Traditional Cultural Outfits Parade, led by an Aboriginal Circle, will launch the Opening Ceremony of the Festival on Friday night at 6:30 pm. The colourful procession of community members wearing traditional outfits will march from the Festival entrance to the Main Stage at the Concert Shell. Dignitaries, including local  Mayor,  MP  MPP and other community leaders, will join representatives from many of Guelph’s cultural communities. Following the Parade, there will be a Traditional Welcome & Territorial Acknowledgement.  Afterwards, there will be a Community Awards Ceremony and Aboriginal drumming.

 Please join us at the Main Stage for the Festival’s Opening Ceremony on Friday night followed by entertainment and food from around the world in our Food Vendors Tent. This year, the Festival is hosting its second Salsa-Latin Night on Friday June 6, from 8 to 11 pm. Be sure to come and enjoy salsa and Latin music with your friends and family and dance all night with us!


Guelph & District Multicultural Festival Awards

Friday, June 5 at 7:15pm – Main Stage

The Festival Awards have been recognizing outstanding community members and organizations since 2007. The format has changed and organizers look forward to honoring a group of local individuals for their contributions to their own community groups. Join the Festival’s board and committee members in congratulating these recipients.


Staying Green at the Festival

We are proud to announce once again, the Festival, in cooperation with the City of Guelph, will provide the Water on Wheels Buggy on site for the weekend. Make sure to bring your reusable water bottle to fill up, as no bottled water will be for sale at the Festival. A limited number of Festival reusable stainless steel water bottles will be for sale: one for $7 or 2 for $10.


Mobile Apps:

Mao-Marketing has once again offered to provide mobile assistance to the Festival by creating a mobile app! You can grab the app off of our website and get all the Festival details and more information on our vendors, sponsors and participants. This allows you to get up-to- the-minute information while reducing your environmental impact.  

Beer and Wine in Reusable Mugs

The Festival will serve Stonehammer Brewing beer and wine in reusable mugs at the Food Vendors Tent. If you’ve saved your mug from last year, please bring it, or buy a new one for $1.

Weekend Highlights of the Multicultural Festival 2015

Food Vendors Tent – International Cuisine – This year we have 18 vendors participating and serving cuisine from around the world…

Greek Wagon – Greek

Flor de Izote – Salvadorian

Regina – Polish

Just Like Mom – French Canadian

Berlin 95 – German

Lemon Grass – Thai

Canadian BBQ

St. George’s – Ethiopian

St. Jacob’s – Vietnamese

Diana Downtown – Pakistani

Domino’s Pizza – Italian

Samosa Express – Sri Lankan

Ulett’s Pride – Caribbean

Grassroots Catering – Aboriginal

Kirtida Khana – Indian

Delightful Boret – Turkish

Filipino Community

Sweet Temptation – Cupcakes

Live MusicSponsored by the Downtown Guelph Business Association and Members – All weekend long and proudly serving Stonehammer Brewing beer and wine. Reusable beer mugs are $1. Check out the live music schedule.

Cultural Performances at the Main Stage – Music, Dance & Sports demonstrations. This year we will have a huge tent for all visitors in front of the Band Shell. Rain or shine you will be able to enjoy the beautiful performances, while relaxing and having fun! See the Main Stage schedule for details.

Community Networking Tent – Local organizations, associations, community organizations and services providing information to the community.

Children’s ActivitiesSponsored by TD Canada Trust, Guelph School of Art and Makin’ FacesAn amazing assortment of crafts and performances will take place in the Kids Corner Tent. The Guelph Youth Council has organized a variety of games and activities for kids and older youth. A midway full of amusement rides and games will also keep everyone in your family entertained. See the schedule for details.

International Marketplace – Craft Vendors – Over 35 craft and commercial vendors selling jewelry, fashions, décor and handicrafts from around the world. Visit their booths to find unique treasures.

School Children’s Poster & Writing Display

Sponsored by Barzotti Woodworking Ltd. & United Way Guelph & Wellington
On display all weekend in the Community Networking Tent

Awards Ceremony: Saturday, June 6 at 2:30 pm – Main Stage

Children in grades k-12 from across Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin Counties have submitted entries to the Festival’s Poster & Writing Display. The theme was “One World Living Together – Promoting Equity & Valuing Diversity”. The entries are on display in our Networking Community Tent. Awards, sponsored by Barzotti Woodworking and United Way, will be handed out on the Main Stage on Saturday!

