Multicultural Festival

The 2018 Festival is happening at Riverside park in Guelph on June 8, 9, and 10.  

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



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PROGRAM – JUNE 8, 9 & 10

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 21 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 9th at 6:30 pm – Cultural Outfits Parade departing from the Floral Clock toward the Main Stage

Friday, June 9th at 7:00 pm – Opening Ceremony at the Main Stage

The Traditional Cultural Outfits Parade 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.


Guelph & District Multicultural Festival Awards

Friday, June 9th 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 2017

Food Vendors Tent – International Cuisine – This year we have 22 vendors participating and serving cuisine from around the world…

Bahn Mi Sandwhich – Vietnamese 

Berlin 95 – German

Bollywood Bistro – Indian

Canadian BBQ

Filipino Cuisine – Filipino

Flor de Izote – Salvadorian

Greek Wagon – Greek

Heavenly-Ice Cream

Kritida-Khana Khazana – Indian Vegetarian 

Island Oasis – Fruit Juice

Just Like Mom Used To Buy – French Canadian

Laza Catering – Ethiopia 

Lemon Grass – Thai

Pita Pit – Mediteranian

Nepalese Cuisine

Regina Catering – Polish

Rodolfo’s Salsateria – Spanish

Schmecken BBQ 

St. George’s – Ethiopian

St. Jacob’s – Vietnamese

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.

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’ Faces

Children’s Tent Theme – Canada 150


7:00 pm                  Pyjama Yoga – Carolyn Weatherson Yoga 



Saturday 12:30 pm           Afroculture 

Saturday 2:00                  K-Pop (GCVI Youth)

Saturday 3:30                  Puppets Elora performance -The Fisherman & His Wife

Saturday 4:30 pm             Storytelling (GCVI Youth Volunteers)



Sunday 2:00 pm                Ojibwe Creation Story with craft – Amber Holmes 

Sunday 3:30 pm                Taking Turns Latin-Inspired Children’s Music

Sunday 4:30 pm                Storytelling


Saturday & Sunday 

Tent open 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Face painting 1:00 – 4:00 

Henna 1:00 – 4:00

Passport Activity hosted by Family & Children’s Serv.

Art activity hosted by the Guelph School of Art

Family themed materials and activities


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 10 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!

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 11th 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.


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!

Friday June 9th

6 – 9: Trivia

6 – 9: Bracelet Making

6 – 9: 150 Ways To Say “Hello”

6 – 8: Sport Games & Activities 

Saturday June 10th

1: Mural Wall

11AM – 1: Guelph Soccer

1 – 3: Quidditch

3 – 5: TNT Boxing

4:30 – 7: Youth Bands (Food Tent)

All Day: Trivia and Board Games

Sunday June 11

Tie Dye Headbands/Bandanas: 12:30 – 2:30

1 – 3: Quidditch

3 – 5: Trivia

All Day: Board Games and Social Media Booth

2017 Multicultural Festival – 31st Anniversary Schedule:

 Opening Ceremony

Live Music at the Food Vendors Tent

Sponsored by the Downtown Guelph Business Association and Members

Friday June 9th:

8PM – 11PM: Day Break

Saturday June 10th:

1PM – 4PM: Steerage

4:30PM – 4:50PM: Mikalyn Hay

4:55PM – 5:25PM: CJ Cooper

5:30PM – 6PM: Eric Leigh

6:05PM – 7:05PM: The Revival

8PM – 11PM: Kramdens

Sunday June 11th:

11:30AM – 2PM: Mariachi Fuego

2:30PM – 6PM: Jam School

Kids Corner Tent 2017

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

School Children’s Poster & Writing Display

Sponsored by Barzotti Woodworking Ltd. &
United Way Guelph  & Wellington

Saturday June 10

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 (Food Tent)

Saturday June 10th

4:30PM – 4:50PM: Mikalyn Hay

4:55PM – 5:25PM: CJ Cooper

5:30PM – 6PM: Eric Leigh

6:05PM – 7:05PM: The Revival

 Highland Games          


Friday June 9

5pm – 8pm: Youth and Junior Heavy Events Competition

 Saturday June 10

12pm – 5pm: Amateur and Masters Heavy Events Competition

 Sunday June 11

12pm – 5pm: Open, Pro and Women Heavy Events Competition


Main Stage Cultural Performances


6:30 – 7: Coro Cantitalia

7 – 8:30: Cultural Performance Opening Ceremony

8:40 – 9:30: Tiger Suit (Indian, Japanese, Mongolian, Australian)


11AM – 11:30AM: Guelph Martial Arts

11:30AM – 12: Taoist Tai Chi

12 – 12:30: Sealy Karate School

12:35 – 12:55: Middle Eastern Performance

1 – 1:30: Irish Dancers Performance

1:30 – 2: GCVI Kpop

2 – 2:30: Bangladesh Association Of Guelph

2:35 – 2:55: Kohbukan Sisu Judo Brazilian Club

3 – 3:30: Filipino Canadian Club

3:30 – 4:15: Guelph Chinese Canadian Association

5 – 6: Bangla Cultural Forum

6 – 7:20: Son de la Guayra

7:30 – 8: Brandtford Hungarian Dance Group

8 – 8:30: Evelyn


11AM – 11:30AM: Nepalese Performance

11:30AM – 12: Mary Ellen Highland Dancing

12 – 12:30: Kossuth Folk Dancers

12:35 – 12:45: Kabayan Dancers 

12:45 – 1:30: Yoga And Rhythm 

1:30 – 2: ARTA The Romanian Association

2 – 2:30: Royal Bhangra Girls

2:30 – 3: Cultural Fashion Show

3 – 3:30: ILP Performance

3:30 – 4:30: Student Poster Awards Ceremony


Info Tent Performances:


12 – 12:30: Taoist Tai Chi

2 – 2:30: Chung Oh’s School of Tae Kwon Do


12:45 – 1:30: Shanti Maya Kirtan 





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Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V1


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June 8, 9, & 10 at Riverside Park in Guelph

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