 Aboriginal Community CircleSponsored by McNeil Consumer Health Care – This year we are very proud to have Aboriginal participation at the Festival as part of the Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, Sacred Fire Ceremony and workshops and activities at the Tipi! Check out the schedules on the Link provided.

Raffle Prizes – Over 26 prizes, valued at over $4,500!  Be sure to buy a ticket from a volunteer and support the Festival. Prizes are on display in the Information Tent and the winning tickets will be drawn at the Main Stage at 5pm on Sunday. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

Rain or Shine – The food, Main Stage and many children’s activities take place inside large tents, so you can enjoy the Festival in all weather!


Cultural Outfit Fashion Show at the Festival

Sunday, June 7 at 1:30 pm – Main Stage

 Building on the success of the spring fashion show fundraiser, the Festival committee is holding a Fashion Show on the Main Stage once again. Cultural representatives will be showing off the finest of their countries’ traditional outfits. The show will be judged and prizes will be awarded.


 Aboriginal Community Circle


Sponsored by Mc Neil Consumer

Throughout the weekend, the Aboriginal Circle will be sharing teachings, drumming, dancing, storytelling, art demonstrations as well as the Sacred Fire.


Guelph Youth Council 

The Guelph Youth Council is a group of local youth volunteers (ages 13 to 18) that strive to preserve and enhance the youth culture within our community. To accomplish this, the Youth Council liaises with City Council to plan and implement various special events and activities, to engage in leadership training and development and to advocate on behalf of Guelph’s youth community. During the Festival weekend we will have the Youth Tent at the entrance of the park running several activities. Come and enjoy it!

2015 Multicultural Festival – 29th Anniversary Schedule:

 Opening Ceremony

Friday June 5

6:30 pm           Multicultural Parade led by the Aboriginal Community Circle

7:00                 Main Stage: VIPs will welcome everyone and officially open the Festival
Traditional Welcome & Territorial Acknowledgement

Multicultural Community Awards – Aboriginal Drumming


Live Music at the Food Vendors Tent

Sponsored by the Downtown Guelph Business Association and Members


Friday June 5

8pm-11pm       Salsa Latino Band – Cassava Latin Group


Saturday June 6

1pm-4pm         Dave Kelly – Perpetual Motion (Celtic rock)

4:30-4:50         Mikalyn Hay

5:00-5:20         Adyn Rao
5:30-6:15         North

6:30 -7:30        The Boo Radley Project           (Funk/Indie)

8:00-11:00       Jam School                  (youth)

Sunday June 7

12:00-2:30 pm             Coduroy Road                         (Country Band)

3:00-6:00         Jam School                  (youth)


Kids Corner Tent 2015

This year’s Theme – International Year of Light and Light Technologies

Sponsored by TD Canada Trust Guelph School of Art, Makin’ Faces Face Painting & Children’s Services of Guelph & Wellington County

Free activities all weekend around!


Friday 7:00 pm            Pyjama Yoga  

Friday 7:30 pm            Storytelling


Saturday and Sunday  Tent open 12-5 pm

                                     Face painting by Makin’ Faces 1:00-4:00

                                     Passport Activity hosted by Family & Children’s Services

                                     Art activity hosted by the Guelph School of Art

                                     Family themed materials and activities


Saturday 12:30 pm      Mad Science light workshop

Saturday 1:30 pm        Puppets Elora performance of “Stone Soup”

Saturday 3:00 pm        African drumming and dancing workshop by Afroculture

Saturday 4:30 pm        Storytelling


Sunday 12:30 pm        Mad Science light workshop 

Sunday 2:00 pm          Taking Turns

Sunday 3:30 pm           TBD

Sunday 4:30 pm           Storytelling


School Children’s Poster & Writing Display
Sponsored by Barzotti Woodworking Ltd. &
United Way Guelph  & Wellington

Saturday June 6

                   2:30 pm           School Project Award at the Main Stage

Saturday & Sunday 

At the Community Tent: “One World Living Together – Promoting Equity & Valuing Diversity”. The entries are on display in our Networking Community Tent.


Guelph Youth Council Activities

 Friday June 5,  7:00pm-9:30pm

Decorate tent


Movie and snacks

 Saturday June 6, 12:00pm-8:00pm

Art Activity – Art Mural Wall
Music – Yoga

Soccer – Volleyball
TNT Boxing

Youth Bands – food vendor tent (4:30 pm-7:30 pm)

Sunday June 7, 12:00pm-5:00pm

Art Activity – Art Mural Wall

Soccer – Volleyball
Australian Rules Football Demo Activity
Youth Bands – food vendor tent

 Highland Games          

*NOTE: Please choose from short or detail version of Highland games below based on the space you may have!



Friday June 5

Youth boys and girls (13 to 16 years old) and junior boys division (17 to 19 years old)

Starts 4:30pm until finish (approximately 8:00pm)

 Saturday June 6

Amateur Men and Masters Men (age 40+) divisions

Starts 10:00am until finish (approximately 4:00pm)

 Sunday June 7

Pro Men and Amateur Women’s divisions

Starts 10:00am until finish (approximately 4:00pm)



(After start time, all times are approximate based on number of competitors on competition day)

Friday June 5

Youth boys and girls (13 to 16 years old) and junior boys division (17 to 19 years old)

Starts 4:30pm – Hammer throw

5:10pm – Caber toss

5:50pm – Open Stone

6:20pm – Heavy Weight for Distance

6:45pm – Light Weight for Distance

7:15pm – Weight for Height

7:45pm – Sheaf


Saturday June 6

Amateur Men

Start 10:00am – 22lb Hammer throw

10:45am – 16.4lb Open Stone

11:25am – 56lb for distance

11:45am – 28lb for distance


1:15pm – Caber

2:00pm – 56lb for height

3:00pm – Sheaf


Masters Men (age 40+)

Start 10:00am – 42lb for height

11:00am – Sheaf

12:00pm – 16lb Hammer

12:45pm – 16.4lb Open Stone


2:15 – 42lb Weight for Distance

2:45pm – 28lb Weight for Distance

3:15lb – Caber


Sunday June 7

Pro Men and Amateur Women

Start 10:00am – Heavy Hammer

10:30am – Light Hammer

11:00am – Open Stone

11:30am – Heavy Weight for Distance

12:00pm – Light Weight for Distance


1:15pm – Caber

2:00pm – Weight for Height

3:00pm – Sheaf


Main Stage Cultural Performances

Friday June 5

7:00pm                        Opening Ceremony

                        Multicultural Award 2015
                        Aboriginal Performance

7:45                 Tiger Suit


 Saturday June 6

12:00pm          Zumba Fitness by Dynamic Fitness

12:30               Jing Mo Kung Fu Club

1:00                 Drumming/Round Dance

1:30                 Drumming/Round Dance
2:00                 Afrisoul

2:30                 School Awards
2:45                 Guelph Chinese Canadian Culture Association                       

3:30                 Filipino Canadian Club of Guelph

4:00                 Invoketress Dance

4:30                 Sombrero Azulejo, Danzas Y Culturas

5:00                 Bangladesh Association of Guelph

5:30                 Hare Krishna Culture

6:00                 Chung Oh’s School of Tae Kwon Do Guelph
6:30                 United Ethiopian Community of Guelph

7:00                 Coro Cantitalia Guelph

7:30                 Bangla Cultural Forum

Sunday June 7

12:00pm          Kossuth Dancers Inc

12:30               Aboriginal

1:00                 Aboriginal

1:30                 Multicultural Fashion Show!
2:30                 Sealy Karate School

3:00                 Martisor

3:30                 Royal City Academy of Irish Dance   

4:30                 Hi-Trend Performance

5:00                 Multicultural Festival Raffle


Aboriginal Community Circle
Sponsored by Mc Neil Consumer

Friday June 5
6 pm – 8 pm                 Parade – Welcome – 40 min Women’s Circle Drumming

(Main Stage-15 min)

 Saturday June 6

12:00 – 12:30 pm         Open Sacred Fire

12:30 – 1:30 pm                       7 Grandfather Teachings
1:00 – 2:00 pm             Drumming/Round Dance – Main Stage
2:00 –  3:00 pm                        Story Telling/Drumming/Dancing Circle
3:00 – 3:30 pm             Beading Demonstration
3:30 – 4:00 pm             Mocassin Making Demonstration
4:00 – 5:00 pm             Wiiji Numgumook Kwe – Drum Circle & Round Dance
5:00pm                                    Close Sacred Fire

Sunday June 7
12 – 12:30 pm              Open Sacred Fire
12:30 – 1:30 pm                       Wiiji Numgumook Kwe – Drum Circle – Main Stage
1:00 – 2:00 pm             7 Grandfather Teachings
2:00 – 3:00 pm             Métis 101
3:00 – 3:30 pm             Dream Catcher Demonstration

3:30 – 4:00 pm             Dot Art Workshop

4:00 – 5:00 pm             Wiiji Numgumook Kwe – Drum Circle & Round Dance

5:00 PM                       Close Sacred Fire



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